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Cranberry & Orange Muffins

Cranberries, a winter berry that is traditionally synonymous with Christmas, however this crimson, tart little berry has so much more potential than simply accompanying turkey dinner but once a year. Cranberries have refreshingly sharp, acidic flavour that pairs well with a little bit of sweetness. It’s a flavour that I’m are very fond of, every winter …

Panettone Orange & Almond Trifle

Trifle is one of those desserts that never fails to excite me. This multi-layered beauty deserves far more credit than it typically gets these days. Is it retro? Yes. But are layers of soaked sponge, fruit, custard & cream piled high into in a large glass bowl absolutely amazing? Yes! Traditionally, this British pudding is …

Mincemeat Scones

I’m sure we’re all guilty of buying in an excess amount of food for the Christmas period? We alone have more varieties of cheese than pairs of clean socks in the house & enough alcohol to pickle us for the whole of 2021! We know it’s too much & yet we do it every year. …

Gingerbread Bundt

Whilst Christmas may be a little bit different this year, now leaving me only cooking & baking for the two of us, that doesn’t mean that there’ll be any less of either going in my kitchen, or that we won’t try to still make it a special affair. There are still enough desserts to feed …

Stollen

Whilst we do love a bit of tradition at Christmastime here in Britain, I mean Christmas dinner really hasn’t changed that much since the 18th century, over recent years we’ve been very open to newer, European imports at this time of year. Alongside our sprouts, Baileys & mince pies, we find ourselves adding treats such …

Pandoro

Buon Natale! Merry Christmas! As much as I wish I could’ve spent some time in Italy this Christmas like we’d planned, 2020 had very different ideas. Instead, I’ve got bring a little bit of Italy to me this year, obviously, done via my little kitchen. I can’t think of a single thing more synonymous with …

Mince Pies

Puff, shortcrust, frangipane, sugar crusted, even store bought… whatever form it comes in, you will eat a mince pie over Christmas, you’ll probably eat way more than one but we won’t judge here (I’m already on 9 & counting). They’re perfectly imperfect (if they’re too perfect looking then are they even a mince pie?), often …

Gingerbread Biscuits

Gingerbread is synonymous with the festive season & whilst the term ‘gingerbread’ is given to a broad range of sweets, I think most of us picture a crunchy, spiced biscuit. We’ve been making gingerbread biscuits since the 15h century here in Europe, primarily made using spices, ginger & treacle. Whilst early gingerbread was made as …

White Chocolate & Limoncello Truffles

Christmas is a time for chocolate, no? (you know, alongside all the family stuff, presents & feasts). There’s nothing more comforting than delving into a selection box in your pyjamas… just when you thought that eating another bite of food was impossible, there’s always room for a bit of chocolate. It’s always nice to give …

Yule Log

Name a stranger Christmas tradition than eating food specifically made to look like a dead tree, I’ll bet you’ve never even thought about it before but our classic Yule log (or bûche de Noël) is full of symbolism from it’s ritualistic past. The history of Yule log dates all the way back to before the …