Blogmas Day 27 – Guest Post: Christmas Recipes with Jen!

Helloooo everyone! Welcome back to another day of Blogmas 2018 and today we have some delicious recipes for some classic festive treats. 🎄📚

Today, the lovely Jen (from Jen Rose Writes) is here with a guest post for you to enjoy in your post-Christmas/Boxing Day hype. Perfect for you to have a read of while chilling on the sofa! Also, something to get your mouth watering if you’re not already full from all of the Christmas dinner and snacks from the past few days 😍 If you’re not already following Jen, then you need to check her out! Such a wonderful blogger who posts lots of yummy recipes and interesting bookish content!

Hey guys! Jen here, of Jen Rose Writes, and I’m going to share with you two recipes you just HAVE to make this Christmas.

This time of year we exchange presents, spend time with our nearest and dearest and get cosy by the fire. Something I love to do this time of year (and any other time of the year, honestly) is bake. Christmas is all about giving so here’s my gift to you all: the recipe for Yule log and Christmas shortbread biscuits. The Yule log is perfect for the big day (or any day you’re feeling festive, or fancy something sweet with your cuppa) and the shortbreads (as well as being an ideal coffee companion) make a great gift for that special someone… if you can resist them 😊🎄

Yule Log:

I’ll let you into a little secret…up until this weekend, I’d never made Yule Log. It’s a go-to dessert in our house and, this year, I thought I’d take on making my own for Christmas. Homemade or shop bought, there’s something delicious about Yule log: a light chocolate sponge, filled and topped with rich chocolate icing… ho-ho-how can you resist?

This recipe comes from the Queen of Baking, Mary Berry. I also used Paul Hollywood’s Luxury Belgian Chocolate Icing Mix (though you can make your own, Christmas is all about quick and easy ways to spend less time in the kitchen and more shout-singing with a Buck’s Fizz!).

Ingredients:

For the sponge:

4 large eggs

100g caster sugar

65g self-raising flour

40g cocoa powder

Plus icing mix or make your own by combining 300ml cream with 275ml dark chocolate, melted.

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 200/ gas mark 6. Lightly grease and line a Swiss roll tin with parchment.

2. Whisk the sugar and eggs until pale and frothy, then sift in the flour and cocoa powder and fold together- careful not to let air out of the mix!

3. Pour into the lined tin and bake for 8-10 minutes

4. Remove the cake from the tin (making sure the parchment has been removed from the bottom) and place on baking parchment (it needs to be bigger than the Swiss roll on the work surface). Then roll the sponge, using the baking paper, and set aside to cool.

5. Whilst the cake is cooling, make your icing.

6. Uncurl your sponge, add a third of your icing to the centre, roll the sponge and cover the surface of the sponge with the remaining icing (create the log effect with a palette knife). Finally, enjoy!

Christmas Shortbread:

Simple, sweet, a present or a treat…it’s Christmas shortbread! I’ve made this shortbread so many times and they’re not only perfect with a cuppa, but they also make an ideal gift!

I used Christmas tree cutters and stars for my shortbread, but you can use whatever cookie cutters you have to hand.

Ingredients:

125g butter, softened

55g caster sugar

180g plain flour

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 190/375F/ Gas Mark 5

2. Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth

3. Stir in the flour to get a smooth dough

4. Turn the mix onto a smooth, floured surface and gently roll out until the dough is 1cm thick (or your desired thickness, everyone’s different after all!)

5. Using your shape cutter, cut the dough into shapes and place on the baking tray (you can chill them in the fridge for a bit if you like, but I skipped this step and they were still good)

6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes (or until golden brown). Leave to cool and enjoy.

What have you been baking this festive season? Do you have any suggestions for treats to bake and enjoy?

I ho-ho-hoped you enjoyed this post and you can see plenty of baking, books and uni based posts over on my blog, my Twitter and Instagram.

What do you think of these festive treats? Are they some of your favourites? I’d love to know! 🎅🏻

Thank you for checking out my Blogmas 2018 posts and I can’t wait to share the rest with you! Check back tomorrow for more festive fun 

I’d also just like to point out that I don’t want to cause any offence to those who don’t celebrate Christmas, these posts are just a bit of fun to go along with my own personal celebrations.

You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if you fancy a book (or Christmas) chat! 😌🎄

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