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Christmas Biscuit Box

home made christmas biscuit box

Home Made Festive Vegan Biscuit Box

This Christmas I’m going to make 2 big biscuit boxes to share out between my family and Lewi’s. Filled with florentines, cookies and hazelnut bark this is going to be a delicious treat for everyone to tuck into with a cup of tea by the fire.

What’s in the box?

Well, this is up to you, however I’ve laid out some of my easier recipes to keep your time in the kitchen to a minimum and allow you to make multiple products with similar ingredients.

Florentines- These are possibly my favourite biscuit of all. Best when served from chilled to keep them in tact, they literally melt in the mouth.

Hazelnut Bark- This is brilliant, it’s just 2-3 ingredients (chocolate, hazelnuts and sprinkles) to make a delicious crunchy chocolate treat.

Cookies- I’ll link the recipe to my ultimate vegan chocolate chip cookies as these are perfect for a delicious treat to enjoy with the family.

Flapjacks- Now these aren’t in this biscuit box photographed but will definitely be in my next one so I’ll link that recipe here. Using the same ingredients as the florentines, they’re really easy to make!


christmas biscuit box


Hazelnut Brittle Recipe

120g pack of hazelnuts
80g chocolate (mint or orange flavour works well)
1 tbsp festive sprinkles of choice
1/2 tsp sea salt

Method

Preheat the oven to 200ºC

Place the hazelnuts on a tray and roast for 10 minutes

Once baked, spread out on a large place or lined baking tray

Melt the chocolate and coat the hazelnuts, mix until all the hazelnuts are coated, add the sprinkles on top and leave to set for around 30 minutes in the fridge

Enjoy!


 

vegan florentines


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home made christmas biscuit box

Home Made Festive Biscuit Box

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Servings 25 biscuits

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 80 g oats you can use porridge or steel cut for this
  • 1 tbsp raisins swap for dried cranberries
  • 50 g chocolate mint flavoured or orange is best!
  • 6 pretzels broken up for any Americans, these are the pretzel crisps not the bread.

Instructions
 

  • Simply mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl
  • Heat the coconut oil and peanut butter until melted then mix in with the dry ingredients then spoon a cookie size portion onto a baking tray, flatten then bake for 12 minutes at 180ºC
  • Cool, then melt the chocolate and top each florentine with a spoonful, add a few with the sprinkles on top then pop in the fridge to chill and set for 1 hour.

Notes

Add a pinch of sea salt to the top of each florentine for a delicious salty kick to balance out the sweetness.
Lunch & Light Bites Recipe Sides & Savoury Snacks

Vegan Caramelised Apple & Pork Sausage Rolls

vegan pork and apple sausage rolls

Vegan Friendly Apple, Red Onion & Pork Sausage Rolls

These vegan friendly caramelised apple and ‘pork’ sausage rolls are possibly my favourite yet. They’re so easy to make so don’t be fooled into thinking this is a tough recipe. Puff pastry, vegan sausages, a red onion and an apple is pretty much all you need!

Lets get into the recipe…

Puff Pastry- There’s no need to spend hours folding layers and layers to make puff pastry. I buy shop bought as pretty much most of the pre-made puff pastry is accidentally vegan friendly.

Bramley Apple- Again, you can use any apples you have in the house, I just find Bramley’s work well as they’re slightly larger and more crispy in flavour.

Vegan Sausages –I love using the Linda McCartney ones as they have the best texture for sausage rolls. There are a few options in the vegan range, so simply buy whichever you fancy giving a go.

Tamari- This is my secret ingredient in so many recipes. This time tamari works perfectly as a glaze for the pastry to give a beautiful and almost cheesy flavour on top. Tamari is just a gluten free soy sauce.

Sugar- This helps caramelise the apple and red onion perfectly. You can use 1 or 2 tbsp to make this a little sweeter if you have a particularly sharp bramley apple.


vegan apple and pork sausage rolls

 

Cooking Tips:

Caramelising- Cooking the red onion and bramley apple, along with the sugar is better on a lower heat. If you set aside around 10 minutes to slowly fry the two, it’ll help with the caramelisation of them. Be generous with the olive oil to fry too. You can make this in advance and pop in an airtight container in the fridge to come back to the next day.

Brush the pastry- Brushing the pre-cooked sausage rolls with tamari will help give a beautiful coating. You can swap tamari for soy sauce but definitely recommend investing in tamari as I use it in nearly all of my recipes.

Don’t add the hot filling to the pastry- If you’re not rushed for time, allow the filling to slightly cool before adding to the pastry as this will heat it up and make it a little more difficult to work with.


vegan pork and apple sausage rolls


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Vegan Caramelised Apple and Pork Sausage Rolls

Prep Time 13 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Servings 18 sausage rolls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 1/2 large British Bramley apple's
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground fennel seeds optional
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 6 vegan sausages I used Linda Mccartney
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

Instructions
 

  • Dice the onion and Bramley apples then fry on a low heat with the olive oil, ground fennel seeds and sugar for around 20 minutes until beautifully caramelised
  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC
  • Microwave the vegan sausages for 2 minutes to soften then crumble up in a bowl then mix with the apples and onion
  • Roll out the sheet of puff pastry, slice in half, then add the sausage mix to each half
  • Fold over the pastry then seal by prodding the edges with a fork
  • Brush over the tamari to get a beautiful glaze
  • Sprinkle on poppy seeds over the top
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven

If you like this recipe why not try my Cranberry Sausage Rolls

vegan sausage rolls recipe

Recipe

Easy & Delicious Vegan Christmas Dinner

Vegan christmas meal idea

Whether you're vegan, your mate is vegan, your in law is vegan, here are some gorgeous festive recipes to put your mind at ease.

 

 

butternut and chestnut tart christmas
roasted acorn squash recipe
tesco everyones welcome christmas

No 1. The Show Stopper

This roasted spiced butternut tart with homemade rosemary shortcrust will knock the socks off your guests.

It'll be the perfect centrepiece with the pomegranate jewels and brussels sprouts topping.

The tart crust doesn't need to be homemade, but I am slightly biased with this gorgeous creation flavoured with fresh rosemary - the ultimate Christmas herb.

Find the recipe just here.

No 2. Maple Roasted Carrots

The best thing about Christmas food in my opinion is the abundance of seasonal veg. The humble carrot can be turned into a sumptuous side, roasted in maple syrup and topped with

Find the recipe just here.

No 3. Rosemary & Garlic Hasselbacks

The roast potato is sacred when it comes to Christmas dinner, so this year why not try the hasselback....

 

Find the recipe just here.

easy vegan christmas wreath recipe

No 4. Butternut & Brussels Pastry Wreath

This pastry wreath is a showstopper for sure. Packed with flavour, it's incredibly easy to create the filling. The pastry wreath is also easy, you just need two circles to cut around to create the wreath, then freestyle the toppings.

 

Find the recipe just here.

No 5. 'Pancetta' and 'Cream Cheese' Pinwheels

Your guests don't even need to know that these are in fact vegan! Simply pop them on the table and let everyone enjoy!

 

Find the recipe just here.

Recipe

Everyone’s Welcome This Christmas

tesco everyones welcome

Everyone’s Welcome

This is a paid advertorial with Tesco

Celebration with abundance

Christmas platters are such a great way to celebrate lots of different food at once. From pates to dips paired with crackers and crunchy veg - they're my favourite thing to put together. There’s something about everyone’s hands dashing over the table to grab a cracker or to scoop up the last mince pie.

Tesco gave the challenge to recreate one of their Christmas recipes (you can find a range on their website) to share a gorgeous abundance of festive food for the #EveryonesWelcome campaign! The star of the show (yet very humbly sat in the middle) is a mushroom pate made with porcini and shiitake paired with fresh thyme.

On the platter

I've surrounded it with Tesco rosemary crackers, fresh grapes, crunchy veg as well as panettone and mince pies from their free from section. I should also touch on the Free From Christmas range which this year seems to be bigger than ever. It’s always a good idea to have gluten free or dairy free options on the table to make sure everyone is catered for.

tesco everyones welcome christmas

I like to have a selection of sweet, savoury, healthy and indulgent on my table at Christmas to make sure there is a little something for everyone, really tying into the Everyone’s Welcome idea surrounding this season.

tesco free from mince pies

As mentioned before, you can find all of their festive recipes just here, *https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=7052&awinaffid=258711&clickref=Lucy+Frances+Parker+Mushroom+Pate&p=https%3A%2F%2Frealfood.tesco.com%2Fgallery%2F10-vegan-christmas-recipes.html%3Fid%3D8eb440cc-b723-4111-b0d7-2ccda9130ee8*

You can find the free from selection here, Mince Pies - https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/285863982.

Panettone - https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/301856310