Apple & Stout Chutney

PERFECT FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS CHEESEBOARD! This Apple and Stout Chutney was a hit at Christmas. The stout is a key ingredient here, so head down to your local craft beer shop and root out a really good one. I opted for a beautiful Guadeloupe rum-barrel aged imperial stout, which had oak and rum notes with…

Carrot Cake Blondies

AN EASY BAKE THAT’S PACKED WITH FLAVOUR! This is fab for when you want that carrot cake fix, but you don’t want to go through the rigmarole of baking a cake and waiting for it to cool and frosting it. With these Carrot Cake Blondies, it’s all added to the same tin, and the cream…

Cranberry Bakewell Tart

A FABULOUS ‘LEFTOVER CRANBERRY SAUCE’ RECIPE! This is a lovely recipe for using up that leftover cranberry sauce languishing in the back of the fridge. If you are using shop-bought cranberry sauce, double-check that it doesn’t contain any vinegar. In which case, substitute for your favourite jam. Alternatively, you could make your own cranberry sauce….

Christmas Cake Trifle Pots

THIS IS SUCH A NIFTY WAY TO USE UP LEFTOVER CHRISTMAS CAKE! There’s a shortcut version to this recipe where you can buy the custard and salted caramel, and build these little pots for a lovely treat or dinner party dessert. There’s so much to do around Christmas that shortcuts are a welcome commodity. But,…

Leftover Turkey Chilli

THIS IS SUCH A GREAT WAY TO USE UP LEFTOVER TURKEY! Spicy and comforting with hints of sweetness and smoke, you can make a large or small batch. It’s as easy as throwing all the ingredients in a pan and you can play around with what you use and how daring you are with spice….

Coconut & Almond Truffles

SUPER EASY, SUPER DELICIOUS! I love making truffles at Christmas because there’s something so decadent about them. But, let’s be honest, they’re usually a mess to make and you need a Phd in patience. Okay, so these Coconut & Almond truffles won’t exactly be ready in the blink of an eye, but they’re swifter than…

Apple & Spice Buttermilk Scones

THESE ARE DELICIOUS, SLIGHTLY SWEET WITH LITTLE BURSTS OF SHARP APPLE. I love whipping up a batch of scones for an easy breakfast for guests. These keep well, so you can even make them the night before, leave it uncut and keep them in a tin for the morning. These scones are seriously amazing with…

Cherry Bakewell Brownies

I LOVE CHERRY BAKEWELLS AND I LOVE BROWNIES, AND FIGURED, WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT TO HAVE BOTH?! The sour cherries and marzipan in all that chocolate make this the ultimate festive pudding. And as with all brownies, they’re super easy to make. Feel free to add or subtract a few minutes to the baking time…

Lindt Croissant Pudding

BREAKFAST WITH BELLS ON! I’ve called this ‘breakfast’, because, why not? It’s Christmas; so treat yourself! This is based on a bread pudding, but using croissants instead. Try and use croissants that are slightly on the stale side, and then they’ll soak up all that lovely custard pudding without turning to mush. The addition of…

Sticky Toffee Xmas Pudding-Pops

THESE LOOK A TREAT! This isn’t so much of a recipe as it is a concept. I made these when I had leftovers from my Sticky Toffee Pudding with Rum Butterscotch Sauce recipe. So, if you’ve made that, then this is a perfect way to use up the leftovers. However, you could use any cake,…