Simnel Muffins

Simnel cake is an Easter tradition, and this muffin variant is great on its own or even served as a dessert. Like many people, some of my guests aren’t that keen on Marzipan so I’ve left that out and made a few ‘plain’ versions.  But don’t let that put you off – without the marzipan…

Cassata Siciliana – The alternative to Christmas Pudding

So you’re entertaining for Christmas, but you want something a little different?  Just as rich and decadent, but maybe something chilled, or something a little bit lighter than the traditional pudding?  Give this cassata a go.  Packed with the festive richness of christmas pudding fruits soaked in rum, filled with creamy ricotta and covered in…

Christmas Cake – It’s never too late!

Christmas Cake – It’s never too late! You don’t need to make your Christmas cake months in advance.  My easy ‘last minute’ Christmas cake recipe can be made just a couple of days beforehand and still taste wonderful  Obviously, the sooner you start, the better it will be, but don’t think you’ve missed the boat….

Last Minute Christmas Cake (Wholemeal Fruitcake)

Forgotten something? Christmas presents – tick.  Turkey – tick.  Made the last post with the Christmas cards – tick. Made the Christmas Cake in September to mature for 3 months? Oh ##@&%$$£$%!!!! Worry not.  We’ve been making this version for years for all sorts of occasions (it was the basis of our wedding cake), it’s…

Christmas Sourdough Stollen

A traditional German enriched bread for generations, but made from sourdough?  Why not!  Stollen‘s been around for hundreds of years, long before the advent f commercial baking yeast, so I’m just taking this back to it’s roots.  Needless to say, taking the sourdough route takes longer,  so if you could always resort to commercial yeast…