Really simple Christmas baking ideas

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Christmas is a great excuse to get creative in the kitchen, especially if you have little ones. It's a busy time though so it's helpful to find something really easy to make, but something that is also a lot of fun for the kids. Here are a couple of our favourite ideas for Christmas baking - we stuck in something festive for the adults too!

Snowman marshmallows

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You will need:

  • Large marshmallows
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Icing sugar
  • Writing icing
  • A selection of sweets to decorate (strawberry laces, tic-tacs, liquorice allsorts, chocolate drops, smarties)

Method

1. Use wooden skewers to create the snowmen’s bodies, take two to three and thread them on to the stick - make sure the one you use as a head goes on sideways so the flat edge makes the face.

2. Find a tray or something that you can stand the sticks in while you work on them - and for presentation!

3. Mix some icing sugar with water to act as glue and attach the mini marshmallows as arms.

4. If you're pushed for time you could just use writing icing to decorate the snowmen, but sweets will make them look really cool - and tastier. Orange tic-tacs work really well as noses, strawberry laces as scarves, smarties as buttons and liquorice allsorts as hats!

Ideas for presentation: Take the snowman off the stick and use icing sugar to glue the snowman to cookies or cakes.

Father Christmas strawberries and cream

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You will need:

  • Strawberries
  • Double cream
  • Writing icing

Method

1. Slice the green end off the strawberry so that it stands up easily and then cut the very tip off to make a little Santa hat.

2. Spoon some whipped cream on to the large strawberry and pop the pointy hat on the top, followed by a small dollop of cream.

3. Use chocolate sprinkles or writing icing to give Santa some eyes - voila!

Christmas tree meringues

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You will need:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 100g caster sugar
  • Green food colouring
  • Sprinkles/stars to decorate

Method

1. Start making the meringue mixture as you usually would: beat the four egg whites until the mixture begins to thicken, and add icing sugar and caster sugar gradually until it is all combined.

2. At this point add green food colouring until you are happy with the shade of green for your Christmas tree.

3. Continue stirring until the mixture forms peaks and is ready to go in the oven.

4. Use a piping bag to create the swirl shape of the Christmas tree and spread out over baking parchment.

5. Add any sparkles or decorations you may require. Put in the oven on a 100 degree heat and bake for 60–90 minutes.

6. Once the meringues have cooled, use edible glitter and mini stars to decorate the tree!

Traditional festive mulled wine

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You will need:

  • 1 litre of red wine
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 tbsp whole spice
  • Orange rind
  • Lemon rind
  • 4 tbsp sugar

Method

1. Add all of the ingredients to a large saucepan and keep over a medium heat, but don’t bring it to the boil.

2. To let the wine and flavours really combine, leave over a medium low heat for 20 minutes, before serving into mugs.

The great thing about all of these are that you can make them anywhere, so if you're on holiday over the festive period, these are some great ideas for whipping up on Christmas Eve in your holiday cottage. If you've yet to make plans for this Christmas, why not check out our range of Christmas breaks and find your perfect festive hideaway?

For even more great ideas of how to spend this Christmas, head to our blog for some festive inspiration.

Posted by Hayley on 16th October 2017