Marathon eating is one of the best things about Christmas. Heaps of crisp, fluffy potatoes drowned in lashings of gravy, a tender bird and let’s not forget the pigs in blankets or the honey roasted parsnips. Yes, that main meal is something we spend 364 days of the year dreaming about with growing intensity in the final few months but the rest of the day is just as important. Christmas eating should begin with a good breakfast and end with the final bite into a delicious dessert. So, to get you through from sunrise to sunset, we have compiled some of our favourite recipes that have seen us through the festive day.
Scones are the perfect addition to an any breakfasts spread. Best enjoyed fresh out of the other they are just as enjoyable on their own as they are slather with cream and jam. This recipe by BBC Foods makes 10 small scones but we like to double it for an even bigger offering.
Cinnamon buns seem to have grown in popularity recently with several recipes popping up this December. Magazines like BBC Good Foods and Sainsburys boast of temptingly over-sized buns and Christmas-tree shaped versions slathered in hazelnut chocolate sauce (sorry, you’ll have to purchase the print copies if you’re keen to give them a try). If you’re looking for something with a similar kind of decadence Sally’s Baking Addiction has a great maple pecan kind. Oozing syrupy goodness these nutty, sticky, cinnamon buns never fail to impress.
Teeming with a smoked paprika, meaty flavour and a touch of heat, these cumin-topped chilli sausage rolls are insanely delicious and not too faffy to make. One batch makes 10 and they work well as little appetisers or as indulgent snacks to graze on throughout the day.
If you’re craving pastry but prefer something lighter these salmon palmiers are a good way to go. Much like the sausage rolls these salmon swirls are very easy to make. The garlicky cream cheese is a delicious and natural pairing for the gently smoked fish.
WARNING! Making this pie for the family will lead to yearly requests; but can you blame them?. Tender slices of apple swimming in a thick caramel sauce, all encased in a crisp, buttery pastry – the thought alone is enough to make one drool. The rich-tasting pie does require quite a bit of work but is well worth the effort, we can assure you.
Just as gorgeous as it is delicious, this stollen wreath makes a decorative edible centerpiece for the dinner table. The classic fruity, marzipan flavours are enhanced by the addition of pistachios. This is a particularly hands-on dessert but some of the best things are worth the effort.
If you’ve tried any of these recipes before or fancy giving them a go this year let us know in the comments.
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