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

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