Archive of ‘Holidays’ category

Vegetarian Nut Roast Pie

Impressive nut roast pie with vegetarian hot water crust pastry, the perfect vegetarian Christmas option - Domestic Gothess Like fruitcake, nut roast is another very divisive and much-maligned food; oft-mocked and shunned by vegetarians in favour of something a little less clichè, it is rare nowadays to find it on a menu anywhere. Which is a shame as it is both incredibly nutritious and, if done well, extremely delicious. I make nut roast fairly regularly, both I and my fiance love it, and it works perfectly with all of the usual roast dinner trimmings; any leftovers also make great sandwiches with some cheese and chutney. It is also perfect for Christmas dinner as a vegetarian option (though it does also go down well with the meat eaters) as it can be served with all the same sides as the main roast. A regular nut roast is a little plain-looking though, too boring for a proper festive dinner; this pie however makes for a very impressive centerpiece, making sure that any vegetarians don’t feel left out and under-catered for. (more…)

Ginger Glazed Gammon With Root Vegetable Gratin

 Ginger glazed Christmas ham - Domestic GothessA Christmas ham is something of a tradition in my family. My dad cooks one every Christmas Eve to sit in the fridge and be gradually whittled away at over the festive period; it is bought out for buffets and used to make sandwiches and any remains are boiled to make stock. I don’t think that a festive buffet table is complete without a gleaming, clove-studded joint of gammon. (more…)

Gingered Christmas Fruitcake With Rustic Decorations

Moist, gingery Christmas fruitcake topped with marzipan, royal icing and rustic decorations of sugared cranberries, rosemary and bay leaves, dried orange slices, pine cones and whole spices. There are a lot of mixed feelings about fruitcake, some people love it, others hate it with a fiery passion; I am firmly in the first camp, I adore fruitcake (of course I do. It’s cake.) and will happily eat it year round; fruitcake is not just for Christmas, though I wouldn’t want to celebrate it without it. Traditionally, Christmas cake should be made a good while in advance to allow it to mature; I am not that organised however so I made a cake that requires minimal maturing; though it certainly wouldn’t harm it if you wanted to make it a month or so in advance. (more…)

Buttermilk Spice Cake With Vanilla Mascarpone Icing

 Moist brown sugar buttermilk spice cake with smooth, creamy vanilla mascarpone frosting and Lindt chocolate decorations, perfect for the festive season.

We are fully into December now and I can’t quite believe just how quickly this year has vanished. Despite being initially resistant to the idea that it is nearly Christmas (see this post!), I have begun to accept it, and even to look forward to it (mulled wine may have played a part…); I still haven’t had my first mince pie though, although I have been craving one (or three (or five)). (more…)

Orange & Anise Snowflake Bread

Orange and star anise Christmas snowflake bread (Gibassier) - Domestic GothessI can’t believe that Christmas is less than a month away already…November disappeared in the blink of an eye and now Christmas is nearly here and I don’t even know what we’re doing for it yet; I am feeling decidedly non-festive and more than a little Grinchy… So I decided to do a spot of festive baking in an attempt to make myself feel less unenthusiastic about the whole thing. I made these delicious orange and anise snowflake breads; and while I didn’t end up feeling any more festive (I think more mulled wine may be needed), they were incredibly tasty and satisfying and would be perfect as part of a Christmas breakfast or brunch. (more…)

Gingerbread Spiced Apple Doughnuts

Gingerbread spiced apple doughnuts - Domestic GothessI have been craving doughnuts for several months now, but held off making them until there was an occasion where there would be enough people to eat them all; the problem with doughnuts is that they really are best eaten on the day they are made after which they start to go a bit dry. So when some friends finally hosted a party I took the opportunity to make some to take along. (more…)

Toffee Apple Gingerbread Loaf

Toffee apple gingerbread loaf cake, perfect for bonfire night - Domestic Gothess I don’t think that I have ever been to a bonfire night celebration as an adult, though the holiday is tinged with nostalgia; as a child I remember being bundled up warm and heading out as a family to watch the local firework display and burning of the guy; or building a bonfire in the back garden (check for hedgehogs!) and fashioning a guy from old clothes and newspaper and then gleefully setting fire to it… There are certain foods that are always reminiscent of Guy Fawkes night as well; crisp, cheesy jacket potatoes, mulled apple juice (though I prefer the grown-up kind now!), squidgy gingerbread, toffee apples, and marshmallows toasted on the bonfire; I used to let mine catch fire so that they were burnt on the outside and liquid on the inside… (more…)

Red Velvet Brownies With Oreo Cream Cheese Mousse & Chocolate Ganache

red velvet brownies with oreo cream cheese mousse and ganache Do you ever get a niggling idea in your head that just won’t go away? The seedling of a fully formed plan that intrudes on your thoughts and gets stuck in your mind, germinating, until it is eventually transformed into a brilliant, fully-fledged idea…. It started with mousse. All I knew at that point is that I wanted to make some mousse of some sort. I sat on that idea for a couple of weeks, in the meantime planning Valentines day baking, which got me thinking about red velvet…which got me thinking about cream cheese, because what is a red velvet cake without the iconic cream cheese icing?! (It’s the best bit!) My mind put the cream cheese and the mousse together… then spread it on top of some red velvet brownies… and added ganache, and then threw in some oreos for good measure… And red velvet brownies with oreo cream cheese mousse and chocolate ganache were born! (more…)

Raspberry Meringue Kisses

pink raspberry meringues

I don’t really buy into the idea of Valentines day, I’m not keen on the idea of forced romance…I prefer a little more spontaneity when it comes to that kind of thing. I do however enjoy playing with food colouring and given that at this time of year it is practically mandatory to dye everything pink or red I might as well make the most of it!

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