christmas: making and baking

baking plansTime to dust off a favourite cookery book – Linda Collister’s Christmas Treats to Make and GiveThe girls are still in full baking mode (both Martha and Bea have been to GB Bake-off themed birthday parties in the last fortnight, and their cousin is threatening Matilda with something similar along the lines of Come Dine With Me), so I thought it would be a good idea to channel their enthusiasm and get them to bake some Christmas presents.

For my part, I am planning to make a few treats from Diana Henry’s excellent Salt Sugar Smoke. I have already raided Ikea’s kitchen department and have a large stash of jars at the ready, along with some really lovely labels (also from the Swedish giant). Just need to brave the high street in search of the ingredients…

4 thoughts on “christmas: making and baking

  1. Gorgeous blog and lovely to meet a fellow Bristol blogger! Am about to try my first gingerbread house after reading Emma Bradshaw’s post, but also love the idea of making biscuits as gifts.

    I saw the Santa run too – hilarious! And you’re right – only in Bristol!

    • Thank you – and good to meet you too (off to look at your blog right now!). I’ve tried making a gingerbread house from a kit before – a wonky, messy disaster, which the children LOVED. I expect making it from scratch would work a lot better – good luck!

  2. You’re ahead of me. I haven’t yet decided what form this year’s edible gifts will take, although I did chance upon Nigella’s recipe for cranberry curd this evening. Sounds suitably festive.

    I’ve not come across Diana Henry before. A quick search revealed an interesting looking collection of Mediterranean dishes. I must look out for her.

    • It’s a very beautiful book, and really inspiring – I love making jam but felt I needed to expand my repertoire which really only includes soft fruit from neighbour’s trees and Seville oranges when they are in season. Pink Grapefruit marmalade is on the to do list for today, with lime and rum tomorrow… Must look up the Nigella recipe though, as you say, it sounds very festive

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