Four sweet Christmas treats
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
Unfortunately you can't bring your guests along to the Cormorant's award-winning restaurants Fowey Cornwall, as we're closed for Christmas - but you can try one or two of these sweet treats recommended by our head chef Dane Watkins.
They're not exactly gourmet treats, but Christmas is all about embracing tacky and gaudy things you'd shun at other times of the year, plus any children in your family will adore these sweet treats!
1 Santa hat cupcakes
These are incredibly simple to make and require no more work than making a batch of normal cupcakes - aside from making one extra lot of icing.
Simply knock up your favourite cupcake recipe, you can use any flavours you want, and bake the cupcakes. While the cakes are in the oven whip up some white buttercream icing, and separate into two piping bags. Use red food colouring to colour the contents of one bag and then pipe a white ring around the edge of the cake before adding a spiral of red to the middle.
Top that red spiral with a blob pf white icing and voila, you've got Santa's hat in edible format.
2 Cinnamon Sugar Candy Cane Shaped Twists
This recipe requires you to make dough, so it's a bit more complex than the previous recipe.
First of all you'll need to make a batch of sweet dough, which you'll further sweeten by mixing in some cinnamon sugar. Once you've allowed your dough to prove separate it into strips and twist two together to make a long twist.
If you then bend this over about a third of the way and lay it on a baking tray you'll see you have a candy cane shape.
Glaze with an almond glaze made using 4oz sugar, two tablespoons of milk and half a teaspoon of almond extract then add them to the oven and half an hour later, you can serve them!
3 Strawberry Santas
These are by far and away the easiest recipe we have to offer - the only skill you really need is to be able to chop a strawberry in half and pipe cream cheese!
Step one is to chop the top and bottom off a strawberry, before piping a blob of cream cheese onto the top of what's left of the strawberry.
Take the bottom of the strawberry, turn it over and pop it on top of the cream cheese, before adding a blob of cream cheese to the top and you'll see your Santa taking shape.
Then, using a fine piping nozzle, pipe chocolate eyes onto Santa and you have an incredibly simple, but great looking, festive treat.
4 Red and Green Cupcakes
These cupcakes are, again, very simple but very effective.
They're effectively miniature Victoria sandwiches, but served up in festive colours.
To make them simply make to batches of vanilla cupcakes, one coloured with green food colouring and one with red. Once they're baked you simply need to slice the cupcakes up and stick them together using buttercream icing.
Then ice, and add more decoration. Simple, easy, but oh so Christmassy.