Mincemeat Cookies

A really festive cookie that is actually great at any time of the year. We have used our Cranberry Mincemeat but the recipe is just as good using store-bought mincemeat. Mincemeat Cookies RecipeINGREDIENTS: Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C. Cream the butter and sugar together and gradually add the eggs. Dissolve the baking soda in hot water […]

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Gumdrop Cake

This recipe for an unusual and beautiful fruit cake comes from Susan McGoldrick. The gumdrops become nice and soft after baking so that slicing the cake is no problem. Do not use any of the black gumdrops as you only want the fruit flavours. Gumdrop Cake RecipeINGREDIENTS: METHOD: Line an 8½” (20 cm) spring-form pan […]

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Guinness Chocolate and Walnut Cake

This is a wonderfully rich, moist chocolate cake with the surprise ingredient of Guinness! It has an incredible chocolate flavour and yet it also tastes fabulous with butter and Cheddar cheese. Guinness Chocolate and Walnut Cake RecipeINGREDIENTS: METHOD: Break up the chocolate and melt in the Guinness in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly […]

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Ginger Snap Cookies

These old fashioned Ginger Snap Cookies are great at any time of the year, but for me have a special Christmas nostalgia. They become crispier, the longer they are baked, and to me, have always tasted incredible with a tall glass of milk. This gingerbread dough is great for use to make gingerbread houses and […]

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Chocolate Cherry Cookies

These are beautiful cookies with a nice festive look from the glacé cherries and the scrumptious taste of coconut and chocolate! Chocolate Cherry Cookies Recipe METHOD: Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) Cream the butter and the sugar together until well blended. Beat in the eggs, followed by the almond extract. In a separate bowl, combine […]

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Cheese Straws

Wow! These are so simple and easy to make, and they are a great addition to any party buffet. One batch makes about 24 long straws, if you wish to make more, make each batch separately. This is one recipe where you really have to use a food processor to get the best results. Cheese […]

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Butter Tart Squares

Marie has made this recipe for years as part of her Christmas baking. The squares are succulent and delicious and our family Christmas wouldn’t be the same without them! Butter Tart Squares Recipe : METHOD: Bottom Layer: Cut the first three ingredients: butter, brown sugar and flour together until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Press into […]

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Almond Eggnog Loaf

Almond Eggnog Loaf Recipe INGREDIENTS: METHOD: Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C Using a mixer, blend all the ingredients together except for the almonds and the topping ingredients. Stir in the almonds and pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake for about 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes […]

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Christmas Cake

Without a doubt, Delia Smith has the very best Christmas Cake recipe I have ever seen or tasted. This is a slightly adapted version of her recipe, most notably in having the nut topping and apricot glaze, as we don’t tend to use Royal icing and marzipan on our Christmas cakes here in Canada. Quantities […]

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English Fruit Cake

Our version of a classic English Fruitcake…. great for afternoon tea or as a nutritious snack! English Fruit Cake Recipe INGREDIENTS: METHOD: Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C) Line an 8¼” (20 cm) round springform pan with parchment paper. (method) Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg and mix. (I find that cake […]

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