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 tired...it 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.


Monday, 23 December 2013

Chocolate Christmas Cracker Cake with Brandy Cream



The Advent Calendar is almost empty, the gifts are wrapped under the twinkling tree and the telly guide is covered in big circles.

The fridge is bursting, the 'Big Day' recipes marked and satsumas are stuffed into the bottom of stockings. 

The Queen is learning her lines, choirboys are perfecting their carols and Father Christmas is somewhere over Norway. 


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree: Mince Pie Wreath



There hasn't been a new, great Christmas song for years. Novelty records and the John Lewis Christmas advert song simply don't count. 

The glorious eighties, decade of The Pogues: Fairytale in New York, Wham: Last Christmas, the granddaddy of Charity Christmas tunes 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' and, erm, Cliff's Mistletoe and Wine is thirty years ago now. All we've had since is a yearly outing from Michael Buble covering Sinatra's back catalogue while dressed as Santa. And that Mr Blobby song that an entire nation has since denied purchasing despite it spending three weeks at Number 1 in 1993. You can't really imagine today's songwriters (except perhaps Sir Gary of Barlow) writing a Christmas song that will enable early retirement from the royalties alone, spending the rest of their days living out the 'About A Boy' dream (see: Mel 'Christmas Song' Torme and Irving 'White Christmas' Berlin).


Sunday, 8 December 2013

Christmas Almond, Orange and Pistachio Biscotti


Is it too soon to start panicking about Christmas cooking?

Probably not. It's the seventh of December, most of us will have eaten two thirds of our Advent Calendar chocolates by now and swopped our standard egg and cress lunchtime sarnie for a festive 'Turkey Feast' offering. 

Saturday, 7 December 2013

'Tis the Season to be Jolly...with Mulled Wine Cupcakes


There are certain food items that are simply obligatory to consume in considerable quantity this time of year. Take for example the humble Mince Pie. As a nation we eat a whooping 370 million pies in the run up to the Big Day. That's 27 mince pies each or the equivalent of 8,640 calories per person. Or the equivalent, in my sweet toothed world, of an average weekday in December. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Win! £50 of Cormishware



Christmas has come early on What Kate Baked! 

I'm excited to announce I've a lovely giveaway in conjunction with Cornishware - one lucky reader can win £50 of Cornishware


Sunday, 1 December 2013

Tea Time Treats December

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Ding Dong Merrily On High!

It's the first of December, the Christmas countdown has begun and it's time for a very festive  Tea Time Treats theme!

This of course continues from Karens wonderful Christmassy"Dried Fruits" theme last month- the full marvellous round-up can be found right here.

This month the theme is

FESTIVE FOODIE GIFTS 

Be it a jar of your favourite chutney, a beribboned box of decadent truffles, homemade mince pies ... Any tea time treat that you'll be giving as a gift this Christmas we'd love to hear about!

As many of you know this is my very last hosting of Tea Time Treats so, team talk stylee, do me proud!

All the guidelines for entering this month can be found here.

Please add your entry to the linky below by 28th December 2013.If you put your post on twitter please mention @KarenBurnsBooth @whatkatebaked and we will retweet all those we see.