Stir-Up Sunday

Stir-Up Sunday

The festive season oozes tradition. Many of these traditions are consistent across households, but it’s the unique ones that make the season so special. Stir-Up Sunday is a tradition dating back to the Victorian era when the Christmas pudding was invented, and it is something that my family do every year. We’ve even started inviting friends along too! It’s a cracking excuse for a festive feast and a cheeky tipple. Continue reading

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The Twelfth Bake Of Christmas: Bûche de Noël

Yule Log

The only way to end an epic baking venture alike mine is to go out with a bang. The mighty yule log – or bûche de Noël if you’re going to be all fancy shmancy about it – is a beautiful chocolatey alternative to our festive fruity friends – Mr. Christmas Cake, Mrs. Figgy Pud and Mincy McPie. While awfully traditional, unfortunately not everyone enjoys alcohol-soaked fruit deserts (goodness knows why), having other options is always a good move. Continue reading

The Ninth Bake Of Christmas: Sticky Gingerbread

Sticky Gingerbread

I almost had a complete meltdown this week when I went to use the oven and the gas didn’t work. Ordinarily I would find it quite easy to survive for three days without as I do love a good salad. When you have committed to 12 bakes before Christmas, however, a gas-less oven is less than ideal. Luckily, it being the most wonderful time of the year, my mood tends to remain in a permanently fabulous state, and so I made the decision that instead of completely losing my nut, I would simply deal with the situation in a manner almost as blasé as the gas company themselves. I am ecstatic to announce that, alas, I am again living with a fuelled-up oven. Disaster over. Shall we move on? Yes. Good idea. Continue reading