Mince Pies

So, I’ve made 2 1/2 giant jars of mincemeat… so that will keep me baking mince pies all December! Mince pies are one of those classic Christmas traditions. Our mince pies have medieval origins, most likely from the crusades where meat and spices were brought back from abroad. The reason mincemeat is called meat is because … More Mince Pies


I’ve been making mincemeat this week. I first made my own mincemeat last winter after being told off by my mum for spending so much money on tiny jars of mincemeat. Once I made it and realised how easy it was, I felt a little guilty for buying jars of the stuff! It is a … More Mincemeat

Christmas Pudding

I promise I will not mention Christmas until December. I have a horror of Christmas signs popping up everywhere in August. But it is the traditional weekend, Bonfire Night, to prepare the Christmas pudding and cake. Now, I must admit, I am unorganised. Hmm not at all surprising some will say, and to quote Miranda, … More Christmas Pudding

Christmas Buns

Merry Christmas, everyone! These little treats are pretty much a Christmas take on a cinnamon bun or perhaps a Chelsea bun. The dark brown sugar, dried fruit and glaze make it extra special. You can use a mixture of any dried fruit that takes your fancy. My version uses sultanas and currants but feel free … More Christmas Buns

Chocolate Log

I don’t just reserve chocolate logs for Christmas time. I can’t resist making a few throughout the year – chocolate, cream, uses 6 eggs… how could I resist making one if the chickens are laying so well? It always looks intimidating/ time consuming to make but I promise it really isn’t and will be worth … More Chocolate Log