Coffee & Vanilla Cookies

PERFECT FOR COFFEE-LOVERS! Soft, chewy, with coffee and vanilla flavours, these cookies are a winner. It really does make a difference to use quality espresso in this recipe. I used vanilla espresso made with a Nespresso pod, and the flavour really came through in the cookie. You can be adventurous with your choice: caramel espresso…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Marzipan Mice Truffles

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. -CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE- One of my favourite Christmas poems – I think we can all remember it being…

Honeydukes’ Exploding Bonbons

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: by far my favourite HP book and definitely my favourite in the film franchise. I remember that first visit to Hogsmeade, like it was me taking those steps into that magical place. “Do you know much about Hogsmeade?” asked Hermione keenly. “I’ve read it’s the only entirely non-Muggle…

Treacle Tart Truffles

What is it about treacle tarts that makes me feel all misty-eyed and nostalgic? It’s certainly not the nightmarish memories of the child-catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, tempting children with “treacle tart… all free today”. Ugh, even writing that line makes me shudder. Could it be because it’s Harry Potter’s favourite dessert? As a…