How to Bake Panettone

Although panettone is a classic Italian bread very few Italians go to the bother of making it themselves. The reason becomes clear when you start to look at the recipe: there’s a lot of kneading and rising time involved. Why trouble yourself when excellent panettone is easily available from any …

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How to Make Christmas Stollen

Stollen is a spicy enriched fruit bread with a rich marzipan filling, that’s especially popular at Christmas celebrations across Europe. There are many different varieties but the most famous is probably that originating in Dresden, Germany. Stollen, in its first manifestation way back in the fourteenth century, was a bit …

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Baking a Twelfth Night Cake

The celebration of Twelfth Night, the traditional last day of Christmas, is a custom that has largely died out now but at one time there was a bigger party on Twelfth Night, 5th January, than on Christmas itself. Twelfth Night used to be marked by the baking of a special …

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Decorating Your Christmas Cakes

A Christmas cake makes a lovely centre-piece for the tea-table on Christmas Day – even if everyone is so full they can’t move as far as the table! So you’ve baked the cake (as in How to Make the Perfect Fruit Cake) allowed it to mature, and now you’re ready …

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Bake a Yule Log

Looking for an alternative Christmas cake recipe this year? Try making our rich and luxurious Yule Log recipe. This traditional Christmas ‘cake’ is simple and fun to make with children. History of the Yule Log Before it became a chocolate-covered Christmas Cake, the Yule Log was a perfect piece of …

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Light Christmas Pudding

If you love Christmas pudding… but you want something lighter this year… then try our recipe. We’ll help you to interpret the classic recipes in your own way, choosing your own fruit and favourite tipple – to make a light Christmas pudding with all your favourite flavours! Interpreting The Classic …

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Christmas Tree Biscuits

Send the scent of Christmas wafting through your home, and get a trayful of beautiful decorations to boot! Try making some homemade biscuits to hang on the Christmas tree this year. An Old Tradition Baking decorated biscuits for Christmas is an old tradition that dates back centuries. From the German …

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Bake A French Christmas Cake, Galette des Rois

You’ve never heard of French Christmas Cake? Typically, this elegant nation has a Christmas culinary tradition all of its own. Galette des Rois is a cake to celebrate Epiphany, and we think this is a tradition we might begin to embrace… Traditions Surrounding The Galette Des Rois Celebrated in January …

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Bake an Italian Christmas Cake

Rich with liquor, dense with fruit and nuts, and deepened with the addition of chocolate or cocoa – an Italian Christmas Cake is a sophisticated culinary creation. Naturally, Italians have added a number of gorgeous traditions to their Christmas celebrations, and many of these are worth adopting as our own! …

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Bake Mince Pies

Mince pies! You either love or hate them. For enthusiasts, there’s nothing finer than a short, buttery pastry case, sprinkled with crunchy sugar and filled with juicy fruit. The Origin Of The Mince Pie Who first had the idea to put mincemeat and fruit into a pie case? The earliest …

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