Words Sarah Burtscher + Photos Jet Campbell
Who has a love hate relationship with Christmas cake? According to Love Food Hate Waste, cake was something found in rubbish bins that they were surprised to see. Kiwis throw away 1,787 tonnes of cake every year! I bet there is Christmas cake in those statistics, (even though it lasts for ages, unlike other cakes, so freeze it if you are not going to eat it all). This recipe is for an un-iced Christmas Cake. I`m not a Christmas Cake fan but I found this irresistibly mouthwatering and certainly won’t be throwing any of it out!
500g to 1kg of Christmas cake, without icing, cut into slices (I had a rectangular Christmas cake, and I cut it in half lengthwise then into triangles)
½ cup of bandy or more, depending how boozy you want it! Orange juice works well too.
4 eggs and another 2 egg yolk (Tip: You can freeze your egg whites, pour into ice trays then transfer in freezable bags, label and use within 3 months.)
60g of caster sugar
250ml of milk
350ml of cream
Icing sugar for dusting
TIP - If you really don’t want to make custard you can use shop bought. If something is quick and easy you are less likely to throw out the food.