Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Tag: Christmas baking

Festive Rum and Raisin Tart

Festive Rum and Raisin Tart

I discovered this recipe back when I was living in London and writing for Foodepedia. It was a promotion for a butter brand and I offered to make it and write it up. Everything from the pastry to the filling, to licking the beaters covered in butter, rum and sugar, this recipe is smashing! With these staggering proportions of rum and butter – how could this tart be anything but decadent and delicious?

I make this most years and have experimented making smaller pies, but due to the delicacy and shortness of the pastry,  this recipe is best as one …

Christmas-spiced tea buns


Lurpak got in touch with me to try their new Slow Churned Butter, their new ‘fuller tasting’ butter has been churned in small batches over 5 hours to create a richer, full-flavoured butter to “excite any butter connoisseur”. I consider myself somewhat of a gourmand when it comes to butter – that is I appreciate greedy amounts and enjoy the highest quality flavours. Lescure butter has been my go-to for many years, but I must say that this new Lurpak butter is easier to find and comes salted, unlike many of the French butters, and this suits my palate. Lurpak …

Christmas cranberry and pistachio chocolate drops


If you’re not overly confident to start your own chocolate factory just yet, why not try these little treasures. All you need is a microwave to create an endless variety of these pretty and festive sweets. You can create a florentine style creation and top with candied peel, raisins and nuts or keep it simple and go with Christmas colours like my cranberry and pistachio recipe. To add some sparkle, once set, brush with edible lustre dust or add some edible glitter or stars to your topping.

All you need to do is slowly melt on the lowest microwave setting, …

Christmas walnut truffles


For Christmas this year I’m baking another round of sweet treats for the teachers, neighbours and locals. Because things are a bit hectic around here, I kept this year’s selection simple and yet they’ve turned out to be the most festive to date. I’ve tinkered with the clotted cream truffle recipe to create a walnut truffle, and I’ve made lavender shortbread cookies and cranberry and pistachio chocolate rounds which are apparently all the rage in Paris.


Today I’ll share the walnut truffle recipe. So far  I’ve had some great feedback and so I hope you’ll get some good results with …

The 12 Days of Christmas Food

I have taken the liberty of putting together a collection of 12 recipes that will see you through the festive season. As anyone who reads my blog would know, I always try to share recipes that are simple to make and yet deliver the best possible results. So, for your convenience, I present the 12 Days of Christmas of Food…

  1. Blue Cheese Gougeres – light puffs of pastry and blue cheese. Serve up as your guests arrive and use any cheese that takes your fancy.
  2. Lemon Meltaways – these tangy shortbread cookies make perfect gifts for the festive season.
  3. Cranberry

Chocolate and Clotted Cream Truffles

I made truffles this year, just this afternoon actually, because I had a spare tub of Rodda’s Clotted Cream from a review I was doing for Foodepedia.  I was inspired by their recipes and even more inspired by their 101 Excuses to eat clotted cream. So here I am, covered in cocoa and feeling a little remorseful after my impulsive kitchen behaviour.

I normally stay away from either making or eating truffles. Call me a little odd but I don’t like the idea of all that handling….silly I know. So when I saw this idea on a Mexican cooking …