Christmas dos are an inevitable part of the Christmas season – I work at a comedy club on weekends, so I see people out and about at work parties (as well as crammed onto the tube in the evenings!) And Christmas parties can be fun, but for me, the best kind of holiday party is the one I had today – Beardy Besties Fran and Eleanor came over and we decorated the Christmas cookies while binge-watching Jessica Jones. It was warm and relaxing on a cold day and to be honest, it’s the perfect Christmas celebration; the smell of gingerbread baking, good friends and being snuggled up all cozy inside as the wind rushes outside. Not to mention Fran’s amazing Star Wars Christmas jumper (I want one!)
I decided to browse through Christmas Recipes & Crafts for some baking ideas. Christmas is definitely a season when everyone gets a bit crafty (every year, I finally manage to do the sewing projects I’ve been meaning to get to all year.) This book includes a variety of recipes (baking, edible gifts, food for your guests over the holidays – and particularly important, easy Christmas dinner recipes) and I really enjoyed that it was a bit of a one stop shop for Christmas craftiness. It would be a great book for someone looking for inspiration for holiday projects with kids, or someone looking for tips on hospitality and homemade gifts.
Pain au Chocolat Cinnamon Rolls (from Christmas Recipes & Crafts)
100g dark chocolate
320g puff pastry
25g butter, melted
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Roll out the pastry.
Melt the chocolate.
Slide the melted butter across the pastry.
Smear on the melted chocolate.
Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar onto the melted chocolate.
Roll up the pastry like a Swiss roll and cut into circular rolls.
Place on a lined baking sheet.
Bake at 220C for about 15 minutes.
I received a copy to review from Parragon Books, but all opinions are my own.