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Slaymill Wed 20-Nov-19 10:17:36

Inspired by the lovely @Sinjistalk does anyone want to share Christmas recipes ? I did a post on the Christmas page but, it sunk deeper than a soggy bottomed quiche!

Lemon And Almond Cookie Wreaths


90g butter, softened
220g caster sugar
120g ground almonds
150g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
grated rind of 1 large lemon
juice of 1 large lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pure icing sugar, for dusting

Preheat to oven to 160c

Place butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes until pale.

Add the almonds, flour, baking powder. lemon juice, lemon rind and vanilla extract. Beat for a further 2 minutes until combined. Refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes.

Then roll and cut out using a fluted 8.5cm cutter. Then a smaller 3.5 cutter to make the hole for the wreath.

Bake 15 mins or until golden

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Sinjistalk Fri 22-Nov-19 10:51:02

Just us then Slaymill wink
I am going to add the cake recipe that mumsnetters kindly helped me find.

The cookie wreaths sound great - DS & I are going to give them a try.

Dark Chocolate Cake – Josceline Dimbleby, Cooking for Christmas


Cranberry and Orange Filling
4 fl oz (100ml) fresh orange juice (about 2 oranges)
4 oz (100g) sugar
8 oz (200g) fresh cranberries

4 oz (100g) plain chocolate
3 tablespoons (3 x 15ml spoon) water
6 oz (150g) butter or margarine
10 oz (250g) soft dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon (5ml spoon) vanilla essence
3 large (size 4) eggs – lightly whisked
6 fl oz (150mls) milk, soured by adding the juice of ½ lemon
10 oz (250g) plain flour
½ teaspoon (2.5ml spoon) baking powder
1½ level teaspoons (3 x 2.5ml spoon) of bicarbonate of soda

2 large (size 4) egg whites
12 oz (300g) caster sugar
Good pinch of salt
Juice of 1 lemon
½ tablespoon (15ml spoon) water
½ teaspoon (2.5ml spoon) cream of tartar
Christmas decorations

Also need
2 8½-9½ in. (22-24cm) Sandwich tins
Greaseproof paper

To Make

Cranberry and Orange Filling
Make the cranberry and orange filling first.
Put the orange juice in a saucepan and stir in the sugar.
Add the cranberries.
Cover, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Cool and chill well in the fridge before using.

Now line two greased 8½-9½ in. (22-24cm) sandwich tins with greased greaseproof paper.
Turn the oven to Gas Mark 4 / 350OF /180OC

Break the chocolate into small pieces, then put with the 3 spoons of hot water in a bowl over a pan of very hot water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.

Cream the fat with the sugar and vanilla essence until light and fluffy.

Thoroughly beat in the eggs and melted chocolate.

Add the soured milk alternately with the sifted flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.

Divide the mixture between two tins and smooth with a knife.

Bake towards the centre of the oven for 30-40 minutes until well risen and springy to touch in the centre. Leave in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn the cakes carefully out on to a wire tray to cool, and remove greaseproof paper. When cold, sandwich together with the cranberry and orange filling.

Put all the ingredients together in a large bowl and whisk together.

Put the bowl over a pan of very hot water and continue to whisk for about 10 minutes until the mixture is thick enough to stand in peaks and the sugar has dissolved.

Spread at once thickly all over the cake with a wide knife, making rough flicks.

Decorate, leave in a cool place but not the fridge.

You can, of course, make the cake in advance and freeze it. The icing is best done a day before you cut the cake.

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