All posts tagged: christmas baking

Orange and Almond Cake

  Wherever you call home, you don’t have to stick to the traditional Christmas pudding or desserts, you can branch out! How about bringing a little Spanish flair to your Christmas table this year with my vibrant Orange and Almond Cake. Its delightful sticky and syrupy texture means a little goes a long way…but you will return for more, I can guarantee it!   Making this cake will fill your kitchen with the fragrant scent of oranges and sweet almonds. It always puts me in a good mood whilst baking this glistening and sweet cake. Orange and Almond Cake Serves 8   200g/7oz butter 380g/13oz caster sugar 2 oranges, zest and juice of 280g/10oz ground almonds 5 medium organic eggs 100g/3.5oz plain flour, sifted long strips of orange zest to garnish (use the zest from the syrup oranges)    For the syrup  2 oranges, juice of  80g/3oz caster sugar    1. Preheat oven to 170ºC/fan 160ºC/Gas 5 and grease and lightly flour a 24cm spring form cake tin. 2. Beat the butter, caster sugar and zest …

Chocolate Winter Berry Pavlova

Over the last few months I have put Camera & Clementine on the back burner, but it has not been out of sight out of mind. I have been extra busy with weddings during late autumn and early winter. Plus I have had a load of recipe deadlines to finish before Christmas for Kitchen Garden Magazine and Amateur Magazine. They are now almost completed, just in time for me to share some of my favourite Yuletide recipes! First up is this fabulous Chocolate Winter Berry Pavlova! It looks so majestic on the Christmas table, yet it is in fact quite quick to assemble – making you look like a domestic god/goddess without breaking a sweat. Pavlovas are an Australian favourite at any time of the year, but when topped with a vibrant selection of winter berries and cranberry coulis, it just screams Christmas! (or ‘The Holidays’ if you are state-side) You can choose to decorate and flavour this indulgent pavlova with many types of fruit, use whatever you have available, it will be delicious regardless.   …

Merry Christmas Cookies with Cardamom and Lime

Christmas is here! And there is just enough time to bake a few extra nibbles and homemade treats to serve over the holidays. Or if you have forgotten to buy a gift for a guest, wrap these up with a big bow! I have just gotten a fabby buiscuit stamp in Denmark, so I happily stamped all my disks with ‘Made with Love’, perfect for an edible present, right! I love to combine contrasting flavours, such as lime and cardamom, which I have used to spice these Christmas Cookies with. They have a light crumbly texture that go very well with a cup of tea on a cozy afternoon, after all the gift wrapping is done. Merry Christmas to you all! __________________________________________________ Makes 40 100g unsalted butter, at room temperature 100g caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 medium free-range eggs, beaten 1/2 lime, juiced 5 cardamom pods, shelled and crushed 300g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder __________________________________________________ Cream the butter, caster sugar, vanilla, crushed cardamom and lime juice together in a bowl until …

Black Pepper Christmas Biscuits

  Around Christmas time, I like to make up batches of edible gifts that can be given to friends and family during the festive period. I like the concept of edible presents, as there’s a good chance they will be received gladly. So when you’re next stuck for ideas for someone’s Christmas present, look to your baking books and kitchen cupboards for inspiration! For these cute biscuit houses and trees, I’ve given them a little extra kick by adding freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of cayenne as well as the traditional ginger and cinnamon combo. I also like to make these crunchy treats with a little organic spelt flour, so as not to exclude all nutrients entirely! Wrap the biscuits in a rustic paper box with a little gold tissue for a homemade gift that will bring smiles to faces. The uncooked biscuit dough can be put into a food bag and kept in the fridge for up to a week. Ensuring a steady supply of freshly baked cookies over the Christmas period. …