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A gift of Christmas brownies

A gift of Christmas brownies

Brownies are one of those bakes that give maximum pleasure for a modest amount of effort. My basic recipe has changed very little over the years, but it is infinitely customisable for any occasion.

Cable-knit marzipan Christmas cake

Cable-knit marzipan Christmas cake

After 5 weeks of being swaddled and fed with whisky, the Carter family Christmas cake has been decorated!

Test Valley trout ceviche

Test Valley trout ceviche

This recipe features as part of the December edition of Hampshire Life magazine with wine matches from The knackered Mother’s Wine Club. My favourite Christmas starters are light, fresh and zingy. They rouse your appetite without filling you up. This recipe takes the iconic ingredients 

Southdowns lamb crown

Southdowns lamb crown

This recipe features in the December edition of Hampshire Life magazine with wine matches from The knackered Mother’s Wine Club. The Southdown breed originates from the native sheep that have roamed the South Downs for many hundreds of years. The breed was developed in the 

New Forest roulade

New Forest roulade

This recipe features in the December edition of Hampshire Life magazine with wine matches from The knackered Mother’s Wine Club. This is my local take on a Black Forest roulade. I have fond childhood memories of hunting for porcini below the oak trees of the 

Honey gingerbread porcini

Honey gingerbread porcini

These beautiful biscuits were originally developed to accessorize my New Forest roulade recipe for Hampshire Life magazine‘s Christmas edition, but they also make a lovely gift for any foodie friend with a sweet tooth.

Cinnamon oak leaves and marzipan acorns

Cinnamon oak leaves and marzipan acorns

When I designed my ultimate yule log recipe, I wanted to go all-out on the edible decorations. These finishing touches not only give the the roulade some wow-factor; they give your guests a great choice of flavours and textures for their Christmas lunch finale.

Carter family Christmas cake

Carter family Christmas cake

The original rich fruit cake recipe came from an old St Michael baking book, but over the years I’ve adapted it to lean towards ginger, whisky and walnuts. The smell of the cake mixture instantly transports me back to childhood, when every member of the 

How to line your fruit cake tin like a boss

How to line your fruit cake tin like a boss

You can get away with lazy lining when it comes to sponge cakes, but when you make a rich fruit cake like a Christmas cake, you need to up your game! A properly lined tin will make your cake moist and delicious all the way 

No-churn chocolate gelato

No-churn chocolate gelato

I was sceptical about the various no-churn chocolate ice cream recipes I’d seen on the internet. 3 ingredients? No specialist equipment? No endless whisking and refreezing? Surely the taste wouldn’t match the hype?! After the first batch, I was completely hooked and now our freezer