Orange Sugar Cookies

I’d seen a recipe for Orange Sugar Cookies on Movita Beaucoup’s blog. It was on my list of things to bake over Christmas but on the general mayhem surrounding the holidays I didn’t get a chance!

I baked them last night and was delighted with the results!

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Mary Berry’s Classic Rich Christmas Cake

I’m a bit behind on my Christmas Prep, studying for exams is really taking from my baking time! I got the Christmas Cake out of the way on Monday. I used the Classic Rich Christmas Cake recipe from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. I’m loving the Baking Bible at the moment – the Chocolatines were another successful recipe from the same book!

I just made a 6 inch round – not many people eat Christmas cake in my house, so I’m only making a small one this year. It’s mostly to have a cake to cut into on Christmas Eve so we can leave a slice out for Santa! Christmas is all about traditions!

The recipe itself was easy to follow, and I’ve step by step pictures after the cut. I also got to use my Homemade Mixed Peel in this! I’ll feed this cake with whiskey for a week or so and then put marzipan on a week before I ice it. I’ll post again when I’ve decorated it! For now, I just can’t wait til my exams are over so I can go full force baking!
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Homemade Christmas Mincemeat

Mince Pies are a pivotal part of Christmas in my family. I’d say over December I make 24 every two days or so for either home or work. The smell of mince pies cooking in the oven in the evenings really evokes a strong sense of Christmas for me. Christmas just wouldn’t be right without them!

Mince Pies with a warning sign for my family!

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Homemade Mixed Peel

In my quest to be organised for Christmas I made homemade mixed peel. I’ll be using this mixed peel in my Mincemeat, Christmas Pudding and Christmas Cake so it was important that I got it done early on! I use a Ballymaloe recipe from the Ballymaloe Cookery Course book.

Homemade mixed peel stored in 4oz jars for use in all my Christmas bakes!

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Back to Baking!

I’ve had a bit of a blog lapse, but I’ve made a resolution to get back to it! And although the blog was neglected my baking wasn’t. I got quite caught up watching the Great British Bake Off from August onwards. I recently tried my hand at Paul Hollywood’s Chelsea Buns!

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