Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe

Surely I’m not the only one who loves this time of year.  It’s cold outside and Christmas is on its way.  On Saturday afternoons in December, when all the cake orders have been collected or delivered, it’s nice to curl up on the sofa and either watch a Christmas movie, or read a book.  This year, I have visions of myself reading Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe by Carole Matthews. 

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So, here’s the story…Fay and Danny are madly in love and it’s all Fay’s ever dreamed of. But she left everything – including the delightful cake shop she used to run – to be with Danny on his cosy canal boat The Dreamcatcher. As she soon finds out, making delicious cakes on the water isn’t always smooth sailing! Then Fay gets a call from her friends, a call that sends her back to where it all began, back to where she first met Danny, back to her friends and the Cake Shop in the Garden. And she soon she begins to wonder if she ever should have left.

With Christmas around the corner, she is determined that her friends will have a very merry time, but can Fay really get everything she ever wanted in … Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Night

Christmas…

A cake shop…

A little romance…

Surely, what’s not to like? A cup of hot chocolate in one hand, the book in the other and a cupcake on a side plate, I’m ready and set for this festive page-turner.

 

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This thing called LIFE

Isn’t it all about this?

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Let’s get the most out of 2019.

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Happy New Year

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Looks like it’s going to be a super-sweet one!

What are your plans?

What are you most looking forward to?

What are you glad to leave behind?

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Breaking news from George the Gingerbread man

I feel a bit like a newscaster with this breaking news story…

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Pic: courtesy of Krispy Kreme

Gingerbread is a firm favourite flavour for the festive period, whether it’s a gingerbread house, cookies, or a variety of other foods. Krispy Kreme has created a limited edition doughnut, just in time for Christmas.

From Wednesday 19 December until Christmas Eve, Krispy Kreme will be offering the Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut. Perfectly spiced gingerbread dough with hints of cinnamon, covered in a warm gingerbread molasses glaze.

A spokesperson, known as “George the Gingerbread Man” has delivered a special message on behalf of gingerbread men and women everywhere who want to avoid being eaten during this season.

“We understand that gingerbread people are delicious to everyone … family, friends, foxes. But in the name of St. Nicholas, please DON’T EAT US for holiday tradition. Please do your part to enable us to keep all our parts. Help save the lives of innocent gingerbread people everywhere. The destruction of gingerbread culture and habitats, aka gingerbread houses, must stop.”

And there you have it. So “run, run as fast as you can” to participating Krispy Kreme shops, before all the Gingerbread Glazed Doughnuts are gone, gone, gone.

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Last Orders

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I’m determined to be on top of things this Christmas period. I opened the cupboard this morning and realised that I had run out of Golden Syrup. It was very easy for me to replace this quickly with a quick ‘pretty please’ to my husband, also known as Mr Delights, who popped out to the local shop for me.  But it dawned on me, what if I had a cake order to fulfil over Christmas, and I had run out of something important, that I could run to the local shop to buy. So here’s a gentle reminder to myself and to my fellow bakers.   Today’s the day to make any last orders for things you might need for your baking over the Christmas period, whether you bake for family or friends or professionally.  Check your larders, cupboards, fridges and anywhere you store things and make sure you have enough of the following:

  • Birthday candles and glitter toppers
  • Cake boards, drums and boxes
  • Cupcake cases and boxes
  • Sugarpaste – fondant
  • Sugar flower paste (SFP)
  • Air brush colours
  • Gel colours – to colour fondant and cake batter
  • Modelling paste
  • Edible glitters, lustres and sprays
  • Edible decorations and edible prints
  • Piping bags
  • Cake release
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Flavourings and extracts
  • Moulds and cutters
  • Edible pearls and diamonds
  • Isomalt
  • Ribbons
  • Candy melts
  • Cookie bags
  • Chocolate callets for ganache
  • Modelling chocolate
  • Cake dummies
  • Sweet treats and chocolates for drip cakes

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Basically, make a list of the things you might need over the next two weeks, which you can’t nip out to the shops or supermarket to buy and get online and place those orders.

Then as you are doing your food shopping, make sure you have a supply of baking ingredients:

  • Flour – Self raising, Plain, Gluten free
  • Sugar – all the types you use, especially if you use special types like Dark Brown Sugar, or Golden Caster Sugar, Icing Sugar or Royal Icing Sugar
  • Butter or Margarine
  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Don’t forget your Spice Girls – Cinnamon, Ginger, Mixed Spice, Nutmeg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs

Whatever your hand finds to do

Right, we’re ready and we’ve got this.  Happy baking, over this festive period!

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Yummy festive treats

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Image courtesy of Krispy Kreme

 

Krispy Kreme has a delicious selection of limited edition seasonal treats.   The four adorable doughnuts are:

  • Santa Belly Doughnut – A chocolate Kreme-filled shell is dipped in red icing and decorated to look like Santa’s belly
  • Ugly Sweater Doughnut – A new take on ugly Christmas sweaters, this doughnut is dipped in green icing, sprinkled with confetti, and decorated with over-the-top reindeer and penguin candy pieces
  • Holiday Plaid Doughnut – An Original Glazed Doughnut dipped in icing and decorated in a red and green plaid design
  • Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles Doughnut

These doughnuts are bound to fill your tummy with Christmas cheer, there’s just one thing I forgot to mention…they’re only available in the US and Canada.  But you never know, if you’re nice, Santa might bring some on his sleigh for you on Christmas Eve.

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Sweet store front

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It’s about time to check out the Christmas lights and festive store fronts around London. The Ivy Chelsea Garden is certainly bringing some Christmas cheer to Chelsea, with their Gingerbread House installation decked snow, sweets, gingerbread men, candy canes, baubles and sequins.

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If you’ve made a reservation, you can enjoy a Gingerbread Espresso Martini, which is totally in keeping with the theme.  The delicious concoction is made up of a freshly pulled espresso shot, Wyborowa Vodka, Bepi Tosolini Expre liqueur and gingerbread syrup, as a finishing touch.  I’m feeling festive already!  You can check out the Gingerbread House shop front at 197 King’s Road, SW3 5ED until New Years Day.

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Deck the doors

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The gingerbread theme is the gift that keeps on giving.  I am totally in love with this Gingerbread Wreath from Konjo Shop.  These handcrafted wreaths are lovingly put together with flowers, dried fruit, baubles, bells and of course gingerbread.  Deck your door with this wreath and be the envy of your neighbours.
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