This cake – shaped like a ring of Christmas trees – is bound to turn heads and impress any guests over the Holiday period. It’s deliciously moist and full of seasonal flavour!
When I was young my father used to take us along the side of a disused railway track not too far from the terraced house where we lived. The experience stuck in my head; we were collecting our own food and it was delicious, messy and fun.
I’ve recently hit on to a local foraging secret; near to our house is a nature reserve, the entrance to which is made by a tree lined grass path. Visit at the wrong time of year and they are inconspicuous enough, but at this time of year they’re full with an abundance of green, yellow, red and purple plums.
This, the latest in a line of Polish recipes on this site is a cake called “orzechowiec”. Orzechowiec roughly translates as “nut cake” but certainly in this version, that’s an understatement. The sponge is covered in an alcoholic cream, then studded with cherries and caramelised walnuts, and finally drizzled with chocolate. What’s more, it’s absolutely delicious.
Originally called “Easy Rich Chocolate Cake” and found in River Cottage: Everyday, surely this is the greatest chocolate cake in the world – it’s made of little more than chocolate and butter, after all, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
I realise it’s only October and Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind, but now is the perfect time to make a start on your Christmas Cake. This allows you to top it up with brandy each week between now and the big day, increasing the boozy festive flavour.