Christmas

Christmas Baking Traditions

Christmas Baking Traditions

It doesn’t feel like Christmas to me until I make some of my festive bakes. And these are the exact same recipes I pull out year after year. After all, why fix something which ain’t broke? First up, I always, always make my boiled Christmas fruit cake. It […]

Have a Gilded Christmas!

Have a Gilded Christmas!

Here’s a way to glitz up your food gifts this Christmas: with a touch of gold! I’ve been obsessed with edible gold paint lately. It’s not always a conscious decision – sometimes I look at a bake and I think ‘This needs something,’ and instinctively reach […]

Soft Dinner Rolls

Soft Dinner Rolls

Before I get to the bake, yes, your eyes do not deceive you — Basic Bakes has just received a makeover in time for the new year. My blog has looked the same for the last couple of years, so it really was in need of […]

Basics #19: Royal Icing

Basics #19: Royal Icing

I blinked and suddenly Christmas is around the corner. So on this last weekend before Christmas, I’ve been baking up a storm. Old (but trusted) recipes really, like my chocolate fruit cake, gingerbread men, log cake and mince pies. I love giving food gifts, but […]

My Christmas Dinner 2013

My Christmas Dinner 2013

Every year I always declare that I’ll be downsizing my Christmas dinner. Yet somehow the number of dishes that end up on my menu always grows. I think it’s because Christmas is only once a year, and in between Christmases I’m always mentally storing away […]