Category Christmas

BRANDY, CRANBERRY & MARZIPAN CAKE

We went up in to the hills earlier today, to nourish body and mind in the open air before the creeping darkness set in, which seems to be happening earlier and earlier with each passing day.  I wanted to collect sloes – late I know, but thought we might get lucky and happen on a few […]

CHESTNUT TRUFFLES

Years ago, I’d gone round to a friend’s house for coffee,  and at the kitchen table was some sort of incrediable confection made with chestnuts and chocolate.  I don’t remember the details, and infact, nor does she – she can’t remember ever having made it.  I’ve never tasted anything similar since, but the memory lingers, and I wanted […]

CHRISTMAS CRUMBLE

Double leftover whammy: we decided to make use of leftover mincemeat in a crumble, contrasting its’ sweetness with the almost tangy punch of unsweetened fruity goodness from the plum, apricot and orange sauce I made to go with our roast (https://cheesybiscuit.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/plum-orange-apricot-sauce/.)  A thinly sliced (peel and all) braeburn apple over the top made this crumble extra fruity.  B made the topping, […]

PLUM, ORANGE & APRICOT SAUCE

This year we had a roast duck on the 25th, and this very fruity, spiced sauce was a lovely accompaniment – best made a few days in advance to let the flavours develop.   Ingredients About 6 apricots, quartered About 4 plums, quartered 1 bramley apple, peeled and chopped Juice and zest of 2 oranges […]

MULLED BERRIES IN WINE

We love a fruity pud over here, and with the generous amount of alcohol involved, this makes a lovely one for the festive season.  Although it’s served chilled, it has all the flavours of a good mulled wine about it.  My mother used to make something similar for dinner parties, and when I was old enough to start making it myself, […]

FESTIVE FLORENTINES

Got to have Florentines at this time of year, we normally buy them in (M&S do amazing ones, but you have to suck it up and pay the premium price!)  But we saw a recipe in Delia’s chocolate book (same recipe can be found here), and whilst it takes a little time, it looked simple enough.  […]