New Year’s Eve drinks round-up

New Year's Eve drinks round-up

New Year's Eve drinks round-up
1. Cider pomegranate smash from Cheers to Clara Persis

New Year's Eve drinks round-up
2. Fruit martini with cherries from  A Splash of Vanilla
New Year's Eve drinks round-up
3. Berry Gin Fizz from Yours Truly
New Year's Eve drinks round-up
4. Peppermint white Russian from The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

New Year's Eve drinks round-up
5. Cranberry Mojito from  We are not Martha

New Year's Eve drinks round-up
6. Sage Ginger Prosecco Cocktail from Local Milk

New Year's Eve drinks round-up
7. White chocolate raspberry kiss from  A Year of Cocktails

New Year's Eve drinks round-up
8. Pomegranate Sparkler from Love you, Mean it
New Year's Eve drinks round-up
9. Kahlúa Cocoa Martini from Garnish with Lemon
New Year's Eve drinks round-up
10. Butterbeer Jelly Shots from Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

Christmas pudding with brandy cream

Christmas pudding with brandy cream

Traditionally the great British traditional Christmas pudding was a labor of love, I think that’s why my mother used to buy them instead of making them. The recipe would consist of a lot ingredients, soaking dried fruit overnight and steaming the pudding for 8 hours, what madness. 

So after much research, I came up with a recipe with fewer ingredients, healthier (no vegetable shortening) and make individual puddings that take only 35 minutes to bake in the oven, instead of 1 large pudding. The mixture can be made 3 days in advance and kept cool in the fridge, so you can just bake them off  Christmas Day and serve them  nice and warm  with  brandy cream. 
Brandy cream is the traditionally accompaniment to the Christmas pudding, it just adds a nice creamy addition to the pudding

Christmas pudding with brandy cream

Ingredients (makes 16 muffin size puddings)    metric conversion       print recipe
  • 26 ounces mixed dried fruit (I used golden raisins, dark raisins, dried cranberries)
  • Zest from 1 medium orange
  • 2 bags black tea
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 7 ounces/14 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 oz dark chocolate, finely grated


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl add boiling water to the 2 teabags, allow to soak for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the teabags.
  4. Add the sherry  and the brandy to the tea.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, add all the dried fruit and pour over the sherry, brandy tea mix and stir.
  6. Allow the liquid to come to room temperature.
  7. Cover the bowl with cling film and set aside for 1 hour.
  8. In a large mixing bowl whisk the butter and brown sugar until light and creamy.
  9. While whisking add the eggs, one at a time until mixed.
  10. Add the flour, ginger, nutmeg, breadcrumbs  chocolate and mix until combined.
  11. Drain the dried fruit and add to the flour mixture, stir until combined.
  12. Brush 3 muffin pans with the melted butter.
  13. Using an ice cream scoop or tablespoon, divide the mixture between all the muffin pans, flatten the tops and make them even.
  14. Cover the muffin pans with parchment paper.
  15. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of each pudding comes out clean.
  16. Allow the puddings to cool in the muffin pan for 10 minutes, then turn onto a cool rack.
Store leftover puddings in a plastic container with lid. To reheat, put the puddings in a microwave-safe dish. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 1 minute.

Brandy cream


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar (use 3 if you like it sweeter)
  • 3 tablespoons brandy


  1. In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients (the cream will whip faster if it is really cold)
  2. Whip the mixture until it develops soft peaks.
  3. Serve on top of warm or room temperature puddings.

Christmas pudding with brandy cream

12 days of Christmas Pinterest round-up

12 days of Christmas Pinterest round-up

After browsing Pinterest the past couple of weeks and seeing all the Christmas themed yummy foods, I can’t be anything but in awe of the outstanding work that people have done creating such beautiful Christmas themed sweets and drinks. They deserve to be showcased –  so here are my top 12 to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas.

White chocolate Christmas tree
1. White chocolate Christmas tree by  Jacques Torres

Let it snow cupcakes
2. Let it snow cupcakes by Not your mama’s cookie

Christmas candy cane sleds
3. Christmas candy cane sleds by Cake Whiz

Gingerbread Christmas trees
4. Gingerbread Christmas trees by Moje Wypieki

Strawberry Christmas tree brownie bites
5. Strawberry Christmas tree brownie bites by Erica’s Sweet Tooth

Chocolate peppermint martini
6. Chocolate peppermint martini by Picture Perfect Meals

Snowflake cocktail
7. Snowflake cocktail by Holiday Cottage

Peppermint butter cookies
8. Peppermint butter cookies by Taste and Tell Blog

Gingerbread martini
9. Gingerbread martini by All these drinks

Tipsy Santa Cocktail
10. Tipsy Santa Cocktail by Rachael Ray

Milk chocolate thumb prints
11. Milk chocolate thumb prints by The Cooking Photographer

Peppermint marshmallow crunch cookies
12. Peppermint marshmallow crunch cookies by Against the Grain