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Day 6 – Chocolate and Mulled Wine Tart

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An extremely rich mulled wine and chocolate tart – very decadent and something a little bit different to serve this Christmas. 

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Day 5 – Mincemeat Baklava

 

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A new twist on a Mince Pie – Mincemeat Baklava!  No sorry, I’m not making my own Filo, it’s Christmas time for goodness sake and I’m just a little bit busy.  Ready made Filo is what it’s all about!

Ingredients:

2 x pkts Filo Pastry

1 x jar of Mincemeat

175g melted butter

 

200ml water

200g caster sugar

80ml honey

2 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

5 whole cloves

Makes: 1 x 8” square tray of Bakalava

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Day 2 – Gingerbread Reindeer Barns

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How much fun are these?    When Lindt sent me a chocolate delivery (yes I know, that’s a great delivery to get) I knew I had to come up with something Christmassy – there was no way I was melting those Reindeer down for truffles!

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Chocolate Mincemeat

 

A brilliant way to sparkle up a regular jar of Christmas Mincemeat – turn it into Chocolate Mincemeat.  And before you all turn your noses up at the idea, I was a real non-believer….until I tried it!

Ingredients:

1 x 411g jar of Mincemeat

1 1/2 tbsps cocoa powder

1 tbsp water

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Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

A traditional cake but still one of my favourites, it’s good for feeding the masses too!

Ingredients:

225ml sunflower oil

3 eggs, large

120g golden syrup

150g soft light brown sugar

240g self-raising flour

1½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp allspice (if you don’t have allspice you can just leave it out!)

½tsp ground ginger

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

300g grated carrots

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Hot Cross Buns

with a Pink Whisk Twist of course

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Three ways to use this dough – as a loaf, whirls or the traditional buns – who could resist?

Ingredients:

Dough

315g strong plain white flour

1/2 tsp mixed cake spice

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp dried fast action yeast (or 1 sachet)

25g caster sugar

205ml milk

1 egg, large

zest of 1/2 and orange

100g currants

Filling

60g dark brown sugar

1 1/2tsp cinnamon

A little water icing to glaze (optional)

Makes 1 x 1lb loaf, 10 whirls or 8 buns

Place the flour, mixed spice, salt, caster sugar, orange zest, yeast, egg and currants in a large bowl.

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Wedding Baking – Fruit Wedding Cake


Here’s the recipe for my perfect wedding cake.  Because sometimes you need a fruit cake that tastes great without maturing and one that cooks fairly quickly – like when you have 11 hours to make the whole darn thing…

I will be doing a separate tutorial for sugarpaste roses later on this week.

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On the tenth day of Christmas The Pink Whisk sent to me…… Gingerbread Cupcakes


Gingerbread Men Cupcakes
Makes 18 cupcakes
Ingredients:
Cakes

115g butter, softened

55g dark brown sugar

50g caster sugar

1 large egg

150ml treacle

310g plain flour

1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 1/4tsp ground ginger

230ml greek yoghurt
Gingerbread men (optional) to decorate
Frosting

500g icing sugar, sifted

1 tbsp meringue powder/meri-white/egg white powder
or
1 x box of Silver Spoon Royal Icing Sugar
90ml lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 160c fan/180c/Gas Mark 4.

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Blue Peter Apple Cake

Blue Peter Apple Cake
This is the recipe for a cake that I started making in my early teens,  I used to make it for family occasions around this time of year when we were lucky enough to have apple trees in the back garden. 

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Monkey Bread – No Monkeys Required

Monkey, Monkey, Monkey, Monkey Bread!
This pan happened to end up in my collection in one of those shopping moments when all sensible rationale flies out of the window.  Lured by cute monkeyness and sheer curiosity the pan found its way into my shopping basket.

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