Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

    There’s still time for some last minute Christmas baking! Along with the last of the mince pies I baked today, I’ve made some chocolate orange cupcakes. Chocolate is always popular at Christmas and these have a rich chocolate, almost truffle flavour. These can be frozen, fully decorated so are perfect to pop in … Continue reading

Christmas Apple, Orange and Cinnamon Jelly

This is one of my favourite Christmas recipes. It has a light but warming flavour – perfect for the festive season! To Make Apple, Orange and Cinnamon Jelly: 1 kg cooking apples 4 oranges 1kg caster sugar 1   1/2 litres water 4 cinnamon sticks Chop the fruit roughly without peeling and add the cinnamon sticks … Continue reading

Beetroot and Orange Chutney

This recipe is an adaptation from a Beetroot and Orange Relish recipe by Thane Prince in her book ‘Jams & Chutneys’. I’ve called it Chutney as it is much thicker and chunkier than her original recipe which calls for the beetroot to be grated. It makes a delicious accompaniment to any cold dish, particularly over … Continue reading

Last minute edible Christmas gifts

I love to give edible gifts as they are made with love and very personal. This year I’ve baked brownies and cupcakes, they look so pretty in presentation boxes. I’ve tried lots of chocolate brownie recipes but I always come back to Hummingbird Bakery’s recipe as it really is the best. Brownies should be richly chocolatey with … Continue reading

Simple Couture Cupcakes

There is always something special about a cupcake; little mouthfuls of loveliness in a perfect package. They can come in almost any flavour and with a multitude of decorations to please anyone. Cupcakes are still popular for weddings and celebrations for just these reasons and they can look stunningly beautiful too. This week I’ve been … Continue reading

Christmas at home and away

I’m ahead of the game this year with Christmas planning but there are still lots of things to do, especially as I want things to actually be ‘planned’. What I mean by that is that I so often underestimate the time it takes to think about what people might really like to eat or receive … Continue reading

Fruity Christmas Crumble

Sometimes the simplest things give the greatest pleasure and a simple fruit crumble always pleases me. I often experiment with different fruits and different topping mixes and I’d like to share my Fruity Christmas Crumble… Ingredients: 2 Medium Bramley Apples 1 Tablespoon Golden Syrup 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 1 Tablespoon Fruity Mincemeat ( Or any … Continue reading

Baking with a Luxury Food Hamper

…..or ‘How to turn a Luxury Food Hamper into a Christmas Party!’ I’m sorry to start talking about Christmas already but this year I’m planning to be ahead of the game. I’ve tried to do Christmas, over the years, in a variety of ways – the nonchalant last minute ‘do it all in one go’ … Continue reading

Last Minute Chocolate Christmas Cake

Things have been so busy this year that unfortunately I haven’t had time to bake as often as I would like. My Christmas Cake has been a last minute affair completed just in time – but I’m actually quite pleased with the result! It’s an 8″ chocolate cake, filled and covered with chocolate buttercream. I … Continue reading

Cranberry and Rhubarb Crumble Tart

For those of you who are starting to crave for something less rich and sweet already, as I have to sadly admit I am a little  (albeit I’m leaving some room for tomorrow), here is a recipe which is has a delightful sharpness and crunchy topping. I’ve never tried mixing cranberries and rhubarb before so it … Continue reading