Malteaser Millionaires’ Shortbread

Malteaser Millionaires Shortbread // www.scarletscorchdroppers.com

Considering this is my first recipe for December, it's rather strange that it's not a Christmas recipe. Especially considering how festive I'm feeling this year. We went to our first Christmas market last night. Hong Kong hasn't quite got the hang of pulling off the perfect Christmas market, but bless them, they try. There wasn't a mince pie in sight, but we had our first mulled wine of the season and I still came away feeling very Christmassy. We've set up what is possibly the world's ...

Christmas Cinnamon Sprinkles Cupcakes

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Brown sugar and cinnamon cupcakes, filled with festive sprinkles, and topped with lashings of cinnamon cream cheese icing.  This will be, rather unbelievably, my last post from the road. In 5 days time we'll get on the eurostar in Paris, and be back in London for lunchtime. It will be over 100 days since we left Hong Kong to fly to Singapore, and in that time we've made it all the way to Berlin overland. I can't quite believe we're in Berlin, a part of our trip that seemed so incredibly far away ...

A food lover’s Christmas gift guide

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How did you spend your weekend? With only two weekends left before Christmas, i'd imagine its a fairly safe guess that several of you spent it shopping for Christmas gifts. My Christmas shopping has taken a bit of a backseat this year. Time and money are being eaten up by this big trip home. Europe, it seems, is a horrendously expensive place to be! This doesn't stop me from dreaming and wishing of wrapping beautiful presents  and piling them up under a tree groaning with ornaments. These are ...

Almond Mince Pie Cupcakes

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Simple cupcakes made with ground almonds and filled with mince meat. A quick and easy alternative take on a Christmas classic, and the perfect way to use up left over mince meat. Happy Saturday everyone! How is your weekend going? We said goodbye to Russia yesterday, and we've made it to the very beautiful Estonia. We arrived into Tallinn in the early hours of this morning. We travelled overnight on the bus from St. Petersburg, hitting the Estonia border at a very antisocial 1.30am. A lengthy 2 ...

Dark Chocolate & Speculoos Cookie Butter Truffles {homemade Christmas gifts}

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Deliciously rich soft centred Speculoos cookie butter truffles dipped in dark chocolate. Creamy, indulgent and festively spiced, these truffles make perfect gifts for Christmas.  It's December! Hands up who is getting excited for Christmas?! I may have already mentioned once or twice that I'm brimming over with Christmas excitement. We're in Moscow now, and over the past few days the Christmas lights have gone on across the city, shop windows have filled with opulent Christmas treats, and an ice ...

After Eight Chocolate Cupcakes

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Gooey, minty chocolate cupcakes, filled with chunks of dark chocolate, topped with a rich, silky ganache made from After Eight mints. A perfect christmas treat! Today's post comes to you from a very chilly, snowy Russia. We've hit a new temperature low, minus 28C.... I can officially confirm that means it is very, very, very cold indeed. I'm surprised I've got any fingers left to type with, even wrapped in gloves and wedged tightly into my pockets they were painfully cold today! We've reached ...

Nutella Fudge {homemade Christmas gifts}

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 Delicious and easy homemade Nutella fudge. No boiling or beating required. The perfect homemade Christmas gift.  Maybe November still is to early to think about Christmas, but I'm afraid the excitement has taken hold of me already. It all started with those red starbucks cups. A few days ago I saw a girl walking down the street in Beijing, red cup in hand. A true victim of marketing and hype, I nagged Andy until he conceded that an over priced sugary coffee really was a travel budget necessity. ...

Last minute Brie and Cranberry Puff Pies

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It's Christmas Eve!!! In theory by now you should be all ready for the big day, presents should be wrapped, the food should be bought and the mince pies for Santa should be baking, releasing wonderfully christmassy smells around the house. Has anyone actually achieved this yet?! We've got friends coming over tomorrow for the big day, and we're laying on Turkey and all the trimmings. I've never cooked a turkey before, and I'm more than a little bit nervous. I've read everything Delia and Jamie ...

Gingerbread Christmas Tree Biscuits

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Despite having lived in Hong Kong for nearly three years now, my Cantonese is, shamefully, terrible. I can't do much more than direct a taxi driver, and order Dim Sum. My priorities in life are clear! Since working in a pre-school however, my Mandarin,  is coming along quite nicely. Each class, beginning with the playgroup children at a teeny 18 months old,. have 15 minutes of Mandarin time per session. The children learn new vocabulary and sing songs in Mandarin. They pick it up much faster ...

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Confession; I made these cupcakes just so I'd have an excuse to buy these teeny tiny gingerbread men. Aren't they just so cute!? I tried really hard not to buy them, I really did, but I just couldn't resist. I don't regret it though, they make me feel so festive, and their little faces are so happy they just make you want to smile back at them.  If you had a really mini gingerbread cutter, you could make your own to top these cupcakes, but mine are from Mcvite, and they make the perfect ...