Treats

Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding

 

Self saucing chocolate pudding

What could be better than a chocolate pudding with lashings of chocolate sauce? 

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Day 12 – Snowmen Macarons

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Just a little delicious Christmas idea from me today!

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Day 11 – Mantecados

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A little something to share with you for Christmas that I’d not come across before.  I was tipped off to these by a good friend Helen who lives and works in Spain – you may have come across her blog The Diary of a Cake Maker.

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Day 10 – Chocolate Meringue Roulade

DSC04007Last years Toffee Pecan Roulade went down an absolute storm so I thought this year I’d share a chocolate version.  They’re so brilliant because they’re freezable!  Make it now and stash it in the freezer for a Christmas dessert.

Ingredients:

Roulade

5 egg whites, large

2 tsp cornflour

225g caster sugar

2 tbsps cocoa powder

Chocolate Caramel Filling

1 x 315g tin of condensed milk

90g soft brown sugar

90g butter

3 tbsps cocoa powder

Cream

300ml double cream

3 tbsps icing sugar

50g chocolate curls

Popping candy (optional)

Cocoa powder to dust

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Day 9 – Cappuccino Truffles

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A perfect after dinner treat, deliciously simple to make but dark, rich and packing a coffee punch.  The white chocolate coating adds a lovely creamy touch just like a Cappuccino! Here are my tips for making, shaping and coating the best truffles around.

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Day 8 – Ecclefechan

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Have you ever tried these?  They are really delicious and a nice alternative to Mince Pies too.  I have added Christmas spices to mine and a zesty orange pastry which isn’t the traditional way so if you want them authentic simply leave those out.

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Day 7 – Gala Pork Pie

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Would you like one of these on your buffet table?  They’ve gone down a storm here and I bet they will with you too!

Ingredients:

Hot water crust pastry

340g plain flour

1 tsp salt

150ml water

115g lard

Filling

500g minced pork (the best quality you can find)

125g streaky smoked bacon, diced

200g sausagemeat

1 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped

1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

1 tsp dried thyme

1 small onion, finely diced

1 egg

6 eggs, large (hard boiled)

1 egg beaten for egg wash

Jelly

250ml chicken stock

2 sheets of gelatine

 

Makes: 1 x 2lb loaf tin pie

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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.  I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s definitely mine!

Ingredients:

Pastry

100g butter, softened

75g caster sugar

1 egg, large

300g plain flour

1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground cloves

 

Filling

6 eggs, large

225g caster sugar

350ml mulled wine

100ml double cream

3 tbsps cocoa powder

 

Makes: 1 x 9” tart

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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 4 – Chocolate Christmas Cake

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A super rich dark Christmas cake.  I’ve been making this for a few years now and I’m always asked for the recipe.  The chocolate isn’t an obvious flavour but it is what makes this cake so rich and luxurious.  It’s a great cake to make as the fruits only have an overnight soaking and it doesn’t need any feeding – bargain! 

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