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

Mincemeat

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

Gingerbread Men

December is here. And so is Christmas. Even though I swear it was here in October. Well, it is time for the festive baking! I love Christmas baking. It is full of warm, comforting ingredients: ginger and cinnamon spices, dark brown sugar, dried fruit and nuts, candid peel, citrus, whiskey, rum and brandy, not to … More Gingerbread Men