20 December 2013

Mingles & Jingles Christmas Cake

Mingles & Jingles Christmas Cake // 76sunflowers

Finally the day is here.
Work has finished and the children still have a day at school so I can open my bag of Mingles & Jingles chocolates from Hotel Chocolat.
Alone and in peace.
Rather than devouring the lot in one sitting I thought I would attempt to make them last much longer and thought there should be cake involved.

Now, not everyone is a fan of traditional Christmas cake so I've made my own non-traditional version, guaranteed to please most taste buds, and used the Mingles & Jingles to add a festive touch.

4oz slightly melted unsalted butter
4oz light brown sugar
3 eggs
6oz drinking chocolate
1oz SR flour
half tsp. vanilla extract

Cream the butter and sugar together then beat in the 3 eggs.
Mix in the drinking chocolate and flour until smooth.
Finally stir in the vanilla
Spread into a greased lined 20cm x 30cm tin.
Bake at 170c for 25 minutes.
Let it cool

1oz butter
1-2 tbsp. milk
4oz sifted icing sugar
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
Selection of Mingles & Jingles from Hotel Chocolat

Gently melt butter and 1 tbsp. milk.
Beat in icing sugar and cocoa.
If too stiff mix in a little more milk.
Beat and spread over the cake.
Decorate with Mingles & Jingles.
Mingles & Jingles Christmas Cake // 76sunflowers 
A Christmas cake to keep all chocoholics smiling through the holiday period!
Mingles and Jingles Bag
The Mingles & Jingles come individually wrapped as a selection of milk chocolate penguins, caramel milk chocolate angels and white chocolate bells. As always with Hotel Chocolat you can expect a high quality product and great service. The Christmas chocolate range is still available for Christmas delivery if ordered by 6p.m. Monday 23rd December.
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Disclaimer: I was sent the Mingles & Jingles bag of chocolates from Hotel Chocolat for review purposes. As always views and opinions are honest and are my own.


8 December 2013

Another favourite alternative Christmas song...

The girl has become a dab hand at using YouTube lately to locate her favourite songs with her most recent search landing on The Killers Christmas collection - that's my girl.

You may know I'm a big fan of The Killers' Christmas songs and I posted my favourite one here just five days ago.

However, I do listen to other music and once I had managed to get my hands back on my iPad today I had a little hunt around and found this forgotten gem.

Something about it just brings a lump to my throat.

Badly Drawn Boy Donner & Blitzen.



What hidden favourites have you rediscovered this year?

x x x



3 December 2013

My favourite alternative Christmas song...

The classic Christmas tracks have begun to be shoved down our ears everywhere we go now.
Shopping at the supermarkets is now a rush to get round as quick as I can before I have to endure another round of Christmas cheese.
Don't get me wrong I love some Christmas tracks and get all nostalgic whilst baking my mince pies with Nat King Cole's chestnuts roasting on his open fire in the background.
Some Christmas tracks go a little bit unnoticed every year though.
Like this one from 2009...

The Killers have released a charity Christmas track each year since 2006 supporting Red, so all for a great cause - as well as giving me some Christmas cheer each year!

You can see more of them here.

Now, what's your favourite alternative song at Christmas?
Please tell me below so I can check it out.

Happy Christmas!
x x x
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