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Our Favourite Christmas Baking Recipes - To Eat and Give Away

When it comes to finding the right Christmas gift for the person who has everything - nothing says I love you like a basket of homemade cookies or a special loaf

 

Each year we scour the web to find a few new recipes for you to try at home with the children.  If you're worried about getting them involved, you'll find this article on Baking with Children very useful. We promise they can be more helpful than you think, and they just might learn something. 

For Breakfast or Afternoon Tea

Spiced Stollen Plait

Whether you're looking for a sweet treat for breakfast, or something more elaborate to serve with afternoon tea, this German classic tastes even better than it looks. There are a lot of steps and you will need to have some patience between stages, but we promise it's worth the wait. If you're involving the children in the kneading process, be sure to take a turn yourself. 

Cranberry and Orange Chelsea Bun Tree

This can be made for Christmas or you can change the design for a different occasion. The mixture of sweet and zesty flavours makes this a great option to serve with fruit and cheese. If you're looking for a fast version, you can find pre-made Chelsea buns, so all it takes is some creative licence.

 

For Main Meals

Cold Turkey & Ham pie with Cranberry Topping

For those of you who have leftover turkey and ham, this is a delicious way to use them.  It's not the traditional turkey soup, or brie and cranberry sandwiches, but it's a mouth-watering treat that will get everyone talking and use up some of your leftovers.

Brazil Nut Roast

If you've had it up to here with traditional Christmas meals, this will not only excite but also fill everyone up.

The challenge is getting into those Brazil nuts! They suggest serving with gravy, but you can also serve with Cranberry sauce if you fancy.

For Desserts

Banana Pudding

Like many Christmas indulgences, you can leave out the alcohol if little people will be partaking. This recipe is relatively simple, looks intricate and by swapping the flavours of gelatine and the fruit you can recreate everything from Eaton Mess to Banoffee Pie. Our favourite is raspberries and cream.

Cranberry, Maple & Pecan Pudding

Finding tasty Christmas treats for all dietary requirments can be tricky at the best of times, and even more so when looking to make a classic holiday dish.

For a gluten, wheat and dairy free dessert, why not try this less rich, more refreshing twist on a traditional Christmas pudding?

 

For Snacks

Butter Cookie Sandwiches with Chestnut Cream

You'll need to make space in your fridge for the preparation of these delicious dunkers. On their own or with a hit cuppa - these cookies crunch just right and give you that little chocolate indulgence.  There are a few elements of this treat that the kids can help with, including dunking them in chocolate - the challenge may be keeping the chocolate for the cookies.

 

Red Velvet Swirl Brownies

As if there isn't enough cheese and chocolate on offer at Christmas, this recipe combines two favourites.

For the more artistic child, the swirling activity can be mesmerising, and they'll love to help you eat them!

For Gifts

Chocolate Salami

This makes a lovely sweet treat for the meat lover on your list! The extra effort of adding the string brings this item to life, and it seems more complicated than it really is. Make sure little hands are far away from the hot hob when melting chocolate and, depending on who will be enjoying the final product, feel free to leave out the boozy ingredients.

Toasted Cookie Dough Jar

This option includes one of our favourite things, cookie dough - but without the worries. Hand packed in Jars, this gift will last for a few week - or until moments after it's opened. The kids can help design the jars, make the labels and pack everything together. This is a gift we'd love to open.

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