It’s nice to try new things, but Christmas is often a time to revisit old favourites and follow tradition. This post will round up all the items I made this year that have featured on my site before, and will include links to the recipes. My new bakes will appear in later posts over the holiday period.
My Christmas cake (recipe here) was a totally homemade affair this year with rich fruitcake, almond paste and fondant icing.
The reindeer decorations were made from leftover almond paste.
Medley of mince pies
The recipes for all these mince pastries can be found here.
These are the most traditional of the three variations with simple pastry decorations:
Here we have a shortcrust pastry roll, cut into slices and baked:
Finally, a frangipane topped mince pie:
A cup of tea at Christmas just doesn’t taste right unless it’s accompanied by a gingerbread man. I made these really hot this year – they definitely blew away any Christmas cobwebs! You can find the recipe here.
This was the first cake to ever feature on my blog – check out the recipe here; it remains one of my favourites. It’s a delicious light almond Madeira that keeps for days in an airtight container, and just seems to get tastier!
Chocolate dipped strawberries
A little bit of decadence for after dinner. They couldn’t be simpler – strawberries dipped into melted chocolate and then left to set. Even if you don’t have room for pudding I bet you can manage a couple of these!
I love the way that the chocolate takes the shape of the paper case when it sets:
These were my “tried and tested” items. I’ll post again soon with my debut items .
Finally, I hope you'll permit me to boast a little. The CCBF (Caked Crusader's Boyfriend) bought me the most gorgeous copper mould for Christmas - forget Santa, it's the CCBF I clearly need to keep sweet! We'd seen it on a day trip out in the summer and I'd fallen in love with it but I couldn't justify buying it even though it was possibly the most beautiful piece of kitchenalia I'd ever set eyes on. What made this such a special gift - apart from being gorgeous, have I mentioned it's gorgeous? - was that the CCBF had to drive to the specific shop over an hour a way to purchase it. Sometimes you're given something and you just know you'll own it and treasure it for ever - this is such an item. Thank you CCBF!
Hope you’re all having a lovely Christmas!