Christmas

Apple Coconut Crumb-Topped Pie

This year, one of my colleagues (an American) thought it’d be a great idea to celebrate Thanksgiving. Naturally, I volunteered to bring dessert. A classic American pie was what came to ...

Baking Adventures (Part 6): Easy Gingerbread Cookies

I love baking gingerbread cookies, especially around the holidays. When these cookies are fresh out of the oven, they scent the entire house with a warm, spicy aroma that’s just ...

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 ...

Boiled Christmas Fruit Cake

As unappetising as it sounds, a boiled fruit cake is the easiest way to get the taste of a Christmas cake with minimal effort. Just like mincemeat, it’s wonderfully fruity, boozy, and chock ...

Brownie Stories (Part 2): Gifts of Brownie

It just seems natural to want to share homemade baked goods with friends and family. “Sharing the calories around,” one of my friends once said. Brownies were an easy choice for ...

Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake)

When I was a kid, a log cake was the definitive confection of Christmas. Often decorated within an inch of their life, those cakes were almost too pretty to eat, ...

Candy Cane (Peppermint) Brownies

So here’s a great food gift idea for this year’s holidays. It’s simply taking my Best Brownies Ever recipe and shoving some candy canes in them. What you end up with are ...

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 ...

Christmas Butter Biscuits

This one’s got to be a quick post because I’ve got to dash back into the kitchen to continue preparations for tomorrow night’s feast. (I’m a one-man kitchen operation.) In case ...

Christmas is Coming!

As I’m writing this post, my house is heady with fruity and spicy aromas. I’d spent most of today baking Christmas cakes and simmering mincemeat for pies. (They’re recipes I’m ...

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Biscotti are crunchy oblong-shaped biscuits that are perfect food gifts for the holidays and special occasions because they keep so well. This festive version contains dried cranberries and pistachios (red and ...

Easy Christmas Fruit Cake

This fruit cake is very similar to the boiled fruit cake that I made last year, just that it’s lighter in colour and has a different assortment of fruits. And ...

Gilded Fruit Cake

Okay, okay, calm down. I know I promised a new recipe in my last post, but this is the last repeat recipe for now. (I swear.) I have a whole ...

Gingerbread Spritz Cookies

This holiday season, I’ve been treating myself to new baking tools. While I did get essentials like trays and spatulas, I also decided to buy, as a Christmas gift to ...

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 ...

Homemade Mincemeat

Mincemeat does not contain meat. Well, it did, back in ye olde days. Now it doesn’t, although some recipes do contain beef suet. But, no, modern mincemeat does not contain ...

Mini Mince Pies

Other than these super cute gingerbread cookies, the QuirkyChic girls also helped me out with some mini mince pies for Christmas. In case you were wondering, yes, this is what you ...

Mini Yule Log Cake

At Christmas, gift-giving can be a dicey business. Give a gift that’s too big or too expensive, and you risk making your giftee feel ashamed and embarrassed, and maybe even ...

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 ...

Orange & Cranberry Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

Homemade cookies are the best Christmas gifts you can give because they always look like you went through a lot more effort than you actually did. And drop cookies, the ...


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