After a hot debate throughout the office on what the best dishes to see on the table on Christmas Day are, here is what made the short list –
Chocolate Ripple Log Cake
250g chocolate ripple biscuits
300ml whipped cream
1 Cadbury Flake chocolate bar
- Use a knife or spatula and spread each biscuit with a generous amount of cream.
Stand the biscuits on edge on a tray, pressing them together to form a log.
Cover the whole lot with cream and crumble Flake bar over the top.
Place in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight.
When the biscuits are soft it is ready to serve.
Cut on an angle to serve.
- 1 cup salted butter, cold and cut into pieces
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- In a medium bowl of an electric stand mixer cream together butter, granulated sugar and vanilla extract until well combined
- Add all-purpose flour and mix until combined
- Knead dough by hand for 5 minutes. The dough should end up soft and pliable, similar to play-dough, not sticky.
- Form a ball, wrap tightly, and chill for about 30 minutes
- While the dough is resting, preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside
- Roll dough out to about ½ inch thickness, use a cookie cutter for shapes.
- Place each cookie 2 inches apart on baking sheet, sprinkle sprinkles over the top if desired and gently press into dough
- Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges are golden brown
- Immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Honey Glazed Ham
- Leg of Ham
- 1/2 cup seeded mustard
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Remove skin from ham and score the fat and meat.
- Mix together mustard, honey and oil in a bowl.
- Brush mixture all over the ham.
- Back at 180 degrees for 40 minutes or until golden.
- 90 grams golden syrup
- 55 grams brown sugar
- 1 & ½ tablespoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 125 grams butter chopped into cubes
- 1 egg
- 335 grams plain flour
- Place golden syrup, brown sugar, butter & spices in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted.
- Remove from heat, add egg & combine.
- Add flour & soda and mix until a sticky dough forms. (dough will be VERY sticky)
- Wrap dough in glad wrap and place in the fridge for a few hours until cold and firm.
- Roll dough out to approx. 5mm thick and cut out desired shapes.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.
- top with your favourite icing and decorations!