This is what I made:
Let's Make Christmas event back in November, as judged by Dan Lepard - Claire of Claire's Handmade Cakes.
recipe from Short & Sweet. I made these for the tool hire boys next door, who uncomplainingly take in our parcels when we're not at home and let us know when something has been delivered.
Jaynerly at Let's Make Christmas. I was so taken with how good they were that I had to make some for the hampers, although mine were mixed nuts. Not having any maple syrup to hand, I used date syrup instead. Fortunately, it worked really well.
Candied Orange & Lemon Peel - very nice to snack on and also perfect for cooking as it is infinitely better than the mixed peel you buy in tubs. This time I peeled the fruit first, which made for a tidier result, but left me with a lot of orange and lemon flesh that I didn't really now what to do with. I also used star anise in the syrup and coated the peel slices in caster sugar after I'd drained off the syrup. I've just made another batch for my own consumption.
Chilli Sauce - our chillies ripened much better this year than they did last, which meant we got a good hot chilli sauce with a gorgeous orangey red colour.
Chocolate Almond & Cranberry Bites - were a bit of an afterthought as my review copy of 200 Christmas recipes arrived just a few days before Christmas and I needed something quick to make.
Chocolate Mincemeat - I made some mince pies with this and they were certainly the best I've tasted this year. I'm hoping the recipients think the same.
Lavender and Lovage. I used star anise, cardamom, black pepper and coriander as well as the standard cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg that you would expect.
Lavender and Lovage.
shortbread recipe omitting the cocoa and adding organic orange zest to the mix. I wanted to use my "home made" stamp for something and these seemed the most suitable candidates.
Polish Spice Biscuits - another of the amazing Let's Make Christmas gifts. This time from the fabulous Ren of Fabulicious Foods who iced hers most beautifully.
Pumpkin Biscotti - my Let's Make Christmas contribution.
Pumpkin Spice Syrup - I forgot to take a picture of this one, but it was delicious. We liked it as a drink with hot water, my mother used hers over ice-cream. I have Hannah of Home Baked to thank for this one.
Wee Dundee Cakes - I'd been wanting to make some miniature Christmas cakes, but wasn't sure what recipe to use. As soon as I saw these over at Lavender and Lovage, I was hooked.