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Chocolate & Cranberry Cake

Still not over cranberries yet? Yeah, me neither. I always find it really hard to let go of the festive season come January. Not just because I really dislike the month, but I find it very difficult to get back into a routine, to be thrown back into a tiresome world of all work & …

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 …

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 …

Christmas Pudding

Everyone stir your pudding from east to west & make a Christmas wish (I think we’re all pretty much wishing for the same thing this year!). It’s the time of year for traditions & puddings, as we all know, I’m a big fan of both! There’s nothing more classic or steeped in history & tradition …