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My Favourite Christmas Recipes

Updated: Feb 1

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all in the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t seen my latest post, Top 5 Supermarket Bakes, where I give you the lowdown on my favourite shop bought bakes when I don’t have time to make my own, click here to catch up!

In the run up to Christmas, I have been sharing with you on Instagram the recipes I can’t live without over the festive period. With the number of celebrities, chefs and friends and family suggestions for what you should eat over Christmas, it seems impossible to know who to listen to. So I thought I would compile by list of favourites. These recipes have become traditions for me, that I bake every year and put me in the festive mood. Christmas just doesn’t feel like Christmas without them!

Each recipe has a potted method with just the basics, and then I have linked to my original posts or website pages for you to read the details of how to make each bake.

To get you in the festive spirit, here is my cover of ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ with my trusty yellow ukulele!

Without further ado, here are my favourite Christmas recipes…

MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS RECIPES

No. 1 : Make-Your-Own Mince Pies

Read the full recipe by clicking here!

POTTED RECIPE

Start by making shortcrust pastry by rubbing together 175g plain flour and 85g salted butter until they resemble rough breadcrumbs. Add one tablespoon of cold water at a time until the pastry comes together. Chill for 30 minutes and then roll out and line a cupcake tin with circles of pastry. Fill with shop bought mincemeat and then add in some of your favourite ingredients to pimp the filling. My favourites are glace cherries, grated eating apples and chopped stem ginger. Place a festive shaped lid of pastry on the top and brush with egg wash and bake for 20 minutes in a 180’C oven until golden and bubbling. Enjoy with brandy butter!

No. 2 : Last Minute Christmas Cake

Read the full recipe by clicking here!

POTTED RECIPE

First grease and double line an 8 inch round cake tin. To make the cake, melt 250g butter and cool before mixing with 1kg of mixed dried fruit, 125ml orange juice, 1 tbsp. honey, 1 grated eating apple, 155g light brown sugar and 4 eggs. Mix before adding 190g plain flour and 1 tsp each of cinnamon and mixed spice. Stir together well and spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 2 – 3 hours till cooked through and golden brown. Cool thoroughly before brushing with apricot jam and covering with white fondant icing. Enjoy with an afternoon cup of tea!

No. 3 : DIY Chocolate Box Chocolates

Read the full recipe by clicking here!

POTTED RECIPE

To make your own chocolates, first find a mould to make them in. You can buy silicone moulds from Lakeland or just use silicone ice-cube trays. Using silicone makes the finished chocolates come out easily and create their own shiny surface. Melt your choice of chocolate – milk, dark and white – and spoon into an even layer in your mould and set in the fridge for up to 30 minutes before adding another layer and setting to make individual layers. You can get experimental and decorate them in anyway you like within reason! Enjoy after Christmas lunch as an indulgent treat or gift to your loved ones!

No. 4 : Double Ginger Gingerbread

Read the full recipe by clicking here!

POTTED RECIPE

Melt together 140g salted butter, 100g dark muscovado sugar and 3 tbsp. golden syrup. Then add to 350g plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsp ground ginger and 1 tsp ground cinnamon and mix well until it comes together as a dough. Finally, for extra flavour, add 2 balls of stem ginger, chopped and mix well until it is distributed through the dough. Roll out until about 5mm thick and then cut out in your favourite festive shapes. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until coloured around the edge, and leave to cool before icing with a simple water icing. Enjoy over the Christmastime as an anytime pick me up!

Thank you for popping by blog today and I hope you enjoyed reading through my favourite Christmas recipes. What are your favourite recipes to bake at Christmas? I am always looking out for new ones to try!

See you next time for another tuneful bake, but in the meantime,

Happy Baking!

English Singing Baker x

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