Bûche de Noël – a Chocolate and Marzipan Christmas Repast

Every Christmas I hunt for an alternative to the traditional British Christmas pudding which as I get older I find I like less and less after the big Christmas day meal.  Usually it is something involving meringue, but this year under the influence of Maren Lubbe’s blog MaLu’s Koestlichkeiten and the awfully produced Netflix  Bake Off…

Confiture de Noel (Quince Mincemeat)

This year our 3 year old quince tree delivered a respectable 12 quinces which is a vast improvement on the 2 that I had last year.  Their ripening however coincided with the great archaeological dig starting on our house so they were picked and flung into the fridge in our temporary digs.  They keep very…

The Pangs and Pains of Panettone

Panetonne, that wonderful delicious light fluffy and fragrant Italian Christmas Bread that melts in your mouth ………and is an absolute nightmare to make in the traditional way.  I have now tried 3 times and every single occasion has failed and failed badly. So what does “make it the traditional way” mean?  Well first you use…

Raised Christmas Dinner Pie

There are many recipes on the internet with what to do with all those Christmas leftovers but this is my favourite as it has the potential to use up nearly everything from Christmas dinner – the meat, stuffing, parsnips, cranberry sauce and anything else that takes your fancy that would otherwise sit in the fridge…

Lebkuchen 2 Ways – The Joy of German Gingerbread

Nothing more quintessentially tastes of a German  Christmas than Lebkuchen – gorgeous chewy spicy biscuits covered in water icing or chocolate. The rise of Aldi and Lidl in the UK has made them popular here, but I have loved them since I lived in Germany as a child.  Normally I buy a bag or 2,…