Ice Cream Christmas Cake

Looking for something different to make this year, then this is a simple and quick tasty cake to make for Christmas.


  • 1 x 2 ltr vanilla ice-cream
  • 1 pkt Mixed fruit
  • 1 tub Fresh Strawberries and or 1 Kiwi fruit (or similar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Brandy (or your choice)
  • 1 round cake container (or fancy one)


Line base and sides of cake container with non-stick baking paper,
Thaw Ice cream until soft then turn out into a mixing bowl.
Add the mixed fruit and the Brandy. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
Place into cake container and smooth the top with back of a spoon.
Tap container on the bench top to remove any air bubbles.
Cover with foil and leave overnight or until very firm in freezer.
Take ice cream from freezer and turn out on to serving platter.
Remove the paper and cut strawberries in half and arrange around the top edge
Peel and slice kiwi fruit and arrange next to strawberries, then fill centre with more strawberries. You can sprinkle with icing sugar if desired. Cut as normal cake, serve and enjoy.

Tip: you can add nuts, spices, or whatever else you prefer. Another idea is to make 2 thinner cakes and fill the same as for a sponge cake. Best prepared 2 days earlier.

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Shortbread Fingers

Shortbread Biscuits 


  • 2/3 cup castor sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground rice
  • 250 g firm unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sifted plain flour


Sift sugar, flour and rice couple of times to let the air in. Cut butter in little dobs and work into sifted mixture (You can do this in your mixer which makes it quicker and smoother) until soft and creamy. Roll out on floured board until 1/2 inch thick x 7 cm. Wrap in glad wrap and place in fridge until cool. Cut into fingers and place on oven tray. Decorate the ends with a fork. Bake in moderate oven (160 c) for 5 minutes or light brown.

Decorate some with colored icing for the kids, and leave some plain.

Quick and easy Fruit Mince Pies

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Walkers Fruit Mince Tarts

If you really do not have the time then you can always buy these ready-made and still enjoy them without the effort.

No one will know the difference if you sprinkle some icing sugar over the top.

If you have the time then why not try this recipe. I have often added grated apple to make them go further and taste better.



  • 1 Bottle of bought Fruit Mince
  • ½ peeled and grated apple
  • 1 teaspoon Brandy (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice (optional)
  • 1 pkt Ready-made frozen Pastry slices (Take out to thaw ½ hour earlier)
  • Flour to sprinkle on to pastry board
  • Paper Patty pan or Jam tart tray.


Grease the bottom of each patty pan. Tip bottle fruit mince into small basin; add the grated apple, brandy and spices. Mix thoroughly, cover and set aside.
Take 1 sheet pastry and roll out evenly, on floured board. Cut even amount of rounds to line the bottom of each patty tins, and then cut out the same amount of tops. (cut tops smaller) Fill each with fruit mince, and then brush edges with either beaten egg or milk. Place tops on and press down the edges of each one to seal. Brush with egg or milk. Prick tops with a fork to allow air to escape.
Place in oven until brown (180 deg)
Sprinkle with icing sugar if preferred. If you are like me, make extras, as I eat a lot of them myself. Cook has to test that they all ok of course.

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Ginger Bread Men


  • 315 g SR flour
  • 2 tbsp (610) golden syrup
  • 3/4 (18 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp ground ginger (can add little grated fresh ginger spicier if like)
  • pinch salt
  • Can use fruit or cherries and mixed icing for decoration.


Melt the butter and golden syrup in a saucepan over gentle heat.
Remove from the heat and mix in sugar and egg. Then add the sifted flour, ginger and salt. Stir all together.

For easier handling wrap in glad wrap and leave in fridge for an hour. Place mixture on a floured board and knead. Now roll out thinly and cut out with your gingerbread cutter. Place on a greased tray. Either mark the features into the man or decorate with cherries or fruit. Place on greased oven tray and bake until golden brown.

Tip: You could make a double mixture and wrap half in glad wrap and keep in freezer for another day. Or use other half for normal round ginger biscuits.

White Christmas confectionary


  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup mixed fruit
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1-1/2 cups rice bubbles
  • Vanilla Essence
  • 240 grams copha


Mix all dry ingredients and the vanilla
Melt copha, add to dry ingredients and mix together
Form into balls or press flat in tins. Cut into squares when firm if preferred or leave as balls
Store in container in cool area
Tip: You can add a bit of red and green glazed for color if preferred.

Having trouble finding the right gift this year then why not make one of these and gift for a gift.  It is surprising how many people love home made personal Christmas gifts, rather than bought ones.

Whatever you make for your Christmas table festivities this year, enjoy the atmosphere and family environment.




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