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Laura Young


This delectable recipe is perfect for making your own mince pies and other pastry treats at Christmas time. Why not try making sweet mincemeat biscuits or mincemeat crumble as well as the more traditional mince pie this Christmas?

This mincemeat recipe contains shredded suet and plenty of spice. It's one of the more traditional mincemeat recipes, but you can change it according to what you have in the cupboard and who you're making the mince pies for.

This yummy recipe jazzes up the plain mince pie into something a little more special. This recipe calls for 200g mincemeat, so feel free to either make your own or buy some high-quality mincemeat from the shops.

These cheeky little mince pies are perfect for serving at Christmas with a big glass of mulled wine or a large mug of spiced coffee. Make them ahead and pop them in the freezer - all you need to do when you're ready to serve them is throw them in the oven!

These mince pies use a wonderfully easy pastry that can be thrown around yet still yield fantastic results. You don't even have to roll anything out, making these mince pies really great to make with the children.

For a twist on the classic mince pie, why not try these tasty crumble-topped mince pies? They're a little bit more like a dessert than other mince pies, so try serving them straight from the oven with either some cold vanilla ice cream or some thick clotted cream.

Mincemeat combines with extra-tasty dried cranberries to make mince pies with a fruity kick. For extra cranberry flavour, try adding a few tbsp. of cranberry juice to the mincemeat the night before you make these pies - and to up the alcohol kick in the mincemeat, add in a tbsp. of a fruity liquor at the same time.

These pretty pinwheel pastries are a fun and easy way to change up your mince pie repertoire this Christmas. They're also really quite easy, so why not try making them with the kids? Feel free to use shop-bought mincemeat or make your own - it's entirely up to you.

These delicious mince pies are perfect for serving to guests who are not a big fan of raisins, sultanas or currants, as they contain none of them. This recipe is also gluten free and wheat free, making it great for any guests with allergies.

This simple mince pie recipe is an incredibly easy way to make mince pies at home - it saves the effort of making little individual pies and instead, you serve one big pie and cut it into slices. Feel free to make the pastry and the mincemeat yourself, but this recipe calls for shop-bought.

This fruity mincemeat is chock-full of fruit and almonds, as well as plenty of spices. It's an easy mincemeat to make and is great for those who like currants, raisins, and a more traditional flavour to their mincemeat.

These tasty little cakes are a fabulous way of using mincemeat for those who find pastry pies a bit too heavy. They're also flavoured with brown sugar, rather than caster sugar, echoing the richness of the mincemeat.

These chewy and gooey mince pies are perfect for people who aren't a fan of the more traditional crumbly mince pies. Feel free to make your own custard, but make sure that it is thick - too thin and it will just run into the pastry.

This mincemeat is completely different to the usual mincemeat you find around Christmastime and it is chock-full of pears. Make sure to use nice ripe pears and where possible, buy your pears from a farm shop as they will be sweeter and most probably a little bit cheaper.

This simple cake recipe combines tasty mincemeat with classic cake ingredients to make a gently spiced and delicately flavoured cake that's perfect for having with a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon. Cut the cake into slices and then spread with butter to serve.

This simple nut roast recipe is a fabulous vegetarian alternative to a traditional meatloaf. For more flavour, roast the mixed nuts in the oven before you use them in the nut roast - you'll get a deeper, richer flavour. The rich mushroom sauce is also a fantastic accompaniment.

This tasty nut roast is incredibly hearty and is perfect for serving to children as you can sneak plenty of vegetables in there. For extra flavour and colour, brush the pastry with egg yolks before cooking.

This luxury nut roast is a real treat for vegetarians, combining some delicious Gruyere cheese, vegetarian yeast extract and some tasty herbs. You won't miss meat this Christmas with this delectable nut roast.

This delectable nut roast combines the smoky flavours of red lentils with red pepper, leeks, mushrooms and garlic, along with some sweet cashew nuts. Serve this nut roast with a simple tomato sauce for optimum flavour.

One of the simplest nut roast recipes, this nut roast is fantastic for those with little time or space in their ovens. Serve it with gravy or a creamy sauce as it could be a little dry on its own, or serve it cold the day after cooking as a tasty snack.

This yummy nut loaf is absolutely full of vegetables, making it great for serving to any reluctant children. The combination of walnuts and sunflower seeds is an unusual but tasty one, packing the loaf full of fibre. Serve the loaf with a spicy marinara sauce for extra flavour.

This nut roast is jam-packed full of nuts and is flavoured with Worcestershire sauce, sherry vinegar and mustard, making it one of the tastiest nut roasts you'll ever make.

This nut roast is very pretty - aubergines wrap around the nut roast, adding extra flavour and moisture as well as keeping the nut roast compact and easy to slice. If you don't like aubergine, you could use thin slices of courgette or roasted red pepper.

This nut roast combines brown rice and breadcrumbs into the loaf mixture, making it the perfect filling Christmas dinner for everyone. Fresh herbs combine with the nuts to make a luxury nut roast fit for a king.

These nut roast is probably the simplest you'll ever make - and it only has 6 ingredients. Feel free to use a flavoured cottage cheese for extra flavour, although this recipe just calls for a plain cottage cheese.

This tasty nut-loaf combines the flavours of fresh nuts and sun-dried tomatoes for a Mediterranean inspired nut roast. Who said nut roasts were boring?!

This tasty nut roast uses parsnip to keep everything held together, making it sweet yet simple in flavour. This recipe calls for you to cook your parsnip from fresh, but if you have any left over from your roast dinner, feel free to use those instead.

This yummy nut roast has a crumbly, moist texture - making it difficult to slice in the way that you would a more traditional nut roast - think of it as a bit like a pate. Serve it with some onion marmalade and toast for a tasty snack.

This pumpkin recipe is perfect for a dinner party - serve them for dessert with some thick clotted cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon. They're especially good to eat in the autumn as they are bang in season and the dish is wonderfully warming.

This is a simple way to prepare pumpkin puree that you can then freeze and use as needed in recipes that call for puree - muffins, cakes, pumpkin tarts, bread etc. You can spice the pumpkin puree but it's probably best to leave it plain - you can then add flavour when you use it in the desired recipe.

Pumpkin seeds make for a healthy yet delicious snack, and if you're making pumpkin puree or something else with a pumpkin, make use of these delicious seeds!

This pumpkin recipe is super simple and is perfect for cooking novices. Feel free to add extra flavour by using herbs or bacon in the dish, but this soup is beautifully warming just as it is. Serve with crusty white bread.

These chocolatey cookies are a fantastic way to get more vegetables into your children and the use of the pumpkin puree means that you can use less butter or oil than you would in a typical cookie recipe.

This deliciously different lasagne combines the creamy sweetness of pumpkin with fresh chicken, pesto and pine nuts to make a tasty Mediterranean inspired lasagne. It's lower in fat than a traditional lasagne, too.

This simple pumpkin risotto is perfect for a quick mid-week supper. It's nutritious, delicious and is full of colour. Make this in the autumn to make the most of new season pumpkins.

This unusual chilli con carne is flavoured with pumpkin puree and is gently spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, making it wonderfully warming. Serve it over fresh corn bread or boiled rice for a satisfying supper.

This delicious spaghetti dish combines the flavours of sweet, creamy pumpkin, tangy goat's cheese and aromatic herbs and flavourings to create a really sophisticated yet simple dinner. Serve with garlic bread and a fresh green salad.

This simple curry is mild, creamy and perfect to whip up in a hurry. It's one of those great meals that tastes as though you've spent hours slaving in the kitchen, when in reality you only spent 45 minutes cooking it!

This yummy chutney is perfect for using up any leftover pumpkin and it is delicious with cold meats and cheeses. You could also make a big batch of this chutney and spoon it into small jars to give away as a food gift for Christmas.

This homemade gnocchi is a fantastic way to show off in the kitchen! It's actually incredibly easy to make though and tastes delicious with just a simple butter and Parmesan sauce.

This simple pesto is perfect for serving over plain boiled pasta or as a side dish to any Italian starter. If you can find ready-roasted chillies and peppers in jars, use those, or simply roast the peppers by setting them on a gas burner until blackened. You could also roast them in the oven. A really flavourful vegan-friendly dish.

The American classic is given a speedy revamp in this version of the delectable pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is traditionally served in the autumn time once pumpkins come into season, and for the best flavour, fresh pumpkin is always used.

This yummy dip is perfect for serving with sliced apple and pear, gingernut biscuits, teabread and more. You could also simply use this dip as a spread on sandwiches or crackers, the choice is yours! It will last for four or five days in the fridge.

This curried pumpkin soup is creamy, velvety and perfect for serving as a starter. Try garnishing it with a swirl of cream and some cooked bacon bits to make a tempting starter that is perfect for everyone.

This is a really simple way to prepare pumpkin and it's absolutely perfect as a side dish to any meal in place of potatoes. You could also use it in salads - just toss with rocket leaves, red onion and a balsamic dressing for a delicious dinner.

This simple pumpkin bread recipe uses butterscotch whip dessert to create a moist, toffee scented pumpkin bread that is perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or as a dessert. Spread with butter or toffee sauce for a yummy meal.

This delicious gammon recipe begins with the joint being soaked in cider overnight before being gently poached. It's then put into the oven with a mustard and brown sugar glaze for a lovely sweet, tangy flavour. Serve with creamy cauliflower cheese and some roast potatoes.

This recipe is a simple alternative to your usual Sunday roast. Gammon is boiled gently with some aromatics and is served with a creamy Madeira-herb sauce. Feel free to use sherry or another liquor if you don't have Madeira and use whichever herbs you have available to you.

This is probably one of the simplest gammon recipes you'll ever make - and because you cook it in the slow cooker, you can put it on before you go to work, meaning that you have a delicious meal ready and waiting at home.

Another slow cooker recipe, this time combining some delicious Christmas spices along with apple juice and cloves for a deliciously aromatic ham. Take the fuss out of Christmas this year and serve this ham in place of a traditional turkey. It would also be delicious as a wintery Sunday dinner.

This simple soup is packed full of vitamins, nutrients and filling ingredients like broad beans, pearl barley and leeks. Give it to the children to get some extra vegetables in them and serve it with some warm crusty bread.

These zingy gammon steaks are absolutely perfect for serving for a quick lunch with friends or as an impressive dinner party main course. The spicy salsa accompanying them makes for a tasty dip.

This delicious casserole recipe is perfect for all the family. Because beans are combined into the recipe, you don't need to cook any carbohydrates - just serve with some wilted greens or a large green salad.

This tasty gammon pasta recipe is comfort food at it's best. It's a doddle to make but it yields spectacular results. Feel free to adjust the quantities of mushrooms and onion according to your tastes and add more black pepper depending on how much of a kick you like.

This simple gammon recipe is a deliciously different way of preparing barbeque food. The sticky sauce makes for a delicious marinade but it also makes for a wonderful dipping sauce. A yummy way to serve this gammon would be with some charred BBQ pineapple.

This simple slow-cooker recipe is really zingy and full of flavour - but it's an absolute cinch to make. The gammon is delicious cold, so you could always cook the meat overnight and then leave it to cool over the day ready for eating at tea time.

This unusual recipe combines the flavours of sangria wine, pineapple juice and dark brown soft sugar to create a wonderfully tender sweet and savoury gammon dish. Serve with some fresh green salad or some grilled vegetables.

This simple BBQ gammon recipe uses ingredients you'll have readily available in the cupboard, such as ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Because the ham is cooked in the sauce, it has a lovely deep smoky flavour that is difficult to match.

These sweet yet spicy gammon steaks are a perfect way to jazz up your tea-time meal repertoire. Serve it with a simple noodle salad or some crunchy crispy coleslaw for a tasty yet healthy meal.

This tasty gammon recipe combines gammon fried in honey with a spicy pineapple salsa. If you have any salsa left over, serve it on crackers or in a noodle salad the following day.

This gammon looks absolutely spectacular when placed into the centre of your Sunday dinner table. You can use clementines or large blood oranges if they are in season, but plain old oranges work the best. This recipe does take a bit of time, but you'll be pleasantly surprised by the results.

Save on the washing-up with this quick and simple classic gammon, egg and chips dish. Make it for one or make it for the whole family. The yummy thing about this dish is that any of the gammon juices run into the egg and the chips, giving lots of extra flavour.

This tasty paella recipe is perfect for those who don't like traditional seafood paella - it combines the yummy flavours of gammon with chorizo, saffron and paprika. Serve it with some crusty bread and a few slices of lemon to garnish.

These delightfully spiced biscuits are perfect for serving with a cup of tea or coffee mid-morning. Although this recipe creates a biscuit with a bit of crunch, perfect for dipping in your tea, you can cook them for a shorter amount of time and you'll end up with a soft, chewy biscuit.

These Polish deep-fried biscuits are light, crispy and sweet, perfect for winter. They are also very pretty and come in a sweet bow-tie shape. Make sure that you take care when deep frying as the oil can spit and burn you. Lay the biscuits into the oil carefully, facing them away from you.

This shortbread is a really simple recipe, using a very simple method to make the caramel topping. Serve it up to children as an after tea treat or save some for yourself to have as an indulgent treat. They'll keep for a week or so in an airtight container.

These tasty biscuits are perfect for serving with wine and nibbles at a dinner party and they are an absolute cinch to make - try them with a selection of Italian antipasto dishes and olive oil with balsamic vinegar for a tasty treat. You can prepare the dough and leave it in the fridge until ready to cook the biscuits.

This recipe actually dates back to Victorian times. Although some people will find the idea of herby biscuits a little bit odd, they have a really delicious flavour that tastes even better two days after the biscuits made. Serve with thick cheddar cheese and some chutney for a tasty lunch.

These rocky road biscuits are incredibly easy to make and they cost very little to prepare compared to shop-bought biscuits. Either leave them as they are or cover with a thick layer of chocolate ganache to make them even more indulgent.

These simple wheaty biscuits are perfect for kid's lunchboxes - they're chocolatey but they also contain some dried apricots for sweetness. They will last for up to a week in a clip lock box and you can also adjust the ingredients according to what you have in the cupboard.

No-one can resist a good chocolate biscuits - chocolate dough combines with milk chocolate drops and white chocolate drops to make a yummy cookie dough that is absolutely fantastic. Make these biscuits for your children or whip up a big batch to give out as food gifts.

These simple macaroons are a cinch to make and they take no time at all to cook. Although they're not macaroons in the true sense of the word, they are still called macaroons - but only because they contain coconut.

These sweet, crunchy and crispy biscuits and a tasty Italian treat. They're made with ground almonds, whole almonds and almond extract for a real nutty, marzipan flavour. These biscuits are often used in Italian desserts and you'll find them in many speciality stores - but they taste even better when you make them yourself.

These versatile coffee and chocolate flavoured biscuits are divine with a cup of tea or coffee mid-afternoon before tea. They're also gluten free, making them perfect for anyone with a gluten intolerance. To make them into simple chocolate biscuits, simply leave out the coffee.

These simple biscuits are perfect for kids parties - they're sweet and very moreish. If you like marzipan, you'll love these biscuits. Why not ice them with some brightly coloured royal icing or get the kids to join in and ice them with you?

These tasty biscuits are lightly flavoured with fresh lavender and they only use four ingredients! An absolute cinch to make, these biscuits would be perfect to make next time you have a family meal to go to. They would be fantastic wrapped in purple paper and given away as a food gift, too.

These sweet biscuits are an Italian tradition, with a crispy and crunchy outer shell whilst being moist and cake-like on the inside. They take a day to make as you have to leave them to rise, so make sure to plan ahead!

These tasty biscuits are absolutely melt in the mouth and they are perfect for serving with a glass of milk or a cup of tea. They're enriched with egg yolks and cognac and they are actually really simple to make.

This recipe is a really simple way of making the traditional Italian treat. This recipe is chocolate and almond, although you can leave out the chocolate and use 2 tbsp. lemon zest to make a zingy lemon biscotti.

These simple little biscuits are German in origin and they are really distinctive in flavour. Fennel seed is used to flavour the biscuits, which is a little unusual, but it yields spectacular results.

This recipe yields some lovely and chewy chocolate chip cookies that have a wonderfully soft texture. Use whatever chocolate chips you have to hand, although white chocolate chips are absolutely lovely.

These buttery biscuits are full of zingy orange flavour and are a real cinch to make. It helps for you to have orange juice in the fridge and oranges in the fruit bowl, as all you need is 1/2 tbsp. of zest. Just take the zest from one of the oranges in the fruit bowl and it will keep just as long as the rest of the oranges.

These tasty biscuits are very unusual and they have a real distinctive flavour - but luckily, they are a cinch to make. Add some chocolate chips for extra bite and flavour or try some chopped walnuts - although these tasty biscuits are perfect as they are.
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