I had made Sienna Cake a few times before my elder daughter left Australia to spend some years in London. Her first Christmas away from the family and our first Christmas without her was a time when I tried to “bottle Christmas” for her and send it to London. I think I packed a eucalyptus (gum) branch with Minties tied to it as decoration. (It’s moments like these you need Minties!)
I packed several particularly Aussie foods and I included my Sienna Cake. Since that Christmas I have always made a Sienna Cake. My daughter now lives in Melbourne which is not nearly as far away as London!
The Sienna Cake I make is taken from an Australian Woman’s Weekly Cookbook so even though it is an Italian cake it has an Australian link.:-)
The ingredients can be altered slightly. For example I use dried apricots and I sometimes use slivered almonds instead of whole blanched almonds which then need to be chopped. I have also used dried pineapple instead of glacé pineapple.