Christmas Star Twisted Bread
Swirled with jam, this sweet beauty may look tricky, but it’s not. The best part is opening the oven to find this freshly baked star bread in all its glory. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
Starry Mince Pies with Zesty Orange Pastry (& Choc Shot Giveaway Winner)
I can’t believe Christmas is mere days away; it’s probably close enough to start counting down in hours! I have been so busy recently that I am quite behind on my festive baking. Last weekend I realised with shock that I hadn’t yet eaten a mince pie this Christmas! Being coeliac means it’s not so easy to come across gluten free mince pies at social gatherings or in bakers shops and I hadn’t got round to baking my own. I decided this would definitely not do and set about rectifying this…
Quick and easy Christmas cake
To make a gluten-free cake, use a gluten and wheat-free white self-raising flour blend and increase the liquid in the mixture to the juice of 1½ lemons and 4 tbsp rum. Check the marzipan and icing are gluten-free too.
Mincemeat Crumble Slices
A sweet crumble traybake using mincemeat. The mincemeat crumble slices make a great alternative to traditional mince pies.
How to decorate a Christmas cake: Stacked star cake
Watch as the BBC Good Food cookery team show you how to top an iced cake with a tower of hand-cut, edible golden stars.