I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! All that build up, months of planning, crafting, shopping, wrapping and baking... and it's finally over for another year. What does that call for? More baking! So here is a collection of recipes I have tried to help you use up all those Christmas leftovers...
Pasnip & Maple Syrup Cake (Uses 250g parsnips)
A delicious cake with a fresh mascapone filling. It also contains apple and pecans and feels like a healthier alternative to all that Christmas indulgence.
Brie & Cranberry Tartlets (Uses 250g cranberry sauce and approx 200g brie)
The perfect canape for a New Year's Eve party that also clears out some of that leftover Christmas cheese. They are also vegetarian and incredibly moreish!
Sweet Potato Brownies (Uses 250g sweet potato)
A healthy no-sugar brownie recipe with a honey cream cheese topping.
Carrot & Orange Cake (Uses 200g carrot)
You can't beat a carrot cake and this one has a delicious marmalade infused buttercream on top.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza (Uses 1 medium size cauliflower)
A low carb alternative to regular pizza, perfect for that January diet!
Leek, Cheese & Potato Pie (Uses 4 leeks and 3 large potatoes - or use half for a smaller pie)
Give hot water crust pastry a try and make this tasty pie. This recipe is for a very large pie, so if you have less people to feed, halve the ingredients.
Other ideas from around the web...
One for the Brussel Sprouts:
Bubble and Squeak Patties
I saw this recipe on TV the other day, and thought it sounded so simple and delicious. You could use a different cheese for the filling if you like a stronger flavour.
One for the Turkey:
Turkey & Chorizo Empanadas
I love chorizo and this recipe will instantly change the flavour of turkey, giving it that Spanish feel. You could also make these with leftover chicken and other meats.
One for the Christmas Pudding:
Christmas Pudding Trifle
I don't like Christmas pudding, but I reckon if you surrounded it with custard, cream and delicious orange and brandy, I would eat the whole thing! You could also use Christmas cake in this recipe.
One for the Panettone:
I haven't had bread and butter pudding in ages and this version using panettone looks so indulgent, you could even splash in a little brandy!
One for the Cranberry Sauce:
Cranberry Sauce Muffins
This super simple recipe creates delicious muffins, great for breakfasts or snacks.
One for the Stilton:
Asparagus & Stilton Tarts
This is always the cheese on the cheeseboard that gets leftover. These tarts are so versatile too, try adding some ham or bacon, or mix in other cheeses like cheddar and brie. Try making your own pastry too!