Christmas Recipe Round Up

Christmas Cake

Christmas Cake

My Christmas recipe round up starts with the most delicious Christmas cake, it is the Women’s Weekly Spiced Fruit Christmas Cake and you can see it here.

The lovely people at Women’s Weekly kindly gave me permission to print their recipe in October and it has been extremely popular here at Julie’s Family Kitchen. So, if you haven’t made your Christmas Cake yet, what are you waiting for.

Next up is another popular post my Festive Chocolate Bark, take a look here at the original post. Chocolate topped with pistachio and cranberry not only looks festive but tastes great too.

Pistachio and Cranberry Milk Chocolate Bark

Pistachio and Cranberry Milk Chocolate Bark

If you like mince pies, you’ll love these Cherry and Spice Mince Pies. Here I have added a little twist by incorporating ground mixed spice into the pastry dough and adding glacé cherries to the mincemeat.

Cherry and Spice Mince Pies

Cherry and Spice Mince Pies

Go grab a glass of your favourite Christmas tipple and have a read of my Cherry and Spice Mince Pie recipe here.

I baked my Christmas Fair cupcakes for the school Christmas Fair and they went down really well. The basic recipe can be enjoyed at anytime but topped with Christmas decorations they are perfect for festive celebrations. I used my Amazing Vanilla Sponge Cupcake recipe, see here, my fool proof cupcake recipe if there ever was one. To take a closer look at the Christmas Fair Cupcakes, see the original post here.

Christmas Fair Cupcakes

Christmas Fair Cupcakes

I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas Recipe Round Up. It’s been great fun putting the list together. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and I’ll be back very soon with more recipes for you.

Best Wishes

Julie

Festive Chocolate Bark

Pistachio and Cranberry Milk Chocolate Bark

Festive Pistachio and Cranberry Milk Chocolate Bark

When I found a Christmas chocolate bark mould in Lakeland, I instantly thought it would be great for making edible Christmas gifts. I’ve topped the chocolate barks with pistachios and cranberries, as I think they look Christmassy but feel free to choose other dried fruits and nuts. The chocolate barks are absolutely lovely gift wrapped in cellophane bags tied with a festive ribbon. They are ideal for popping in your child’s Christmas stocking, or giving to the class teacher or even as a token present for a work colleague. Whoever you make them for, I’m sure the lucky recipient will be very grateful indeed. After all, who doesn’t like chocolate really.

Festive Pistachio and Cranberry Milk Chocolate Bark

Ingredients (Makes 2)

200g milk chocolate
25g dried cranberries
15g pistachios (chopped in half)

Method

1. Break up the chocolate and place in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn’t come into contact with the water. Melt the chocolate over the low heat.

2. Once melted remove from the heat.

3. Place the mould on a chopping board, for stability. Then, pour the melted chocolate into the mould. Use a spatula to ease the chocolate in place. Then bang the chopping board onto the work surface to disperse any air bubbles.

4. Next, scatter the pistachios and cranberries carefully on top of the melted chocolate.

Milk Chocolate, Cranberry and Pistachio a Festive a Bark all prepared

Festive Pistachio and Cranberry Milk Chocolate Bark all prepared

5. Allow to cool completely at room temperature and then refrigerate if necessary before you release the bark from the mould.

6. Place in cellophane bags and tie with a festive ribbon.

Gift wrapped Festive Chocolate Bark

Gift wrapped Festive Chocolate Bark

There you have it, beautiful festive edible gifts that everyone will enjoy. Assuming they like chocolate that is!

Until next time.

Julie

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