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”

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”

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”

Buttered Leeks

This quick, simple dish tastes lovely and makes a great accompaniment to roast meats. Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 (as a side) Difficulty: Easy Ingredients 5 leeks 3 tablespoons of butter A sprig of fresh thyme (or a teaspoon of dried thyme) A pinch of salt A pinch of pepperContinue reading “Buttered Leeks”

Bakestones (Picau ar y maen/Welsh Cakes)

Melt in your mouth Welsh Cakes- the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of tea. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 10-20 minutes Serves: 10 Difficulty: Easy Ingredients 50g/just under 2oz/1/4 cup of butter 50g/just under 2oz/1/4 cup of lard 225g/8oz/just under 2 cups of self raising flour 85g/3oz/just under 1/2 a cup of caster sugarContinue reading “Bakestones (Picau ar y maen/Welsh Cakes)”

Cranachan

This deliciously light, easy-to-make dessert of fresh raspberries, heather honey, rolled oats, whisky and cream is quintessentially Scottish. Ingredients 4-5 tbsp medium rolled oats 300g/11oz/2 1/2 cups of fresh raspberries 40g/1.5oz/3 tbsp caster sugar 400ml/4dl/3/4 pt/1 3/4 cups of double cream 3-4 tbsp heather honey 3-4 tbsp Scottish whisky Make it vegan: use plant basedContinue reading “Cranachan”

Fairy and Butterfly Cakes

200g/7oz/1 cup of caster sugar 115g/4oz/1/2 cup of butter or margarine (room temperature) 2 eggs 225g/8oz/just under 2 cups of self-raising flour (or 225g plain flour + 3tsp baking powder) A pinch of salt 120ml/1.2dl/just under a 1/4 pt/1/2 cup of of milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp lemon juice (optional) For buttercream (enoughContinue reading “Fairy and Butterfly Cakes”