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Category: Christmas

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Easy and Quick all-in-one Almond Cupcakes

  ‘Margarine produces great results in baking as an alternative to butter.  For this recipe, I like to use the soft brown sugar that has 1/3 of its calories reduced with stevia incorporated into the sugar crystals, therefore giving the same texture and level of sweetness. However they work just as well with regular sugar. This is the easiest and quickest all-in-one recipe and … Read More Easy and Quick all-in-one Almond Cupcakes

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Gluten Free Christmas Cake

‘This cake has no added refined sugar and I use ground almonds instead of flour. I love the taste and texture. If you prefer it sweeter add some stevia.

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Christmas is coming ! Quick and Easy Chocolate Muffins

These chocolate muffins are so quick and easy to make and they are so soft and delicious that I think most people will not be able to resist a second one.

During Christmas week or a weekend in December they are ideal a any tie of the day and a good start to the weekend as a late breakfast too with a cup of coffee. Thick, dark and silky chocolate gives you an instant lift and you can also omit the icing and sprinkle oats, museli or your favourite seeds on top before baking.

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Egg free Christmas mincemeat Loaf with Buttermilk

‘Every year I save some of my Christmas Mincemeat to use the following year. The flavour matures and the taste improves over time and once we start to approach the beginning of November I like to use it up and make this egg free mincemeat loaf which is absolutely effortless but starts to remind me that Christmas is only round the corner. I made a variety of two different loaves this week, one in real time during the tv show.

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My mincemeat is maturing

Suet-fee mincemeat for Christmas from Lea Hogg

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How to make Christmas Biscotti using mincemeat

‘biscotti made with mincemeat and studded with colourful glace cherries will spice up any Christmas gathering.  I use almond meal [or ground almonds] mixed with the flour.  For a gluten free option use gluten free self raising flour.’ You will need: 1 cup mincemeat [mincepie filling] 2 cups self raising flour 1 cup almond flour 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda a pinch of salt … Read More How to make Christmas Biscotti using mincemeat

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Christmas Dried Fruit Log for the Cheeseboard [Vegan, gluten free]

‘Make your dried fruit mini-log long and slim; it will look great on a Christmas cheese board served with fresh fruit, Maltese Galletti, chutney and pickles.

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No Knead Santa Lucia Saffron Buns

‘ For me the Swedish celebration of Santa Lucia symbolizes the arrival of Christmas.   Having been an expatriate within very mixed international communities, we always welcomed the arrival of the pretty flaxen haired girls with the candles.  Good memories of another lifetime.’ I made Santa Lucia  saffron buns this week.  The taste is very distinctive and do not overdo it with the saffron. … Read More No Knead Santa Lucia Saffron Buns

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Sicilian Cuccidati, getting ready for Christmas

Sicilian Cuccidati make a welcome addition or alternative to mincepies. Like most people I adore mince pies but I usually like to add this Sicilian version to my Christmas baking. Traditional cuccidati recipes require the filling to be cooked and in this recipe I have removed refined sugar and left simply blended all the ingredients for the filling in a food processor with an amazing result in texture and flavour.

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Greek Kourabiedes for Christmas

‘I have not yet met anyone who does not like these most amazing Greek cookies. This recipe was passed on to me by Maria, my dear neighbour in Limassol ..’

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Turkey Coronation with cranberries

Chicken Coronation was created by the Cordon Bleu School in London to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. My recipe with cranberries or cranberry sauce is delicious with turkey leftovers.