Festive Recipes

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

This recipe for chocolate truffles is easy to make, involving little more than melting chocolate and rolling it into balls. However, you will need to work quickly as the chocolate soon hardens!

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Gingerbread Fun

Gingerbread Fun

Making gingerbread figures is a great way of starting the holidays or preparing for a party. This recipe creates a sweet mildly spiced gingerbread decorated with white chocolate and smarties.

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Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

Containing spices from the Far East, fruit from the Mediterranean, and imported wine, mulled wine combines globally sourced ingredients into a warming, richly flavoured drink associated with the Christmas period.

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Poached Plums

Poached Plums

Plums become even sweeter when cooked, and this recipe shows off plums to their best poaching the fruit in a syrup with added port – if you like you can leave out the port and use more syrup instead. A dessert ideal for sharing with friends and family.

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Poached Pear With Cream

Poached Pears

Poached pears are a light but delicious dessert. Poached in red wine, the pears absorb the colour and soften into the most delicious texture, accompanied by a sweet juice made from honey, cranberries, and mulled spices.

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Baked Apples

Baked Apples

Baking apples makes a very quick dessert, and really helps bring out the sweetness of the fruit. Add butter, honey, and dress up with a dollop of ice cream. It is a great way of using up apples that are a little sharp, or acidic, to eat fresh.

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Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

This homemade cranberry sauce recipe creates a sauce bursting with fruity flavours. Sweet, but not too sweet. It is quick to make, and thanks to the cranberries, packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants.

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Stewed Red Cabbage

Stewed Red Cabbage

Red cabbage is a beautiful vegetable and like all cabbages is packed full of nutrition. The challenge is that cabbage is not everyone’s favourite taste. Stewed red cabbage is great way to overcome this barrier, both a great tasting and great looking side dish.

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Roast Carrots

Roast Carrots

When you have tried a roast carrot, you may never want to cook carrots any other way. Roasting brings out their natural sweetness and their texture becomes soft and delicate. The seventy minute cooking time is worth the wait!

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Grandad's Stuffing

Grandad’s Stuffing

Grandad’s stuffing is made from pork sausage meat and is packed full of onion, garlic, and sage. Its strong flavour is my favourite part of a roast dinner, albeit with bread sauce a close second.

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Roast Potatoes

Roast Potatoes

Roast potatoes can be the highlight of a Sunday lunch. This simple method for roast potatoes gives crispy golden coloured potatoes on the outside, with a soft and smooth texture inside.

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Roast Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This method for cooking Brussels sprouts may change your mind on how often to eat them. Roasting softens the sprouts, sweetens them, and best of all considerably reduces the aftertaste that puts many people off.

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Bread Sauce

Bread Sauce

For me it is not worth buying bread sauce. It is either homemade or not at all. This bread sauce recipe does take time, but the result is a truly delicious accompaniment to chicken and turkey.

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Carrot And Clove Soup

Carrot & Clove Soup

Carrots and cloves create a spiced, sweet, aromatic soup. If you like the flavour of cloves in bread sauce and mulled wine, you may love this soup. For a more traditional carrot soup, just leave out the cloves.

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