Baking Round-up: Festive bakes

Hello and welcome to the Christmas edition of the BritMums baking round-up.

Now that Halloween and bonfire night are over, all the focus is now on Christmas. I have now attended my final blogging event of the year at the iconic River Cottage to experience their Winter Feast so now all of my attention is on preparations for Christmas. For this months round-up I am featuring the best Christmas bakes from British blogs. As you can imagine narrowing it down to a select few recipes was so much harder than I imagined it would be. There are so many great foodie blogs out there and everyone loves a good Christmas bake!

This months round-up features sweet traditional bakes alongside gluten-free bakes. So without further ado let me show you my top bakes for Christmas 2016…

Sarah from Tales From the Kitchen Shed has made this stunning centre piece that will leave any Christmas guests in awe of your baking. Her Cranberry and Marzipan Star Bread contains all of the flavour that we adore during the festive period. This layered, sweetened dough contains grated marzipan for that extra surprise for when you take the first bite.

Eb from Easy Peasy Foodie shows us that mincemeat can be used for much more than just a good old mince-pie. This Mincemeat and Apple Crumble is not only a fantastic way to use up any leftover mincemeat but also make a lovely Christmas dessert.

Charlotte from Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen has combined the classic Christmas flavours with an afternoon tea staple to bring us her Christmas Scones. Scones are a definite favourite in our house and these are a must try. They even have a festive addition, as well as the Christmas spices they also contain marzipan. They would be perfect with jam and clotted cream. I will leave it to you whether the jam goes on first or the cream!

Angela from Only Crumbs Remain brings us some moreish Jewish pastries. Rugelach are traditionally made to celebrate Hanukkah. They will make the perfect bite size treat to keep for any guests that you may have over the holiday.

Now onto my must bake free from recipes…


Nathalie from Intolerant Gourmand tell us how to make scrummy gluten-free mince pies. The all time classic Christmas bake has been transformed into a gluten-free pie that uses both homemade gluten-free pastry and even homemade gluten-free mincemeat!

Kate from Gluten Free Alchemist has created a Hansel and Gretel inspired gluten-free gingerbread house. If you have gluten-free children then this is a must bake for you. They will love spending time with you baking, constructing the house and finally decorating it and adding a personal touch to this iconic Christmas bake.

On my blog Hijacked By Twins you will find my gluten-free winter spiced cupcakes. These delectable little cakes are full of the Christmas spirit. They are full of seasonal spices and topped with icing sugar snow and cute little snowmen decorations.

Vicki from Free From Fairy has got a recipe which will be on my must bake list this season. Her Healthier Alternative Christmas Cake is packed with sweet root vegetables. The carrots and parsnips are combined with walnuts and bananas to give you added goodness. This cake is not only gluten-free but is also lactose free, low carb, low fodmap and even low sugar!

Now onto my final four bakes to tempt you this Christmas…


Louise from A Strong Coffee has created a showstopper of a cake with her Snow Globe Christmas Cake. Her recipe and tutorial will leave you inspired to bake and get decorating. This cake will make the perfect centre piece cake and will leave the children mesmerised.

Stacey from Nobody Said it was Easy combines traditional peppermint candy canes with gooey chocolate and cranberries for her Christmas Candy Cane and Cranberry Brownies. These chocolate mint treats with the added sharpness from the cranberries make the ideal Christmas movie treat.

Lucy from Baking Queen 74 has made one of my all time favourite Christmas recipes. Her stollen recipe is everything that a good stollen should be, fruity, tempting and marzipan oozing throughout!

Finally Camilla from Fab Food 4 All has baked an enriched, chocolate dough into a lovely wreath. Her Chocolate and Pistachio Wreath sweet bread is full of swirls of chocolate and with the chopped pistachios on the top, this bread will definitely leave you wanting more!

What will you be baking this festive season? So far I have got stollen, mulled port loaf and Christmas pudding on my to bake list. 

For next months round-up I will be focusing on low sugar, low fat and healthier bakes for the start of the new year. If you have any recipes to share email me at [email protected] or add your post to the round-up linky that can be found here.

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About Kirsty Phillipson-Lowe

Kirsty is a busy mum of three children, two of which are twins, housewife and blogger at Kirsty specialises in family friendly recipes that can be easily made even when life is manic! Whether in the kitchen cooking a meal or baking a cake, it is Kirsty’s favourite place to be. Living the the countryside means she can enjoy freshly grown produce and fresh eggs ready for all of her bakes! You can find Kirsty on Twitter (@k_phillipson) Instagram (hijackedbytwins) Pinterest (hijackedbytwins) and Facebook (hijackedbytwins)


  1. What a delicious array of festive goodies Kirsty. It’s great to see some recipes that are gluten free. Thanks for including my Cranberry Star.

  2. 27 November 2016 / 15:04

    That’s an impressive round-up Kirsty……. there is no denying that Christmas is just around the corner!
    Thank you so much for including my gingerbread house in amongst such lovely treats. xx

  3. 29 November 2016 / 10:11

    Why did I look at this whilst hungry?! The last few days we have started to feel festive and my kitchen seems to have gained a permanent cinnamon aroma. 🙂 I must attempt Stollen this year. x