Cranberry Sauce

Better late than never, it may seem odd to bring you a recipe for cranberry sauce post Christmas day, however there is a method to my madness as this relates to my next post: Cranberry & White Chocolate Pie. This is the same sauce that I make every year in the run up to Christmas, …

Festive Tart

The Christmas Archive It began with list…  in late November 2013, a list containing every imaginable festive bake, from yule log to panettone, was created by one ambitious baker. The list was long, extensive & full of ideas (& the occasional doodle). Over the coming years, the list became ever shorter as recipes were completed …

Gingerbread Loaf

Season Of Spices Gingerbread, a word that is music to my ears & is sure to grab my full attention. The festive scent, the dense squidgy texture, the perfectly balanced spices, what’s not to love? Lebkuchen, biscuits, parkin, pepperkaker, elaborately iced houses there are endless variations of this spiced treat from all corners of the world. I alone must have …

Fudge Four Ways

Sugar is a wonderful thing,  if anything, I’d almost consider it the most magical ingredient of all, able to be transformed in so many ways, it’s sweet uses are endless! There are some who deem sugar as the devil, even natural forms found in fruit (I have a severe dislike for these kinds of people) …

Baileys & White Chocolate Cheesecake

Tipple Desserts For some unknown reason I find myself making an obscene amount of cheesecakes over the festive period. Much as I love fruit & the natural sweetness it brings to the table, Christmas is all about overindulgence, something naughty, a little bit of luxury. So how do you up your dessert game & bring …

Peppermint Candy Cane Cake

The Difficult Extract At this time of year food is prevalent, for 31 days (at least) gluttony is key, diets are abandoned, healthy eating is but a myth, toothache ensues & chocolate becomes a staple… I love it. We’re hooked on this annual routine of indulgence from a young age & I’m not ashamed to …

Kasekuchen

Deutsche Weihnachten Und Backen December is upon us, my tree is up, the CD player is fully loaded with Bing Crosby & there’s enough chocolate in the house to feed four families… with its glorious reds, greens & golds (I’m a traditionalist) Christmas is here! The Christmas period started off rather special this year, with …

Parkin

There’s a chill in the air, anything & everything woollen have been dug out of the deepest realms of the wardrobe & the countdown to that festive season truly begins (every inch of me is glowing with excitement). Week upon week my garden is slowly beginning to resemble a winter wonderland as the frost makes …

Pumpkin Muffins

Every October, it’s safe to say that I get little over excited with pumpkins (you will notice many recipes containing my orange friend).  Pumpkins are the welcome vegetable of Winter, a  delicious sign of the colder days to come. The arrival of this gourd goes hand in hand with return of warming spices like cinnamon, …

Autumn Apple Cake

The season? Autumn. It’s fruit? Apples. Autumn is definitely the time of year when apples truly come into their own. Apple crumbles as the brisk chill of the season sets in, apple bobbing at Halloween, sticky Toffee Apples with firework displays on Bonfire Night, apple chutneys lovingly preserved in preparation for christmas gifting. Without apples …