Twelve Days of Christmas

12 – Buche de Noel Cake

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A traditional Christmas recipe for a Yule log, just switched around a bit to turn it into a showstopper cake instead,  I love the stripy inside it makes – a perfect winter dessert!  

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11- Toblerone Fondue Cake

DSC07392It seems that in our house competitive Toblerone eating is very much a Christmas tradition!  When Toblerone sent me a bunch of bars (after hiding them quickly) I thought I’d come up with a toblerone based dessert for serving up.

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10 – Treacle Spiced Loaf Cakes

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Little treacle loaf cakes with punchy Christmas Spice, a quick and easy recipe to share with your friends and family.  They’re egg free too, don’t worry I haven’t missed them out of the ingredients list.

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Ingredients

90g butter, softened

90g caster sugar

250g plain flour

¾ tsp baking powder

¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp mixed cake spice

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground cloves

Zest of ½ orange

110g treacle

110g golden syrup

200ml boiling water

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9 – Cinnamon Breakfast Buns

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Cinnamon Breakfast Buns – make them up now and bob them in the freezer ready to bake on Christmas Day morning – delicious squidgy cinnamon loveliness, what could be better?

This sticky dough really does make the best of buns so it’s worth the fuss!

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8 – Frosted Fancies

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So I’ll be honest from the outset, these frosted fancies are a bit of work, they’re not quick to do as there’s a fair few steps from cake making, coating and covering plus the decoration and there’s a fair bit of cleaning to do afterwards!  

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7- Cheddar and Olive Bites

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A little something to nibble on?  Send a plateful my way!

Ingredients:

165g plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

85g butter, cold diced

200g mature grated cheddar

190g jar of pitted olives in oil, drained (drained weight 110g)

2 egg yolks, large

Makes: 40 approx.

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6 – Three Cheese Souffle

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Have you ever made a souffle?  They’re a pretty retro dish that’s often overlooked and these 3 cheese souffles are truly delicious.  You can make them now, literally today and put them in the freezer and just defrost when you want them,  we all love a bit of a get ahead bake (and they’re really not so difficult to do either)

Ingredients:

50g butter

20g plain flour

300ml milk

4 eggs, large

50g gruyere cheese, finely grated

50g mature cheddar cheese, finely grated

50g parmesan, finely grated

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper, to season

A little extra melted butter to grease the dishes.

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5 – Baileys Chocolate Mousse

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Have you planned your Christmas desserts?  You might need to squeeze these in somewhere – a simple luscious Baileys Chocolate Mousse and Shortbread Stars.  If you need desserts to serve to Mums to be and the elderly (check and check) then you’ll need to avoid uncooked eggs and this little mousse is a great way to do just that!

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GEFU Exact Rolling Pin – Review

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So tell me what sort of rolling pin you use?  I shall confess to having a love hate relationship with rolling pins, I’ve found they’re a baker specific item and we all have a favourite, even if we don’t realise.

For me they can’t have rotating ends otherwise I roll out like a woman deranged, I like a wooden one but it has to be glazed, I’m not keen on pins with turned ends as they mark the pastry, and pins with tapered ends – supposedly to roll a perfect circle, well you need 100 different rolling out techniques!  

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4 – Crispy Bacon and Tomato Scrolls

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Time to break up this sweet sweet fest with something for the savoury lovers!  These crispy bacon and tomato scrolls are perfect for nibbling on whilst you put the finishing touches to the Christmas tree, wrap the presents or indeed sharing with guests.

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