IT"S CHRISTMASSSSSS or just another blogging challenge

So I've seen a lot of blogging challenges in the blogsphere. Something I've always wanted to take part in I decided to join to 'Just another blogging Challenge.'

This months challenge is Christmas ( today is only a month until XMAS. PANIC NOW!). A love hate time of year for me. Since my parents divorce, Christmas has been a dramatic/busy time of year. Ensuring both sides of the family are kept happy half the day is spent with one side and vice versa. Now I'm older I find the novelty has worn off. My parents have kind of giving up on the idea of presents and it tends to be a time of year to just drink and see friends.

When thinking of what to post I immediately got drawn to a food post, after all Christmas is the time of year to pig out from the moment you wake to the moment you pass out. It's a step away from fashion and another topic I'm pretty fond of.  Here's a few quirky recipes of things I'd like to do for Christmas. 

Santa Strawberries

(Image not my own)

Bottom Chocolate brownie 

400g caster sugar

225g butter, melted
60g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
225g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Mix all ingredients in the order given.
  • Bake at 180 C / Gas mark 4 for 20 - 25 minutes in a rectangular 23x33cm greased baking tin.
  • Cool, and slice into equal round portions (i found using a circle metal dish easy)

The strawberries and cream

200g cream cheese
2 tsp sieved icing sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Add the cream cheese, icing sugar, and vanilla extract into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy.
  • Add the cream cheese mix to a piping bag with the corner snipped off.
  • To make the Santa hat details add the mixture to the top of the base of the strawberry.

(Image not my own)

I never used to love hot chocolate. Recently I've discovered a love for creamy thick hot chocolates after getting in from work in the cold. On my search for recipes I found this one  to try out. 

1.5 cups of heavy cream 
1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz) 
2 cups of bittersweet chocolate chips 
6 cups of milk 
1 tsp vanilla extract
  • In a large pot over low heat, combine all of the above ingredients.
  • Stir regularly for 30-40 minutes until chocolate is fully melted and incorporated with other ingredients.  

Two recipes I'm really excited to try. I think my two testers will be my lovely flatmates, as I will be spending the majority of the Christmas cheer with them until I leave London for a few days to head home. I will be sure to post pictures of how it all turns out and tastes. 


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