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Mincemeat, Marzipan And Apple Bread Wreath

Mincemeat, marzipan and apple bread wreath – an impressive festive centrepiece full of Christmassy flavours.

mincemeat, marzipan and apple bread wreath - an impressive braided bread centrepiece full of Christmas flavour!

One last post before Christmas! This mincemeat, marzipan and apple bread wreath is an impressive centrepiece that would be perfect for a festive breakfast. I somehow ended up with about five jars of mincemeat leftover from making various things and there are only so many mince pies that one can eat (though that number is rather high); so I decided to make this bread wreath instead. (more…)

Spiced Honey Roasted Nuts

Spiced honey roasted nuts – sweet, spicy, salty and utterly addictive! They are great to snack on and would make a lovely home-made Christmas gift.

Spiced honey roasted nuts - sweet, spicy, salty and utterly addictive! They are great to snack on and would make a lovely home-made Christmas gift.

It is so very nearly Christmas and if you are in need of an easy yet lovely home-made gift then these spiced honey roasted nuts may just be it. If you wrap them up in a nice jar they would make a really good gift, otherwise they are just great to have to hand to nibble on throughout the holidays. (more…)

Lighter Mince Pies (Vegan)

Lighter mince pies – you can enjoy a festive mince pie even if you are trying to cut down on the sweet stuff as these ones have no added sugar, are lower in calories and vegan too! Post sponsored by Splenda.

Lighter mince pies - you can enjoy a festive mince pie even if you are trying to cut down on the sweet stuff as these ones have no added sugar, are lower in calories and vegan too!

Lighter mince pies - you can enjoy a festive mince pie even if you are trying to cut down on the sweet stuff as these ones have no added sugar, are lower in calories and vegan too!

Mince pies are one of my absolute favourite festive foods; I dread to think how many of them I get through over the festive period! (I actually had my first mince pie of the year in July, at a Christmas in July event!). For me it wouldn’t be Christmas without them, but they are quite high in sugar and fat, and therefore calories; so I’ve come up with this lighter version that cuts down on the sugar and fat whilst still being delicious! (more…)

Chocolate Gingerbread Biscuits (With Vegan Option)

Chocolate gingerbread biscuits – a chocolatey twist on classic gingerbread biscuits; they make great cut-outs for Christmas!

Chocolate gingerbread biscuits - a chocolatey twist on classic gingerbread biscuits; they make great cut-outs for Christmas!

 

I can’t believe that we are only a week away from Christmas; I still have so much work left to do and so many things that I want to bake and not enough time to do it all in! I made these chocolate gingerbread biscuits a while ago but haven’t had time to share them; seeing as we are so close to Christmas though I thought that I had better get them posted quick! (more…)

Lighter Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake With Berry Coulis

Lighter chocolate swirl cheesecake with berry coulis – have your cake and eat it too with this delicious lower calorie cheesecake recipe. Post sponsored by Splenda.

Lighter chocolate swirl cheesecake with berry coulis - have your cake and eat it too with this delicious lower-calorie cheesecake.

Lighter chocolate swirl cheesecake with berry coulis - have your cake and eat it too with this delicious lower-calorie cheesecake.

Christmas is a difficult time of year for healthy eating, there is just so much temptation about and it can be impossible to resist. However, with a little bit of effort and a couple of easy swaps it is possible to drastically reduce your sugar intake, and therefore your overall calorie consumption; whilst still being able to enjoy some sweet treats. (more…)

Orange Cinnamon Butter Biscuits

Orange cinnamon butter biscuits – crisp, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth festive cookies that make great cut-outs for Christmas.

 Orange cinnamon butter biscuits - crisp, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth festive cookies that make great cut-outs for Christmas.

Orange cinnamon butter biscuits - crisp, buttery festive cookies that make great cut-outs for decorating and Christmas. #Christmas #baking #cookies

I’ve been having a lot of fun making and decorating Christmas biscuits this week. The decorating part is quite time consuming if you are trying to do it really neatly and you have a lot of biscuits to get through, but I find it quite relaxing and it is a nice way to while away a cold, wet afternoon. (more…)

Mulled Wine Chocolate Cake With Orange Mascarpone Cream

Mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream – a perfectly showstopping festive layer cake that tastes like Christmas.

Mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream - a festive showstopper that tastes like Christmas!

Mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream - a festive showstopper that tastes like Christmas!

Have you started thinking about Christmas yet? It still feels too early to me but we food bloggers have to start planning things way in advance so my kitchen has been a full-on festive bombsite for the past couple of weeks. I couldn’t wait long to post this mulled wine chocolate cake with orange mascarpone cream; it is too delicious not to share! (more…)

Pumpkin Layer Cake With Mascarpone Cream And Sugared Pecans

Pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans – this stunning cake is truly irresistible and perfect for any Autumn celebration.

Pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans - utterly irresistible!

Pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans - utterly irresistible! #pumpkin #cake #pumpkinspice #baking

I’ve been dying to share this cake recipe with you as it is just SO GOOD. Seriously, it is one of the best cakes I have ever made/eaten. I know that I probably say that a lot, and maybe I do just love most cakes (in fact I definitely do!), but this pumpkin layer cake with mascarpone cream and sugared pecans might just be my ideal cake. (more…)

Witches’ Finger Cookies And Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Witches’ finger cookies served with red velvet hot chocolate ‘blood’ make a spooktacular treat for Halloween!

Witches' finger cookies - a gory but delicious treat for Halloween!

Witches' finger cookies - a gory but delicious treat for Halloween!

This is my last Halloween post (for this year), I promise! These witches’ finger cookies are fun to make and very creepy looking, especially if you serve them with red velvet hot chocolate ‘blood’ for dipping them in! (more…)

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Pies

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pies – put your pumpkin carving skills to good use with these tasty, creepy (or cute – your choice!) pumpkin pies for Halloween.

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pies - creepy (or cute - your choice!) pumpkin pies for Halloween.

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pies - fun, tasty individual pumpkin pies for Halloween.

It is very nearly Halloween so I should probably get a move on and share the couple of Halloween recipes that I have left before it is too late! these Halloween Jack-O-lantern pumpkin pies take a little bit of time and effort to make but they look really effective and would make a great addition to a Halloween party spread. (more…)

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