What To Bake This Festive Season

Christmas means one thing to me.


As someone quite literally obsessed with food – the festive season is the one and only time of year to over-indulge. And I most certainly do.

Baking at this time of year is so joyful and there are so many different ways to get creative in the kitchen with warming, comforting winter flavours. Christmas is all about chocolate, spices and carbs. All the carbs. I’ve rounded up some of my own personal recipes that I love to cook at this time of year and those that are on my to-be-baked list. Enjoy!

Indulgent Breakfasts

Christmas is all about indulging and what better way to start off Christmas than a breakfast that is extra special? Why not try my Belgian waffles (which you can prep the night before) or if you want something easy peasy – these french toast croissants are quick to prepare and taste divine. 

Festive Drinks 

These Hot Choc Tails by Nia from the Cardiff Cwitch look SO good. I have my eye on the amaretto hot chocolate and the chocolate orange hot chocolate. Alcohol, chocolate and whipped cream? Yes please.

Speaking of hot chocolate, these peppermint hot chocolates look and sound so cute!

I’ve never mulled anything in my life, but I may need to make an exception for the Londoner’s mulled cider recipe!

Festive Bakes 

The Scandi’s really know how to do Christmas well, so my Swedish cinnamon buns or vanilla butter knots by The Bearded Bakery are a great way to have a bit of hygge this festive season.

Biscuits are one of my favourite things to bake and I have a made a fair few festive biscuits including chocolate orange biscuits, the best ever shortbread and crisp cinnamon biscuits.

Anything with ginger is immediately going on my to-be-baked list (I always make my Jamaican ginger cake in the winter as it’s so warming and rich!). Gingerbread is a classic Christmas bake, but I love the look of these stem ginger cookies as well as this sticky date and ginger pudding.

I bloody love a mince-pie but I’ve never made one that’s better than the ones you can buy in the shops. This Paul Hollywood mince pie recipe looks like a winner though. For a pimped up version, I’m eyeing up these clementine and pistachio mince pies.

If you have any friend or family members with dietary requirements why not try this cheat vegan chocolate cake or my dairy-free sticky-toffee pudding. Gluten-free? Why not make a pavlova as your Christmas centrepiece (you could fill with winter fruits such as plums and blackberries) or try my secret ingredient chocolate chunk cookies – add the zest of an orange to make them more festive!

Festive Desserts 

Bailey’s at Christmas is a must so this Bailey’s Tiramisu is going on the to be baked list.

Trifle is an-all time classic dessert and David’s favourite, so I plan on trying this caramelised clementine and almond trifle.It looks absolutely heavenly and I will certainly be adding plenty of amaretto!

If you need a show-stopping dessert – my upside down cheesecake is a winner and isn’t too complicated to make either. Made with honey, hazelnuts and dark chocolate – this cheesecake is pure indulgence.

There is almost *too* much to bake this festive season, but if you have anything that I need to add to my list please let me know!