Home-made Marzipan

Toppings and Fillings
December 28, 2011 Home-made Marzipan to use to top Christmas cakes and you can color, flavor, or form the marzipan into many different sweets or decorations. Ingredients 2 cups granulated sugar 1/8 tsp cream of tartar 4 cups ground almonds (or almond meal) 2 egg whites Icing sugar for dusting Method Prepare a work space by dusting over {Tags: , , , , } {More...}

Chocolate Cheesecake

Cakes
December 14, 2011 This cheesecake recipe is a Gordon Ramsey recipe and will look great on the table at Christmas.  It is fairly easy to make and the lemon adds a lightness to the dessert. Ingredients 175.0g caster sugar 450.0g soft cream cheese 1 vanilla pod 75.0ml lemon juice 175.0g crème fraîche 475.0ml double cream Method For the {Tags: , , , } {More...}

No Bake Christmas Cake

No-bake cakes
November 25, 2011 No Bake Christmas Cake quick and easy but you can also make mini cakes and decorate them too.  Children can get involved as there is no oven involved.  This is a Delia Smith recipe and packed in a pretty box makes a tasty Christmas gift. Ingredients 200g/7oz dried mixed fruit (or make up your own {Tags: , , , } {More...}

Chocolate Yule Log

Cakes
November 18, 2011 Chocolate Yule Log a favourite Christmas chocolate cake.  You can serve this as a Christmas Eve treat or the kids might prefer it to Christmas Cake.  This recipe is a Hairy Bikers from their book The 12 Days of Christmas. Ingredients Soft butter for greasing 6 large eggs, separated 150g caster sugar 50g cocoa powder {Tags: , , , } {More...}

Gingerbread Men

Biscuits
November 16, 2011 Gingerbread men are a great favourite with the kids this is an easy recipe and the kids can jelp with the preparation and the decoration.  Make some especially for Christmas. Ingredients 350g / 12oz plain flour 175g / 6oz light soft brown sugar 100g / 4oz butter 1 medium egg 4 tablespoons of golden syrup {Tags: , , , } {More...}

Mince Pies

Sweet Pastry
November 9, 2011 Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the traditional Mince Pies.  Its ingredients can be traced back to the 13th century.   This is made from ready made mincemeat but you can use your own Home made Mincemeat. Ingredients 225g cold butter , diced 350g plain flour 100g caster sugar* 280g mincemeat 1 small egg , beaten {More...}

Chocolate Icing

Icings
Chocolate Icing to top cakes and cupcakes this is easy to make recipe with items you will probably have  in your store cupboard.  You cans prinkle the icing with hundreds and thousands or dessicated coconut before it sets. Ingredients 1 ½ cups of icing sugar 1/4 cup of cocoa (not hot chocolate powder) 25 grams {More...}

Royal Icing

Icings, Toppings and Fillings
Royal Icing is a hard icing used to top Christmas Cakes, Weddings Cakes and Biscuits.  You can make flowers, rosettes or other decorations for cakes and biscuits. This recipe is enough to cover a 20.g – 23 cm cake. Ingredients 1 kg icing sugar 5 egg whites 2 teaspoons of lemon juice for a firm {More...}

Christmas Cake

Cakes
There are many recipes for Christmas Cake, this one is the one my Mum used to make originally from the Be Ro Cook Cook,  It is best to make the cake a few weeks before and if you like a boozy cake you can prick the top and add a little more brandy or sherry {Tags: , , , , } {More...}

Butter Cream

Sweet
November 2, 2011 A versatile filling or icing for cakes and biscuits.  To make it more interesting you can add food colourings.  Try adding lemon, almond or vanilla essence for a tasty filling. Ingredients 40g/5oz butter, softened 280g/10oz icing sugar 1-2 tbsp milk Method Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft Add half of the icing {Tags: , , , , } {More...}