What yummy home-made delights are you planning to make this year? As gifts or just to scoff?

(152 Posts)
Greensleeves Thu 15-Nov-12 13:58:12

I am planning on making homemade yule logs for teachers, peppermint creams, marzipan fruits/penguins/robins, Christmas pudding shaped truffles with white icing and little icing holly toppers, Turkish delight, mini mincepies, Christmas tree cupcakes...

I am a nutter and I LOVE Christmas!!!

SantasComingFace Thu 15-Nov-12 14:08:59

Christmas cake
Mince pies
Rocky road

Want to do some sweets and stuff but never done them before

Greensleeves Thu 15-Nov-12 14:10:29

DS2 and I have been feeding melted brandy butter into our cake for the past three weeks grin

How do you make rocky road?

Greensleeves Thu 15-Nov-12 14:45:32


SantasComingFace Thu 15-Nov-12 15:12:09

I kind of make my rocky road recipe up as I go along but it's loosely based on the one in nigella xmas.

400g of dark chocolate
175g butter
4tbsp golden syrup
Few big handfuls of mini marshmallows
About ten shortbread fingers broken into chunks
Half a tub of glacé cherry halves
Couple of smashed up crunchies

Melt chocolate with butter and syrup put all other stuff in a big bowl and mix up, pour in about 2/3rds of the melted stuff, mix, put in a square silicon cake pan and spread out. Pour over rest of chocolate and set in fridge. Once set cut into squares and dust with icing sugar.


FermezLaBouche Thu 15-Nov-12 15:17:33

Love the idea of the yule logs!
I'm going home to my parents for a few days at Christmas and will be monopolising their kitchen. My mum is an ex chef and I still learn loads from her. I will be making some 8 strand plaited loaves and some hand raised pies for Christmas Eve. (Bake-off fan!)

cleoismycat Thu 15-Nov-12 15:18:41

nigella chilli jam - so easy
onion chutney
toffee vodka made in the dishwasher

fakeblondie Thu 15-Nov-12 15:19:20

We`re making salt dough gingerbread tree decorations all personalised for teachers ect. Practice ones look fab and ive a few good tips now for saltdough if anyone is having a go and is a newbie like me ! Ive just outlined them with white paint and put gorgeous red organza ribbon through the top x

Just baked at the weekend:

Sausage rolls
Ginger cookies

All in the freezer.

I made homemade mincemeat. It is immense. I will never go back to shop bought again!

Can't wait to use it.

Have made 3 Deliah cakes for home, work and school play night.

I am going to make Nigella's Christmas muffins as a trial this weekend.

DS will give home made biscuits as gifts this year. Last year we scrambled around finding small nice gifts for his closest friends, but it was a bit ott as everyone seemed to just hand round home made cookies. (Switzerland)

hurricanewyn Thu 15-Nov-12 15:26:00

I have a board on pinterest full of things I'm planning on making - I'm mostly excited about melting snowman cookies & salted caramel brownies. I usually make nigella's version of reese's pieces too.

I'm also planning on making a mincemeat jalouise (can't spell it) & sausage rolls with chutney inside.

I've been low carbing, so haven't been baking in months - can't wait smile

SantasComingFace Thu 15-Nov-12 16:39:26

Fakeblondie, I'd like some tips please I made some and it doesn't seem to be drying out!! blush

I've already made the Christmas cakes. I've got the ingredients today for mincemeat, Nigellas chilli jam and fruit jam. Going to make them tomorrow. Then I'm going to make a variety of biscuits, mince pies, truffles, mars bar vodka, snowman soup and probably loads more!

We're having a party mid December (buffet) and I will be making most of the food myself. So far only thought of cheese twists, pie pops, a cheese board shaped like a Christmas tree, 3 different sweet trees (sweets with cocktail sticks, stuck into a cone shaped oasis) massive vats of hot chocolate, mulled wine, baileys trifle, gingerbread house sausage rolls, quiche...

Greensleeves Thu 15-Nov-12 16:56:02

snowman soup?

<bated breath>

Convert Thu 15-Nov-12 16:58:56

I am planning to make white chocolate and Bailey's fudge, peppermint lollies, white chocolate and custard biscuits and almond biscotti.
We don't do presents for the adults in the family so I like to make things and give them a little selection!

JackieLanaTurn Thu 15-Nov-12 17:01:36

I'm gonna make Bang Bang Vanilla Meringue cheesecakes for pud after Christmas Dinner. I got the recipe from Come Dine With Me blush. It looks so good and it's got popping candy on and, most importantly, it's not made with chocolate, so it'll be o.k. for my migraineous motherinlaw.

Snowman soup

There's different ways of doing it. I'm putting cocoa in a disposable piping bag and sealing it. Then putting it in another piping bag and adding some sort of chocolate, then marshmallows and sealing it. Then adding a candy cane tied to a ribbon around the bag (to stir the hot chocolate.)

I've remember something else I think I'll make as it went down well last year, peppermint bark

I blame pinterest for making me go mad!

frootshoots shared her eggnog muffins recipe with me and they sound lush so will be making them. Other than that it'll be cranberry and dark chocolate shortbread, parma ham cheese straws, amaretto cake and good old mince pies.

Kethryveris Thu 15-Nov-12 18:53:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

cushionpad Thu 15-Nov-12 19:16:27

I have just made two christmas cakes, and will do mince pies, I have also been pinning away and fancy doing peppermint creams peppermint bark, rocky road, fudge, gingerbread men, not doing a house this year they drive me crazy trying to assemble with a a 3yr old helper. Just need to give all this away or
I will be size of a house.

Thefoxsbrush Thu 15-Nov-12 19:26:59

I'm making my own individually wrapped chocolates grin,white chocolate and baileys fudge and Seville orange marmalade. Also making gingerbread tree biscuits and attempting homemade mini pies a la m&s

Thefoxsbrush Thu 15-Nov-12 19:27:26

Ooh and also made my own mincemeat, cannot wait to try it!

marriedinwhite Thu 15-Nov-12 19:32:17

I'm not a baker but some Xmas things that are my very own are:

Christmas Kebabs (good for the week or two before Xmas when Grandma and grandad come and I can't face the whole works).

2-3 turkey steaks (cubed or sliced and folded)
interweaved on a skewer with cocktail sausages and stuffing balls all marinaded in warm cranberry sauce.

Pop in the grill and serve with roasties, poultry gravy, sprouts, other veg, bread sauce, poultry gravy, etc., for a taste of Xmas

Boxing Day Soup Starter:
I always make giblet stock on Xmas Eve - the giblets and an onion, stick of celery, carrot, bunch of parsley.

This make the base for Parsnip soup. Essentially any left-over parsnips, carrot, sput go in. Add a tiny bit of curry powder, turmeric and/or saffron and whizz in the liquidiser and swirl creme fraiche on the top. A warming start to cold meat, "italian potatoes", - (sliced spud, salt, pepper, oregano, parmesan, olive oil - about 90 minutes in the oven), pickles and salad on boxing day.

27th Dec.
Turkey and ham pie

in a pan - handful of shallots, spoon of flour, stock (you will by then have made stock from the carcass) turkey, ham, brandy or wine or sherry, slug of cream, pepper (be careful with salt depending on ham), fresh herbs to hand, Packet of puff pastry. Pop the meat mixture in the middle of the pasty and bring up the sides and seal to make a massive stand alone pie. Brush with beaten egg. Serve with veg and mash potatoes.

Oh yes, Boxing Day also requires Delia's traditional English trifle. sponge, sherry, raspberries, banana, home made custard, whipped cream, almonds.

KateShmate Thu 15-Nov-12 19:32:19

hurricane Salted caramel brownies and D-I-Y reeses.... shock
If you could grace me with the recipes I would be eternally grateful grin

yummymummytobe1 Thu 15-Nov-12 19:33:41

Christmas Cakes
Mince pies
Christmas Pudding
Ginger Bread
Christmas Chutney
Peppermint Creams

There is also the house to deck.

sparkle12mar08 Thu 15-Nov-12 20:04:34

For gifts so far I've decided on:
Christmas Pudding Chocolate bon bons
Parmesan Shortbreads
Christmas Spaghetti Spice
Chocolate & Cointreau fudge
Sugar Scrubs

For us at home we will have:
Mincemeat & Mince Pies
Cranberry relish
Damson Chutney
Christmas Butter biscuits

RaspberrysAndIcecream Thu 15-Nov-12 20:23:45

Chocolate Truffles - for us and also for friends as small gifts. I'm doing extra this year as dm wants some to give to her friends!!

Cupcakes for friends visiting - we have lots of people dropping in so I like to have something to offer other than mince pies! (found some brilliant bits to go on top of them in sainsburys the other day)

We had a Mary berry cake mix thing from tesco last year - was awesome so I'd like to get something like that again!!

anja1cam Thu 15-Nov-12 20:25:33

I've made three types of Chutney already (mostly to give away) and throughout December I'll be baking like mad - mostly to give away mixed bags of German treats. And some are just for us and family - all recipes have already been tried and tested and tweaked by me in previous years. Those with no link I have on tatty pieces of paper etc... For Christmas eve I'll also have to make a birthday cake for DH - no fruit or nuts allowed!

Kardamom - Zimt joulu lastut
Tartines au chocolat
Iced Vanilla biscuits - decorate by the Kids
Pistachio & Rosewater Stollen
Mini Mince pies (and some with Raspberry Jam)
Cinnamon buns (Christmas Morning)
PassionFruit Pavlova (Christmas Even dessert)
Birthday cake (chocolate no doubt)
Chocolate melting middle puddings (Christmas Day dessert)
Honey Nougat

Ohhhh... that's a long list written out like this. Depending on time planning a couple of biscuit recipes tend to drop off the list as time progresses. I aheva huge spreadsheet to tot up and shop for ingredients!

Add to that: Christmas Eve birthday pork Roast and Christmas dinner Roast Goose with Red Cabbage and assorted vegetables...

We've already done some chutney and are doing marmalade this weekend. Damson gin is DH's speciality. grin Closer to christmas, I often make cranberry chelsea buns, we usually do our own cranberry sauce, I make several batches of fudge to give as gifts, and sometimes smaller chocolate truffles. Also make up some bark but do fruit rather than peppermint. There will also be a selection of nice puds/desserts/cakes for guests over the festive/NY period. We always have a big seafood platter on Christmas Eve, and DH usually makes some rye bread or sourdough to go with it.

fuzzpig Fri 16-Nov-12 11:33:01


Peppermint bark
Stained glass biscuits
Baileys fudge
Oreo truffles
Marshmallow fluff fudge
Chocolate caramel truffles
Marshmallow dippers

Not sure exactly how to make most of these so I will be looking up recipes, I am also extremely disorganised so I don't know how many I'll do.

Not planning on doing them as presents as I'm really not confident with this kind of thing - I am just using this year as a sort of 'trial run' so that in future years I can do homemade gifts.

JennyPiccolo Fri 16-Nov-12 11:53:27

So far made christmas cake, and will make another for a charity thing.
Homemade mince pies in the freezer, but my dp's been dipping into them so there'll prob be none left for Christmas.
Have made home made gravy from stock and that's in the freezer too. Cranberry sauce and whisky marmalade done. Not sure what else to make, loving the dedication on this thread.

JennyPiccolo Fri 16-Nov-12 11:56:24

Oh and we've done christmas ipa, coffee and vanilla stout and apple, rhubarb and ginger spiced cider. Managed to forget the industrial brewery DP has in the cupboards.

DoubleMum Fri 16-Nov-12 12:31:16

Am making cream cheese mints (will freeze them), peppermint candy cane fudge, choc orange biscotti and fruity christmas biscotti, dipped marshmallows, peppermint bark and probably a couple of other things I haven't decided on yet. Have already made chutneys, caramelised onion relish, marmalade, strawberry and rhubarb jam and toffee vodka. Actually that's probably enough, LOL! Have made christmas cakes so need to ice them and make mince pies.

Albert Fri 16-Nov-12 12:37:41

Oh gosh I miss Christmas. I live in a tropical country and it's just not the same here. Last year I bought Nigella's Christmas so that I could try to re-enact the food and it only depressed me further because I can't get many of the basic ingredients here - marzipan (or ground almonds), golden syrup, chocolate that melts (they put an anti-melting ingredient in it here and it tastes disgusting), mincemeat, ginger. Help!!

Taffeta Fri 16-Nov-12 12:41:57

Christmas cake - made
Mince pies - by the truckload
All kinds of fancy schmanzy canapes for party Sat before Xmas
Christmas cake pops
Cranberry and orange compote - some to give away, some for us
Macadamia and cranberry cookies - to give away

I've already made chutneys and jams as presents. have also made mincemeat with port - it is lovely!

Yesterday I made limoncello. The kitchen was smelling all lemony and delicious.

Taffeta Fri 16-Nov-12 12:45:22

Albert - you could make your own mincemeat if you can get suet, dried fruit etc? Marzipan you can make with whole almonds, if you have a coffee bean grinder? Honey or butter/sugar can be subbed for golden syrup.

re the chocolate - maybe you could do something with cocoa powder if you can get that?

Redstockingswillstopsanta Fri 16-Nov-12 12:45:44

Delia's classic christmas cake,and made 4 inch versions that the boys can decorate for their teachers,will make chocolate truffles and peppermint creams,braised red cabbage is already done and in the freezer.

JambalayaWarmMincePie Fri 16-Nov-12 12:51:06

Galaxy fudge, and milkybar fudge. Simple, easy, yummy. DP is responsible for the rest of Christmas this year. grin

JennyPiccolo Fri 16-Nov-12 12:52:14

Albert-but you live in a tropical country! Away outside and enjoy the fact you're not freezing your balls off.

Do you have a recipe pleaseJambalaya That fudge sounds divine!

JambalayaWarmMincePie Fri 16-Nov-12 12:59:49

I will have a look, I just do it from memory now - it was a nigella I think? I have a baby asleep on me ATM but will do it ASAP! grin

Thank you smile

Albert Fri 16-Nov-12 13:15:26

I can't get suet - has anyone got a recipe for suet free mincemeat? I can get sultanas but not currants but I'm sure I could sort of replicate a mince tart. How do I blanch almonds? I can get almonds with the skin, if I can blanch them then I can hijack DH's coffee grinder. Can I really use butter and sugar instead of golden syrup? How do I do it? I've tried honey but the taste is too strong in many things. I'm very excited at the thought of getting a substitute.

Albert I only had half the amount of suet for the recipe as I live overseas too.

i used grated butter!

You can ask a butcher to give you some fat from lamb kidneys and then grate or chop it in a processor, that's all suet is.

Don't you ever use the British food shop website?

I am looking forward to taking an empty suitcase to Blighty next weekend and filling full of suet, crumpets, twiglets and shit white bread.


Taffeta Fri 16-Nov-12 13:24:58

Make your own golden syrup. What is the recipe you want to sub golden syrup in?

Suet sub frozen unsalted butter - grated

Blanching almonds - 1.Bring a saucepan of water to a boil and remove from heat.
2.Add raw shelled almonds and let sit for 1 minute.
3.Drain almonds and run under cold water for several seconds to cool enough to handle.
4.Holding the almond between thumb and forefinger, squeeze to slide skin off.

Don't let them stay in the water too long or they go soggy

I think Nigellas cranberry mincemeat was suet free.

Taffeta Fri 16-Nov-12 13:26:11

oh and sultanas are way nicer than currants anyway IMO. I always up the quantities in Christams cake and mincemeat and lower the currant ratio.

Albert Fri 16-Nov-12 13:36:44

Oh you guys are STARS. Thank you so much! thanks Sadly, you can't bring food into this country without it either being eaten by the customs people or paying an arm and leg to allow it through.

SantasHugandRollintheSnow Fri 16-Nov-12 13:54:49

I don't like fruit cake but ill be making a sponge cake and decorating it to look like a Christmas cake. It's the first year that I have a child in school so may make a cake for them to share in the staff room and take it in on the Monday of the last week.

Will generally bake cakes, do rocky road and make fudge. I don't make mince pies as I don't like them (dh is the only one who does). I'm looking for inspirarion as I can't think due to an extraordinary amount of baking I had to do last week for a charity afternoon tea I did.

Indith Fri 16-Nov-12 14:04:25

My main things are florentines. I make bloody good florentines! I make my own candied peel for them so we have a few days of that drying around the house then I weigh out what I need for teh florentines and the rest gets well dried into lovely, slightly sticky sugar crystal covered sticks and draped in dark chocolate. Absolutely divine.

For little gifts, teachers etc I make some jars of cinder toffee, rocky road etc or nice little christmas biscuits using a cookie press.


Salted Caramel Brownies?? <<<drools>>>

Please please - recipe - please............

cuteable Fri 16-Nov-12 14:26:00

Does anyone have the Nigella's Christmas book Kindle version? Is it any good on the Kindle? 17.99 for the book seems alot (amazon)... its 12.99 on Kindle.

Indith Fri 16-Nov-12 14:31:04

You have a pretty decent returns period on teh kindle so you could download and have a look then return it if you don't think it is worth it.

oohlaalaa Fri 16-Nov-12 14:43:28

We've had embroidery as a Christmas gift before, homemade candles, damson gin, sloe gin, and homemade fudge. Not forgetting knitted cardigans for DD.

The embroidery has always been my favourite.

I've never done any home made gifts. blush

cuteable Fri 16-Nov-12 14:53:40

Ah didnt realise about the returns policy. Will give that a shot, thanks!

cuteable Fri 16-Nov-12 14:58:03

I made Chilli jam the other week but its more like sweet chilli sauce - is that right? I think it needs more of a kick so going to add some more chillies and put it back in a pan and cook a bit more... Also planning on making onion chutney. Ive made toffee vodka and rasp jam.

I have the fruit for xmas cake covered in brandy waiting for me to find 3 hours free for the cooking time.

Im planing on making the peppermint bark, fudge (not sure what type yet), snowman soup (going to try do that this weekend), brownie mix in a jar, Christmas cake cake pops (more than delish!). I want to try make my own mincemeat so Im going to get the ingrediants for that this weekend.

cuteable Fri 16-Nov-12 14:58:56

Oh I was going to try candied nuts too.

lycheemartini Fri 16-Nov-12 15:09:27

anja1cam any chance of the rosewater and pistachio stollen recipe please?

instantfamily Fri 16-Nov-12 15:19:39

Anja1, any chance you can digitalize your handscribbled note on Pistachio & Rosewater Stollen? That sounds like a divine combination.

I'll be making pistachio & apricot tea loaf, hopefully Vanillekipferln and something with pumpkin & fresh ginger. Plus simple biscuits for the DDs to decorate and hang up on the tree.

morethanpotatoprints Fri 16-Nov-12 15:26:21

Me and dd are attempting to make a giant gingerbread village.
peppermint /strawberry creams.
decorating the xmas cake/ we already made.
Mince Pies.
Other ideas stollen from here. smile

SmellsLikeTeenStrop Fri 16-Nov-12 16:01:59

Rhubarb schnapps
Going to try the toffee vodka mentioned earlier d
And if I can track down some Seville oranges in December, I'll make Seville orange marmalade.

cuteable Fri 16-Nov-12 16:13:19

Any good mincemeat recipes please? grin thanks

diddlediddledumpling Fri 16-Nov-12 16:15:08

Pear and fennel seed chutney. Never made chutney before, so may end to taking myself to M&S on 20th December....

CheerfulYank Fri 16-Nov-12 16:25:41

Marking my place! I need ideas. smile

cuteable I've not made mincemeat before but I'm going to use this recipe tomorrow. It has good reviews so I hope it's nice.

Annunziata Fri 16-Nov-12 16:55:39

Cuccidatini, a kind of stuffed cake, cassata and cannoli, and DD is going to try torrone (nougat). MIL will make panettone.

BiddyPop Fri 16-Nov-12 17:09:16

I have sloe gin on the go. I have mince meat maturing from 2010 and 2011 so will use that rather than making more this year (just never finished it all last 2).

Last few years, I have done lots of choc chip cookies, lemon and orange cookies, chocolate coated cherries in honey rum, orangettes, chocolates with ganache centres, truffles, fudge, chutney, jam, ......

This year, I haven't as much time, so I am planning on using up what I have on hands, and maybe making some cookies and mince pies, and finally a yule log. Our gingerbread house comes from an Ikea packet most years...

BiddyPop Fri 16-Nov-12 17:10:10

Oh, and I did dry a load of parsley, oregano, rosemary and bay leaves - some to use and some are going in a hamper to my mother.

Mostly I do them to give, but I always keep some sloe gin and mince meat for our own use, and a few cookies...

lurkingaround Fri 16-Nov-12 17:15:46

I am in a bit of awe at you folk and all the fabulous things you make!! It all sounds wonderful.

I hardly make anything, peppermint creams, mincemeat, (I use Delia Smith's recipe here, I use butter instead of suet and not as much as her recipe calls for, always turns out v well), and, umm, that's it blush. Am definitely going to try some of the stuff mentioned here.

Anyone care to pass on their truffle recipes?

SkeletonButterfly Fri 16-Nov-12 17:15:56

Place marking for ideas and recipes!

amothersplaceisinthewrong Fri 16-Nov-12 17:17:33

Just made an Xmaas pudding - Delia's from her big book of 20 plus years ago! Fed it with extra rum too!

That will be all I make though - the rest will be shop bought.

Nigella chilli jam here too! And blackberry vodka, and hopefully cinder toffee and tablet too. Each couple in my extended family gets a little bag with some of each thing in it. If I didn't make stuff now I think I'd get lynched, I have already been asked what booze I am doing (berry gin last year and toffee vodka the year before...)

Ihatemytoes Fri 16-Nov-12 18:38:19

Could someone please post a link for Nigella's chilli jam? x

Chilli jam It's really good smile

louisianablue2000 Fri 16-Nov-12 18:45:35

Christmas cake, Christmas Pudding (plus brandy butter), gingerbread snowmen, Shortbread, tablet definitely. Since the ILs are coming here I might make them homemade gifts which would involve more sweeties, probably truffles and peppermint creams. I never make mincepies anymore since we have a wonderful cake shop nearby that does wonderful mincepies. I usually eat my bodyweight in mincepies from there before Christmas. And since it's DD1's birthday between Christmas and Hogmanay I'll be making birthday cake as well.

I'm on maternity leave at the moment so in theory have lots of time but school pick up is a blooming pain in the neck because it is two hours earlier than nursery pick up. I'm really feeling the difference!

clippityclop Fri 16-Nov-12 18:48:49

You lot are amazing. I'm feeling deeply inadequate as my efforts so far are limited to wondering if I'll kill anyone by cooking up a Mary Berry Christmas cake kit from last year? Will be back for more ideas.

DoubleMum Fri 16-Nov-12 18:53:38

I've cooked 3 Mary Berry cake kits so I sincerely hope not! The fruit was pickled in alcohol, it will be fine.

InNeedOfBrandy Fri 16-Nov-12 19:24:28

Wow you lot are so good! The only thing I'm really making this year is home made mince pies with shop bought mince meat and pastry and chocolate coated marzipan balls with a liquor in the melted chocolate.

spookysal Fri 16-Nov-12 19:53:23

pie for boxing day buffett

Christmas pud - Delia
Christmas cake - Going to try Nigella's Chocolate Christmas cake this year (has anyone on here made it? Is it nice?)
Mince pies - from last years mincemeat which is maturing away in the back of a cupboard
Spiced Red cabbage - Delia
Gingerbread house - bought the kit from Aldi today - does that count?
Sausage rolls
Spiced biscuits to ice and decorate the tree with
Christmas sweets from Lisa Faulkners cookbook
Stained Glass window biscuits - made these last year and they looked fab!

Is the Baileys fudge easy to make? I would love it!

And how hard is a yule log to make from scratch? Is it easy to roll? I normally cheat and decorate a chocolate swiss roll blush

NuclearStandoff Fri 16-Nov-12 20:47:28

shouldn't this be moved to the 'poncetastic' christmas section?

SantasHugandRollintheSnow Fri 16-Nov-12 20:54:40

spooky I've always wanted to make my own Yule log but Am also worried about the roll so watching with interest. Suppose I won't know until I try.

anja1cam Fri 16-Nov-12 21:10:20

Here you are - I was very impressed with the result and followed the recipe to the letter - except for using 'ordinary' white caster and icing sugar... My breadmaker did not have an 'add raisin' function to I added the dried fruits after the dough came out of the machine.

Pistachio & Rosewater Stollen

(quick OCR from photocopy!)
comes from: Good housekeeping -Great Recipes for your Bread machine-Joanna Farrow

For a vibrantly coloured marzipan it's best to skin the pistachios first, by soaking them in boiling water for a couple of minutes then rubbing between pieces of kitchen paper to remove the skins.

1 ½ tsp easy-blend dried yeast
350g (12 oz) strong white bread flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground mixed spice
25g (1 oz) golden caster sugar
50g (2 oz) butter, melted
l50ml (1/2 pint) milk
3 tbsp rosewater
75g (3 oz) sultanas
50g (2 oz) pistachio nuts
50g (2 oz) candied peel, chopped

For the Marzipan
150g (5 oz) pistachio nuts, skinned
40g (1 ½ oz) golden caster sugar
40g (1 ½ oz) golden icing sugar
2 egg yolks

To finish
Icing sugar to dust

1 Put all the dough ingredients except the sultanas, pistachio nuts and
candied peel into the bread maker bucket, following the order and
method specified in the manual.

2 Fit the bucket into the bread maker and set to the dough programme
with raisin setting, if applicable. Press start. Add the sultanas, pistachio
nuts and candied peel when the machine beeps or halfway through the
‘kneading cycle. '

3 Meanwhile make the marzipan. Put the pistachio nuts in a food processor
and blend until finely ground. Add the sugars and egg yolks and blend to
a paste. Turn out on to the work surface and shape into a log, 24cm
(9 1/2 in) long. Grease a large baking sheet.

4 Once the dough is ready, turn out on to a floured surface and punch it
down to deflate. Roll out to an oblong, 28cm (11 in) long and 15cm
(6in) wide. Lay the marzipan on the dough, slightly to one side of the
centre. Brush the long edges of the dough with water then fold the wider
piece of dough over the paste, sealing well.

5Transfer to the baking sheet, cover loosely with oiled clingfilm and leave
in a warm place for about 40 minutes until doubled in size. Preheat the
oven to 200°C (fan oven 180°C) mark 6.
6 Bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden. Transfer to a wire rack to
cool. Serve lavishly dusted with icing sugar.

I actually brushed it with melted butter before dusting with icing sugar...


And: peeling the pistachios is easy but tedious. Drain them straight after soaking or they go quite soggy (happened to me) and the marzipan is a bit too squidgy - I added some ground almonds to make it easier to handle.
Or make sure you give them extra time to dry out.

The resulting Stollen is not too massive, the rose flavour is just discernible and the whole thing is just delicious and quite luxurious, and a nice change...

hurricanewyn Fri 16-Nov-12 21:37:03

Kate - Sorry, just noticed your post now.

DIY reeses Theses are easy. Mix and assemble & they're always popular.

Salted Caramel Brownies Haven't made these yet, so am can't vouch for them grin

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theressomethingaboutmarie Sat 17-Nov-12 06:27:36

Oh I love this thread! I'm on mat leave and trying to get as much done as possible with a 13 week old DS and deling with DD's school pick ups and drop offs.

So far I've made mincemeat and Christmas pud. I will crack on with the Christmas cake next week and hopefully get Round to making some fudge too. I made some salted Carmel brownies using Nigella's brownie recipe and my own take on salted caramel (butter, sugar, Maldon salt). I put alf the brownie mix in the tin, poured on the caramel and then topped that with the rest f the Browne mix.

scottishmummy Sat 17-Nov-12 11:22:13

I always make tablet for nursery,colleagues,teachers
always goes down well

InNeedOfBrandy Sat 17-Nov-12 11:44:18

What's a tablet SM?

JugglingWithPossibilities Sat 17-Nov-12 12:21:53

You'd have to plan early for this but a friend of mine makes delicious Christmassy sloe gin and blackberry vodka, damson gin also very good.

She says it's easy as just mix equal quantities of fruit and sugar (or slightly less sugar so not too sweet) to cover the fruit and leave in dark place for a couple of months (no more than 6 weeks for blackberries as they're a soft fruit) Then strain. - Oh and either have to prick the sloe skins with needle, or easier put in freezer to burst skins open.

They are all heavenly and the sloe gin in particular is a gorgeous, golden, Christmassy colour smile Something for next year perhaps ?

JugglingWithPossibilities Sat 17-Nov-12 12:23:21

Oh, should have said add gin or vodka to cover fruit and sugar mixture smile

Lollybrolly Sat 17-Nov-12 12:44:47

SpookySal - Do you have a recipe for the stained glass window biscuits?

lastSplash Sat 17-Nov-12 13:14:13

Is there an equivalent thread for non-yummy homemade delight?

(non-edible gifts and crafts I mean rather than burnt or crap ones...)

AnnCoats Sat 17-Nov-12 13:16:46

I fancy making chocolate vodka for friends this year. Anyone got a good tried and tested recipe?

KateShmate Sat 17-Nov-12 13:25:57

Thank you hurricane ! grin

JugglingWithPossibilities Sat 17-Nov-12 13:44:33

Stained glass window biscuits are very effective and quite easy to do I believe.
Seems like idea would appeal to any young helpers too.

I plan on making sweets for teacher presents. Peppermint creams, chocolate truffles and florentines. I would love some different ideas though.

lookout Sat 17-Nov-12 14:01:56

Not a lot this year but will definitely do mince pies (shop-bought mincemeat though sad) and Advocaat. Made it year before last (was bf last year) and absolutely loved the obligatory Christmas day Snowball made with home-made Advocaat. Christmas in a glass.

Love the sound of the eggnog muffins so may give them a go too.

racingheart Sat 17-Nov-12 15:31:44

AnnCoats - depends on whether you like them or not, but a pub near where I used to live made Daim bar vodka. Just put mini daim bars into the vodka, shake twice a day and leave to infuse. Then put upright to settle. There's a chocolately sludge at the bottom of the bottle but it tasted divine. They also made Mars bar vodka.

This year we're making:
a chocolate swiss roll yule log for us for Christmas Eve,
white raspberry chocolate truffles for the children
dark brandy truffles for grownups
spicy chutney (made already)
Christmas puddings
seedy cheese straws
Dutch Apple Cake for New Year's Eve Party
Nigella's spicy roasted nut and herb mix
own mince pies made with my mum's home made mincemeat, and she is also making the cake this year. I feel so Christmassy already, I want to get the lights up!

Clothilde Sat 17-Nov-12 17:29:07

I'll be making Christmas cake, mince pies, stained glass window and gingerbread biscuits for the tree, a gingerbread house, sausage rolls, spiced seeds (sweet and savoury), salted caramels, gingerbread caramels, peppermint bark, some spice mixes and maybe herb blends to give away, spiced pickled pears and pickled mushrooms. I'm also going to have a got at a nut-free marzipan alternative that I've seen using semolina. I have no idea if it will be nice, but I'm allergic to almonds and really miss marzipan.

I've made some shortbread today, basic recipe with very little thought! i saw loads of quite faffy recipes online, with ingredients i can't find, and in the end opted for plain flour, butter and caster suger with some vanilla essence.

They turned out really well following copious quality control tests

I'm not sure how long they'll last in an airtight tin. Or from me (phantom biscuit bandit).

piebald Sat 17-Nov-12 20:54:22

Oh dear oh dear, i plan to make all my presents this year but havent thought what yet. You are all scaring me!
I do plan to make some roasted nuts that i did last year , they are kind of spicey and sweetly sticky- but cant remember where i found the recipe, it may have been on here. Anyone?

cuteable Sat 17-Nov-12 21:50:08

Stained Glass Biscuits (I have never made these, recipe from a book):

125g(4oz) butter
175g(6oz) plain flour
50g(2oz) caster sugar
half small orange, rind only
Few clear coloured boiled sweets

Pre-heat oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4

Put butter, sugar and flour in bowl and run in the butter until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
Grate orange rind and add to bowl.
Squeeze the mixture together with your hands to make a ball.
Roll out thinly.
Stamp out large window shapes using biscuit cutters.
Put on baking sheet lined with non stick paper.
Stamp out smaller shapes from the centre of each biscuit.
Bake in the oven for 8-10 mins until pale golden.
Meanwhile, unwrap the sweets and break with rolling pin. Add different coloured pieces to the hole in each biscuit. Bake in the oven for a further 2-3 mins until sweeks have just melted. Leave to cool, then peel off the peper.

cuteable Sat 17-Nov-12 21:53:58

InNeedOff Tablet is just like fudge but set hard.

recipe here

I'm knitting lots of gifts this year. I love knitting!!!! YEAH!!!!

JennyPiccolo Sat 17-Nov-12 23:10:20

You can freeze shortbread. I made it for Xmas presents one year and my dad had each batch eaten before I could put another in the ovengrin

Thanks Jenny - I was afraid it might go a bit soggy.

I will freeze some and then perhaps "quality check" them in a week, or two. blush

GreatGooglyMoogly Sun 18-Nov-12 09:17:09

Does anyone know how to make those cooked sugary almonds/ nuts they have in little plastic cones at Christmas time in Germany?

GreatGooglyMoogly Sun 18-Nov-12 09:17:42

They're kind of caramelised smile

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sun 18-Nov-12 13:09:40

Oh dear why did I click on this thread? Why am I only thinking about this now when everyone else is so organized?


<runs about kitchen like headless chicken>

This. In, possibly, a gingerbread box made like a gingerbread house IYSWIM. For DS1's teacher. It's his first term at school and I feel like over-achieving. grin

GreatGooglyMoogly Mon 19-Nov-12 07:19:29

I've found a couple of recipes to try:





bigbadbarry Mon 19-Nov-12 14:39:49

Reshape I made that bark last year and wow it was delicious! One of those recipes i have found myself thinking about from time to time all year. Definitely doing it again this year. Though finding red-and-white-striped peppermint sweets is a bloody nightmare so if you track some down please let me know.

InNeedOfBrandy Mon 19-Nov-12 14:47:43

Thank you cuteable I am so pinching that teacher idea off scottish mummy but shhhhsshh don't tell her grin


Somersaults Mon 19-Nov-12 18:56:18

Thank you! I've found some lovely ideas in this thread to try smile

FrostyTheShosheman Mon 19-Nov-12 19:08:11

Chocolate Fudge, rolled into balls and dusted with icing sugar/cocoa

75g full fat cream cheese
350g icing sugar
1 level tbls cocoa powder
75g plain chocolate drops
40g butter
100g white chocolate.
36 petit four cases.

Put the cream cheese into bowl, sift icing sugar and cocoa into the bowl. Mix well.
Melt butter and chocolate stir in a tablespoon of cream cheese mixture.
Then pour the chocolate into cream cheese mixture, beat together until they are creamy.
tip out and cut into 36 even pieces, roll into balls.
Melt white chocolate.
Dip balls into white chocolate, then place into petit four cases and put into fridge.

Eat within 10 days.

I make small boxes big enough to hold 4 (they are so rich that 4 are enough)

My kids give them to preschool teachers.

cuteable Tue 20-Nov-12 15:00:25

That peppermint bark looks delish! Im going to try making some for a nursery fair this weekend. Can you just use the peppermint candy canes?

notasausage Tue 20-Nov-12 15:49:14

Can I freeze homemade fudge and peppermint creams or will they still be ok by christmas if I make them now? Also anyone know the approx ratio of vodka to werthers for toffee vodka? Some great ideas on this thread!

bigbadbarry Tue 20-Nov-12 15:49:44

Yes if you can find some - that is what I used last year.

GreenyEyes Tue 20-Nov-12 21:12:46

Well this all sounds amazing.

I would just like to let you all know that my services are available for quality-control/ taste test purposes.

No fee.


Beamur Tue 20-Nov-12 21:17:29

I've made jam, chutney and pickled onions - might make some pickled garlic too as I have a load to use.
I made florentines last year as presents for teachers and they look lovely.
Not making christmas cake or pudding though as I'm the only one who likes it! DP does make a good light fruit cake though, so might get him to whip one up.

I am crocheting a lot of gifts this year (did a lot of corchet and stitched gifts last year too and they went down well) but quite keen to do some foody gifts. What can I make waaaaay in advance (well now)? I know chutney/jams/vodka will keep, but are there any cakey/biscuity things?

prettyprudence what sort of things do you make? I've just learned to crochet and I'm keen to experiment.

TheOneWithTheHair This year I have made a jacket for my friends toddler, some hotpot mats, hats, gloves and some doilies. I have previously made bags, kindle cover, laptop covers, rug, throw - anything that is back and forth crochet, with minimal instructions, no lacy bits and no granny squares.

I've just started a thread for non-edible home made christmas gifts (bit of a mouthful wink) here

cuteable Wed 21-Nov-12 23:03:48

Wow wow and wow for the peppermint bark! made it today and its amazing!

spookysal Wed 21-Nov-12 23:51:56

What recipe did you use cuteable? Did you find it difficult to get hold of the sweets? Was it easy to make?

Thanks pettyprudence I'll have a look. Sorry I got your name wrong before. I just noticed. blush

Writergirl Thu 22-Nov-12 16:15:20

Teacher presents:

Last year made Earl Grey chocolate cream truffles - super easy, no cook, look impressive (dust them in cocoa powder or choco strands).

This year will be coconut ice - mega easy, looks pretty when wrapped, and am going to attempt cardamom fudge.

WhatEverItIsIDidntDoIt Thu 22-Nov-12 16:43:47

Anyone want to share recipes? I love Christmas but DP is a grinch sad maybe if I feed him well he might cheer up a bit grin

aliphil Thu 22-Nov-12 17:43:10

How long does the peppermint bark keep? I'd like to make some but don't know how much time I'll have closer to Christmas.

Sleepstarved Thu 22-Nov-12 17:52:17

spook I make Nigella's choc Christmas cake every year, it's yummy and gets lots of compliments. I don't generally like fruit cake but this is fab.
Already made one, expect it will be eaten and I'll have to make another!
I've made mincemeat and a batch of mince pies are in freezer.
Also made Florentines but might make more for DD's nursery teachers.
DH wants a yulelog, never attempted one before. Is the rolling bit tricky?

spookysal Thu 22-Nov-12 18:24:33

Thanks sleepstarved, that is reassuring smile

TellMeLater Sat 24-Nov-12 16:35:26

Have been busy this year with homemade goodies. Old favourites Christmas Puddings & mincemeat, more excited about the blackberry gin that the kids have been turning for me every day and today I started candying oranges so I can make dh his favourite chocolates - orangettes. Also planning to make layered peppermint bark and may even give Panettone a go this year, using my home made candied orange - if I can find a catering sized tomato tin to bake it in. Closer to the time I will make some truffles, marshmallows and a Yule Log.

dinkystinky Sat 24-Nov-12 20:00:12

Dh and ds2 are making a xmas cake. Will make ninja gingerbreadmen with ds1and ds2. Am making blackberry vodka and choc rum truffles as gifts.

ArkadyRose Sat 24-Nov-12 22:02:47

I brew my own mead, so various friends will be getting bottles of different types of mead - and a favoured few will get gifts of my special chocolate mead liqueur.

TellMeLater Sun 25-Nov-12 09:19:04

Wow rose brewing your own mead is impressive - we tried making our own cider one year - the less said the better!

ArkadyRose Sun 25-Nov-12 20:44:52

It's actually very easy to make mead; you don't even need any specialised equipment to do it. I've got some very easy and simple recipes on my mead blog if you wanted to give it a go yourself, though if you make a batch of mead now it probably won't be drinkable until new year at earliest. But you could start brewing up ready to lay some bottles down for next year!

(It's Arkady, BTW, not rose - Rose is my surname. wink)

cuteable Mon 26-Nov-12 13:00:13

SpookySal Sorry didnt see your message. I used [[ http://orangette.blogspot.co.uk/2008/12/look-at-that.html this]] recipe:

Was very very good. I made little goodie bags for a nursery fair. I put in peppermint creams, coconut ice and Peppermint bark.

cuteable Mon 26-Nov-12 13:01:01

Sorry here:



sparklingportrait Mon 26-Nov-12 21:54:07

Once again this year, I’ve had requests for my Vodka Christmas Cake recipe so here goes...
Please keep in your files as I am beginning to get tired of typing this up every year!

(Made mine this morning!!!!)
1 cup sugar,
1 tsp. baking powder,
1 cup water,

1 tsp. salt ,
1 cup brown sugar,
Lemon juice,
4 large eggs,nuts1...bottle Vodka,
2 cups dried fruit
Sample a cup of Vodka to check quality.
Take a large bowl, check the Vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality then Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point, it is best to make sure the Vodka is still OK. Try another cup just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 eegs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Pick the fruit up off the floor, wash it and put it in the bowl a piece at a time trying to count it. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit getas stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver Sample the Vodka to test for tonsisticity. Next, sift 2 cups of salt, or something. Check the Vodka. Now shit shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window. Finish the Vodka and wipe the counter with the cat. smile

TellMeLater Mon 26-Nov-12 23:31:27

grin sparkling

Sleepstarved rolling the log is pretty easy, roll empty while warm and then unroll to fill - any cracks are covered with ganache. They are big though - we freeze half of ours for another time, it only keeps for a couple of days.

cutie I had my eye on that recipe for peppermint bark, glad to see you have used it successfully, ds is getting them this year in place of peppermint matchsticks, he'll love it!

Made some of Hugh's homemade marshmallows on Sunday, they freeze well will use them for some Rocky Road and some snow man soup. I've decided to make some Turkish delight for dd, it's her favourite, looks tricky but if it works we'll be in heaven.

How long does fudge last once made?

bigbadbarry Wed 28-Nov-12 14:55:24

Later...snowman soup?

Stevie77 Wed 28-Nov-12 16:01:53

Can I ask, how are you planning on wrapping all the gift goodies? Can't find any wrapping cellophane in shops, only tissue paper. Thought piping bags would work but they are too think and not nice at all. I'm at a loss!

chocolate vodka with green and blacks choc and naice vodka ... has Kirsty done this on her 'homemade home' yet? grin

DoubleMum Wed 28-Nov-12 18:51:04

Lots of cello bags on ebay to put goodies in.

bigbadbarry Wed 28-Nov-12 20:52:30

Homebase sell bags and boxes too (but ebay cheaper)

mumzy Wed 28-Nov-12 20:53:04

Wrapping cellophane now in Lidl

TellMeLater Wed 28-Nov-12 21:55:24

I bought cellophane in a baking shop last year and then some cellophane bags on eBay.

I'm not giving away any of my homemade goodies, maybe visitors if they are well behaved - kids and dh will be eating them...I'll wrap them in cellophane and I might put dh's in a box bought from Tiger.

Snowman soup is just a fancy version of a hot choc...with a kiddie name. Google for recipes...there are loads, I've never done it before so I can't recommend one.


barefootcook Thu 29-Nov-12 08:36:45

Yes-does anyone know how long fudge can be kept for?

TellMeLater Thu 29-Nov-12 12:09:49

Sorry barefoot, it never lasts longer than a week in this house, there's not much to go off, all that sugar and fat - it should last forever!

cuteable Fri 30-Nov-12 10:47:44

Im pretty sure I have seen in recipes that fudge keeps for 2 weeks in an airtight container. However I tried to find this out last year and no one could give me a definate answer...

TellMeLater Fri 30-Nov-12 12:24:07


They seem to know what they are talking about. smile

racingheart Fri 30-Nov-12 19:13:47

Wrapping cellophane also in 99p stores and Wilkos.

Sorry if I've overlooked it further up thread - but is there a recipe for peppermint bark?

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