Christmas

American light Christmas cake

If you find a classic Christmas cake is a little heavy, this should suit you better...

Apricot and chestnut stuffing

Cooked in a separate dish rather than inside the bird, so it becomes very crisp. Really good with turkey, goose or chicken...

Lemon and thyme pork stuffing

This is a favourite family recipe, served every Christmas for as long as I can remember...

Traditional roast turkey

Traditional roast turkey will all the trimmings...

Sausages wrapped in bacon

They’re always a hit with children...

Special mincemeat

I prefer the flavour of butter to suet in mincemeat – which makes it suitable for vegetarians...

Christmas turkey gravy

The gravy is a very important part of the Christmas meal, so for best flavour ideally use good stock made from the giblets...

Roast potatoes

If you know you are going to be pushed on Christmas Day, then it is possible to half-roast the potatoes the day before...

Christmas Mulled Wine

Always a winner on a cold Christmas Day...

Brandy butter

Use any left over brandy butter on muffins or as a sponge sandwich filling with added chopped stem ginger or delicious on crumpets...

Whole Orange Spice Cake

A fresh, spiced orange cake. I used paper stars as stencils when dusting with icing sugar to give a pretty pattern, you could also use a doily.

Mincemeat streusel

This Christmas traybake is very quick and easy – much faster than making mince pies...