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A Vintage Christmas

Growing up in the 1950's and 60's I had a most wonderful childhood.  Christmas was an especially wonderful time of year for me, filled with abundance . . .  faith, love, family . . . it truly was a season of light.

We didn't get a lot of treats the rest of the year, with perhaps the exception of Easter, along with the occasional pie or birthday cake . . .  but at Christmas my mom would pull out the stops and our family kitchen was filled with lovely smells and tastes.  
Some of those special bakes came from a Robin Hood Baking Leaflet.  All of the flour companies used to put out special baking leaflets at Christmas time.  You could pick them up free at the grocery stores, or in magazines, etc.

This little booklet is filled with the Christmas flavours of my childhood.   

A Vintage Christmas

I wanted to give you all something special for Christmas, something I thought you would use and so I scanned the whole booklet and it is my gift to you.  
It is filled with lovelies such as Holiday Gems, Lemon Glaces, Christmas Shortbreads, Melting Moments, etc., a whole variety of Christmas cookies, yeast breads, quick breads, cakes, pastries, doughnuts and pies to help to make your Christmas holidays the best ever.

Just click on the link below and it will take you to a PDF file which contains the whole booket, which you can download and keep for yourself. Just click the three words below and it will take you to the right spot to get it for free.

Yield: makes 1 loaf
Candied Fruit Bread

Candied Fruit Bread

prep time: 30 minscook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 30 mins
A very Christmassy Quick Bread!


245g plain flour (1 3/4 cups)
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
135g granulated sugar (3/4 cup)
40g chopped citron (1/4 cup)
40g raisins (1/4 cup)
2 TBS chopped candied cherries
2 TBS chopped candied lemon peel
30g chopped pecans (1/4 cup)
30g chopped blanched almonds (1/4 cup)
240ml milk (1 cup)
2 eggs, well beaten
3 TBS butter melted


Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.  Butter an 8 by 5 by 3 inch loaf tin thoroughly.  Line with paper. (optional)

 the flour into a bowl along with the baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
 Stir in the sugar.  Stir in the citron, raisins, candied fruit, and
nuts.  Whisk together the milk, eggs nd butter.  Add to the dry
ingredients and stir together just to blend.  Turn into the prepared
loaf tin. Let stand for 20 minutes.

Bake in
 the preheated oven for 1 hour on the middle of the centre rack.  Turn
out onto a wire  rack to cool and let stand for several hours prior to
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A little gift from me to you which comes along with a hearty Merry Christmas and thanks for visiting me all the year through!  Happy Holidays! 

This content (written and photography) is the sole property of The English Kitchen. Any reposting or misuse is not permitted. If you are reading this elsewhere, please know that it is stolen content and you may report it to me at: mariealicejoan at aol dot com Thanks so much for visiting. Do come again! 

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  1. Marie, I remember the recipe leaflets that you mention. Thank you for sharing this one - it certainly brings back fond memories. Merry Christmas from Manitoba! ^^

    1. Merry Christmas Kate! I spent 7 years of my childhood in Gimli and several years in Winnipeg as an adult! I have a special fondness for Manitoba! Xo

  2. Oh thank you so much Marie. You are always so kind and generous. I love the look of the Cream Puff Snowmen, which will make an appearance here on Christmas Day. The children will love them! ♥☃️ ♥

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas together! 🌟⛪🎄🎅🎁

    1. You are very welcome Marie! I hope the children enjoy the Cream Puff snowmen! Yay! A very Merry Christmas to you and your family! xo

  3. Thanks for sharing, Merry Christmas!

  4. This recipe looks rather yummy, definitely going to make for new year. Thank you for sharing

    Julie xxxxx

  5. Thank you so much, Marie! I just baked peanut butter blossoms. Will make Krumkake later. Merry Christmas!

  6. Ho nice of you to have taken the time to do this Marie..wow have things come a loooong way.I appreciate the vintage charm of these pages:)

    1. I thought you might. Merry Christmas Monique! xo

  7. Thank you, Marie. How thoughtful of you to spend so much time scanning the booklet to share with us. Merry Christmas!

  8. Thank you so much Marie! I don't care for candied citron, what would you substitute for it?

    1. Hi Raquel, I would just substitute a dried fruit that I did like for it! Anything would work in an equivalent measure! Happy Christmas! xo

  9. Oh Marie, thank you for this! What a wonderful gift -- I love those vintage graphics and recipes so much. The cover itself is a gem!

    I've been off the grid for a week and catching up on posts and holiday greetings. I hope your Christmas and Boxing Day were lovely and that the new year brings you only good and lovely things. Happiest of holiday seasons.

    1. You're very welcome Jeanie! It is filled with lovely tasty memories of my childhood! I thought my readers would enjoy this as much as I do! Happy New Year and thanks so much for your faithfulness in visiting and reading! xo

  10. Thank you for sharing this Marie! What a loving and thoughtful way to share things you love with others for the Christmas season. I too love the vintage graphics, and even if I never make one of the recipes (which I will), I'll always love the sentimental value of this! Since Christmas is over, I will wish you and your family a very, very Happy New Year and my hopes that all good things will come your way in 2019! xoxo, Mary

  11. P.S.- The "Chocodiles" sound amazing, can't think of much I love more than Chocolate & Peanut Butter! Okay well maybe a good steak with herb Butter and Mushrooms, or a Crispy Pork Roast, or.... guess there's a rather long list! :) Thanks again Marie, we'll be scarfing down those Chocodiles very soon! xo, Mary

    1. A very Happy New Year to you and your family Mary! That little booklet is a real gem. I thought you would all enjoy! All the best to you in 2019! xo

  12. Hi Marie, Would you believe I am just getting around to looking at the Vintage Robin Hood Booklet you so kindly sent and I see that it is no longer available. Is there any way I could still get it? I love your site and am in awe of how many recipes you manage to post. I'm also a fellow Canadian and have enjoyed many of Robin Hoods recipes. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Sue, I don't know what happened. Somehow it had disappeared from my Google Docs. I have replaces it so the link should work now! Thanks very much for your kind words! xo

  13. Yay, thank you so much Marie :)


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