Mincemeat crostata

This is quite simply an exceptional dish- a very discerning dinner party guest voted it the BEST mincemeat flan EVER – no ifs no buts! I have adapted the original Waitrose recipe for the Thermomix but there is no reason why you shouldn't make your pastry in a food processor. I used a 23cm/9″ flan…

Caribbean rum cake

This is a lovely moist favourite from the Caribean, reminiscent of the tinned variety which are often given around Christmas. I developed this recipe for the Thermomix from a book I found in Barbedos, Angela Spenceley's Just add Rum. the recipe apparently comes from the BVI. It is very simple and very delicious and only…

Cookie Xmas trees

I have made these cookie trees for a few years now but this year i featured one in the pop up charity shop and took orders – what was I thinking!! So here is my mini cookie tree forest ๐Ÿ™‚ Mr N and I have different preferences- he favours the ultra neat, fondant iced version,…

Gluhwein- not just for Christmas!

Christmas markets, cold frosty nights, snoods, mittens and gluhwein to warm you inside- fab! Mine is made in the Thermomix but you can easily make in a traditional pan. This is a recipe you can vary to your own taste, these are my base ingredients. I have adapted it from TM Fast and Easy Cooking….

Christmas frangipane tart

If you watch mince pies fly off the table at this time of year you may yearn for a twist to this little favourite while still retaining the essential taste. Nigella Lawson included a recipe for frangipane mince pies in her 2000 cookbook How to be a Domestic Goddess- it remains one of my favourite…

Christmas cakes

As the last few of my 2014 Christmas cake bakes find their way to good homes just a quick view of some of this year's designs Wishing you a creative and fun Christmas full of wonderful bakes to share with family and friends.   Posted with Blogsy

Pop up shop

Photographic proof that I have had no time to blog since I got back to guernsey two weeks ago. I had over 100 traditional rich fruit Christmas cakes to marzipan and ice, and that was just for starters. My wonderful ‘partner in crime’ Jan and I decided to take a popup shop in St Peter…

Almost finished…..

Time to wrap the 2013 collection for sale on Saturday- so photo call before that! Phew, more than 90 Christmas cake finished. Proceeds this year supporting the Sarah Groves Foundation – followers will know Sarah's heartbreaking story justice for Sarah | vannillarock Love trying new designs each year I do the Christmas cakes and since…