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Sicilian Christmas Pizza (Sfincione) – Finally, a Pizza with More Carbs

Topping a thick-crust pizza with breadcrumbs might sound like a strange idea, but it really is the secret sauce behind this Sicilian Christmas Pizza. Well, that and the actual secret sauce. Speaking of secrets, whether you tell your friends and family that the sauce is made with onions and anchovies is your business, but if you think that’ll turn them …

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My Mum’s Classic Christmas Cake

This is a dense, boozy, spicy Christmas cake that evokes many happy memories. My Mum Jenny Hobbs made this every year when we were kids, using a recipe inherited from her own mother, and I have used the same formula (with a few tweaks of my own) for the past 20 years. You’ll find the recipe directly below and, underneath that, …

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas is all about Christmas Baking. How many of you have great memories of buttery shortbread, mince tarts, Christmas cake or gingerbread men cookies? It takes time to bake but think of all the joy and memories you create with your efforts. Here is a simple recipe to get you started. Christmas Sugar Cookies Christmas Sugar Cookies…just like Grandma’s Makes …

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Christmas Gammon in a Wonderbag, with an Oros, Brandy & Ginger Glaze

One of the highlights of my year as a food writer is sharing a new Christmas gammon idea every November, because these recipes are always so warmly received. Much head-scratching went into this year’s recipe, and I hope you’ll like it. I’ve varnished this gammon with an Oros glaze because I wanted to use a South African ingredient I know …

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Christmas Gammon with a Beetroot & Wasabi Glaze

A sweet blazing-pink beetroot syrup with a sting of wasabi is the glaze I’ve chosen for my Christmas gammon this year. To bring together the earthy flavours of beetroot and the nose-blast of wasabi, I’ve added crunchy pink peppercorns and a handful of fresh pomegranate seeds. Christmas Gammon with a Beetroot & Wasabi Glaze, studdedwith pink peppercorns and fresh pomegranate …

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Glittery Christmas-Tree Bread with Garlic & Rosemary

Here’s the first of my Christmas recipes for 2013: an easy flat-bread made with supermarket dough, cherry tomatoes, olives and caperberries. And for a funky festive finish, a snowstorm of edible glitter.  (Cake glitter is normally associated with cupcakes and other dreadful instances of kitchen juvenility, but even so I keep a stash of it in my baking drawer for …

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Christmas Profiteroles with a Passion Fruit & Mascarpone Filling

A fine finish to a festive meal: feather-light choux puffs filled with an indecently rich mixture of fresh passion-fruit pulp and mascarpone, and glazed with a mixture of icing sugar and water. My three granadilla vines have just started to flower, and I am looking forward toa bumper crop of fruit this year. I adore savoury profiteroles (especially when they’re …

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Olive, Mozzarella and Rosemary Christmas wreath

Inspired by a picture I pinned to my Pinterest festive board, I thought I’d expand on this lovely idea and create a wired-together rosemary wreath that can be rinsed off after Christmas and hung up to dry on a kitchen wall. Olive, Mozzarella and Rosemary Christmas wreath I’ve used green and black olives, baby gherkins, caperberries, cherry tomatoes, peppadews and beautiful bocconcini …

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Roast Aubergine, Gammon & Mung Bean Salad, to please a Christmas crowd

My festive recipes every year always include a dish made with left-overs from the main feast, and this year I thought I’d devise a big, sumptuous salad ideal for feeding a hungry horde the day after Christmas.  But once I’d made it – using left-overs from this dish – I liked it so much that it struck me it’s worth …

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