Category Archives: Recipes

Johns Egg Nog

A couple of years ago John brought along his now-famous egg nog.  Not only was it deliciously festive, it had quite a kick too!  It does need to be made at least two weeks before serving, but you could even make it this weekend and keep tasting until Christmas time! 

You will need:

5 eggs

1 cup white sugar

1 litre milk, brought to the boil and then cooled

300ml cream, brought to the boil and then cooled

350ml bourbon

150 ml dark/white rum


Place the eggs and sugar in an electric mixer and beat until pale and fluffy! Now add the bourbon and rum slowly while the mixer is on a low speed.  Now pour in the boiled and cooled milk and cream slowly over the paddle so it doesn’t curdle when it hits the boozy eggs.  Pour into sterilized container with lid, such as a 2l milk bottle, and label as EGG NOG, so you don’t confuse this with the milk and pour it over your weetbix lol! Refrigerate for two weeks, but you can start sampling after one!

Festively white cupcakes…

So simple yet soooo Christmassy.

Defintely can be made in advance, leaving you more time to spend precious moments with your loved ones. I found these while researching ‘white christmas desserts’ and they definitely took my fancy.

Here is the recipe for you to try, no harm in baking a batch this weekend just to practice. You will need to buy a piping bag and nozzle, easy obtainable from places like Robins kitchen, so don’t think it can’t be done.  And once you have the nozzles, and the confidence, you’ll be piping your way to glamourous and breathtaking creations for years to come. To get the chocolate shavings, take a block of white chocolate and use your vegetable peeler or even a palette knife to make the curls.

White cup cakes, to make 12

1/2 cup butter, grate to soften or use at room temperature

2/3 cup white or castor sugar

3 large eggs, fresh is best

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract

1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

50ml milk or cream or plain yogurt

50g white chocolate chips


Place the softened butter and sugar in a mixer with the batter paddle and beat until pale and fluffy.  Now add the eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder, salt and milk/cream/yogurt and chocolate chips and mix together for about a minute until smooth and well mixed.  Stick your finger in the bowl and taste, this is the best part of baking cup cakes, and of course is not compulsary!  Spoon into greased cup cake liners and divide evenly, bake for about 15-20 minutes in a moderate oven of 180c or until the toothpick or skewer comes out clean.  Allow to cool and then top with a glorious piping of this decadent icing.

Christmassy snowy icing

1/2 cup butter, grate to soften or use at room temperature

2 cups icing sugar sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste

2 tablespoons cream or plain yogurt


Beat the butter until pale and fluffy in your mixer.  The paler you let the butter go, the whiter your icing will be.  Once pale and fluffy add the icing mix and vanilla and cream/yogurt and then start the mixer up very slowly.  Starting at top speed will only result in frustration as plumes of icing sugar rain down on your counter!  Slowly slowly incorporate the butter and the icing mix, beat until silky smooth and then place into the piping bag.

*NOTE* The neatest and least frustrating way to get icing into a piping bag is to fold the top of the bag over your hand while you hold it, peel it over your hand, then use a spatula or spoon to place the icing in the bag.  By folding the bag over your hand you will keep the top of it clear and clean and then you can fold it over and work the icing out as you pipe.  You can do this two or three days in advance if you need to?