The Christmas countdown begins in earnest this Sunday with the start of Advent. While traditionally you open the first door of your advent calendar on 1st December, that’s not actually when Advent begins. It actually starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day – so in 2018 that is Sunday 2nd December.
With a plethora of alternative advent calendars on offer this year – everything from candles to beauty, tea to gin – why not give your loved ones a freshly baked cake/biscuit each day as a delicious alternative? Take a look at St. Dalfour’s baking recipes for inspiration.
As you start planning for the Christmas season, get a head start with the catering by preparing some dishes for the freezer. At this time of year, St. Dalfour fruit spreads come into their own as there are just so many recipes where they can be used. You can find some useful make-ahead recipe suggestions in our Preparing for Christmas blog.
Many of you will already have got your Christmas Puddings underway – have you gathered with friends and family to follow the tradition of Stir Up Sunday where you take turns to stir the pudding while making a wish? A top tip is to add a generous spoonful of St. Dalfour Apricot preserve to your Christmas pudding recipe; it makes such a wonderful addition. If your pudding is already mixed, why not heat a spoonful or two of St. Dalfour Apricot Preserve with some brandy and drizzle over your pudding just before serving.
An alternative Christmas cake favourite is the Yule Log – or Bûche de Noël as it is called in France where it originated from. Made of chocolate sponge cake, rolled like a roulade to resemble an actual Yule log, it is delicious filled with buttercream and St. Dalfour Raspberry Preserve. Or give it a retro twist by using St. Dalfour Black Cherry preserve for a Black Forest version. Take a look at our Yule Log recipe.
For more St. Dalfour Christmas inspiration, take a look at our 7 Top Tips blog.