Pignoli - makes approximately 25 cookies
|Posted by me on December 20, 2020 at 3:55 AM||comments (199)|
These decadent little pine nut studded crisp/chewy cookies with a hint of citrus and heady almonds, hail from the south of Italy and the island of Sicily. They are a staple in every bakery and are the absolutely perfect mid morning sweet treat with a strong cup of espresso or to enhance your festive sweets and treats at Christmas time...They make lovely little gifts, just pop into an airt...Read Full Post »
Viennese mince pies
|Posted by me on September 9, 2020 at 11:30 AM||comments (94)|
I worked for many years as a lecturer at Blackpool and the Fylde college in Lancashire, from the beginning of November, right through to the middle of December the students would bake literally thousands of these delicious mince pies with a buttery, melt in the mouth Viennese topping. The last year I was there, I think we ended up baking over 22 th...Read Full Post »
White chocolate and clementine cupcakes
|Posted by me on November 5, 2015 at 4:40 AM||comments (0)|
As my favourite time of the year rapidly approaches ( where has this year gone again!!!) I start to plan and prepare my Christmas feast for family and friends and I always create a special cake or cookie ready for guests dropping by. This year I decided on a luscious, creamy white chocolate frosting, atop a bright red, clementine infused cak...Read Full Post »
Cumberland rum Nicky (serves 8 generous slices)
|Posted by me on November 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM||comments (96)|
I can't describe just how good this gorgeous tart is and is the perfect alternative to traditional mince pies at Christmas but its just as good eaten any time of the year. Cumberland Rum Nicky originated in Cumbria in the North West of England as a favourite of Sailors in the 1800's returning from the West Indies on ships laden with Rum, fruit...Read Full Post »
Caramelised hazelnut and mocha cupcakes
|Posted by me on November 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM||comments (94)|
Makes 12 large cupcakes
What you need
6 tablespoons hot strong coffee
3 medium eggs
175g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
100g vegetable oil
300g soft light brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 level teaspoon vanilla extract
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|Posted by me on October 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM||comments (97)|
The first time I ever made these biscuits I ended up knocking the dried mustard powder everywhere, triggering a humungous sneezing attack, so rather than calling them something boring such as ‘seeded cheesy biscuits’ I decided to name them in honour of their first tumultuous baking in this world.
Perfect with drinks, they ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on October 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM||comments (94)|
I am truly fascinated by other cultures at Christmas time- or it could just be that I’m ultra nosy! And the food that is traditionally served as part of the yuletide festivities. I heard about this cake from Finland many years ago but was unable to find a recipe for it translated into English and unfortunately Finnish is most definitely NOT my second ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on October 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM||comments (82)|
Christmas is such a magical time with sounds, sights and scents evoking all that is wonderful about the season of goodwill.
For me it’s the aroma of zesty oranges the gleam of plump, ruby red cranberries and soft, golden apricots and of course all the beautiful array of totally divine chocolates, candies and nuts.
These Ch...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on December 12, 2013 at 4:05 AM||comments (96)|
When I was young My Grandmother used to visit us at Christmas time, laden with our presents (normally socks and jumpers) and carrying a plate, covered in shiny silver tinfoil bearing the best festive treat in the world....Coconut Ice!
Christmas didn't start until my gran descended with her plate of pink and white, creamy squares of deliciousness ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on November 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (96)|
When I was a child I lived in Hannover, in Germany (my father was a soldier in the British army) and as a family we would visit the beautiful Harz mountain region. My overriding memories are watching colourful skaters gliding about on ice covered lakes and eating beautifully decorated soft gingerbread cookies, and to this day I cannot walk past the soft, warming s...Read Full Post »
|Posted by me on October 30, 2011 at 9:55 AM||comments (1)|
The North of England is renowned for its pastry, think Eccles or Chorley Cakes, Grasmere gingerbread and Betty's Hotpot but go further North and you will get to the Scottish town of Ecclefechan and their culinary offering the Ecclefechan tart. With its buttery rich filling, full of plump fruit, flaked almonds and a hint of orange they are ridiculously easy ...Read Full Post »
The 'bestest' mince pies in the world.... Ever!!!
|Posted by bakinglady on December 22, 2009 at 11:55 AM||comments (0)|
These little mince pies are the best you will ever taste, buttery, crisp
and melt in the mouth and absolutely brimming with luscious
Recipe- Hazelnut marzipan, cranberry and chocolate orange Stollen
|Posted by bakinglady on November 22, 2009 at 1:56 PM||comments (92)|
Christmas is such a wonderful time for me filled with memories of all things edible and I can probably plot my life through my recollections of festive munchables. Year after year I surround myself with edible memories, hexagonal boxes of rose and lemon turkish delight covered in powde...Read Full Post »
Pud and Penguin pops....
|Posted by bakinglady on November 22, 2009 at 11:20 AM||comments (103)|
Tis the season to be jolly, get out the chocolate and make up some lolly... or two... or three...
These fabulous cake lollypops are totally edible including the sticks and just cant get any cuter, so get into the festive spirit, get out your mixing bowl, roll up your sleeves and have some 'Crimbo' fun in the kitchen.
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|Posted by bakinglady on November 14, 2009 at 11:45 AM||comments (92)|
When I was a child my family lived in Hannover in Germany for a few years, and Christmas was just the most magical time. We would wrap up in fifteen layers and venture out to the snow covered markets, and on some of the stalls were beautifully iced and decorated, hear...Read Full Post »