Christmas

Eccles Cake Mince Pies

Growing up, Christmas was the same event year in, year out. The same meal, equally identical decorations and mince pies indistinguishable from one another. That’s not to say that any part of what was dished up was disagreeable, but change…

Bûche de Noël (Yule Log)

The Bûche de Noël, or Yule Log, is a log-shaped chocolate cake traditionally eaten during Christmas. But the origins of the yule log lie away from the decadent realm of cake, though not so far from festive feasting; even taking…

Pear and Fig Mincemeat

Used in a variety of recipes – though primarily, Mince Pies – in December every house has at least one jar of mincemeat at any time. Usually a blend of poor quality brandy and mixed dried fruit, shop bought mincemeat…

Nutmeg Marzipan

It’s that time of the year again; the one month of the year when marzipan is universally enjoyed and in prodigious quantity. Whether it’s separating your Christmas cake from royal icing or simply rolled into a ball and popped in…

Mince Pie Cake

If there’s one thing the festive period wouldn’t be the same without, it’s probably mince pies. Small cupcake-sized pastries filled with brandy infused fruit mincemeat, these sweet treats are one of the defining foods of December. This recipe for Mince…

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