Sunday, 29 November 2015

Christmas Pudding and Brandy Sauce Ice Cream

Made with Christmas Pudding, this delicious ice cream is a great way of using up any left overs you may have this festive season.

One of my favourite desserts over the festive season has to be the traditional Christmas pudding.  Packed full of fruit, spice and perhaps a hit of alcohol, it's just so deliciously warm and comforting when served with a lovely brandy sauce.  It's just like a great big hug in a bowl.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas Mince Pies with Marzipan

Enhanced with marzipan, orange & spice these home made mince pies are an incredibly delicious traditional treat. 

Christmas Mince Pies with Marzipan

When we were children, mum made homemade mince pies every Christmas.  We loved them as a family.  Though did you know Santa loves them too?!  My brother and I would leave a homemade mince pie, glass of milk and a carrot on the dining table every Christmas Eve so that Santa and Rudolph could re-charge their batteries, though somehow we never left anything out for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen, oops!  Come Christmas morning the mince pie, milk and carrot were gone.  The plate and glass had even been washed up and placed back into the cupboard!  How Santa found the time to do that on his busiest night of the year I have no idea :-)

Monday, 23 November 2015

Side-by-Side Baking - All in One 'v' Creaming in Method

A mini baking experiment looking at the differences between the creaming-in and all-in-one methods of making sponges.

Which is the better cupcake, all-in-one or creaming-in-

To bake using the all-in-one-method or not to bake using the all-in-one-method, that is the question. 

I have to admit that I have always baked my Victoria sponges using the creaming in method.  Always.   Ever since baking my first batch of cupcakes whilst stood on a chair at the work bench as a young child with my mum, the creaming in method has always been the way to go.  I clearly recall our home economics teacher at secondary school demonstrating how to make some basic Victoria Sandwich cupcakes using the traditional method with a little explanation as to why we treated each ingredient in a set way.  Beating the softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Adding the eggs slowly and beating in.  Gently folding in the flour.    It worked and I stuck with the process.

Friday, 20 November 2015

A Trio of Dips

Made with fresh vegetables, these tree dips are as delicious as they are colourful!  They'd make an easy and healthy addition  to any party or movie night.  

The party season is almost upon us!  Not only does the party season provide a great excuse for us ladies to wear some fabulous dresses and the prettiest of shoes, it also means lots of great food and drink!   One easy element of party food are dips!  Served with bread sticks or vegetable crudités, dips are perfect for those mingling get-togethers.  They're also great if you're having a cosy night in cuddled up in front of a roaring log fire whilst watching a black & white movie, though, of course, the log fire & old movie are optional ;-)!

Monday, 16 November 2015

Vegetarian Croque Madame Muffins

A quirky take on the classic, this version is made using a vegetarian meat substitute all housed in a muffin tin to make for a perfect delicious snack when out & about.  

Vegetarian Croque Madame Muffins

After visiting family a couple of weeks ago over the boarder in Lancashire, Mr E & I were famished when we arrived home.  We needed something quick. Something satisfying.  Something nutritious. Something which would make the taste buds dance with joy. 

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Free Standing Raspberry & Glitter Trifle

This modern take on the traditional trifle not only looks good but tastes good too.  Delighted guests will love the free standing nature of this firm trifle and the sparkles emanating from the edible glitter! 

Free Standing Raspberry and Glitter Trifle

What's your favourite Christmas time dessert treat?  Perhaps it's the traditional Christmas pudding, or maybe it's a wonderful deep filled mince pie with brandy butter.  It may even be a slice of rich fruit cake encased in marzipan and icing served with a slice of cheese.   It's a difficult decision I know, but in our family trifle always goes down well, with all of us returning for a second helping! 

Monday, 9 November 2015

Warming Butternut Squash and Root Vegetable Soup

This nutritious, delicious and easy soup, made with butternut squash and other root vegetables, is made a little quirky by serving it in a hollowed out squash!

Warming Butternut Squash and Root Vegetable Soup

Now that the clocks have gone back and the scarves are being dug out of the wardrobe, what's better than a bowl of warming soup.  A bowl of warming homemade soup with crusty bread perhaps?