Twelve Days of Christmas

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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Mini Cakes – Santa Stop Here!

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How about these miniature cakes – teeny tiny cakes made in mini baking cups from Iced Jems.  Just like the cupcake sized Christmas cakes then one full batch of 8” Christmas cake mix is going to make a ton, 50+ of these teeny tiny ones so just make a part mixture or mix up your baking with a variety of sizes, unless of course you want to make 50?!

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