Chocolate & almond Christmas tree

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There’s so much going on during the festive season that it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed – not only are there decorations to put up, gifts to buy and Christmas parties every other night, but chances are you have a whole lot of baking on your to-do list too.

That’s where this homemade chocolate and almond Christmas tree comes in. Whether you’re after something tasty to gift to a friend or pop in the middle of the table of Christmas day, this simple treat has got you covered.

Made entirely from melted chocolate, almonds and apricots, there’s no need to turn on the oven to make this festive treat which makes it perfect for kids to lend a hand with. And despite being so easy to make, the finished tree is a real showstopper.

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Merry Christmas Eve

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful festive season so far and have managed to tick off all the Christmas baking you hoped to do. Luckily for me I finished my last piece of Christmas baking yesterday, so now there’s nothing left to do but enjoy the holiday – phew!

So what was the last item on my list? Edible Christmas scenes in jars, which are pretty much as cute as they sound. Each jar is filled with crumbled chocolate cake, lashings of vanilla bean buttercream and a little coconut ‘snow’, before being finished with a homemade marshmallow Christmas tree and mini gingerbread man. Cute huh?

Unfortunately time, life and bad-lightly got in the way of me pulling together a ‘how to’ post for these sweet little gifts this year, but I’ll definitely pop it on the list for next year.

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Mondayitis

Happy Monday!

It really began to feel like summer over the weekend, didn’t it? It was so lovely having a couple of days to head out and enjoy the sunshine – well, around masses of Christmas baking! Luckily it all went well and we’re almost all set for Christmas day – the house is decorated, lights are up and there’s just a little baking left to do. Phew!

I hope you had a lovely weekend – here are five things to help get you through the week…

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Five Favourite: Christmas Baking Recipes

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Guess what? There’s less than a month left till Christmas!

That fact will do one of two things – leave you bursting with excitement that the festive season is almost here or fill you with dread as your mind leaps to the dozens of things you need to tick off the list before then.

Whichever type of person you are, this post is here to help. I’m a firm believer that home baked treats make perfect Christmas gifts – after all, who doesn’t love unbundling a parcel to discover delicious treats? But the trick with Christmas baking is to be organised and get onto it before the madness of December really sets in – yip, that means now!

Luckily there are lots of delicious treats that not only make great gifts, but are quick to prepare and can be stored without any problems – here are five of my favourite Christmas baking ideas to get you started…

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Mondayitis (+ Giveaway)

Happy Monday!

And welcome to November. I can hardly believe it’s November already – Christmas is so close you can almost see it.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you had a great time celebrating Halloween – we’re into such a fun time of year, aren’t we? Here are five things to get your week off  to a great start…

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