Happy Little Christmas everyone. Time to kick back and enjoy the last hurrah. I am a firm believer in squeezing the last ounce of Christmasness out of the festivities and today is the last little allowable squeeze.
Today (6th January) is known as Little Christmas or Women's Christmas, and the custom was that the women were rewarded for all their hard work during Christmas by a day when all the work was done for them ...nice! Now I have to admit that this tradition has not been fully embraced by my family, actually it seems to have been fairly well neglected by modern day Ireland, but maybe it's time for a revival!!
I have decided to have a little review of some of the baking indulgences of the past couple of weeks, which nicely coincides with the Forever Nigella challenge over at Maison Cupcake whereby Sarah challenges us to bake/cook a Nigella recipe (without printing the recipe) with a changing theme (this month's is "seasonal Nigella")
These little puddini bonbons are prefect for using up any leftover Christmas pudding, great option if you don't live in a house with Christmas Pudding piggies!!!!
I actually had to buy a small pudding to make these sweets (which is quite something when you consider that I made EIGHT puddings, none of which I gave away!!!!!!!!!!), they were very popular, the sherry, chocolate and pudding made a wonderful flavour combination.
These Christmas Chocolate Biscuits were incredibly easy to throw together, actually the most bothersome part was the glaze which I wouldn't even add next time I make them. You just put some butter, sugar, cocoa, flour and bread soda in the processor - whizz and bake. Easy.
P.S. Aren't the Christmas tree sprinkles cute!
The piece de rèsistance Nigella's "Incredibly Easy Chocolate Fruit Cake" according to Brownieville Man the best Christmas cake of all time. There is just a hint of cocoa in this boiled fruit cake, which is moist and almost pudding like. The fact that it is a boiled cake means that it can be made a week or so before Christmas, great for the unprepared amongst us!!
Hope you enjoyed my Nigella Christmas roundup, I'm off to sit on the couch, eat cookies and paint my nails!!!!!!!!!!!