December 6, 2015

St. Nicholas Day, Dundee Cake and Tasha Tudor's Welsh Breakfast Tea!

Celebrating Tasha Tudor's 100th Birthday Year!
When lit, the Advent wreath creates such lovely shadows and light on the ceiling.

Today, December 6th, is St. Nicholas Day.
This post highlights some of the Dundee cakes that I have made throughout the years.

Mixing the Dundee cake.
Dundee cakes are made a month ahead of time and put in cold storage until time for St. Nicholas Tea.
The receipt for Dundee Cake is in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook".
I never add the citron nor the raisins as called for in the receipt, but add more than the called for amount of currants and in addition to the almonds in the receipt, add walnuts.
This combination makes the most delicious Dundee cake!

During the days before Christmas, delicious and festive Dundee cakes are enjoyed at tea time.
At the Corgyncombe Bakery I make many Dundee cakes in all different shapes and sizes.

The design on the cup has St. Nicholas pulling a gift laden sled, with a tree over his shoulder, and a doll in a sack at his waist, whilst adoring children look on.
Inside the cup is fresh milk from Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille!

Domestic & Darling Daisy makes Dundee Cake.

Some of the photographs and some of the writings on this post are from previous Corgyncombe Courant posts that can be found here on the Corgyncombe Courant and from our web site and our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

Nanny Nettie-Kin readies St. Nicholas Tea with her Dundee cake baked in her little stove the "Ark" and Tasha Tudor's Welsh Breakfast Tea for Hitty and her friends.

The beeswax candles of the Advent Wreath over 863 Park Avenue are lit and the pretty music is playing.
The dollhouse, with its two large opening doors, reminds us of Beatrix Potter's doll's house at Hill Top.

Charlotte enjoys her Dundee cake at tea, with Tasha Tudor's Welsh Breakfast Tea.

In her cookbook Tasha Tudor says to decorate the top of the Dundee cake with cherries and almonds. I have always decorated my Dundee cakes in a different pattern than those that I have seen Tasha illustrate. I use the cherry as the center with almonds or other nuts around the cherries forming flower-like shapes. I also use the currants to decorate the top of the Dundee cake.

The 100th anniversary of Tasha Tudor's birth was on August 28th, 1915.

We at Corgyncombe will continue to be celebrating this, the 100th year since Tasha Tudor's birth!

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