I wanted to share this quickly before our train to beautiful Scotland for Christmas. Are you worried that you won’t be able to have your gingerbread latte in the new year? Don’t worry, make your own gingerbread syrup (and even better your own lattes so that you don’t spend all that money in well-known coffee chains). If making lattes then you’ll want a stove top, a milk frother and some finely ground coffee ( I am a big Pact coffee fan). Make your coffee, heat and froth your milk, then pour your syrup into your cup followed by the milk and coffee. BAM. Christmas in your mouth.
I cannot believe how quickly this year has gone! It has flown by and my gosh it has been a busy one. Especially the last 6 months. But I have finally made it online to blog (after meaning to do so properly every weekend for the last three months) to share with you a simple DIY Christmas gift idea. If you are anything like me this year, you are totally unprepared. I didn’t even make my Christmas cakes until November! Given how busy I have been, I decided to make my Christmas hampers a little less labour-intensive. These were top of my list to try and these custom spoons are the star of the show, in my opinion, I ordered them from Auntie Mims, along with some other custom bits and pieces (and no they didn’t ask me to say that, I just love their products). Follow them on Twitter for a discount code.
This was the first cake I baked in our new home and it is my Grandma Linda’s Recipe. I am blessed with grandmothers who have great fruit cake recipes. My other Grandma is responsible for an incredible Christmas cake recipe (which also doubles as a great recipe for a wedding fruit cake for any soon-to-be-weds out there). I visited my grandparents in Devon in January and one afternoon was presented with a slice of this cake (it was mandatory) upon which was a thin slice of cheese; it must be their Northern roots (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it though – delicious).
I am a fruit cake fan, be it tea loaf, Bara Brith, boozy Christmas cake or any other variety but this, was something else. The perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea but not so rich that it feels like a dessert. It was more like a tea loaf but ten times better. The icing on the (un-iced) cake was how easy it was to make, it is a wooden spoon recipe. I LOVE a wooden spoon recipe (i.e. shove it in a bowl and stir with a wooden spoon). This recipe makes one round cake (8-9 inch pan) or two smaller loaves.
So, Tuesday will bring with it one of my favourite days of the year, Pancake Day! I love pancakes, they are somewhat of a household tradition and I can’t wait for the excuse to have then for dinner, DINNER!, on Tuesday.
We are half way through our packing, ready to move on Saturday, needless to say new recipes and blogging has taken a back seat, but don’t worry once we’re settled I’ll be posting regularly (I know, but try not to worry too much ;)).
I couldn’t resist the chance to share with you my a round up of pancake recipes though!
We’ll be having my favourite gluten free pancakes but with a topping inspired by this baked apple and cinnamon Dutch pancake (which I love but you don’t get the pancake flipping antics that are a must on pancake day). For the gluten free people out there, gluten free flour actually makes really good pancakes. Hallelujah!
Good golly, this cake! It is heaven, never have I had so many requests for the recipe of a cake I’ve baked (and so little time to blog it, goodness this month has been the most exhausting of my life). It is perfectly spiced, beautifully moist and the perfect accompaniment to tea, coffee, hot chocolate or mulled wine; what more could you ask for?! I found the recipe online after searching for ‘gingerbread bundt’ as I wanted to use my beautiful Nordic Ware tree bundt tin for my work’s Christmas party; King Arthur Flour had this stunning recipe. I HAD to make another one so that I could use my new Nordic Ware Gingerbread Family tin, which James took to work (and I took a small loaf of the baked remaining cake mixture into work to fulfil demand for this sumptuous festive tea break addition). Both parties demanded the recipe, honestly I can’t stress enough how good this cake is, pictures don’t do it justice at all.