Crisp Gingerbread Biscuits

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This recipe makes perfectly crisp gingerbread biscuits which snap and crumble in the mouth. The smell of these biscuits baking in the oven will instantly transport you to Christmas heaven!

Mincemeat

From: Today

This delicious mincemeat will keep happily in a cool dark place for at least a year. If you are preparing your own suet (the fat that surrounds the beef kidney), make sure that every trace of blood has been removed before you whiz it in the food processor, otherwise it will cause the mincemeat to go off.

Chocolate Tiramisu

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

A perfect make-ahead dessert just like Italian mamma used to make... Creamy layers wrapped together with coffee soaked ladyfinger biscuits and dark and white shavings of chocolate - it can't be beat!

Siucra's Red Velvet Cake

Fancy an alternative to traditional Christmas Fruit cake? Why not try a Red Velvet Cake. This Siúcra recipe creates a luxurious cake layered with delicious cream cheese icing. A must have on every festive dinner table!

Biscotti with Dried Apricots and Cranberries

Lynda says: "Biscotti are not like other biscuits. They are baked twice so that they dry out and are generally dipped into dessert wine, such as the Italian vin santo, or coffee. I love their hard crunch. The recipe below is my all-time favourite and makes a big batch so you may want to reduce the quantities. Store the biscotti in airtight jars and they’ll keep happily for several months. Change the proportions of fruit and nuts as you like. I’m sure that in the sophisticated shop in Milan, they would find it hard to envisage me savouring my biscotti, my back against a warm Connemara rock, tea in hand, surveying the colours of the sea."

Siucra's Christmas gingerbread house

Get excited about the upcoming festive season by creating your own Siúcra Christmas Gingerbread House. Siúcra has created a step by step recipe to make this seasonal favourite.

Peperina Christmas shortbread cookies

So tasty yet simple to prepare. To give these cookies a festive flair add 3/4 cup chopped mix-ins, such as dried fruit, nuts, or bitter-sweet chocolate along with the flour and cut with Christmas theme cookie cutters!

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

These make wonderfully chewy and crumbly cookies which are easily adaptable - just use whatever ingredients you might have in the store cupboard. Feel free to swap out the chocolate and raisins with other dried fruit, nuts or seeds.

Florentines

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Florentines are rich and decadent and very simple to make at home. They make a perfect edible gift for Christmas.

Brioche French Toast with Berries and Nutella

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This is definitely not an everyday breakfast, but for special occasions it makes a wonderful celebration breakfast, perfect for Christmas morning.




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