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…

Pumpkin Cookies with Chocolate & Marshmallows

SO MUCH DELICIOUSNESS IN ONE COOKIE! I wanted something to make with the leftover pumpkin puree after Halloween, and these deliciously fabulous things happened! They’re so good, they’ve now gone into my Christmas cookie rotation. Definitely err on the side of generous when it comes to the mini marshmallows. I started with three on top…

Bonfire Blondies

SWEET, SALTY, SMOKY, STICKY! This is a go-big-or-go-home kind of blondie. For me, it conjures up images of bonfires and fireworks at the fair where there’s sticky treats and smoke in the air. There are a few things that turn this blondie up to eleven: the browning of the butter, the liquid smoke, and pretzel…

Salted Pretzel Cookies

NO HOLDS BARRED SALTED CARAMEL COOKIES! There’s all sorts of good going on in these cookies. Sugar-galore on the inside, rolled in vanilla sugar on the outside. Crunch from the pretzels with their kick of salt. Nutty browned butter and liquid smoke. Chewy caramel. I honestly can’t recommend these cookies highly enough. If you love…