‘We don’t have no snow, we don’t have no sleigh/ but fun we do have at Christmas Ja./ So run and come to see and sun, it’s Christmas Ja./ Snow and sleet you’ll never meet at Christmas Ja’ – Neville Willoughby
Apart from sea, sun, and fun, the range and the taste of food from Jamaica is first class and during the Christmas season all the stops are pulled out for a festive and ‘foodilicious‘ time.
On the Christmas menu, one will not only find the spread of fish, chicken, curried goat, ox-tail, beef, rice and peas, salad, vegetables, sorrel, juices, but there is also the Christmas fruitcake that is rich in flavor and of course taste real yummy.
Now, here is how to prepare this Jamaican delight – the Christmas fruitcake:
- 1 ¾ cups flour
- 5 ounces unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup cranberries
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon mixed spice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Zest of one lemon, chopped coarsely
- Zest of one orange chopped, chopped coarsely
- ½ cup cherries
- ½ cup prunes (chopped)
- 1 cup wine/brandy
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tea spoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons browning (or burnt brown sugar)
- Cream butter, sugar and browning until soft and fluffy.
- Sieve all dry ingredients together
- Beat eggs, wine/brandy together.
- Add egg mixture to creamed butter and sugar.
- Add fruits.
- Add flour and fold in. Do no over-beat when mixing.
- Bake at 350F for 1 1/2 hours.
Yvad Billings Readers Bureau, Fellow
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