Monthly Archives: December 2011

12 Days of Christmas 2011


I hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes in the 2011 version of The Pink Whisk 12 Days of Christmas – here are all the recipes rounded up for your Christmas Baking.

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Day 12 – Golden Christmas Meringues

On the twelfth and last day of The Pink Whisk Christmas I’m sending you ….. Golden Christmas Meringues!

Golden Christmas Meringues

A great dessert this Christmas, make the meringues in advance, store in an airtight container and then whip them out and fill for a really quick and impressive treat.

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Day 11 – Pork Pies with Cranberry Jelly

On the eleventh day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Pork Pies with Cranberry Jelly.

(She’s nearly collapsed in a heap getting all these recipes done – but the taste testing has been fun!)

Pork Pie with Cranberry Jelly

The cranberry jelly in these pies makes for something really lovely – a sweetish jelly with the tasty pork filling and crunchy crisp hot water crust pastry.  

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Day 10 – Reindeer Cake Pops & Marzipan Balls

On the tenth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Reindeer Cake Pops

(or Marzipan Balls if you can’t be faffed with the whole cake pop malarkey!)

Reindeer Cake Pops or Marzipan Ballsand the chance to win some lovely chocolate from Cadbury Gifts Direct too x

You will need:

Cake Pops – cake and buttercream or Marzipan

Lollipop Sticks

300g Milk Chocolate

Antlers – Wafer Antlers by Hollys Cupcakes here or Pretzels

Noses – Red (or Pink Whisk) Smarties

Eyes – Dr Oetker Polka Dots or white ready to roll icing

Reindeer Cake Pops or Marzipan BallsCake pops are fiddly blighters and I thought I’d try these with both cake pop mixture and marzipan (separately not together!)  Personally I like marzipan and I’m not averse to it covered in chocolate so these were a winner for me.  

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Day 9 – Mini Beef Empanadas

On the ninth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Mini Beef Empanadas

Mini Spicy Beef Empanadas

Makes 20 Small or 8 full size.

Ingredients:

Pastry

225g plain flour

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 tsp baking powder

50g butter

50g lard

Cold water to combine (70-90ml)

Filling

225g lean minced beef

1 onion, diced

2tbps oil

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

100ml beef stock

1 egg, beaten for glaze

Begin by making the pastry.  

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Day 8 – Baileys Pastry Mince Pies

On the eighth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Baileys Pastry Mince Pies – oh yes indeed!

Baileys Mince Pies

I didn’t think you could beat mince pies made with zesty pastry (recipe here)  turns out you can – with Baileys Pastry! 

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Day 7 – Pastry Spoons

On the seventh day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Pastry Spoons.

Pastry Spoons for Canapes and Nibbles

These make perfect canapes for your dinner parties or posh do’s – well I think they are, if I was a posh girl hosting a score of parties then this is what I’d go for.  

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Day 6 – Coconut & Passionfruit Cakes

On the sixth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Coconut and Passionfruit Cakes.

Coconut and Passionfruit Cakes

Although not Christmassy in flavour sometimes it makes a nice change to indulge in something fruity and these are certainly delicious – they look to me like snowy peaked mountains too!

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Day 5 – Paper Cup Christmas Cakes

On the fifth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Individual paper cup christmas cakes! Perfect for a gift, for school fairs and all sorts x

Paper Cup Christmas CakesI know we’ve made Christmas cakes already but these are so cute I couldn’t resist adding them in to the 12 days of Christmas.  

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Day 4 – Parmesan and Poppy Seed Crackers

On the fourth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…..Parmesan and Poppy Seed Crackers – perfect for your cheeseboard!

Parmesan and Poppy Seed Crackers

Makes 24 thick crackers.

Ingredients:

300g plain flour

2tsp baking powder

1 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp onion salt

115g butter

2 tbsps vegetable/sunflower oil

2 tbsps poppy seeds

130ml water

30g parmesan cheese

Begin by adding the flour, baking powder, sugar and onion salt to the bowl of a food processor.  

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