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

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

Chocolate Tea Time Treats

One of my favourite Christmas Treats is chocolate! This year I’m using lots of chocolate recipes for the coming Christmas celebrations including a chocolate Christmas cake. This weekend I took delivery of a deliciously chocolatey Thornton’s Hamper – a gift  for me! I couldn’t wait to use some of the chocolate for a pre-Christmas Tea Party … Continue reading

Christmas Cake

This is a favourite Christmas Cake recipe I use. It’s a mix up of lots of recipes I’ve looked at over the years and it always works well for me. I must admit I usually make mine a little earlier – two months before Christmas is preferable – but there is still time for it … Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Cupcakes I seem to have been making lots of chocolate cupcakes recently – cupcakes make a lovely gift – and chocolate is always popular! I made the cupcakes with a basic sponge recipe but replacing 25g of the flour with 25g of cocoa powder and adding some chocolate chips. The topping is a … Continue reading

Christmas Mince Pies

Mince Pies I love mince pies at Christmas and there’s just nothing more delicious than freshly homemade ones. It’s surprisingly easy to make mincemeat and some simple short-crust pastry and there’s still time to make lots! There are lots of recipes around and I seem to have evolved my own version as I like to … Continue reading