Sticky Toffee Pudding & Butterscotch Sauce

A PROPER STICK-TO-YER-RIBS PUDDING! This is a perfect winter pudding recipe: something that’ll warm you up from the inside – as my nan used to say. It’s dark and rich and squidgy and sweet; everything a pudding should be! I’ve served it here with Rum Butterscotch sauce, but you can always go traditional and serve…

Hot Chocolate Cake

all the flavours of christmassy hot chocolate, but in a cake. For the cake, try using coffee-flavoured dark chocolate as it really brings out the flavour of the chocolate. I found some amazing Espresso chocolate in my local supermarket. Similarly, you can use vanilla chocolate for the fudge sauce, which is divine. And you can…

Toad in the Hole with Stout Gravy

The ultimate comfort food With simple ingredients, this recipe is seriously impressive and deliciously comforting. You can be creative with your sausage choices; I used a mixture of various pork sausages. One year, I also added some chunks of leftover Christmas stuffing, which made this dish insanely good. I recommend serving the Toad in the…

Caramel Biscotti

CHRISTMAS CARAMEL JOY! This is definitely not a traditional variant of the recipe, but I thought, why not make caramel biscotti? Because there’s always room for caramel, right? Opt for good, soft caramels. They’ll go gooey in the oven and be lovely and chewy after baking. Feel free to put more in; it’ll probably make…

Chocolate & Fig Oat Cookies

THERE’S SO MUCH CHRISTMAS IN THESE COOKIES! These are soft and chewy with an unbelievable flavour! Fig and oats work so well together, and the spices and chocolate puts me in such a festive mood. These cookies are for those me-days when you put on an old black-and-white movie, curl up with a blanket and…

Caramel Cheesecake Pots

This is so easy to make and looks incredibly impressive. It’s perfect for dinner parties, especially those casual easy-going get-togethers with close friends, where you’re chatting for hours over dinner. The last thing you want is to worry about preparing dessert, or having to deal with oven timings, especially after a few glasses of wine!…

Blackberry & Dark Chocolate Flapjacks

A plate of these with afternoon tea = comfort! Flapjacks are one of those great store-cupboard recipes that are supposed to be easy to make, and yet – over the years – they’ve been MY NEMESIS! For some reason, they always either fell apart on me, or had the consistency of rocks, or the butter…

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Cookies

cookies for santa Salted Caramel cookies are a must for me at Christmas. These ones are extra-specially good. When it comes to making these cookies, it’s all about the ingredients. Try and find some molasses sugar, or choose some good soft brown sugar. Be patient when frying the butter and let it go lovely and…

Pumpkin Flapjacks

A great way to use up leftover pumpkin puree! There’s something wonderful about the good ol’ flapjack, right? With a few store-cupboard ingredients and an effortless method, you can be sinking your teeth in sweet oaty goodness before you can say, “Mmmmm, flapjacks” (if you say it for about half an hour). These ones have…

Honey & Marzipan Biscotti

There’s so much baking going on around Christmas that it can get a bit overwhelming (and tiring!) so anything to make life a little easier is always welcome in my home. Biscotti are twice-baked, have a firm texture and have the longest shelf-life. You can bake up a few batches, put them in a tin…