Archive of ‘Holidays’ category

Valentine’s Persian Love Cake

Persian love cake - a romantic, fragrant cake flavoured with lemon, rosewater, cardamom, almond and pistachio, perfect for Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I’ve got a last-minute post for you in the form of Persian love cake. The story behind this cake goes that there was a Persian woman who was madly in love with a prince so she baked him a cake to make him fall in love with her; because what better way is there to win someone over than with cake?! There are multiple versions of the story floating around, some ending happily, some definitely not. It is extremely unlikely to actually be true and is most likely a fairly modern invention; but I do like food with a story!
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Clementine Marmalade & ThermoPop Review & Giveaway!

Clementine marmalade - a delicious homemade marmalade using clementines, great for Christmas gifts!

Clementines are really cheap in the shops at the moment so I ended up buying two and a half kilograms of them; I’ve been eating several of them a day but wanted to make something to use a few of them up. I really enjoy preserving, particularly when it is cold and dark outside; there is something comforting about the process and winter just makes me want to hole up at home and stockpile homemade foods so I chose to make marmalade with them. The wonderful smell of it simmering away on the stove will also make your house smell like an orange grove, which is enough to brighten up even the most miserable and wet of days. (more…)

Mincemeat Bundt Cake

Mincemeat bundt cake - a moist, lightly spiced bundt cake full of sticky fruit, perfect for using up any mincemeat leftover from Christmas!

Christmas may be over and we may be in the throes of the usual January healthy eating resolutions, but I think that there is still place for cake (there is always place for cake); particularly one that uses up leftovers. I had a jar of my homemade mincemeat left over from Christmas; it would probably have kept till next year but I don’t have much storage space so wanted to use it up quickly. I had already made mincemeat and marzipan cinnamon buns and had bought a new bundt tin in the sales that had yet to be used so mincemeat bundt cake it was. (more…)

Mincemeat And Marzipan Cinnamon Buns

Mincemeat and marzipan cinnamon buns - and wonderful festive breakfast and great way of using up leftovers.

After making my own mincemeat recently I found myself with rather a lot of it! There are only so many mince pies a girl can eat (though that number may be quite high), so I tried to think of some other ways to use some of it up. The best way I came up with was these mincemeat and marzipan cinnamon buns, which also helpfully used up the marzipan leftover from covering my Christmas cake. (more…)

Chocolate Dipped Lebkuchen

Chocolate dipped Lebkuchen - German spiced honey biscuits (cookies) similar to gingerbread, perfect for Christmas!

These chocolate dipped Lebkuchen are really easy to make, keep well and embody all the flavours of Christmas. Lebkuchen are a traditional German festive biscuit, similar to gingerbread but are softer and more cakey. They are made with honey, ground almonds and lots of spices and are topped with a sweet glaze as well as often being dipped in chocolate. (more…)

Red Velvet Bundt Cake With White Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Glaze

 

Red velvet bundt cake with white chocolate peppermint cream cheese glaze - the perfect festive cake!

This is your NINE DAYS till Christmas warning! I hope you are all more prepared than I am, I’ve only bought one gift so far! I’m never usually quite this disorganised… The last minute rush to get everything sorted is on! If you are also unprepared and didn’t get round to baking a fruitcake yet (or just don’t like fruitcake), then this red velvet bundt cake with white chocolate peppermint cream cheese glaze makes a great festive alternative as it doesn’t need to be baked in advance. (more…)

Vegetarian Mincemeat Recipe (And A Giveaway)

Vegetarian mincemeat recipe - easy vegetarian Christmas mincemeat made with butter and lashings of port

It never feels like Christmas is close for me until I’ve had my first mince pie; they are an absolute essential in making me feel festive and I love them. While I enjoy most mince pies, shop bought or otherwise, as with most things you just can’t beat homemade ones, and if you do make your own then you get the bonus of festive baking, which always helps to put me in a Christmassy mood. If you are going to go through the effort of making your own (and they really aren’t that much effort at all), then you might as well make your own mincemeat too – again, homemade is so much better than shop bought. (more…)

Feeney’s Gingerbread Latte Martini

Gingerbread latte martini made with Feeney's Irish Cream and homemade gingerbread syrup; the ideal Christmas cocktail!

This post is sponsored by Feeney’s

Are you prepared for Christmas yet? Most years I’m super organised and have all my gift shopping finished by now, but this year I haven’t bought a single thing yet and don’t even know what to get anyone. I have put my Christmas tree up though, I usually wait until about the 15th to decorate it but I wanted to use it as a backdrop for food photos so up it went! (With much complaining from my fiancé – he’s not big on Christmas). (more…)

Rich Christmas Fruitcake

Rich Christmas fruitcake packed full of rum soaked fruit. Make in advance and feed regularly with rum, whiskey, brandy or sherry

So it is somehow December already and I have done no Christmas shopping or planning whatsoever; I wont be hosting Christmas lunch (my house is essentially a building site at the moment) but I do need to make dessert and some Christmassy nibbles. I did manage to be organised enough to bake a rich Christmas fruitcake last week though; I haven’t yet decided how I want to decorate it but I’ve got a few weeks left to come up with something. (more…)

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