Sunday, 29 December 2013

Tea Time Treats December: The Round Up!

The turkey has been made into umpteen curries, only the Toffee Pennies remain in the Quality Street bumper tin and the tinsel is looking must be the end of December! And time for the Tea Time Treats Round-Up. The theme this month was Christmas Foodie Gifts, a super popular theme with over fifty entries!

As many of you know, this will be my very last hosting of Tea Time Treats- thank you for all your support and delicious recipes.

Utterly Scrummy provided our very first wonderful entry: Chocolate Fudge, an early Christmas present for her very lucky husband! Utterly Scrummy also baked these Festive Fruit Pies

Doesn't this next picture just look so inviting? I just want to grab my nearest mixing bowl and make some pastry for this glorious Pumpkin Mincemeat by Veggie Desserts. The second entry are Mince Pies with Spinach Pastry

Christmas Aero Truffle Cookies have been entered by the brilliantly titled 'I'd rather bake than...' blog

 Christmassy cookies from Julie's Family Kitchen with these Pistachio and Dark Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate and Pistachio Biscuits

Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker certainly lives up to her blog's name with no less than seven sensational entries to Tea Time Treats: the delicious Double Choc, Hazelnut and Cherry Muffins, Christmas Cookies, Gingerbread Cupcakes, Mini Gingerbread Houses, Irish Cream Chocolate Truffles, Orange Cupcakes and Christmas Cornflake Wreaths, a few of which are pictured below

Fab Food 4 All has made Finnish Shortbread ('Finsk Brød'- try saying that after an Egg Nog or two!) with almond and a lovely sugared topping. The second entry is this pretty Christmas Wreath

Jul, Christmas, Danish, Traditional, biscuits, cookies, gift, Quick, easy

Christmas, Kringle, bread, cake

Biscotti make such a brilliant festive foodie gift, not least because they are perfect for dunking in a warming hot chocolate and can be made well in advance. Caroline Makes... made these for a colleague to celebrate the birth of her new daughter. Caroline's second entry are these Hershey's Kiss Thumbprint Cookies

I adore this next entry. It needs no further introduction: thank you to Little Button Diaries for this Christmas Pudding Pinata Cake

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My co-host (for one last time!), Karen from Lavender and Lovage has developed this lovely and ever so festive recipe: Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mousses

Festive Fun and Frivolity! Tea Cup After Eight Chocolate Mint Mousse

Reflecting on Christmas in her post, Life Can Be Simple has baked this scrumptious Tiramisu Cake and Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Hungry Hinny has baked these fabulous Festive Alfajores. Perfect- we returned from our South American honeymoon in the summer. Hungry Hinny explains Alfajores 'are an Argentinian/South American biscuit, made with cornflour so they’re quite dry and crumbly, flavoured with Pisco and sandwiched with dulce de leche'

Crumbs and Corkscrews has baked the Tea Time Treats table these gorgeous Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies 

Crumbs and Corkscrews - Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

Quinemeat Oatie Slices are a slightly healthier but very tasty option for this decadent time of year, from Shabby Chick


This next entry from Mint Custard is such a lovely idea- gingerbread stars to hang from a festive mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine. Mint Custard entered a second bake: Candy Cane Marshmallows and Popcorn Balls

Cookie on a mug

Candy Cane Marshmallows

Maison Cupcake has baked these Festive Mini Coffee Cupcakes, complete with festive glittery gold cases adding a little Christmas sparkle

Mini Coffee Cupcakes with Aero

Bangers and Mash describes how tucking into this next entry, After Eight Sundaes ensured the whole family entered into the festive feasting spirit as they decorated the Christmas tree. Bangers and Mash's second entry are these White choc, cardamom and cranberry cookies

Sundae Collage

white chocolate cardamom cranberry cookies

Ahhh, truffles! I was waiting for these classic foodie gifts to make an appearance! The Lass in the Apron has made these Truffled Prunes. Alexandra describes them as: 'moist, succulent prunes, filled with creamy ganache and sheathed in dark chocolate'

Prunes with Grand Marnier Ganache

The Gluten Free Alchemist explains how much she enjoys this time of year and 'concocting delicious edible inventions to feed anyone brave enough to eat them' including this yummy Apple and Blackberry Curd

Another great Christmas foodie gift comes from A Kick At The Pantry Door with a handmade Hot Chocolate Mix

Doesn't this next image just look so Christmassy and make you want to start crooning a traditional carol or two? Thanks to Eat Your Veg for these festive Chocolate Gingerbread Tree Decorations. Eat Your Veg's second entry are these Chocolate Truffles

Eat Your Veg | Chocolate Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorations

Eat Your Veg | Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Inspired by the team at Rococo Chocolate Log Blog has made these Goat's Cheese Choc Truffles. I couldn't agree more with Choclette: 'these would make excellent Christmas gifts for the more adventurous chocolate or cheese lover'

Goat's Cheese Truffles

Allotment 2 Kitchen has made these lovely Vegan Gingerbread Men

Complete with vanilla, blackberries and (the best ingredient!) cognac, Kitchen of Kiki has made this delicious Christmas Jam

Deon from Food Jam has made Loaves and Ginger Cakes, taken as a thank you gift for friends

2 loaves and 1 cake

Christmas Pudding Vodka anyone? Thought so! What lovely festive tipple from Foodie Quine

Green Gourmet Giraffe has baked this delightful Chocolate Layed Fudge, with caramel and peppermint

Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary Vodka Chilli Truffle Fudge, complete with a hint of heat and glug of booze... well, it is Christmas after all!

Food Glorious Food has baked these Christmas Brownies- I do love a gooey, chocolaty, fudgey Brownie!

Baking in Franglais has created a brilliant Triple Chocolate Christmas Cupcake Kit- perfect for enthusiastic young bakers or prospective Bake Off contestants!

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Doesn't this next entry just scream out 'BRING ME A VERY LARGE PLATE I'LL BE NEEDING THIRDS'? Belleau Kitchen has baked this glorious Bailey's Chocolate Bundt

My darlings and Me promises that this next recipe, Quick Chocolate Fudge, is the 'quickest, easiest, no-bake recipe ever'; an ideal Christmas foodie gift in that case!

Inspired by a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe, Tasty Recipes has made one of my all time favourite sweet treats: Christmas Tiffin!


My Cupcake Habit baked Gingerbread Biscuits for the very first time, baking these beautiful gingery and cinnamon festive stars

Mainly Baking reckons these Fig, Pistachio and Honey Balls could be almost considered a guilt free Christmas treat (all the better as we approach bleak, resolution-filled January!). Complete with dried fruit, nuts, honey, orange and cinnamon they are a delightful foodie festive gift! 

 And, finally, my entry: Christmas Almond, Orange and Pistachio Biscotti

Many, many thanks to everyone for all the wonderful, inspiring and delicious entries over the last two years. General life commitments have meant I regrettably need to cut back on my Tea Time Treat role but the blog is continuing as I strive to satisfy my very, very sweet tooth regularly here on What Kate Baked. 

Meanwhile, Karen will have a scrumptious new theme for 2014 over on Lavender and Lovage over the next few days. 


  1. What a brilliant array of entries here, thank you so much for a lovely round-up and we'll miss you as host to Tea Time Treats:-)

  2. What a massive round up! Going out with a bang, you are! :) You've been a wonderful Tea Time Treats host and you will be missed! Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014 xx

  3. Thank you for all your hard work as co-host on Tea Time Treat :-) And all the best to you in the coming future :-)


  4. Phew! What a fabulously festive round up - well done. Definitely going out on a high!

  5. Amazing round up Kate - some lovely ideas here. Thanks for the effort you have put into co-hosting TTT. I've enjoyed entering when I can and appreciate how much hard work it must be for you and Karen. All the best for 2014! :)

  6. What a fabulous festive round up. You've been an amazing co host for TTT! Best wishes for 2014 :)

  7. Awww, I am so sorry to see you go, and what a BIG bang of a round up to go out on too! All the best in 2014 Kate and DO try to meet up with me in the New Year! Thanks, and LOTS of love, Karen

  8. Wow, what a fabulous round-up of festive gifts Kate. Thanks for hosting TTT all this time, we'll miss you.

  9. Just wanted to wish you a vey Happy New Year and say that I am sorry you won't be hosting TTT with Karen any more. I have really enjoyed reading your round-ups!


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