Updated: Feb 2
Merry Christmas Eve everybody! I hope that you have all been able to spend Christmas with a loved one this year and if not I am sending you a massive hug. I wanted to share with you all some of my favourite festive bakes in the hopes that you find one you might want to recreate.
Christmas (and winter in general) is my favourite time of year to bake. There is nothing better than the smell of freshly baked goods wafting through a nice toasty kitchen. I just love cosying up in front of the fire with a hot drink and a nice chocolatey treat! In this blog post I wanted to share with you guys three recipes; Christmas Tree Brownies (which is by far the cutest bake I have done in a while), Mince Pies (because they are an absolute staple) and some Vegetarian Sausage Rolls (because we need at least one savoury treat)! Keep reading for the recipes:
Christmas Tree Brownies:
♥ 185g vegan (or dairy) butter
♥ 200g dark chocolate
♥ 85g milk chocolate
♥ 80g plain flour
♥ 35g cacao powder
♥ 3 eggs
♥ 140g Demerara sugar
♥ 140g caster sugar
♥ 300g Icing sugar
♥ 150g Butter
♥ Green Food Colouring
♥ Mini Chocolate Fingers or Candy Canes
➊ First up, preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 fan) and line a brownie dish with some baking paper.
➋ In a saucepan (or in the microwave) melt 185g butter, 100g dark chocolate and 85g of milk chocolate and set aside to cool completely.
➌ Next, whisk together your eggs and sugar until at least doubled in size and thick. It will become much lighter in texture and leave a trail on the surface of the mixture when drizzled!
➍ Pour the cooled chocolate and butter into the fluffy egg mixture and fold gently with a spatula until combined - making sure not to knock out any air!
➎ Sieve in the dry ingredients to the mixture and fold again. Don't over fold as the mixture will become tough once cooked.
➏ Then chop up the remaining 100g of dark chocolate into chips and fold them into the brownie mixture. Pop the mixture into your lined brownie tin and top with the remaining chocolate.
➐ Bake for 25 minutes and set aside to cool before cutting.
➑ Whilst you are waiting for your brownies to cool make the buttercream. Mix together the butter, icing sugar and green food colouring. I recommend using an electric whisk at the end to remove any lumps. Add the icing to a piping bag and move on to cutting up your brownies.
➒ Cut the brownies into triangles. Pipe on your icing and decorate with cake decorations to mimic baubles and the star on top of the tree. I tried a few different methods which you can see in the video below:
➓ Now it is time to add the base of to Christmas tree! I went for mini chocolate fingers but you could also use candy canes. These were such a fun brownie to make and I hope that you enjoy making them too!
♥ Jar of Mincemeat (you could also make your own but it's just as good from a jar)
♥ 225g plain flour
♥ 125g softened butter
♥ 2tbsp caster sugar or icing sugar (any sugar will do really)
♥ 1 egg
♥ 1tbsp milk
➊ Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Butter your muffin tin (this recipe makes about 9). If you wanted more pastry then remember to add equal amounts of flour to butter!
➋ Start making the pastry by pulsing together the flour, butter and sugar in a food processor until it clumps together (or you can use your hands but this takes much longer).
➌ Next, add in your egg and pulse again until a dough forms. Knead a couple of times and bring together into a ball. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
➍ Roll out the chilled pastry and cut out circles to fill the muffin tin holes. Spoon in some mincemeat and top with some more pastry. I chose to cut out stars for mine (I think it looks so cute!).
➎ Add a wash of milk to the pastry so that it browns nicely in the oven. Bake them for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Once cooled, sprinkle over some icing sugar and tuck in!
♥ 250g plain flour flour
♥ 1tsp fine salt
♥ 250g room temp butter
♥ 130ml cold water
♥ 6 veggie sausages
♥ 1tsp wholegrain mustard
♥ 1tsp nutmeg
♥ Dash of milk
♥ Poppy Seeds
➊ Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius.
➋ Make the pastry by mixing together the flour, sea salt and butter with your hands until medium size lumps form.
➌ Then slowly add in the water (you may not need all of it) and mix until a dough forms. Cover this dough with clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
➍ Take the chilled dough out of the fridge and form into a rectangle. Roll out until the dough is three times as big (lengthways and widthways).
➎ Fold the top section of the dough towards the middle until it reaches the halfway point and repeat with the bottom half. Then roll out until 3 times as big again. Rest in the fridge for another 30 minutes.
➏ Whilst the dough is chilling making your sausage filling. Remove the skin for the sausages and add the meat into a bowl along with the nutmeg and mustard. Mix together and form into mini sausage shapes.
➐ Roll out the pastry for use and cut into squares. Place the homemade sausage mixture in the middle of the squares and then form into sausage rolls by folding the pastry over the top and sealing them with a little water and a fork.
➑ Make an egg wash by mixing together the egg and milk. Brush over the sausage rolls and sprinkled over some poppy seeds.
➒ Bake them for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
I hope that you try out one of these recipes! If so, make sure to tag me on instagram @dishesbydaisy and let me know if you have any other recipe requests. Happy Holiday Season everyone!