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…

Sour cherry stollen cake

  Yes, this is a cake as opposed to a bread. It really is a great variation on the wonderful more traditional stollen I posted last week. The benefits are that you don't have to use yeast and you don't have to wait! As I had made double quantities of pistachio marzipan last week I…

Kransekake- aka BIG almond tower!

This gluten free alternative is also known as ring cake as the tower is simply a stack (normally 18) of different sized rings held together with icing. It is common centrepiece across Scandinavia at weddings, birthdays, and Christmas. Kransekake sets consist of 6 pans each with three rings. You need to start the day before…

Stollen with a twist

I love homemade stollen but am grateful the urge to make it only comes in December! I have given Lakeland a good few 'shout outs' recently, and here is another for their stollen tin. Of course you can simply roll a stollen as I have on years gone by, but for that perfect shape, take…

Bûche de Noël

Some Buche de noel recipes have 7 stages and lists of ogre diets as long as your arm. I am not knocking them out of court ( I have been known to make Swedish princess cake more than twice!) but at Christmas sometimes you just want an impressive looking buffet centre pice which hasn't taken…

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 🙂 Mr N and I have different preferences- he favours the ultra neat, fondant iced version,…

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

Christmas cakes – finale

At last, the finishing touches have been put to the Christmas cakes for 2012. Boxed and wrapped they ( more than 60) are being collected and all the proceeds will be helping Music healing Trust and Cancer Research.  

Christmas cakes

Rich boozy fruit cakes are the traditional cake around Christmas time and over the years I have made huge numbers for sale at charity Christmas fairs and to friends and family. All the proceeds have gone to one or more local charities, though I think only my friends appreciate the cost of ingredients and man…