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Stollen

Not as sweet as a cake and not as plain as a loaf of bread, stollen is the perfect Christmas combination. The slightly sweetened enriched bread from Germany with ripples of marzipan running through it and what can only be described as a blizzard of icing sugar siting on top is certainly one of my…

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Mincemeat crumble square

I like to vary my diet; one of these one of those and ooh maybe a slice of that. By varying what I eat no one could possibly accuse me of being greedy; a mince pie, a slice of stollen and a slice of Christmas cake is definitely not as bad as three of any…

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Brandy soaked mincemeat truffles

Each bite of these is a hit of boozy, Christmassy, chocolate wonder. I don’t know about you but in the run up to Christmas I am fully of festive baking ideas but then with friends to see, carol services to sing at and presents to wrap I never find the time. That’s what’s so great…

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Zimtsterne – cinnamon stars

What possibly could be more exciting than arriving home to mysterious parcel, opening it and finding 12 of the most delicious biscuits inside, made especially for you?! The Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap is just the best idea! Thank you Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen for organising it. After a great deal…

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Frangipane mince pies

I realised something awful this morning – half way through December and I hadn’t made a single mince pie! I haven’t even eaten that many! So I set about making amends – now I have made and eaten quite a few… I decided to top this batch with frangipane as I like a change from all the…

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Chocolate brownie chunk chip cookies

How do you like your cookies? Thick and cakey or thin and cheewie? Do you like them supersized or bitsize? Personally I like them to be on the thinner cheewier side with a crispy edge and a soft sticky middle. Exactly like these. The brown sugar in them makes them gooier and richer in flavour…

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Jewelled sprout and cauliflower cous cous

Sprouts- do you love them or hate them? I love them! Not undercooked and bitter or overcooked and mushy, but just right and they are one of my favourites. Temperamental but delicious. So when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it! Shame that was in July; I waited a long time…

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Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cookies

It’s always a bit of a dilemma with food blogging- you make something, it tastes delicious and you want to share it with all of you- then you look down at what you have made- round and brown. Round, brown and delicious but round and brown all the same.  This time it was the turn of…