Christmas Baking

Love a bit of baking for the chilly weather

I think we can all agree that Christmas is the perfect time for a spot of baking, whether that means making your christmas pudding, mince pies or like myself perfecting those cookies to give to Santa.

Here’s the recipe for my favourite cookies.

You will need

  • 150g salted butter, softened
  • 80g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 80g granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 225g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200g plain chocolate chips or chunks ( I also used some white chocolate chips)

Your first going to want to make sure your oven is pre-heated around 170-180C, we have an Rayburn which is always on at this time a year so the temperature is more an approximate.

Put the butter and sugars into a bowl and beat until nice and creamy, I use an electric whisk but if you want to do it by hand your more than welcome, next beat in the vanilla extract and egg. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt over the mixture and mix in with a wooden spoon. Add the chocolate chips and stir well, you don’t want the mixture to be to smooth at this point so the cookies will have some texture.

Using a teaspoon, place small mounds of the mixture well apart on the baking trays. My top tip is to use  a silicon spatula as it makes the mixture come of the spoon much easier. Bake in the oven for 8–10 mins until light brown on the edges and still slightly soft in the centre.

  Then simply leave to cool down on a cooling rack.

I love this recipe as it’s so simple and you can easily mix the ingredients to your taste for example change the sugar to soft brown if your not a fan of cookies being too sweet.

What are your favourite things to bake this time of year?

Tasha xxx

Recipe | orange & white chocolate chip cookies

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This was my first try at these cookies and they turned out really well! The recipe is super easy and the cookies are so delicious! I love the combination of white chocolate and orange!

Makes 12 cookies –

Ingredients –

75g Butter
75g Granulated Sugar
75g Light Muscavado Sugar
1 Egg
175 Self Raising Flour
100g White Chocolate Chips
Zest of 2 Oranges

Method –

1. Grease and line 2 baking sheets, preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/Gas Mark 4.

2. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg.

3. Fold in the flour, chocolate chips and orange zest. Place large teaspoons of the mixture on the baking sheets, allowing room for them to spread, bake for 12 minutes.

4. Cool on the baking sheets for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Festive Gingerbread!

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FESTIVE GINGERBREAD RECIPE!
Hello everyone! I thought that for today’s post I would share a festive recipe with you since I love baking and may start posting more recipes on my blog. I thought it would be a good idea to make some festive gingerbread as it is Christmas time and gingerbread makes for a really nice festive treat. This recipe is super easy to do…all you will need is:

– 350g/12oz plain flour
– 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 2 tsp ground ginger
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– 125g/4½oz butter
– 175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
– 1 free-range egg
– 4 tbsp golden syrup

To start you need to sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and gently fold in together.

Then add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs.
Once that is done you can stir in the sugar.

In a seperate bowl begin to lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together and then add to the main mixing bowl and whisk together.

When the mixture has entirely clumped together, tip the dough out onto a flour coated surface and knead briefly until smooth.

Then wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

While the dough is chilling in the fridge you can preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 and start to line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. Once the 15 minutes is up, roll out the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. Then you can pop them into the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Once they are done leave them on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When they have finished cooling, you can begin to get creative by decorating with icing and cake decorations.