Gingerbread Wreath

We’re big fans of gingerbread in this house, and especially this recipe, so it had to feature in some form of my 12 recipes of Advent 2021. This recipe gives the most perfect soft or crispy results (depending on cooking time) and has just the right amount of sugar and spice. This year I’ve made…

After Eight Chocolate Bars

I know that After Eights (thin soft mint fondant filled chocolate crisps in little individual envelopes) are available all year round, but for me they seem very Christmassy. I think it’s probably because my mum was a teacher and she often received a couple of boxes as gifts from her students, along with some MatchMakers…

Chocolate Tiffin Wreath Cake

Our family is divided over the issue of Christmas cake; I make one every year and some of the family devour it like there’s no tomorrow, and others would simply rather have anything else. I’ll be making both a chocolate yule log and a traditional Christmas cake to please everyone, but I reckon this chocolate…

Grissini

My second recipe of Advent 2021 is grissini or crunchy breadsticks, a perfect crunchy snack to enjoy at Christmas, or anytime of year 🙂 Years ago we used to be able to buy breadsticks, I think it was the Tesco own brand and they were such a great snack, but then came in the ‘may…

Snowball Cookies

These are my riff on those nutty, icing sugar or caster sugar coated almond sandies or Mexican wedding cookies, but made nut free. The white snowy coating of icing sugar makes these perfect for the Christmas season and they’d look gorgeous alongside some other cute little petit fours with a strong coffee at the end…

Nut-free Pecan Pie

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? For us it’s familiar from cinema but not in real life. But I find celebrations are always a great source of inspiration, and I felt that it would be a good way to grab some inspiration before we’re full steam ahead in the preparations for Christmas! I was researching recipes to…

BOO-gasse

BOO-gasse – Halloween inspired spooky herb fougasse. Perfect with a bowl of pumpkin soup!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin spice is everywhere these days, everyone seems to go crazy for pumpkin spice lattes so I thought I’d better jump on the PSL bandwagon and use pumpkin spice in one of my recipes. Initially i thought the spice would be pumpkin based, and i’m just not a fan of any kind of gourd, but…

Fabulous Vanilla Fudge

Who doesn’t love fudge? The ultimate naughty treat, basically a combination of fat and sugar, is utterly irresistible, well it certainly is in this house! I have a chocolate fudge on my site but i’ve really been wanting to make a perfectly smooth and creamy vanilla fudge, just like those ones you buy in postcard…

Salted caramel filled cookies

Salted caramel is one of my very favourite things so when I was approached to create a bespoke recipe using a vegan salted caramel sauce from Bad Brownie company I jumped at the chance. What better way to get the creative juices flowing than having a delicious new product to use as a starting point…