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Pull-apart Wreath with Quick Pesto Dip
In the Christian tradition the wreath is a symbol of God's unending love and the wreath shape somehow always seems welcoming and generous to me. It's pretty simple to arrange you bread into a circle instead of rows; and it...
Christmas Tree Party Nibbles
Fun to make and far too easy to eat. If the tree part is too much faff, you could just twist the strips like a cheese straw. Ingredients 1 tsp oil 2 rashers bacon, finely chopped ½ an onion, finely...
Christmas Ginger Biscuits
Perfectly spiced with the ideal texture for stamping, cutting and shaping these biscuits will not only make the house smell like Christmas; but they'll keep for weeks to enjoy over the long holidays. Ingredients 125g butter, softened 1/2 cup golden...
Christmas Mince Pies
The thing that makes bought mince pies such a letdown and homemade ones so good, is that the bought ones are far too sweet. The pastry needs to be a contrast to the intensely sweet filling. I make a rich...
Pecan Vanilla Fudge
Luxurious and easy, fudge is perfect for Christmas gifting. Studded with pecans this combo has it all, creamy silky buttery fudge and festive nutty crunch.  Ingredients 1 cup pecan halves, toasted 115g butter 1⁄2 cup cream 1 cup brown sugar,...
Christmas Berry Wreath Pavlova
A wreath shaped pavlova is a show-stopping and inexpensive festive dessert. Use any fresh fruit that will look pretty and not turn brown. You can use regular whipped cream in place of maple cream or for more indulgence try a...
Apricot, Fig, Orange and White Chocolate Pan Forte
Pan forte is the ideal cake to make as a Christmas gift as it gets better over a week or two, so its perfect for making ahead or taking away on holiday after Christmas. The name simply means "strong bread"...
Pecan Tartlets
I often call these little tartlets my "anti Christmas mince pies", as they're a deliciously festive alternative to mince pies during the festive season (something to offer all the people who don’t like fruit mince) they're also are great with cuppa...
Pimms Classic Punch
By the glass or multiply the quantities to fill a jug - either way Pimms is the classic summer refresher. For a special event swap the lemonade for prosecco- lush! Ingredients per serve 50ml PIMM'S No.1 150ml lemonade sliced strawberries,...
Balsamic Roasted Vegetables with Garlic
Delicious as a side dish to roasted or bbq meats, these tasty roasties are also excellent added to a cous cous salad or scattered over a pizza or into a pasta sauce, so make the full amount even if it...
Really Good Roast Spuds
The best roast potatoes are crispy, golden and sticky on the outside and fluffy inside. I'm always asked how I get my spuds so crispy and fluffy so here it is. If you don't have a meat or main dish...
Christmas Cake Ice-Cream
Several years ago we ran a competition that asked people about their Christmas cake traditions, the results were a total surprise. Literally hundreds of the respondents admitted to buying, receiving or baking Christmas cakes every year religiously when not a...

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