Christmas · Pudding

Camperdown Sauce

Because apparently not everyone’s Gma’s thought that brandy butter was quite jazzy enough for Christmas dinner   Ingredients 1 pack unsalted butter 1 pack icing sugar Red food colouring All the booze from your cabinet – essentials: whiskey, brandy and rum, although others are welcome   You will notice that there are no set figures… Continue reading Camperdown Sauce

Bread · Christmas · Sides

Herby Stuffing Balls

These aren’t for everyone, but they were a Gma tradition, and are now an essential element of my dad’s Christmas dinner, so out they come, every year without fail! You need to get started with these around a week before Christmas to make sure everything has time to work properly – got to love a… Continue reading Herby Stuffing Balls

Basic but Impressive · Christmas · Comfort Food · Fridge Clearance · Meat

Christmas Dinner, Round 2

When you get bored of turkey sandwiches (it will take a while, but we all get there eventually) this is a great way to use up all your other leftovers and get some space back in the fridge.   Ingredients 400g cooked meat – mostly turkey but you can add in stuffing too if you… Continue reading Christmas Dinner, Round 2

Christmas · Cocktail Hour

Mulled Wine (with a punch)

  The addition of brandy is optional, but it really does add an essential little kick to the flavour   Ingredients 2 large oranges 2 lemons 200g caster sugar Handful whole cloves 4 star anise 1 cinnamon stick 4 fresh bay leaves 1 whole nutmeg 1 vanilla pod 2 bottles of red wine 4 shots… Continue reading Mulled Wine (with a punch)

Cake Time · Christmas · Party Food

Festive Mince Pies

Because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a mince pie (or ten!) Ingredients 375g plain flour 260g butter 125g caster sugar 1 large egg 1 egg, beaten for glazing Small ball of marzipan Either one jar of mincemeat or use some of your homemade mincemeat (see Homemade Christmas Mincemeat recipe for details) Small cup icing sugar… Continue reading Festive Mince Pies

Basic but Impressive · Christmas · Plan Ahead

Homemade Christmas Mincemeat

Warning, this makes around 2 litres of mincemeat – it’s a big recipe, for big Christmas fans!   Ingredients 850g mixed dried fruit (combination of raisins, currants, cranberries and sultanas) 50g chopped almonds 50g glaced cherries 50g mixed peel 50g stem ginger (in syrup) 2 lemons 2 oranges 225g bramley apple 350g dark brown sugar… Continue reading Homemade Christmas Mincemeat

Cake Time · Christmas · Comfort Food · Party Food · Plan Ahead

Gma’s Signature Christmas Cake

To be made on the last weekend of the October half term, and fed with booze right the way through until Christmas. Dreamy!   Ingredients 8oz plain flour 8oz brown sugar 8oz butter 1tsp cinnamon 1tsp ground ginger 1tbsp black treacle 4 eggs   Fruits to be prepared the day before Bottle of sherry 6oz… Continue reading Gma’s Signature Christmas Cake