Lately things have been getting quite Christmasy around here!
In between making up orders and trips to the post office, I have spent time baking my favourite Christmas treats. I love traditions, and baking is integral to my enjoyment of Christmas.
I've been making mince pies (Nigella's mini star-topped), cake (Delia's classic recipe) and Nigel Slater's stilton puffs... yum!
On Sunday I made Nigel Slater's almond paste to cover the Christmas cake. I made far too much, so had an excess of marzipan on my hands. There are worse problems I know! So after a bit of searching, I finally found a recipe for stollen bites from Dan Lepard. My god they are delicious!
I've also made a few simple decorations, including some hama bead snowflakes. I'm sure many of you have made hama bead decorations, but just incase here is a step by step for a quick diy:
1. arrange the beads in a snowflake pattern on a base board
2. cover with a piece of baking parchment and iron on medium for about a minute
3. sandwich between 2 books so that it sets flat
4. hang from cotton and enjoy!
This is a good source of inspiration for shapes. I have them hanging in each of the windows, I think they look so pretty as they spin! I've also added a few to my gift wrapping.