“Christmas Recipes & Crafts” from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas.
Christmas is a truly magical time of the year. There’s the crisp, cool bite of winter, the smell of pine needles, twinkling lights and, if you are lucky, even a few jingle bells jingling, too. And that’s just outside. Inside cosy homes everywhere, the smell of fresh baked mince pies and biscuits mingle with the scent of the freshly cut Christmas tree… this is the beginning to the introduction… isn’t it a wonderful way to put you in the festive spirit?
The cookbook is stuffed with everything you might need for a perfect Christmas feast. Starting with the morning meal like rich orange crepes or pain au chocolate cinnamon rolls, via starters, main meal, sides and sauces and of course a selection of desserts and baked goodies; there is even a chapter on Christmas drinks like eggnog, mulled wine or a hot brandy chocolate. And if you don’t fancy a rummage through the entire cookbook, simply open up to the Christmas favourites section where you will find 14 recipes which will keep you, your family and friends well fed through the entire day.
Each and every recipe is clearly presented, providing you with an estimated cook time, number of servings and of course the ever essential ingredients list and method; and you can see the final dish just to give you a rough idea what to aim for.
The last chapter of the book features crafts; there are 10 projects to pick from and they vary from stockings, snowflake cards to a Christmas wreath. There are even templates, which you can use to make your crafting project easier.
The book itself is beautiful. The pages are smooth and shiny and they feel very luxurious. Each recipe has a clear pictures and the food photography is lovely, it really makes you want to recreate it and devour as soon as it is ready.
I know that most of us like to stick to the old favourites when it comes to Christmas but if you are open to something new or in need of some festive inspiration, I can truly recommend this book.
Do you like to experiment and try new dishes this festive season?
Christmas Recipes & Crafts
Published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2015
Part of Love Food
Number of pages: 224
*I received this book for free from Parragon as a part of my Book Buddy pack.
**All pictures in this post are from “Christmas Recipes & Crafts” cookbook.
“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.”
Top – Kappahl
Dungarees – Next
Shoes – Bobux
Big thank you to Kiddylicious for sending us a wonderful surprise Santa sack full of delicious toddler friendly snacks.
There is no Christmas without a tin of homemade gingerbread Christmas cookies somewhere in sight in my humble opinion. These gingerbread cookies are easy to make and will make a perfect canvas for kids friendly kitchen crafts if you decide to let them decorate the final product.
- 250g flour
- 80g butter
- 4tbsp honey
- 4tbsp sugar
- 2tbsp natural yogurt
- 2 egg yolks
- 1tbsp cocoa
- 1tbsp gingerbread spice mix
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1tsp baking soda
For decoration (optional)
- 1 egg
- 250g dark chocolate
- 150g icing sugar
- 2tsp white egg powder
- 2tbsp water
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Prepare and line with baking parchment two large baking treys.
In a small saucepan gently melt the butter and honey but do not allow them to boil. Put aside to cool.
In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients being: flour, sugar, cocoa, gingerbread spice mix, cinnamon, and baking soda.
In a small bowl whip the egg yolks.
Once your butter has had the time to cool down, add it into the dry ingredients and mix gently. Next add the yogurt and ensure that all ingredients are well combined. Finally add your egg yolks and mix until smooth.
Place on a flat surface that has been lightly dusted with flour ready for rolling.
Roll out the dough to approximately 1cm in thickness, it can be less but ideally no more. Cut the desired shapes out and place on your pre-lined baking trays.
Now, for a shiny looking cookie, take 1 egg and in a small bowl beat with a fork and use the mix to “paint” your cookies just before their trip into the oven.
Bake in the earlier preheated oven for about 7 to 9 minutes.
Remove from the oven and move onto a cooling rack.
Once cooled down, it’s time to decorate!
You can simply melt some chocolate and half dip them as we did to our Christmas trees or use icing pens to draw on them, or create your own royal icing (just mix 150g of icing sugar with 2tsp of white egg powder and 2tbsp of cold water)… as I am not very good at decorating things I like to stick to the basics 🙂
Do you bake your own gingerbread cookies?
Or maybe you prefer the ones from a packet without all the hassle of home baking?
Sweater – Next
Jeans – Next
Cookie tin – Boots
Cookies – Homemade, recipe coming soon 🙂