Mmmmmm. How I love Christmas delicacies. You’ve got your rum balls, shortbread, gingerbread, mulled wine, egg nog, prawns, ham off the bone, punch, mince pies, candy canes, cocktails, fruit cakes, puddings and the rest.

This is not the season to count those darn calories or watch the weight. That’s what New Year’s resolutions are for, silly! With all the rushing around we do this time of year, surely we’re working off all the sugar, butter, alcohol that we consume when we’ve stopped for a minute. Yep, denial… love it.

Since it’s Christmas (woo hoo), I thought I’d share my favourite recipes for you or your mum or your granny or husband or brother to make this Christmas. And they are not fat free, gluten free or sugar free! It’s real food, real good, home made cooking and I love it!

Enjoy.

1. Fake Rum Balls 

This may seem a little stingy but these are delicious! They are like truffles, caramel balls… very moreish and simple to make.

Ingredients:
1 packet  ‘Nice’ biscuits
1 tin sweetened condensed milk
1 cup coconut
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon rum essence

Method:

1. Crush biscuits
2. Combine all ingredients
3. Roll into small balls and into extra coconut.
4. Store in the fridge.

2. Shortbread

Oh yummy scrummy. These are beautiful little chunks of butter and sugar (mostly). Pardon the old fashioned measurements but this recipe was my Granny’s!

Ingredients:
8 ounces butter
3 ounces castor sugar
9 ounces plain flour
3 ounces corn flour

Method:
1. Melt butter. Add ingredients.
2. Roll out to about 4 mm thick. Cut into Christmas shapes.
3. Cook in moderate oven until slightly golden. Be careful not to over cook.
4. Sprinkle with castor sugar as soon as you take them out of the oven.
 

Mini Mince Tarts

Most people can’t hack a full on adult size mince pie. These mini pies look sweet and aren’t too filling, leaving you enough tummy room for other yummy things.

Ingredients:

125g butter
1/4 cup castor sugar
1 beaten egg
1/2 cups of Self Raising flour

Method:

1. Rub butter into flour
2. Beat egg and sugar and add to flour
3. Roll out thinly
4. Cut small rounds and place in lined mini muffin tin
5. Spoon pre-bought (how good is that?) fruit mince into pie.
6. Cut stars from extra pastry and place on top.
7. Bake at 170 degrees C until golden (about 10 minutes)

 

Gingerbread Men/Women and Christmas shapes

You’ve GOT to have gingerbread at Christmas. It’s a little more work than the previous recipes but really worth your effort. These make great presents for teachers or relatives you hardly know. They are also great to cook with your kids!

Ingredients:
125g butter at room temperature
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup golden syrup
1 egg, separated
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 Tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Plain flour, to dust

Icing:
1 cup pure icing sugar, sifted
Various food colouring
Lollies to decorate

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line 2 baking trays with awesome baking paper.
2. Beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarb. Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc shape and cover with plastic wrap, put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
3. Place egg white in a clean, dry bowl. Beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Divide icing between 3 bowls and colour each. Cover with plastic and place in fridge.
4. Roll dough out until about 4mm thick. Cut shapes and put on trays about 3cm apart.
5. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. Remove and place gingies on a rack to cool.
6. Place icing in sandwich bags or piping bag and decorate to your heart’s content.

Note: with smaller kids, I just put icing all over the gingies and they do most of the decorating with lollies. For adults, piping icing makes beautiful shapes. Looks tops!

What are your favourite Christmas recipes? Do share. I love Christmas.

 

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