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Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas

Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas

Many people are happy with a bit of boozy cream or custard with their Christmas Cake but add a few simple ingredients and your guests will be wanting more! Decorate and make our Christmas Cake your own. Try these simple cake decorating ideas: Toss good glacé cherries in warmed apricot jam and pile on top of your cake. Roll out fondant icing and cut into shapes (stars, snowballs, snowflakes, holly). Brush your cake with warmed apricot jam before laying your shapes over the top. Find a stencil and dust with icing sugar, and decorate with holly. Make a luxurious Almond...

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Almond Brandy Butter Icing

Almond Brandy Butter Icing

Add a touch of Christmas to your cake with Almond Brandy Butter Icing. Ingredients 125g soft unsalted butter 500g icing sugar 80g ground blanched almonds 2-3 tablespoons of brandy Method Cream together butter, icing sugar, blanched almonds and brandy. Whip until very light and fluffy. Cover the top of your Phillippa’s Christmas Cake, patting the icing with a wide knife to give a rough textured finish. Any left over can be used to sandwich Phillippa’s Shortbread.

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Beetroot, Juniper, Orange & Vodka Cured Salmon

Beetroot, Juniper, Orange & Vodka Cured Salmon

This simple cured salmon recipe is easy to make, tastes amazing and adds a vibrant touch to your festive table. Ingredients: 300g raw beetroot, grated or purée 250g coarse salt Zest 1 orange (fine) 1.5 bunches dill including leaves and stems 75g brown sugar 80ml vodka 3 dried juniper berries, crushed 1 kg side fresh salmon with skin, pin boned, rinsed and dried Mix together sugar, salt, dill, beetroot, vodka, juniper berries, orange zest. Put salmon in a large ceramic dish skin side down, cover with beetroot mix and massage into the flesh (use gloves to avoid staining skin). Cover with plastic wrap,...

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Party Time Tips – Catering for a Teen Party

Party Time Tips – Catering for a Teen Party

Spring is upon us and it’s the perfect time for entertaining! The question is – do you spend the day making and baking yourself or simply order a delicious spread of food and sit back to enjoy it with your guests? We recently had 130 teenagers at a joint 14th birthday party and, it was actually no big deal, so I am going to share my tips with you. It helps if the family that your child partners with are absolutely committed to running the event in partnership with you, that will take away a lot of hostess stress (I...

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