!Get Baking For The Holidays! Delicious Christmas Baking Ideas For The UK

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Christmas is a time for family, friends, and of course, delicious food! And what better way to spread holiday cheer than with some homemade Christmas treats? This collection of classic and creative Christmas baking ideas is sure to have something for everyone. From melt-in-your-mouth cookies to rich and decadent cakes, these recipes are guaranteed to bring a touch of magic to your festive season.

Before you begin baking, here are a few essential tips:

Christmas baking  House & Garden
Christmas baking House & Garden

Use high-quality ingredients. This will make a big difference in the taste and texture of your baked goods.

  • Make sure your oven is preheated to the correct temperature before baking.
  • Don’t overmix your batter. This can make your cookies or cakes tough.
  • Let your baked goods cool completely before frosting or decorating them.

  • Now, let’s get baking!

    Classic Christmas Cookies:

  • Shortbread Cookies: A timeless classic, these buttery and crumbly cookies are perfect for dunking in tea or coffee.
  • Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt

  • Directions:
    1. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
    2. Beat in the flour and salt until just combined.
    3. Shape the dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
    4. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
    6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown.
    7. Let cool on a wire rack before frosting or decorating.

  • Gingerbread Men: These fun and festive cookies are a favorite among kids and adults alike. You can decorate them with icing, royal icing, or candy melts.
  • Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Directions:
    1. Cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
    2. Beat in the egg and molasses until well combined.
    3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
    4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
    5. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
    6. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    7. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out gingerbread men shapes with cookie cutters.
    8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown.
    9. Let cool on a wire rack before decorating.

    Festive Cakes and Bakes:

  • Christmas Pudding: This traditional Christmas dessert is packed with dried fruit, nuts, and spices. It’s typically served with brandy butter or hard sauce.
  • Ingredients (makes one large pudding):

  • 12 oz (340g) suet, chopped
  • 12 oz (340g) mixed dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, cranberries, etc.)
  • 4 oz (115g) chopped almonds
  • 4 oz (115g) breadcrumbs
  • 4 oz (115g) self-raising flour
  • 4 oz (115g) brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 4 tbsp brandy (optional)

  • Directions:
    1. In a large bowl, combine the suet, dried fruit, almonds, breadcrumbs, flour, sugar, spices, and salt.