Last minute Christmas cooking

Christmas PudChristmas time can get a bit too hectic for those people who have left things a bit too late especially their cooking. At times we all get caught on the wrong foot; the secret lies in not letting it affect our reasoning and quick thinking. If for example, you have forgotten to make a dessert and not remember that something is amiss till the last moment then you can always buy some good ice cream, soften it a little, mix in a jar of fruit cocktail, stir in some prepared jell-o and allow to set over a glass dish of crushed graham crackers. Voila! Your last minute dessert is ready in a couple of hours. Here are a couple of other last minute recipes.

One stage fruit cake


  • 2 cups of deseeded and chopped dates
  • 11/4 cup water (substitute ΒΌ cup water with brandy/ sherry)
  • 11/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups of mixed dried fruit (including dried apricots)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 4 tbsp orange juice

Ice the cake with either traditional marzipan icing or use rows of different nuts.


Grease and dust an 8 inch cake tin and preheat the oven to 170 C /340 F. Soak dates in warm water until the dates are soft and mash with a fork. Add all the other ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and level top.

Put nuts (walnuts, brazil nuts or pecans) in rows on top of the cake prior to cooking. Bake in a moderately cool oven for about an hour and a half until cooked.

Glaze the nut topping with a little syrup.

Angel biscuits


  • 5 cups plain flour
  • 1/4-cup sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt, 1 cup Crisco
  • 1 pkg. dry yeast
  • 3 Tbsp. warm water
  • 2 cups buttermilk


Place yeast, warm water, and 1 tsp. sugar in small bowl and set aside. Sift dry ingredients together in large bowl. Add Crisco. Mix well. Add buttermilk and yeast. Mix well.

Cut into biscuit shapes and bake at 425 F in an oven until done.

3 Comments about “Last minute Christmas cooking”

  1. Penny Sanford Fikes Says:

    I so enjoy your blog! Thank you for the time you invest in sharing with all of us. You are part of my inspiration to recently begin a little blog from life here on the farm in Mississippi. Today I briefly talked about the strange family tradition of being the first to say “Christmas Gif’” to each other.

    Keep up the good work………and “CHRISTMAS GIFT”!


  2. Cathryn Says:

    I didn’t understand Penny’s comment about a family tradition of being the 1st to say “Christmas Gift” to each other…..What is that about? It sounds neat, I just didn’t quite understand it ;)

  3. Jack Says:

    Thanks for the fruitcake recipe! We love fruit cake and this one does look simple and quick. I think we’ll try it out, and long before Dec 08 too! :-) One question: what is the approximate weight of the fruit? Thanks!

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