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Lakeland, the home of creative kitchenware

Traditions

Take a step back in time with us and indulge in
some classic Christmas celebrations

Mulled
Wine

Greet the season and banish those winter chills with a warming glass.

Mulled Wine (serves 4-6)

What you need

  • 750ml bottle of red wine
  • 60g demerara sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A light grating of fresh nutmeg
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 60ml sloe gin, optional
  • Star anise and sliced orange to garnish, optional

What you do

  1. Place the wine, sugar, spices and orange in a large saucepan.
  2. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Taste; add a little more sugar if needed.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the sloe gin, if required.
  4. Using a small sieve or tea strainer, strain into heatproof glasses. Garnish with the star anise and orange, if required, and serve immediately.

Mini
Mince Pies

These mouth-watering mini treats make marvellous nibbles for festive gatherings.

Mini Mince Pies (makes 24)

What you need

  • A little flour, to dust
  • 500g ready-to-roll sweet shortcrust pastry
  • 400g jar mincemeat
  • Caster sugar, to sprinkle
  • A little icing sugar, to dust

What you do

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to approx. 4mm thick. Use a round cutter, approx. 6.5cm Dia., to stamp out 24 circles. Use a small cutter to stamp out 24 pastry shapes for the tops – we used star and holly cutters.
  3. Line the Mini Morsel Tin with the pastry circles. Using a teaspoon, fill the pastry cases two-thirds full with mincemeat.
  4. Top each with a pastry shape; brush each shape lightly with water and sprinkle with caster sugar.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the pastry tops are golden brown; leave in the tin to cool and dust with icing sugar before serving.

Non-Alcoholic
Eggnog

A wholesome holiday tipple, it's 'eggsactly' what the season calls for!

Non-Alcoholic Eggnog (serves 6)

What you need

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 150ml vanilla syrup
  • 400ml full fat milk
  • Cinnamon sticks, to decorate, optional
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish

What you do

  1. Place the eggs and sugar in a bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Add the allspice, vanilla syrup and milk and whisk until combined. Cover with clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Gently whisk again and strain into glasses.
  4. Add a cinnamon stick, if required, and finish with a light grating of nutmeg.

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