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Paul Carmichael's great cake

"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

What the GT team is cooking on Christmas Day

We don't do things by halves in the Gourmet office. These are the recipes we'll be cooking on the big day.

Summer tomato soup


The beauty of this soup is in its simplicity - use the ripest, most flavoursome tomatoes you can find and you'll be set. It's also excellent served chilled.

You'll need

50 ml olive oil 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 kg very ripe large oxheart heirloom tomatoes, chopped 500 ml (2 cups) vegetable or chicken stock 2 sprigs each of basil and thyme, plus extra leaves to serve 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, or to taste 1 buffalo mozzarella, coarsely torn, to serve 150 gm mixed cherry tomatoes, halved and quartered To serve: extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  • 01
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion and garlic and sauté until tender (4-5 minutes). Add tomatoes, cook until beginning to break down (3-4 minutes), then add stock, herb sprigs and 250ml water, bring to the boil and simmer until well flavoured (10-12 minutes). Remove herbs, stir in vinegar, season to taste and coarsely purée with a hand-held blender or in a food processor. Serve warm or at room temperature topped with buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and extra herbs and drizzled with extra virgin-olive oil.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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