When we put together our Christmas issue for you each year, our aim is always to make it even more special than the last. I truly believe the following pages will help you create the most magical festive season ever.
favourite recipes my family love to eat (and expect to see on the dining table!), while still serving up a little bit of magic to create that sense of excitement and wonder that comes with this time of year. In these pages, you’ll fifind recipes that help you do just that, with new twists on a few classics and clever ideas for entertaining that will make your celebration the most memorable yet. Our ultimate festive menu (page 112), includes our best-ever recipe for the most succulent, juicy turkey you’ll ever try (the trick is in the brining), and your guests will fall for the new apple cider, mustard and sage glaze we’ve created for your ham. For the pavlova fans, we’ve gone miniature this year with chocolate-dusted delights topped in the prettiest fresh raspberries and a sprinkling of pistachios – make a whole batch and arrange them on a stand in the middle of the table for a gorgeous centrepiece. If you’re looking to up the elegance a touch more, you’ll love our sophisticated festive party (page 82), all in black and white. It’s a stylish and modern affair that’s so fifitting for the season. Not to be outdone, my most adored recipes for this issue are our show-stopping Christmas cakes and bakes. From the whimsical snowy scenes atop decadent puddings to indulgent chocolate desserts dusted with gold and the sweetest cookies you’ll ever see, they’re all set to delight one and all at your gathering. I wish you all the best for a beautiful festive season and another wonderful year of cooking. Happy holidays!