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Good Housekeeping Christmas Collection
Welcome • Everyone has their favourite festive time, from the anticipation and excitement of Christmas Eve to a warm and welcoming family get-together.
‘Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas’
Give a little JOY • Gift the foodie in your life something to bring a warm festive glow. Our array of goodies include edible delights and gorgeous buys for the home
30 festive money-saving TIPS - yule love them! • With cost of living increases, it pays to count every penny. These fun, savvy savers will help you still live well this festive season – for a little less dosh…
It’s time to stir it up • Put 20 November in your diary as it’s Stir-up Sunday – the fun day when we can start making our Christmas goodies. We have a wonderful get-ahead cake and pud for you, along with other recipes, and a delightful idea for icing a cake. Let’s get set for Christmas 2022!
CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHRISTMAS CAKE • Use cherry brandy, if you like, to add more flavour.
RUM ‘N’ PLUM CHRISTMAS PUDDING • Prunes add a sticky texture and rum gives a boozy richness to this pudding.
JUICY & FRUITY MINCEMEAT • This makes a 500g jar – enough for one batch of our Frangipane Mince Pies (see recipe overleaf). Scale up the ingredients to make a larger quantity of mincemeat if it’s destined as a gift.
FRANGIPANE MINCE PIES • Use Juicy & Fruity Mincemeat, or 500g ready-made.
APPLE & BLACKBERRY GIN • Make sure to mature and store this gin in a cupboard or dark place – light will turn its pretty ruby colour a muddy brown.
SALTED CARAMELS • These delectably soft caramels are so easy to make and don’t require a sugar thermometer. Pay particular attention to whisking the mixture in from the edges of the pan during heating to ensure it cooks evenly.
SILENT NIGHT CAKE • Snowy rooftops and frosted trees take centre stage for our GH Christmas cake on page 22. Follow our step-by-step instructions to create a magical winter’s night scene that can be adapted to create the cake of your dreams.
Christmas from afar • Join us on a trip overseas this festive season with our collection of imaginative recipes inspired by classic, traditional dishes that have been enjoyed in Europe for generations.
JULEKAKA • This intensely cardamom-scented Christmas bread is popular in Norway. It’s best served warm and spread with butter, but can also be toasted the next day and makes very good French toast.
GRAVADLAX • Raw salmon is cured in salt, sugar and herbs to make this classic Swedish starter. We’ve added citrus and juniper for extra festive zing. Be sure to buy the freshest fish available for this and if you wish to be extra cautious you can freeze the fish for 1 day before curing (to kill off any bacteria).
CRISPY ROAST PORK WITH DARK BEER GRAVY • Known in Germany as krustenbraten, this roast pork shoulder has wonderfully crisp crackling and a gravy made with dark wheat beer. It’s traditionally served with potato dumplings, but mashed or roast potatoes also go well, as does cabbage or other greens.
ROAST GOOSE WITH BREAD DUMPLINGS • Stuffed goose was at one time eaten at the Feast of St Martin (11 November), traditionally the last big meal before Christmas. Nowadays it’s a popular choice for Christmas dining in Austria, as well as in Hungary, Germany and neighbouring countries. Browning the dumplings in goose fat after poaching isn’t traditional, but adds a lovely flavour.
RISALAMANDE • This wonderful rice pudding, laced with whipped cream and chopped almonds and...