Vegan Cauliflower Cheese

Cauliflower Cheese is a traditional, delicious side dish consisting of roast cauliflower in a rich, creamy Béchamel sauce, topped with copious amounts of crunchy cheese. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves: 6 (as a side) Difficulty: Easy Ingredients 840g/30 oz/1 large head of cauliflower, broken into florets with leaves removed 650ml/6½ dl/just over a pint/2¾Continue reading “Vegan Cauliflower Cheese”

Vegan Brioche des Rois

Happy Epiphany!Brioche des Rois is a sweet, fruity, crown shaped brioche cake from Le Midi (southern France). It’s the Provençal version of the Galette des Rois, or King Cake. These cakes are eaten at Epiphany (6th January), which is the Christian feast of the revelation of Jesus. Preparation time: 30 minutes Rising time: 2 hoursContinue reading “Vegan Brioche des Rois”

Vegan Bûche de Noël

  Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 11 minutes Serves: 10 Difficulty: Moderate A Bûche de Noël, or Yule Log, is a French chocolatey Christmas cake. It consists of a sponge, which is rolled up into a log, smeared with chocolate buttercream ‘bark’ and adorned with edible decorations, so it looks just like a realContinue reading “Vegan Bûche de Noël”

Kerststol

Kerststol is a Dutch sweet bread which contains dried fruit, nuts, citrus and almond paste. It’s very similar to the German Stollen and is eaten during the Christmas period. Preparation time: 50 minutes Total time needed for soaking/rising: 24 hours Cooking time: 30 minutes Serves: 20 or more Difficulty: Moderate Ingredients For the almond paste:Continue reading “Kerststol”

Rødkål

Rødkål is braised red cabbage which is served as an accompaniment to roast meats. It’s eaten in the Nordic countries- Denmark, Norway and Sweden- all year round, but is particularly popular at Christmas. Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 65 minutes Serves: 10 (as a side) Difficulty: Easy Ingredients 1kg/35 oz/a moderately large head ofContinue reading “Rødkål”

Panettone

Panettone is a traditional fruity sweet bread originally from Milan, which is popular at Christmas and New Year in Italy and worldwide. Preparation time: 2 hours Rising time: 3 days Cooking time: 50 minutes Serves: 15 Difficulty: Difficult Ingredients For the starter: 70ml/⅕ pt/¼ cup of warm milk 7g/¼ oz/2 teaspoons of dried yeast 100g/3½Continue reading “Panettone”

Mince Pies

Mince Pies are sweet, spiced and boozy fruit pies of English origin, and are traditionally eaten throughout the Christmas period. Preparation time: 90 minutes Soaking time: At least 4 hours Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves: 12 Difficulty: Moderate Ingredients For the mincemeat: 250g/9 oz/1⅔ cups of raisins 375g/13 oz/2 cups of currants 100ml/1dl/⅕ pt/just under ½ cupContinue reading “Mince Pies”

Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Imbuljuta tal-Qastan is a traditional Maltese hot chocolate, which is flavoured with quintessentially Chistmassy ingredients and served after Midnight Mass and on New Year’s Eve. Preparation time: 5 minutes Soaking time: 8 hours Cooking time: 60 minutes Serves: 4 Difficulty: Easy Ingredients 400g/14 oz/2 cups of peeled dried chestnuts 200g/8 oz/1 cup of sugar 100g/3½Continue reading “Imbuljuta tal-Qastan”

Onion Bhajis

Onion Bhajis, also known as Pyaz Ke Pakode, are Indian spicy fritters which can be eaten as entrées, side dishes and snacks. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes Serves: 10 Difficulty: Easy Ingredients 2 onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced 1 teaspoon of chopped green chilli 100g/3½ oz/⅔ cup of gram (chickpea) flourContinue reading “Onion Bhajis”

Yorkshire Parkin

Parkin is a sticky oatmeal gingerbread cake which has been popular in northern England- particularly Yorkshire and Lancashire- for centuries. Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour Required storage time: 2-5 days Serves: 10 Difficulty: Easy Ingredients 140g/5 oz/⅔ cups of butter, plus extra for greasing 200g/7 oz/just under ⅔ cup of golden syrupContinue reading “Yorkshire Parkin”