Christmas Dinner, arguably the second best part of Christmas (behind having the most fabulous tree, obviously). There’s turkey, all the trimmings and a whole slew of every snack you can imagine and, of course, no matter how full you get, there’s always room for dessert… There’s Christmas cakes through to Christmas puddings and even sumptuous mince pies! “Delicious!!!” we say, but, unlike regular folk, the Pines and Needles team live on a stringent diet of Christmas treats throughout the year, so we’re very well versed in making them. So, whether you’re a baking master or a newbie there is no better time to brush up on your Christmas baking skills and no better day to showcase your new found skills than Christmas Day!
It’s National Baking Week, with bake off back on the telly and a new Mary Berry led rival hitting the BBC, store bought baked goods definitely won’t cut it! It’s time to dust off that bake-ware and get practising for making some delicious Christmas treats. It may seem daunting but you do not have to go it alone. Why not team up with the kids? Nothing gets us more in the festive spirit than grabbing the family for a good old fashion baking session.
It can be messy, it can be fun and best of all? You can promise the kids first dibs on all the tastiest bits in exchange for them doing the dishes. So, fun filled family day, delicious food and putting your feet up while the minions scrub the kitchen shiny? If that doesn’t sound like an early Christmas present to yourself then we don’t know what does! (Actually we do, a stunning 12ft Nordmann Fir with full service and decoration arriving to your doorstep with no hassle… Sorry, remember. baking. We do get distracted here).
Finally, we can make this even simpler for you:
There. A full list of excellent yet simple Christmas baking recipes from Jamie Oliver himself. We strongly recommend the spiced flapjacks.
Now! No excuses! Grab the family, put on your favourite Christmas music and…
On your marks… Get set… BAKE!!!