Mincemeat (Pie) Bread Pudding

This is what I did with my left overs from last year’s Christmas mince pies instead of a Mincemeat Pie Strudel. Mince Pies are a very English tradition and is normally served with brandy butter and is really a mixture of dried fruits, candied peel & suet. You can also make your own fillings with or without suet (fats). I usually go for the Robertsons  … Continue reading Mincemeat (Pie) Bread Pudding

Short Crust Pastry (Sweet) – 1

I know this should have been posted before Christmas since I used this recipe to make Mince pies. However, since this pastry can be used any time, it deserves to be posted and shared. This is a good short crust pastry for individual small pies. Ingredients: makes about 24 individual small pies 2 cups plain flour (all-purpose) 150g unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoon white … Continue reading Short Crust Pastry (Sweet) – 1

Cranberry Sauce / Jam

This is a different version of Cranberry sauce or jam to go with our Thanksgiving turkey. A little late in posting for Thanksgiving, still plenty of time for Christmas. My first homemade sauce was a simple process of boiling a fresh bag of cranberries with a can of frozen apple juice concentrate. Recipe, courtesy of the internet, unfortunately I do not remember who shared the … Continue reading Cranberry Sauce / Jam

Chestnut Stuffing

We are celebrating Thanksgiving this year! The man has decided to celebrate this American tradition after a long hiatus – only for this year, I hope. Thanksgiving, a celebration in giving Thanks for the blessings of a good harvest, food on the table. Nowadays, a gathering of family and friends to give thanks for love, friendships and familial ties. Back to the stuffing, this was … Continue reading Chestnut Stuffing

Black Cake (Caribbean Rum Cake)

Yes, this is it. In the Caribbean, the different islands (countries) have their own recipes for the making of the Black Cake which is a variation or version of the English Christmas Pudding. The first step is to prepare the dried fruit mix by pre-soaking. Some swear to soaking the fruits for a year ahead of baking, some 3 months and some overnight. My first … Continue reading Black Cake (Caribbean Rum Cake)

Christmas Fruit Cake (cupcake)

In my family, the fruit cake had always featured highly during Christmas and the Chinese New Year. When my daughter was still in school, we had a practise of making goodies for all of her teachers for Christmas as well as a small token gift of appreciation to them. This cupcake variation was conceived out of a wish to keep the tradition alive as well … Continue reading Christmas Fruit Cake (cupcake)

Gingerbread Stacks

This is a variation of the Gingerbread Men & Women Recipe and the idea to stack was from Pinterest, but adapted like many recipes out there. Ingredients: 2 cups plain / all-purpose flour 1/4 cup self-raising flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup (125g) unsalted butter, softened 1/3 cup soft brown sugar 1/4 cup molasses (you can use golden syrup as a substitute) 1 tablespoon ground … Continue reading Gingerbread Stacks

Gingerbread Men

The smell of baking Gingerbread is evocative of Christmas. Most of the fun, of course is in the decorating! Plastic ziplock bags are a cheap & great piping bag to use if you don’t have enough decorating tips (for the piping bag) at home. Ingredients: 2 cups plain / all-purpose flour 1/4 cup self-raising flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup (125g) unsalted butter, softened … Continue reading Gingerbread Men