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Bread & Breadcrumbs: The Essential Ingredient

Bread & Breadcrumbs: The Essential Ingredient

As a baker and a lover of bread, I sometimes find myself with a little too much bread on my hands. I can't stand waste, and the thought of throwing out good, properly made bread particularly upsets me. All that love, time and effort! It is bad for the environment and a waste of resources. There is an inherent logic and a rustic beauty in using bread as an ingredient. Indeed, some of the world's classic family dishes are based on using bread as a binder, filler, flavour or texture. Bread and breadcrumbs hold moisture; they extend more expensive ingredients,...

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Fast & Elegant Christmas Feast Ideas

Fast & Elegant Christmas Feast Ideas

At the busiest time of year, it's hard to keep on top of everything. So here are some time-saving ideas for your Christmas feast: Crush a packet of HONEY STARS and mix through 1.5–2kg seasoned, mashed pumpkin enriched with cream and sprinkled with roasted hazelnuts. Serve with pork, turkey or game. Mix SPICED CRANBERRY ORANGE SAUCE with mayo or sour cream and toss through leftover turkey or chicken with toasted almonds for crostini or a baguette filling. Chop any SPICED NUTS and add to salads or vegetables to increase their appeal. Crumble SABLÉS over salads or vegetables to give crunch and extra flavour. Serve TRADITIONAL PUDDING flamed in brandy with whipped pure...

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How to Make the Perfect Gingerbread Christmas Tree

How to Make the Perfect Gingerbread Christmas Tree

A gorgeous centrepiece adds a special festive touch to any Christmas table. It could be Christmas lilies, a native arrangement or an eye-catching Gingerbread House or Tree. Our Gingerbread Tree Kits are easy and fun to make in just a few simple steps:  1. Buy a Christmas Tree Kit 2. Make the Royal Icing 3. Build the Tree 4. Prepare Icing Bag and Decorations 5. Add Icing Dots 6. Decorate with Alternating Colours 7. Add the Star 8. And Voila (done). Enjoy!

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Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas

Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas

Many people are happy with a bit of boozy cream or custard with their Christmas Cake but add a few simple ingredients and your guests will be wanting more! Decorate and make our Christmas Cake your own. Try these simple cake decorating ideas: Toss good glacé cherries in warmed apricot jam and pile on top of your cake. Roll out fondant icing and cut into shapes (stars, snowballs, snowflakes, holly). Brush your cake with warmed apricot jam before laying your shapes over the top. Find a stencil and dust with icing sugar, and decorate with holly. Make a luxurious Almond...

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