Pear, Blueberry & Chocolate Strudel

THE PEREFCT PUDDING FOR WINTER NIGHTS! If you can find Strudel pastry in the supermarket (I used Betty Bossi’s strudel dough, which is in the chilled section with pizza dough) then buy some and keep it in the freezer for a rainy day. You’ll need to defrost before using, but it thaws out super quick….

Tiramisu Cheesecake (No-Bake)

IMPRESSIVE NO-BAKE DESSERT FOR COFFEE-LOVERS! This is a super-tasty dessert great for easy entertaining. It’s perfect for Christmas when ovens tend to be at their busiest, as it’s one less thing to have to make oven-time for. As this doesn’t require any baking, it really shines if you invest in good quality ingredients. If you…

Chai Tea and Chocolate Chip Muffins

LIGHT. FLUFFY. DELICIOUS. These muffins have got breakfast written all over them. For me, the chai tea gives it the edge. If you’re not a chai fan, you could substitute with rooibos; I reckon that would sing with dark chocolate, and maybe omit the spices and up the vanilla? Or, you could use Earl Grey…

Leftover Panettone Pudding

BREAD PUDDING: REMASTERED! This recipe is very similar to a Bread Pudding, but I’ve just turned it up a little because it’s Christmas. I had a load of leftover panettone and decided to use it in place of the bread, and it did a wonderful job of soaking up all those lovely flavours. I also…

Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Gingerbread Cookies

CHRISTMAS IN A COOKIE! Gingerbread cookies are the ultimate Christmas cookie, but I find making the version that involves rolling, stamping and decorating a bit time-consuming. Here is a version that has all the flavours, but less of the faff. These gorgeous cookies have cayenne pepper in them, which adds a fabulous kick and pairs…

Viennese Whirl Mince Pies

A NEW TWIST ON THE MINCE PIE! I found this recipe on Tesco’s website: Tesco Viennese Whirl mince pies, and had to try it out. I don’t know which genius decided to combine mince pies with Viennese whirls, but hats off my friend. They were amazing! Try my¬†Fig, Ginger & Chocolate Mincemeat or Pear, Caramel,…

Pear, Caramel & Rum Mincemeat

GAME-CHANGING MINCEMEAT! I’m not a huge fan of traditional mincemeat, so when it comes to making my own, I tend to stray towards the sweeter side. This one is packed full of pears, Christmas spices and there’s more caramel than you can shake a stick at, so it delivers some serious flavour. If caramel is…

Lemon Amaretti Cookies

THESE ARE LIKE LITTLE CLOUDS OF JOY! These cookies are seriously moreish. The centres are beautifully light and fluffy, and the sugar layer on the outside gives them a sweet crackly shell. I added a few drops of almond essence to the mixture because I wanted the result to be really almond-y, but you can…

Chocolate Espresso Marzipan Spread

CHOCOLATE SPREAD GETS DECADENT! Here’s something a little bit special to spread on your croissants, especially around Christmas when it’s absolutely fine to have chocolate in the morning! If you can, try and use vanilla espresso (I used a Nespresso pod). It’s not essential, and regular espresso will work just as well, but it really…

Mint Chocolate Meringues

A GREAT WAY TO USE UP LEFTOVER EGG WHITES! A lot of pastry is made in my house over Christmas (because of ALL THOSE MINCE PIES), which means I tend to find myself with a lot of leftover egg white. Yes, I could make myself an egg white omelette to balance out all those mince…