Had a rare day off today to do some final Christmas shopping, mainly the big food shop!
The weather was awful, I would much rather it be cold than throwing it down with rain.
My new favourite drink in the whole world to get warm is Chai Latte! I usually spend far too much in Starbucks on these. So glad I discovered this instant powder so I can enjoy them at home snuggled up on the sofa.
Personally, I don’t think there is much better than snuggling up on the sofa with a Christmas movie, a cup of tea and mince pie. Throw in a cute kitty and I’m in heaven!
When I have time I love to get baking. I much prefer homemade mince pies to shop bought because you get that fresh baked smell wafting wafting through the house. If you want to make some classy looking pin wheels in a hurry. All you need to do is cut puff pastry sheets into 10cm squares cutting slits from the centre into each corner. Place a tablespoon of mincemeat into the centre. I used a lovely cranberry and port one. Fold alternate corners into the centre and top with a star. After 20-25 mins in the oven you can sit on the sofa and watch your favourite festive film!
Love this time of year so much! I spent Sunday making the house look festive and indulging in a little bit of Christmas baking!
After a batch of mince pies I decided to use up some of the boyfriend’s birthday cake leftovers and turn it into some cake pops!
If you haven’t made cake pops before I strongly recommend you watch the queen of cake pops tutorial as I really could not explain it any better – Bakerella
I started out with my left over chocolate fudge cake then added chocolate Philadelphia until I got a mouldable consistency. I use the processor to whizz the cake into crumbs but add the Philly by hand as I find it is easy to add too much making a very wet cake pop. I find the Philly is less sweet than buttercream, but either works ok. Cake pops are a great way of using leftover buttercream or cakes which haven’t quite worked out the way you planned!
Once you have your mixture, roll it into balls and put it in the freezer for 15 mins to firm up. I cannot stress enough DO THIS! It will not work otherwise! Once you have removed them from the freezer dip the sticks into chocolate or candy melts then insert into the balls, then freeze again for 5-10mins whilst melting your coating.
For mine I used chocolate flavoured coating by Silverspoon as I personally find Candy Melts too sickly. I would recommend having a box with some hole in or some polystyrene to put your cake pops in to dry. You can buy stands but it really depends how often you think you will use it. A box does the job!
I like indulging in a bit of sugarcraft, it is very therapeutic! You can get so many cutters now and every colour of icing under the sun!
As you can see I added some white icing to look like cream and some holly to turn mine into Christmas pudding cake pops! I got the plungers from eBay. The icing is Renshaws, it rolls out really well!