Christmas Fare

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Pineapple christmas cake

Pineapple Christmas Cake

This Pineapple Christmas cake recipe is well known to New Zealanders, and has been ever since our pre-eminent chef Alison Holst first made it on ... Read more

Festive Pavlova Wreath

Take a peek at any Kiwi dinner table on Christmas Day and you’ll almost always find that iconic, and most Kiwi of desserts – Pavlova. ... Read more

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Layer Cake

It’s exactly a month ago that I made this celebration cake for my brother’s birthday. Yes, it’s taken that long for me to get around ... Read more

Christmas Gingerbread Biscuits

Time for the annual work Christmas party. My colleague and I thought it might be nice to give individually wrapped biscuits to every staff member ... Read more
White Christmas eggnog chiffon cake

White Christmas Eggnog Chiffon Cake

Want something a little different for Christmas Day? You might like to try this White Christmas Eggnog Chiffon Cake. A chiffon cake, for those unfamiliar ... Read more
Eggnog (cooked)

Eggnog (cooked)

It’s Christmas Day; a day of celebration and togetherness. And, yes… if you’re lucky, lots of presents, copious amounts of food and plenty of eggnog. ... Read more
Advocaat (Dutch Eggnog)

Advocaat (Dutch Eggnog)

I first made Advocaat (a traditional Dutch eggnog) for my father at Christmas time when I was somewhere in my mid-teens. It was my first time, and my last ... Read more

Christmas Pudding Truffles

It’s that time of the year again – the annual work Christmas party. Time to play cricket on the lawn (yep, that’s Christmas in the ... Read more


It’s Christmas Day – time to break out the eggnog! It’s my first time making it and it will certainly not be the last. I’m ... Read more
Rich Hazelnut Christmas Cake

Rich Hazelnut Christmas Cake

Nothing says Christmas, in the culinary sense of course, like a rich, dark fruit cake. Packed with dried fruit, nuts, spices and liqueur, it’s the ... Read more

Eggnog Pots de Crème

December 20, 2014 I’m not sure why, but New Zealand has been slow to adopt eggnog at Christmas-time. Which is a shame as far as ... Read more
Christmas Stollen

Christmas Stollen

Mmmm, there’s nothing quite like the smell of bread baking in the oven, particularly when it’s filled with spices. The smell permeates the house and ... Read more