Delia's Happy Christmas by Delia Smith

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    • Categories: Cakes, large; Dessert; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; British
    • Ingredients: currants; sultanas; raisins; glacéed cherries; candied peel; brandy; plain flour; nutmeg; mixed spice (UK); butter; brown sugar; eggs; almonds; black treacle; lemons; oranges; blanched almonds
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    • Categories: Cakes, large; Quick / easy; Dessert; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; Cajun & Creole
    • Ingredients: rum; brandy; cherry brandy; Port wine; Angostura bitters; ground cinnamon; nutmeg; ground cloves; molasses sugar; raisins; currants; prunes; glacéed cherries; candied peel; self-raising flour; Demerara sugar; butter; eggs
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Frostings & fillings; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter
    • Ingredients: icing sugar; egg whites; glycerine
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  • Fondant icing
    • Categories: Frostings & fillings; Quick / easy; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter
    • Ingredients: icing sugar; egg whites; liquid glucose
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  • Glazed nut topping
    • Categories: Frostings & fillings; Quick / easy; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter
    • Ingredients: pecans; Brazil nuts; walnuts; apricot jam; brandy
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    • Categories: Frostings & fillings; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter
    • Ingredients: ground almonds; icing sugar; caster sugar; almond extract; brandy
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    • Categories: Frostings & fillings; Quick / easy; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter
    • Ingredients: prunes; glacéed cherries; apricot jam; brandy; dried apricots; dried figs
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    • Categories: Frostings & fillings; Quick / easy; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter
    • Ingredients: apricot jam; Armagnac; marzipan; egg whites; ready-to-roll white icing; silver dragees
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  • Italian chocolate nut Christmas cake
    • Categories: Cakes, large; Quick / easy; Afternoon tea; Dessert; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Entertaining & parties; Winter; Italian
    • Ingredients: dark chocolate; breadcrumbs; blanched hazelnuts; walnuts; brandy; ground cinnamon; golden caster sugar; eggs; oranges
    • Accompaniments: Panettone and zabaglione trifle
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    • Categories: Bread & buns, sweet; Afternoon tea; Breakfast / brunch; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; Austrian; German
    • Ingredients: strong white bread flour; easy-blend yeast; caster sugar; butter; currants; sultanas; dried apricots; dried sour cherries; candied peel; almonds; lemons; marzipan
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    • Categories: Cakes, small; Frostings & fillings; Afternoon tea; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter
    • Ingredients: crème de marrons; butter; chestnut flour; mascarpone cheese; marrons glacés
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  • Traditional Christmas pudding
    • Categories: Baked & steamed desserts; Dessert; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; British; English
    • Ingredients: suet; white breadcrumbs; mixed spice (UK); nutmeg; dark brown sugar; sultanas; raisins; currants; candied peel; almonds; apples; oranges; rum; barley wine; stout; self-raising flour; ground cinnamon
    • Accompaniments: Brandy butter; Christmas rum sauce
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  • Christmas pudding (without the pudding) with Marsala syllabub
    • Categories: Mousses, trifles, custards & creams; Sauces for desserts; Dessert; Christmas; Winter; English
    • Ingredients: dried apricots; Agen prunes; muscatel raisins; candied peel; mixed spice (UK); nutmeg; apples; oranges; Marsala wine; flaked almonds; gelatine leaves; molasses sugar; double cream; dried figs
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  • Cranberry queen of puddings
    • Categories: Baked & steamed desserts; Dessert; Christmas; Winter; English
    • Ingredients: milk; white breadcrumbs; golden caster sugar; lemons; cranberries; oranges; ground ginger; ground cloves; ground cinnamon
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    • Categories: Baked & steamed desserts; Sauces for desserts; Dessert; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; Italian
    • Ingredients: panettone; mixed dried fruits; rum; candied peel; flaked almonds; oranges; lemons; molasses sugar; milk; double cream; caster sugar; brandy; sherry
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    • Categories: Mousses, trifles, custards & creams; Pies, tarts & pastries; Dessert; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; British
    • Ingredients: apples; ratafia biscuits; golden caster sugar; lemons; brandy; nutmeg; egg yolks; double cream; lard; plain flour
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  • Panettone bread and butter pudding with Marsala
    • Categories: Baked & steamed desserts; Dessert; Christmas; Winter; Italian
    • Ingredients: panettone; raisins; Marsala wine; candied peel; double cream; golden caster sugar; lemons; eggs; nutmeg; butter
    • Accompaniments: Marsala syllabub
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  • Christmas cracker puddings with mascarpone rum cream
    • Categories: Baked & steamed desserts; Cookies, biscuits & crackers; Mousses, trifles, custards & creams; Afternoon tea; Dessert; Christmas; Winter; English
    • Ingredients: Christmas pudding; oranges; lemons; brick pastry; mascarpone cheese; dark muscovado sugar; dark rum
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    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: pears; light brown sugar; white wine vinegar; apple cider vinegar; cinnamon sticks; whole cloves; juniper berries; mixed pepper berries
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  • Pickled shallots in sherry vinegar
    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: sherry vinegar; white wine vinegar; coriander seeds; bird's eye chillies; pink shallots
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    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: prunes; dates; dried apricots; onions; apple cider vinegar; ginger root; allspice berries; Demerara sugar
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    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: Agen prunes; Lapsang Souchong tea; red wine vinegar; light muscovado sugar; whole cloves; blade mace; allspice berries; cinnamon sticks; Armagnac
    • Accompaniments: Duck liver pâté with Armagnac; Pheasant terrine
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    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; English; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: pears; cranberries; cinnamon sticks; allspice berries; onions; brown sugar; malt vinegar; oranges
    • Accompaniments: Pheasant terrine
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    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Christmas; Cooking ahead; Winter; English; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: cauliflower; onions; cucumbers; French beans (haricots verts); malt vinegar; nutmeg; ground allspice; caster sugar; English mustard powder; turmeric
    • Accompaniments: Brussels bubble-and-squeak
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  • Spiced cranberry and orange marmalade

  • Slow braised belly pork with bacon, apples and cider

    • adrienneyoung on December 10, 2011

      I made this with a beautiful shoulder of pork instead of pork belly. And so far it's not impressing me. Straight out of the pot, the sauce is not interesting. I'll give it a couple of days to develop, but if salt & pepper aren't enough, I'm going to have to add stock, reduce it, and doctor it up a bit. Cream? Calvados? Dunno...

  • Brussels bubble-and-squeak

    • adrienneyoung on January 02, 2012

      This was good, but not outstanding. A nice way to use up leftover brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes, if both are around. Not a reason to make brussel sprouts or mashed potatoes, though, I'd say.

  • Traditional braised red cabbage with apples

    • adrienneyoung on December 10, 2011

      Not the best I've ever had, but promising. Update: really excellent after a few days in the fridge. And yes, it freezes really well. May even improve with freezing.

  • Parsnips with Parmesan

    • sharifah on January 07, 2013

      Not that impressed, tasted more of flour than cheese. But I grated the Pecorino (substitute instead of Parmesan) with coarse box grater so by the time I coated all the parsnips, all the cheese were left behind. Next time if I were to make it again, the Pecorino needs to be as fine as the flour (she should've stated this!), so Magimix grated.

    • Pamsy on March 27, 2019

      All 3 of us loved these, a nice change from plain roasted parsnips. Made a big batch and froze half, they were just as good defrosted and cooked a month later.

  • Spiced pickled pears

    • KarinaFrancis on July 23, 2018

      Absolutely delicious! I made them to go with the Christmas ham and they were a huge success. The only change I made was to cut the pears into quarters because I only had 2 weeks, I must admit it made it easier to fit in the jar

  • Arbroath smokie mousse

    • Nichill on March 19, 2023

      This worked really well. It did turn out of the pots, which I was worried about! We found it quite substantial for a starter, so will try splitting across 8 ramekins next time. Will also try with only 3 leaves of gelatine, but it wasn’t excessively bouncy.

  • English colonial curry with turkey

    • Nichill on January 07, 2017

      Really pleased and surprised by this recipe: the result was a lot better than we would have made 'free style'. We used Bramley apples, rather than dessert. Opinion evenly divided as to which woukd have been better. Bought this cookbook as a post-Christmas sale item. This recipe justifies its purchase and inclusion in our library.

  • Pot-roasted guinea fowl with Calvados, cream and apples

    • Pamsy on December 11, 2021

      This was tasty for a cold December evening. Followed the recipe roughly, but didn't do the browning of the fowl, as it was cooked in the oven. No cider so used chicken stock and upped the Calvados to 4tbsp. No apples in the fruit bowl, so subbed Waitrose frozen Bramley slices which did lose their shape during cooking but gave a good apple flavour. Could liquidise the sauce to make it smooth, slightly more elegant for entertaining. Another idea would be to saute, in a separate pan, some apple rounds and add them to the above sauce before serving.

  • Little mincemeat soufflé puddings with chilled rum sabayon

    • Pamsy on May 16, 2019

      Lovely alternative to Xmas Pudding. Very light and Sabayon is a great accompaniment.

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  • ISBN 10 0091933064
  • ISBN 13 9780091933067
  • Published Apr 01 2009
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 312
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Ebury
  • Imprint Ebury Press

Publishers Text

Delia has long been the person we turn to for stress-free Christmas celebrations. This year, she celebrates 40 years of writing recipes and brings you "Delia's Happy Christmas" - the definitive guide to all aspects of cooking for Christmas. This cookbook will help you to plan your Christmas festivities to the very last culinary detail, acting as an invaluable Christmas organiser from reminding you to make your Christmas pudding and chutneys in November to giving you a crucial countdown for the Last 36 Hours. "Delia's Happy Christmas" will give you 150 recipes, including 100 new recipes and 50 much-loved classics, plus menu plans and shopping lists, illustrated with glorious full-colour photography. There are recipes for all your favourite traditional dishes - Delia's Classic Christmas Cake recipe has been in print for over 40 years and has never been bettered, but Delia has also created Chestnut Cupcakes recipe to satisfy modern tastes. Of course there is Delia's foolproof recipe for a Traditional Roast Turkey and all the trimmings, and The Only Traditional Christmas Pudding as well as ideas for parties, boxing-day suppers, vegetarian feasts and what to do with leftovers. Organisation is the key to success. If you follow Delia's Christmas calendar, you will be sure to create a very special Christmas. And even if you don't, there is always Delia's The Last-Minute Christmas - a chapter for those who leave things to the eleventh hour. Everyone needs Delia at Christmas.

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