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02-10-2018, 21:01   #1
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Christmas baking/cooking thread.

I'm not sure if there's one on the go here.
it's coming up to the time a lot will be starting to make Christmas cakes and puddings.(I know some have already)
So if you want to share this feel free to.
If you have any questions ask away.
Or if it's anything to do with Christmas baking/cooking in generally from savory to sweet.

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I’d highly recommend Nigella’s chilli jam. It’s great as gifts in little jars (Ikea has great ones) and delicious with Christmas leftovers in a sandwich or with a cheese board. Plus you can make it a month in advance so it’s out of the way before the madness.

https://www.nigella.com/recipes/chilli-jam
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lol, my mouth started watering for real looking at all her recipes. It's gonna be a long low-carb friendly road til Christmas
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Yep, I swear by pots of the chilli jam as little gifts. Also just for eating on cheese sandwiches, omg NOMS.
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I'm looking for a mincemeat recipe - someone gave me one last year and I can't find it Possibly from the Good Housekeeping mag?
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I'm looking for a good shortbread recipe, it's one of the first things I want to bake when I get into my new home.
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Oh shortbread would be awesome!
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Every January, I aim to cook a Christmas Pud for the following year, but never get to it. I.m well able to bake, and make a couple of
Christmas Cakes every year. Any good Pudding recipe anybody could share plz....
And the fact that I.v put it on paper means I have to do it now.....LOL...
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I put up a recipe for Mulled wine last year. I use the same one every year. Make a suryup, add the wine slowly, never boiling to keep all the alcohol.

I got fortnum and mason mulled wine sachets, cost a bit, one year to speed things up. They were rank.
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Every January, I aim to cook a Christmas Pud for the following year, but never get to it. I.m well able to bake, and make a couple of
Christmas Cakes every year. Any good Pudding recipe anybody could share plz....
And the fact that I.v put it on paper means I have to do it now.....LOL...
I'll look out mine when I get home
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I always use the BBC basic shortbread recipe: https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/shortbread_1290.

Trick is to use really good quality UNSALTED butter. I've made variations with chocolate chips and using vanilla sugar too. Don't overwork the dough, and DEFINITELY chill it as long as you can before baking.

You have to make sure as well not to overbake. That's what turns shortbread really bitter.
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I always use the BBC basic shortbread recipe: https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/shortbread_1290.

Trick is to use really good quality UNSALTED butter. I've made variations with chocolate chips and using vanilla sugar too. Don't overwork the dough, and DEFINITELY chill it as long as you can before baking.

You have to make sure as well not to overbake. That's what turns shortbread really bitter.
Ah lads... the pressure haha, thank you, the recipe is perfect.
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Every January, I aim to cook a Christmas Pud for the following year, but never get to it. I.m well able to bake, and make a couple of
Christmas Cakes every year. Any good Pudding recipe anybody could share plz....
And the fact that I.v put it on paper means I have to do it now.....LOL...
This is my mother’s recipe. I usually make it October bank holiday weekend. I soak fruit and nuts Friday night. Mix the rest of the ingredients in Saturday. Add in extra Guinness if needed Sunday and boil Monday.

4oz breadcrumbs
2oz flour
4oz sugar
1/2 teaspoon each salt and mixed spice.

2 eggs
4oz butter / melted
1/4 pint Guinness

8oz each sultanas and raisins
2oz each cherries, mixed peel and chopped almonds.
Juice and rind of an orange and lemon
One cooking apple grated.
1/2 glass whiskey or brandy

Mix fruit and nuts with whiskey and leave overnight
Mix in rest of ingredients and leave overnight
Add more Guinness if needed

Makes between 2 and 4 puddings, depending on what bowls you’ve got.

I cover with disk of greaseproof paper and tinfoil.

Boil for 3 to 4 hours. I store in fridge. They hold for up to a year.

Boil for an hour before serving with custard and cream.
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This is my pudding recipe - it's from an old Christmas recipe card from Stork from I'd say the early 80s.

6oz Self-Raising Flour
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
8 oz Breadcrumbs
12oz Dark Brown Sugar
1lb currants
8oz raisins
8oz Sultanas
4oz mixed peel
4oz glace cherries, halved, washed & dried
2oz chopped almonds
Zest of a lemon & orange
8oz margarine, melted and cooled slightly

Beaten together:
3 large eggs
2tbsps whiskey
1/2 pint Guinness

Sieve the flour and spices into a bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, sugar, fruit, nuts and zest. Mix well. Make a well in the centre and pour in the melted margarine the egg mix. Mix throuogly with a wooden spoon.
Cover and leave to stand overnight

Next day:
Stir well. Make Christmas wish. Pour into prepared bowls (I use 2pint pudding bowls), cover and steam for about 6 hours.

Wrap in greaseproof paper and tinfoil until you want to eat them

This gives me two decent puddings. I mix it in a basin - there are no baking bowls in my house big enough
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CheerLough, I.d say that is the one my mam used to use. Stork !! I vividly remember the well thumbed booklet. Pressure def on
now to make a pud. thanks for the recipes.
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