Mince Pie Twists

A twist on a Christmas classic. All you need for this recipe is shop-bought shortcrust pastry, a jar of mincemeat, an egg and some coarse sugar. Oh, and brandy cream (see tip below). This recipe isn’t about laziness, nor is it about making things into a festive shape just for appearances. (Though, it does haveContinue reading “Mince Pie Twists”

White Chocolate Cranberry Stars

A light, sweet ending to any festive meal. Normally I steer clear of white chocolate; its extreme sweetness is not my thing at all. However, when balanced with the tart cranberry, smooth cream and intense, fresh pomegranate, it really works. Ingredients 150ml double cream 75g white chocolate 4 tsp cranberry sauce Pomegranate seeds (to serve)Continue reading “White Chocolate Cranberry Stars”

Sugar & Spiced Nuts

These nuts are the perfect standby nibble. Pile onto a cheese board and pair with a salty cheese such as stilton or chèvre, or pop a bowl of these on the counter when hungry people begin to hover. Better still, these make a fabulous edible gift! I have provided instructions for making your own ChristmasContinue reading “Sugar & Spiced Nuts”

Brandy Snaps

We’re all looking for ways to scale down our Christmas this year. So rather than baking three dozen cookies, how about a batch of brandy snaps instead? The recipe produces as few as eight of these elegant sweet cigars, though easily doubles or triples as well. Serve with your favourite digestif after a meal withContinue reading “Brandy Snaps”

Spiced Cranberry and Orange Scones

These Christmassy scones are so quick to make you could even whip them up on Christmas morning. Not that you need to, as they freeze beautifully. I make quite small scones as I find the size is a bit more manageable, portion-wise, especially alongside other things to eat. (And they look absolutely adorable.) A standardContinue reading “Spiced Cranberry and Orange Scones”

Chocolate Pomegranate Seeds

A fuss-free ending for a casual meal. Feeds 4 Ingredients 100g good quality chocolate (70% cocoa solids) Seeds of 1 pomegranate, dried with paper towel Method: Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Over a double boiler (heatproof bowl over a pot of barely-simmering water), melt the chocolate. Remove and set aside. Tumble in theContinue reading “Chocolate Pomegranate Seeds”

Frozen Chocolate Mousse

Somewhere between an ice cream and a chocolate mousse, this super-quick dessert is as versatile as it is delicious. Dress it up for a dinner party by serving it in a martini glass with a few raspberries or a rolled wafer biscuit stuck in. Feeds 8 Ingredients 600ml double cream / whipping cream 1 xContinue reading “Frozen Chocolate Mousse”