We love Christmas – we adore everyone coming together, giving gifts and merry Christmas songs. And as big fans of ovens, you can bet that we’re big fans of food, too.
Every year we make it our mission to sample lots of delicious treats before the New Year detox kicks in and with that, we enjoy bringing these delicious recipes to you.
From Christmas classics to healthier alternatives, check out our quick and easy recipes for guaranteed festive cheer.
Classic Christmas Pudding
What would Christmas dinner be without this cracking classic to finish off the festive feast? Get the family round for traditional cake and memory making – a chewy and fruity moreish dessert, guaranteed to make an impact.
500g mixed dried fruit
100g chopped dates
125g plain flour
125g caster sugar
150g fresh white breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons brandy
75ml barley wine
1 handful chopped nuts – e.g. pecans, Brazil nuts
1 medium free range egg
3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
1 orange (zest)
Golden syrup to serve
Soak your fruit in the wine and brandy overnight – this keeps moisture to the cake when cooked.
After that, mix all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl, except the golden syrup. Cover and leave overnight to soak.
The next day, give the mixture a good stir and then pack it into a lightly greased tin.
Finally, cover it with a double layer or parchment paper or aluminium foil and pop in the oven on a low temperature, approximately 150 °C for about 1 – 1½ hours. To check your cake is cooked throughout, take a skewer or a knife and insert into the centre of the cake; if it comes out ‘clean’, it’s ready to be taken out of the oven.
Ho Ho Healthy Options
Now, don’t get us wrong, we love to indulge and what better time than at Christmas time, but if you’re a little full of rich desserts, why not try these festive and fruity strawberry Santas?
Easy to make and even easier to eat.
Cut the leafy end off each strawberry, creating a flat base so the Santa can stand. Then cut a smaller part off of the tip, as this will create the hat.
When you’re happy with your strawberries, add your whipped cream on the top of the base and pop the hat back on.
For extra detail, add a small dollop of cream to the tip of the hat to mimic Santa’s hat, and a couple down the front of the strawberry to look like buttons.
Next, take two chocolate sprinkles and create eyes.
That’s it – your strawberry Santas are complete. And they’re almost too cute to eat. Almost.