Archive of ‘Festive food’ category

Chocolate chip hot cross buns

Four chocolate chip hot cross buns

Welcome to part two of my hot cross bun Easter super-special! Part one was traditional hot cross buns if that’s what you’re after.

I’ve been surprised to learn since my first post that hot cross buns are somewhat local to the UK, Australia and NZ. So, for my lovely American readers, these are an Easter bun (historically Christian – hence the cross) traditionally eaten hot or toasted during Easter. (more…)

How to make hot cross buns

A loaf of hot cross buns, two rippled off

Look what I did! Look look! So proud. Don’t worry, I’ve got step by step instructions for you too.

And yes, they do taste better than store bought. Promise.

Half a hot cross bun with butter

I did lots of research on this one. Combined three different recipes, checked what my favourite baker puts in his. Then, I made them again tweaking the things I thought could have been improved from the first batch. I’ve got your back on this one. AND, I’ve got a chocolate chip version I’ll put up in a few days. (more…)

Rocky road (perfect for Christmas)

Rocky road

In part two of the uh-oh-it’s-Christmas-how-the-feck-did-that-happen posts, here’s some Rocky Road.

Marshmallows, coconut, Turkish delight, nuts cherries, chocolate… all these things are easy to find in the supermarket. And it’s a forgiving recipe, just swap out what you can’t eat or don’t want. (more…)

Christmas thumbprint cookies

Christmas thumprint cookies

Christmas huh. How did that happen? If you, like me, have found it’s suddenly the latter half of December and you haven’t done a thing…read on friend. I’m here to help.

Over the next week I’m throwing together baking with love some gifts for friends and family. Um, if you think you are one of those friends or family who will be getting these gifts maybe you should stop reading. Otherwise, here are some easy, cheap and super tasty gifts. (more…)

Why making fruit mince pies will be the death of you – part 2 (the pastry)

One perfect fruit mince pie

Update Nov 2014: Looking back I did have a mini breakdown at my first try of ever making pastry. I think trying to photograph, blog and present various options while doing it for the first time ever added to the time and effort – so you’ll be fine! Take heart.

Some readers also left other recipe options in the notes. This year, I’m also going to try one of these pie maker machines, I’ll let you know how it goes. Now, back to your usual programming…

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I must write this quickly, before the endorphins from the sugar kick in and I forget how hard the past seven hours were.

You see, someone needs to tell the truth. Someone needs to stop fooling people about recipes and ‘whipping up’ something simple and start talking real talk.

So here it is.

Making fruit mince pies from scratch is *probably* not worth the effort.

There. I said it.

And I can say it because between me and a friend today we made over 40 fruit mince pies. (more…)

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