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on 17 February 2013
Part of the extensive 'Salmon Recipe Books series', this small volume focuses on traditional recipes for the festive season.
Thirty-six recipes are included: Apple and Prune Stuffing, Carol Singing Pepper Cake, Celery Sauce, Chestnut and Bacon Stuffing, Chocolate Log Cake, Chocolate Rum Truffles, Christmas Cake, Christmas Compote, Christmas Goose, Christmas Syllabub, Christmas Trifle, Crystallised Chestnuts, Hard Sauce, Honey-roasted Turkey, Hot Spiced Cream, Iced Christmas Pudding, Jewelled Shortbread, Lambs Wool, Light Christmas Pudding, Marmalade Glazed Ham, Mushroom Sauce, Old English Egg Nog Tart, Plum Pudding, Pork and Chestnut Pie, Port Wine Jelly, Rum Butter Tarts, Sherry Cobbler, Sparkling Crystallised Fruit Cake, Spiced Beef, Spiced Prunes, Stained Glass Window Biscuits, The Bishop, Turkey Broth, Venison and Chestnut Casserole, Wassail Punch, and White Christmas Candy.
As with all books in the series, the recipes are presented without any preamble or general instructions, so they're not ideal for complete novices. Readers should also note that none of the finished products is illustrated; instead, various full-page black and white illustrations of wintry scenes from 'days of yore' are included. All weights and measures for ingredients listed are imperial and settings for electric ovens are given in Fahrenheit, but a conversion table for British metric equivalents is provided on the last page.
There's a good mix of sweet and savoury fare on offer, plus various spiced Christmas drinks, including Wassail Punch, Lambs Wool (a hot, spiced ale) and The Bishop (a variation of mulled wine). As most of the recipes included are somewhat old-fashioned, many are relatively plain by today's standards, and you won't find all the frostings and fussy ingredients associated with many modern baking books. The finished products are no less appealing for this, however.
This review refers to the paperback edition of 'Favourite Christmas Recipes' published by J Salmon Ltd.