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….

Spiced Pear Chutney

CHAMPIONING THE PEAR! This is a perfect chutney for the Christmas cheeseboard. It’s sweet with warm spices and goes beautifully with sharp cheddar or mature goat cheese. I used Craigies Ballyhook Flyer Irish cider in mine, which is a medium-bodied dry cider, so I’d definitely recommend splashing out a bit on something special. RECIPE: SPICED…

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…

Fig & Pear Christmas Cake

CHRISTMAS IS COMING! I always look forward to the day I bake my Christmas cake because it feels like it’s officially the beginning of Christmas… Perhaps that’s why I bake mine in September. And yes, there will be Christmas music coz it’s never too early for a bit of BublĂ© or some good ol’ Bing….

Fig, Apple & Pear Chutney

This is hands-down my favourite Christmas chutney. If you’re going to make one chutney this year, make this one! My WONDEFULLY WARM-HEARTED FRIENDS at Under the Christmas Tree kindly published this recipe on their holly-jolly website. If you love Christmas, then Under the Christmas Tree is the place for you! It’s a wonderland of good-tidings, comfort…

Sausage & Pear Festive Plait

This recipe is perfect for easy-entertaining or a family meal. It makes one giant sausage roll, which is ideal for banquet-style dining where you can put it in the middle of the table and people can slice off however much they choose. It is great straight out of the oven and piping-hot, but I can’t…