“Vegan”, “Allergies”, “Christmas” “Tradition”. These four words would, could and do put fear into the hearts of many a baker, as it did for me almost 10 years ago when we, as a family, made compassionate changes to our diet. Couple that with my daughter’s food allergies I felt like I had an uphill battle on my hands. The look of sheer horror on my children’s faces when they thought they may not have the usual goodies at Christmas time made me determined not to let them down. So learn I did and I still am; lots of trial and error; tons of research; and now one very happy, spoilt, vegan family! The traditional tin of Quality Street has been replaced by homemade vegan truffles; the Clotted Cornish Cream on my mince pies has been replaced by whipped coconut cream. So the point to my ramblings is traditional Christmas Fare can be had by all. No one need miss out. It does require a little more effort – but well worth it in the end.
There was a time when the Yule Log or Buche de Noel was ever present at many a festive gathering. Sadly it appears to have fallen out of favour a little in recent years but should be there right next to a Gingerbread House and a steaming mug of mulled wine. It takes a little bit of patience but definitely worth it. This cake is traditionally made with eggs and dairy but we’ve adapted this recipe for those who want or need to avoid these ingredients. Enjoy! ~J
We don’t know about you but dessert is sometimes the most important course of any dinner – especially this time of year. So this month we have two options for you. The first is a traditional dessert in Ingrid’s house but its origins are not entirely clear. Passed down from a family friend in the early 70’s it became a firm favourite at Christmas time. Enjoy! ~Ingrid
Ingredients (Makes two 12 x 3 inch pieces)
Chris and Nick from Magpie’s Bakery are a little like Santa’s helpers. You don’t often see them but they do exist! They toil away all year producing delicious artisanal sour dough breads for our delectation. Here they are sharing with us a delicious Raisin & Fennel Loaf. You’ll need a scale and a little time but it is so worth the wait. Thanks guys for sharing!
Root mash always has a special place at our family gatherings and the flavours and vegetable used will vary. It has very simple flavours but is very homey and comforting. In this one I have used butternut squash, carrots and rutabaga (or swede as it’s known across the pond). You can use any root vegetable you like – turnips, parsnips, sweet potatoes – the possibilities are endless. We like to take advantage of the super fresh vegetables here at The Local Harvest so stop by and see what you can have on your festive table this year. Enjoy ~ J
A delicious and bright potato side dish recipe, these would make a great accompaniment to your holiday dinner table. Enjoy! ~ Deb
Do you have vegans or vegetarians coming for dinner over the festive holidays? This delicious Caramelized Red Onion Tart is a winner every time. You can make the filling ahead of time and keep in the fridge for a few days. If you have any leftover it can also be used as red onion jam. Enjoy! ~J
Crust (food processor crust)
If you are looking for something a little different for your festive gathering this traditional Italian dish takes pride of place on many a holiday table. A beautiful pork loin or belly stuffed with flavourful sausage meat is certainly a must try kind of dish. Enjoy! ~ Mike
These delicious bread morsels are a great addition to any meal. Buttery, garlicky knots made from our Classic Sandwich Bread Mix. A little bit of patience is required but the results are worth it. Maybe get the little ones involved – it’s fun to learn how to tie knots!
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