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5 festive bakes from The Sweet Roasting Tin

by Genevieve Halbert

published on 10 December 2021

Arriving into our lives earlier this year in a flurry of icing sugar and fragrant spices, The Sweet Roasting Tin aimed to do for baking what Rukmini Iyer’s previous books had done for midweek cooking, and Roasting Tin fans were not disappointed. With Rukmini’s inimitable flair for flavour and knack for minimising fuss, The Sweet Roasting Tin showcases 75 truly original recipes, all of which can be made in standard baking tins, from cupcakes and cookies to cobblers and crumbles. The book also contains indispensable “base” recipes, which encourage readers to customise their bakes and create their own unique flavour combinations.

The Sweet Roasting Tin is a book to bake from all year round, from the pear, blackberry, and cardamom crumbles of autumn to the fresh cherry cupcakes of high summer. Here at The Happy Foodie, we were particularly excited to discover a whole host of festive recipes infused with deeply wintry flavours – perfect for the Christmas season. With December in full swing, we’ve collected 5 of our favourites, including a classic fruit cake and a seriously indulgent bread and butter pudding.

From the book

chocolate orange bread and butter pudding

Rukmini Iyer’s Orange Chocolate Chip Bread and Butter Pudding

All the flavours of a Terry’s chocolate orange in bread and butter pudding form, this recipe would make a luxurious end to a Christmas Day feast. You can watch Rukmini demonstrate this recipe here.

Iced & Spiced Gingerbread

Rukmini Iyer’s Iced and Spiced Gingerbread

Ready in just 45 minutes, these iced mini loaves are topped with tangy lemon icing and crystallised ginger for an extra hit of flavour. If you don’t have a mini loaf tin, make this recipe in a muffin tin instead.

Fruit cake

Zoe’s Granny’s Fruit Cake

An infinitely flexible and adaptable recipe, this cake can be adjusted according to your own preferences. Decorate it with traditional marzipan icing, or arrange some glazed fruits on top.

Marzipan stollen

Rukmini Iyer’s Marzipan Stollen

Perfect marzipan stollen is easier than you might think with Rukmini’s straightforward recipe. For expert instructions on how to roll your stollen, watch Rukmini’s demo here.

Stem Ginger Puddings

Rukmini Iyer’s Chocolate, Clementine and Stem Ginger Puddings

Not a fan of traditional Christmas pudding? These fudgy miniature puddings make excellent substitutes, with sweet, spicy stem ginger and tangy clementine. Serve with crème fraîche or custard.

The perfect gift for any baker, our limited edition The Sweet Roasting Tin gift set includes a copy of the book and a stylish yet practical baking tin from the iconic enamelware brand, Falcon. From crumbles to sheet cakes, puddings to brownies, bake your way through the book with the perfect tin for the job. Get yours while stocks last here.

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