SOME BRILLIANT COOKERY BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS…

Cake Pops

CAKE POPS CHRISTMAS by Bakerella – Cake pops are getting as popular as cupcakes, so the 20 plus designs here from the baking blogger who invented the cake pop are sure to inspire you to make some. They include a jovial Santa, feckled elves and cheery snowmen.

Mrs Beeton Cake & Bakes

MRS BEETON CAKES & BAKES by Isabella Beeton and Gerard Baker – this is a set of six lovingly crafted, bite-sized books which are based n the recipes from the original domestic goddess. The books cover chicken, fish, puddings, cakes, soups and classic meat dishes and feature around 50 recipes which have all been updated for today’s kitchen by chef and food historian Gerard Baker.

The Starter Kitchen

THE STARTER KITCHEN by Callum Hann – This is a perfect cookery book to help and encourage the can’t cook generation to progress beyond microwaved ready meals. As well as more than 60 easy recipes, there are useful basics on such things as shopping and kitchen safety.

SOME DEEEELICIOUS WEBSITES FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR TEA AND CAKE LOVERS…

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http://www.biscuiteers.com – one of the best sites for home-made biscuits. They also do cakes, chocolates and sweets, but have some really original biscuits as gifts for Christmas, inlcuding some lovely cake tins.

http://www.gowercottagebrownies.co.uk – gorgeous, gorgeous brownies

http://www.megrivers.co.uk – Christmas cakes, biscuits and puddings made with no artificial flavourings or colours or preservatives

http://www.hummingbirdbakery.com – legendary status for cupcakes

http://www.highgroveshop.com – for a true royalist, a royal feather mug !!

http://www.lauraashley.com – a pretty english breakfast tea strainer

http://www.dotcomgiftshop.com – tea party doilies for your mince pies in 36 designs

http://www.rareteacompany.com/ – runner up website of the year for their choice of teas and Observer food monthly awards