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Here are a selection of recipes perfect for Christmas; a time of indulgence and eating food with family and friends. And of course chocolate!

10 Savoury Party Food Recipes

These 10 Savoury Party Food Recipes are perfect for any occasion! They are simple and easy to make with most of them able to be prepared in advanced. 

It is always a good idea to have a list of go-to recipes you can rustle up when you have guests coming. These 10 Savoury Party Food Recipes are great to have in your repertoire. 

Bacon Wrapped Halloumi 

Cheese and bacon is a match made in heaven. These Bacon Wrapped Halloumi are salty, crisp and so delicious. You will want to eat them all yourself! They are easily prepared in advanced and can be cooked just before you need them. They can be cooked either in the oven or an air fryer. 

Korean Chicken Wings

Deliciously crisp chicken wings coated in a sticky and slightly spicy glaze. These Korean Chicken Wings are the perfect snack to enjoy with a nice cold drink! You can easily adapt how spicy they are to meet the tastes of your guests. 

Garlic & Parsley Dough Balls

These Garlic & Parsley Dough Balls are delicious and extremely addictive. Once you have one you won’t be able to stop! Light and fluffy and covered in delicious garlic & parsley butter. The dough can be prepared the day before and left in the fridge to prove overnight making them even easier to make. 

Mustard & Sage Sausage Rolls

These Mustard & Sage Sausage Rolls are packed full of delicious flavours perfect for eating warm or cold. I prefer to use wholegrain mustard but you could use any type of mustard you like – just make sure you use less if its stronger! You can freeze these before they are baked and cook from frozen, just add 10 minutes to the cooking time. 

Honey & Mustard Cocktail Sausages

Sticky and sweet sausages with a very slight bite from wholegrain mustard. These Honey & Mustard Cocktail Sausages are very addictive and will disappear very quickly! They are so simple to make but I would recommend lining your tin as the honey can prove a little tricky to wash off. 

Cheese, Bacon & Mustard Twists

Crisp pastry wrapped around streaky bacon with cheese and wholegrain mustard. These Cheese, Bacon & Mustard Twists are the perfect party snack! They can be eaten hot or cold so you can make them in advance. You can also cut them in half to make them a little more bite-sized. 

Bacon Wrapped Dates 

So simple and only two ingredients, these Bacon Wrapped Dates are parcels of deliciousness. They make a great canapé or nibble and are perfect with a glass of something bubbly! These can be assembled in advance and cooked just before you need them. They are the perfect mix of sweet and salty. 

Chorizo & Cheese Pinwheels

Crisp flaky puff pastry filled with spiced chorizo and salty cheese. My Chorizo & Cheese Pinwheels are so addictive you’ll find it hard to eat just one! They are the perfect party nibble as they are only a couple of bites. They’re delicious served hot or cold. 

Turkey & Cranberry Sausage Rolls

Crispy puff pastry filled with the flavours of Christmas. Delicious as a light lunch or as a nibble to serve to guests at a party, these Turkey & Cranberry Sausage Rolls are really easy which is good because after you’ve made them once, you’ll be asked to make them again and again. You can freeze these before they are baked and cook from frozen, just add 10 minutes to the cooking time. 

Cheese & Marmite Palmiers 

You will either love or hate these Cheese & Marmite Palmiers! Flaky puff pastry with the tasty flavours of cheese and Marmite – I am certainly in the love team! The flavours are so moreish they’re the perfect party snack for Marmite lovers. 

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Chocolate Orange Tray Bake

Deliciously rich chocolate cake smothered in silky buttercream and flavoured with orange. This Chocolate Orange Tray Bake is a simple cake to whip up for any occasion. 

Who doesn’t like Chocolate Orange?

I know there will obviously be a few people out there that aren’t fans, but chocolate orange is such a well loved and popular flavour combination. I’ve already got recipes for Gluten Free & Vegan Chocolate Orange Cupcakes, Chocolate Orange Rocky Road & Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars. So you can tell I am definitely a fan! But I wanted a cake that was absolutely delicious but simple too.  

Not a new concept, but a tasty one! 

I think most bloggers that bake will have a chocolate orange cake recipe. Like I said it is a well known, delicious combination and we all have our go-to recipes. What makes this Chocolate Orange Tray Bake my favourite is just how rich and flavoursome it is. I have really packed in the orange flavour which I think is essential. If something is meant to be orange flavoured then it really needs to taste like orange!

I have also made sure that the buttercream is rich and delicious. Personally, I am very fussy when it comes to buttercream and would usually choose a different frosting – like my Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. But I do like chocolate buttercream when it is rich and creamy. To make this even more creamy, I have used whole milk. You can go the extra mile and use cream, or you could be slightly more reserved and use semi skimmed milk. Whichever you choose will still be delicious but will slightly change the creaminess. 

Quick, easy and delicious 

Aside from the deliciousness of this cake, the other thing I love about it is how quick and easy it is to make. Tray bakes are great because you don’t have to worry about dividing the cake batter into multiple tins or spooning it into cupcake cases. You just tip the whole lot into your prepared tin and you’re ready to go. 

It also makes decorating even easier! Instead of messing around with piping bags all you need to do is pile the buttercream on and spread it out – easy! I do like decorating cupcakes and making pretty patterns with my buttercream. However, there are occasions when you don’t have time; Christmas being one of them! This Chocolate Orange Tray Bake is ideal because it requires minimal effort but still looks and tastes great. 

Get creative with your decorating

When I decorated this Chocolate Orange Tray Bake I went for a quite reserved colour scheme. I was trying to be classy with my gold sprinkles and chocolate orange segments. If I was making this for my friends and family (and not to be photographed on my blog!), I would might have added some Christmas sprinkles to make it more festive. Obviously this cake can be made all year so use whichever sprinkles take your fancy. 

For the chocolate orange segments I used the other half of the chocolate orange that hadn’t gone in the cake batter. If you want every slice of cake to have an orange segment on it to avoid arguments (amongst children or adults!) you might want to buy a packet of the smaller segments. 

Uses for orange juice 

This Chocolate Orange Tray Bake uses quite a bit of orange zest. When you’ve zested an orange it tends to become hard and unappealing in a day or two. If you don’t want to just juice the orange and drink it like I did, here is some inspiration below of delicious ways to use it. 

Gluten Free Almond Orange Cake from A Baking Journey 
Homemade Orange Curd from Foodle Club
Orange Panna Cotta from Cooking Journey
Two Ingredient Fruit Juice Jelly from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen
Beetroot Juice with Orange and Ginger from Tin & Thyme

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Chocolate Orange Tray Bake

Deliciously rich chocolate cake smothered in silky buttercream and flavoured with orange. This Chocolate Orange Tray Bake is a simple cake to whip up for any occasion. 

Course Cake
Cuisine British
Keyword Cake, Tray Bake, Chocolate Orange
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 302 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp instant coffee
  • 4 tbsp boiled water
  • 3 eggs
  • 175 g margarine
  • 165 g caster sugar
  • 115 g self raising flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 orange zested (one large or two small oranges)
  • 80 g chocolate orange (½ chocolate orange), roughly chopped

For the buttercream

  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp whole milk
  • pinch salt
  • 80 g chocolate orange (½ chocolate orange)
  • sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (fan assisted, 180°C non fan) and line a 20x26cm tin with baking paper

  2. In the bowl of your mixer, add the cocoa powder, instant coffee and boiled water. Mix until they form a thick paste

  3. Add the rest of the cake ingredients apart from the chocolate orange and zest and mix until combined

  4. Scrape the bottom of the bowl with a spatula and add the chopped chocolate orange and orange zest. Mix briefly

  5. Pour into the prepared tin and smooth out

  6. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out clean

  7. Leave to cool in the tin for 30 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely

  8. When the cake is completely cooled, make the buttercream. Add the butter to the bowl of your mixer and beat until softened

  9. Add the icing sugar, cocoa powder and salt and mix thoroughly. Add enough milk until you get a thick but spreadable consistency

  10. Bet the buttercream until all of the ingredients are completely combined. Spread the buttercream evenly over the cake and finish with sprinkles and the chocolate orange segments

Recipe Notes

Keep in an airtight container for 2-3 days. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Orange Tray Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 598IU12%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 Tasty Sweet Christmas Recipes

Christmas is a time for spending time with those you love and enjoying delicious food. These 10 Tasty Sweet Christmas Recipes are a collection of some of my favourite festive treats great for any size of gathering.

Christmas is renowned for being a time when we all let our hair down and indulge in a few treats. There is always a gathering over the festive period whether it is small or large. I have put together this roundup of 10 Tasty Sweet Christmas Recipes so you have all of these recipes in one place. 

Frangipane Mince Pie Slices

I love a mince pie, but sometimes I can’t be bothered to faff around with cutting out pastry! These Frangipane Mince Pie Slices have all the flavours you’d associate with mince pies but in a tray bake instead of an individual little pie. This makes them quicker and easier to make which is a godsend for a busy time of year!

Mary Berry’s Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes

Mary Berry’s Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes are light, fluffy and topped with festive vanilla buttercream. We all love a bit of Chocolate at Christmas and these cupcakes are so tasty. The buttercream is coloured and piped to look like a Christmas tree which adds even more festive fun. They are perfect for children to help decorate (if you don’t mind sprinkles all over your kitchen!).

Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding

Soft delicious custard soaked brioche with tasty Christmas Pudding with crispy edges. Once you have eaten this Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding, you will struggle to eat bread and butter pudding any other way again. This has been a firm favourite in my family for as long as I can remember. My Mum always used to make it for us because we liked it so much more than eating Christmas Pudding by itself. It is also very good reheated the next day! 

Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars

Chocolate orange and Christmas go hand in hand in my opinion.  Is it even Christmas if you haven’t eaten your body weight in chocolate orange? These Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars are a great way to enjoy it if you haven’t managed to eat it all!

Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies

I love mince pies, but I am always looking for quick and tasty ways to use mince meat. These Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies are so easy to make and you can whip them up in no time at all. The orange zest makes them even tastier! 

Dark Chocolate, Almond & Cherry Fudge

Rich dark chocolate fudge studded with cherries and almonds. This Dark Chocolate, Almond & Cherry Fudge would make a fantastic Christmas gift or you can always keep it for yourself! It is also great to make in advance as you can freeze it for up to a month. Perfect to whip out when you have visitors! 

Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies

Soft cookies crammed with dried cranberries and chunks of white chocolate. These Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies are delicious at any time of year, but especially at Christmas. Cookies make a great homemade gift for people too. That is if you can bear to give them away! 

Cinnamon Cookies

Another delicious gift idea are these Cinnamon Cookies. They are deliciously soft with a lovely drizzle. Cinnamon is such a comforting and warming spice that instantly makes me think of Christmas. Just the smell of these baking is enough to fill your home with the smell of Christmas.

Chocolate Orange Rocky Road

I’ll say it again, Christmas isn’t Christmas without Chocolate Orange! This Chocolate Orange Rocky Road is the perfect festive treat filled with as much chocolate orange as possible! Its quick and easy to make and keeps in the fridge for up to a week. This is another treat that would make a lovely gift for someone. 

Mincemeat Pinwheels

Here is another mincemeat recipe for you! My Mincemeat Pinwheels are really quick, very easy but still everything you want from a mince pie but without cutting lots of pastry shapes. I use ready rolled shop bought pastry to make these even easier. 

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Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars

Chocolate orange can (and definitely is) eaten throughout the year, but chocolate orange and Christmas go hand in hand in my opinion. What better way to enjoy it than these Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars?

Chocolate orange is one of my favourite types of chocolate and flavour combinations in general. I’m not a massive fan of fruit and chocolate, but orange and chocolate is the exception. Last year I made Chocolate Orange Rocky Road so this year I wanted to step it up a notch. 

I have wanted to make cookie bars for quite a while now. I love cookies – especially soft cookies. For me crisp cookies are a waste of a cookie. You need the soft squidginess in a cookie. Which is why these Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars are so good! 

Apart from their delicious softness, these Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars are also really easy to make. Don’t get me wrong, cookies aren’t difficult to make, but they take a little bit of time to portion up and then I usually have to cook them in batches. With these, you just tip all of the batter into the tin with no faffing at all – perfect!

Time saving steps like this is great at any time of year, but especially at Christmas when everyone is so busy. These don’t take long to make or bake which is another advantage. And if I haven’t convinced you to make these yet, they are also delicious!

As I have mentioned, I like a soft centred cookie so I recommend baking these for twenty minutes. This means you get the gooey centre and the chewy goodness around the outside. If however you like a firmer cookie, bake these for an extra five minutes. 

I would always pick a middle square of cookie – which would you pick?

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Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars

Chocolate orange can (and definitely is) eaten throughout the year, but chocolate orange and Christmas go hand in hand in my opinion. What better way to enjoy it than these Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars?

Course Tray Bake
Cuisine British, International
Keyword Chocolate Orange, Cookie Bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 262 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 125 g margarine
  • 100 g light brown sugar
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 225 g self raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200 g chocolate orange chopped

To finish

  • 100 g small chocolate orange segments (16 segments)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted, 200ºC non fan) and line a 20x20cm tin with baking paper 

  2. Cream the butter and the sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined

  3. Add in the flour, salt and chopped chocolate orange and mix until combined

  4. Tip all of the mix into the prepared tin and smooth the top until it is level. Place the small chocolate orange segments at regular intervals across the cookie dough 

  5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes for a soft cookie and 25 minutes for a firmer cookie 

  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before leaving to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 16 equal squares 

Recipe Notes

Keep for up to two days in an airtight container. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Orange Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 152mg7%
Potassium 29mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 295IU6%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding

Soft delicious custard soaked brioche with tasty Christmas Pudding with crispy edges. Once you have eaten this Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding, you will struggle to eat bread and butter pudding any other way again. 

This recipe is one of my absolute favourites that my Mum made every New Year’s Day. She’d made her delicious Honey Glazed Ham followed by this Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding. It was definitely a meal we all loo forward to all year. 

I don’t know about you, but Mum always bought a Christmas pudding every year with the intention of us having it for pudding on Christmas Day. I’m not sure I can ever remember us actually getting round to eating it though. This was partly because we were all so full and also partly because apart from my Dad, we are all not particularly fond of Christmas Pudding. 

New Year’s Day was always a day we saved room for pudding though because Mum would make this Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding. She found the inspiration for this recipe in a Sainsbury’s Magazine years ago and tweaked the recipe from the original Panettone version to be the one we know and love today using brioche, Cointreau and orange zest.  

This definitely is the best way to eat Christmas pudding. The soft, sweet brioche and the orange flavours really compliment the Christmas pudding and make it far more exciting than just eating Christmas pudding by itself. 

I have been known on more than one occasion to eat any leftovers for breakfast the next day. At Christmas you can get away with eating pretty much anything for breakfast so I take full advantage of this. You can heat it up again in the oven or just use the microwave which is what I do. This still keeps the crispy bits of the brioche crisp. 

My preferred way of serving this is with lots of double cream; and I mean lot of. Double cream is a glorious thing and should never be used sparingly in my opinion!

This pudding will keep for a couple of days in the fridge. 

 

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Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding

Soft delicious custard soaked brioche with tasty Christmas Pudding with crispy edges. Once you have eaten this Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding, you will struggle to eat it any other way again.

Course Dessert
Cuisine French, British
Keyword Bread and Butter Pudding, Brioche, Christmas Pudding
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 506 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 225 g brioche
  • 450 g Christmas pudding
  • 75 g unsalted butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 40 g caster sugar
  • 225 ml milk
  • 150 ml double cream
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 tbsp Cointreau
  • Pinch of salt
  • Icing sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Cut the Christmas pudding into roughly 2cm chunks. Add to a microwaveable bowl and heat for one minute to soften the pudding

  2. Brush the inside of an ovenproof dish (with a capacity of 3 pints) with some of the melted butter

  3. Cut the brioche into roughly the same sized pieces as the Christmas pudding and add both to the buttered dish 

  4. Spoon the remaining butter over the brioche only 

  5. Beat together the eggs, extra yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy

  6. Add the cream, milk, orange zest, Cointreau and salt and mix to combine 

  7. Pour the liquid mix over dish and allow to soak for 15 minutes

  8. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan assisted). Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until it is just set and a lovely brown colour 

  9. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before dusting with icing sugar and serving

Recipe Notes

Keep the pudding in the fridge for 2 days. Reheat in the microwave until piping hot. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 506 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 137mg46%
Sodium 164mg7%
Potassium 66mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 855IU17%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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