Candied peel

I don’t do a lot of baking for Christmas, but if I do, it’s likely I’m going to make plum puddings (which, technically speaking, are steamed, not baked), or maybe a fruit cake of some kind.  I haven’t decided yet.  But the time to make either of these has already passed: Stir-up Sunday, which falls on November 22nd this year, is the last Sunday before the beginning of Advent, and is traditionally the day when puddings are made.    A cake rich with fruit and nuts would ideally be made even earlier than this.  So I need to get going, since both cakes and puddings benefit from an aging or ripening period before they are eaten.  And both cakes and puddings have several ingredients in common, one of which is candied peel. […]