I was born in a cloud…
Now I am falling.
I want you to catch me.
Look up and you’ll see me.
You know you can hear me.
The world is so loud. Keep falling. I’ll find you.
Kate Bush – Snowflake
Each Christmas we go just a little bit more crazy than usual with the baking. Below you find our favorite Christmas baking recipes plus a few lists to add to the Holiday cheer.
It’s a little ‘eclectic’ collection with lots of pics to inspire you. Merry Christmas to you and may all your (baking) wishes come true! And a very happy New Year too!
Here are my not to miss suggestions to get you into the Christmas Baking Spirit! My favorite baking inspiration from other passionate bakers, my own favorite recipes neatly in a row, my best-loved Christmas movies, what to do with cranberries and….
Favorite Festive Recipes from our Own Weekend Bakery
Our ‘Perfect Christmas’ Stollen (because without it Christmas would not be…
Cranberry rondo’s with amazing creme pat almond paste filling
Mini mince pies with cranberry mince meat
Cinnamon Sugar Crusted Christmas Scones
Baby it’s cold outside Cardamom Cake
Loaf with Walnuts, Figs and Prunes
Speculaas (speculoos) the way the Dutch make it
Holiday Inspiration from Baking Friends
These books are great classics, either for their recipes
or for the Christmas feeling they give you!
- Elizabeth David’s Christmas by Elizabeth David
- Christmas from the Heart of the Home by Susan Branch
- Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson
- Delia Smith’s Christmas by Delia Smith
- Advanced Bread and Pastry by Michel Suas
Famous Chef’s Festive Food Sites
What to do with Cranberries ‘tip’ 5
- A cranberry syrup and champagne cocktail
- cranberry and white chocolate cookies and biscotti
- cranberry and orange caramel sauce
- apple and cranberry crumble
- brownies with cranberries and white chocolate
Recently I made cranberry syrup from the new book by Tessa Kiros, Apples for jam. Mix this with lovely Prosecco and you have what Nigella calls ‘Christmas in a glass’! At another show I saw this topped by a cocktail maker who combined champagne with apple juice and cranberry juice and put some frozen berries in the glasses. It looked stunning.
My Christmas Baking Songs Top 7!
- Nutcracker Suite, also the version by Brian Setzer orchestra
- Let it Snow – Bing Crosby
- Christmas wrapping -The Waitresses
- Sleigh Ride – The Carpenters
- Anne Sofie von Otter – Koppången (Swedish version)
- December – Kate Bush
- It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams
Nostalgic Christmas Album Top 10!
- A Merry Christmas with Frank & Bing
- A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi Trio
- A Christmas Album – Barbra Streisand
- Carols from King’s – King’s College Choir
- A Christmas Album – London Symphony Orchestra
- Christmas with Julie Andrews
- Angels & Shepherds a 17th century Christmas
- Greatest Christmas Songs – Henri Mancini
- Christmas With The Rat Pack by The Rat Pack
And it’s not Christmas until we’ve seen
- The Snowman (from the song ‘Walking in the air)
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947 version with Natalie Wood)
- A Christmas Carol (1951)
- Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (the Original of course)
- Groundhog Day
- Meet me in St. Louis
- A Child’s Christmases in Wales
- Home Alone 1 & 2
- Jul i Svingen / Kerst met Linus (Norwegian / Dutch) all 24 episodes
Also nice to watch during the Season
- The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law
- Love Actually with Hugh Grant
- Little Women
- It’s a wonderful life with James Stewart
- The day after tomorrow – more snow and ice than you can handle
- Christmas episodes of your favorite tv series