Christmas Recipe Collections - Kenwood App Special
This year we have crafted a set of Christmas recipe collections to make cooking this season easier- wow your family and friends with yuletide spirit through the power of delicious food. Our Baking Collection provides you with all the inspiration for festive sweet treats and we have the perfect recipes in our Festive Season Dinner and Christmas Eve Dinner Collections to make your Christmas magical.
Christmas Baking collection
A collection of sweet and festive favourites to bring to your table this year. Kenwood’s recipe collection of delectable sweet treats is here to help this Christmas, and features all your seasonal favourites, from easy bakes to keep the little ones entertained during the holidays to knockout sweet centrepieces, bringing the wow-factor to any festive occasion with straightforward tried and tested recipes.
A classic chocolate sponge recipe that can be elevated in several ways to create a delicious showstopper for your Christmas meal.
Chocolate Smash cake
A theatrical Chocolate Dome Smash Cake, a blissfully indulgent spectacle to end any Christmas feast made even easier with our Cooking Chef XL. Begin by making the chocolate dome. Melt 250g chocolate with the chocolate melting preset. Line a small bowl with plastic wrap and brush 2-3 tbsp of melted chocolate around the inside. Refrigerate for 20 mins then repeat twice more. Make the chocolate sponge layers, bake, and allow to cool, then make the buttercream. The full recipe is available on the Kenwood World App. To assemble and decorate, trim cakes until level, fill with buttercream, then cover with a thin crumb coat of buttercream on all sides. Refrigerate for 20 mins. Coat the cake with the remaining buttercream, then arrange your selection of sweets and edible decorations on top. Carefully remove the chocolate dome from the bowl, peel away the plastic wrap and dust with edible gold spray. Watch how it's done in the video.
Place the dome on top of the cake, covering the sweets and decorations. When ready, smash through the dome to reveal the surprise, and serve. A great alternative to a Christmas pudding. The full recipe is available to view in the Kenwood World App - Download it here and get started.
If you want to create our gorgeous Festive Forest cake use the same recipe for the chocolate sponge and chocolate buttercream. Follow our steps for the decorating method that will transform this cake into a magical forest.
Festive Forest Cake
Using tools from the Kenwood Decorating Set, trim cakes until level, fill with buttercream, then cover with a thin crumb coat of buttercream on all sides. Refrigerate for 20 mins then coat the cake with the remaining buttercream. Use a cocktail stick to create the tree bark effect on the sides of the cake. Refrigerate until ready to decorate. Make the meringue trees and toadstool decorations, bake, and allow to cool completely. Have a look at the video to see how the details are added.
To decorate and finish, combine 30g desiccated coconut with a drop of green food colouring and 20g chopped pistachios (optional) to create the forest floor effect, and sprinkle over and around the cake. Decorate with the meringue trees and toadstools, dust with edible gold dust or icing sugar, and serve.
Alternative Christmas Eve Dinner
For the evening before the big day we have the perfect collection that will make your Christmas meal one to remember. Let Kenwood take the stress out of making the magic happen - eat, drink, and be merry in style with these delicious festive dinner ideas. Try this Smoked Salmon Tartare to start.
For the smoked salmon tartare, use the food processor attachment and the fine grating disc to grate 1 red bell pepper, 50g celery stalk and 100g carrot on speed 1. Transfer to the mixer bowl, fit the stir tool and mix 500g finely chopped smoked salmon, 1 cubed avocado, 50g chopped cherry tomatoes and 20g chopped capers, along with 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, and 1 tsp thyme leaves for 1 minute on speed 1. Serve in bowls or glasses garnished with fresh cucumber and sprigs of dill.
With a wide range of recipes in our Christmas Eve Dinner collection you can create dishes such as the perfect apple and sausage stuffing wreath to add an eye catching side to your table. Or why not make a delicious mushroom and foie gras risotto.
Festive Season Dinners
Whether you’re hosting festive celebrations with family or seeing in the new year with friends, party in fuss-free fashion with this hand-picked selection of tasty recipes. From nibbles and starters to dining table show-stoppers, Kenwood is here to help make your celebrations effortless so you can enjoy the festivities as much as your guests. Start your Christmas dinner with homemade blinis and end with a bang with these delicious dark chocolate and passion fruit truffles.
Blinis are light pancakes, usually served bite size as canapes, topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon and dill. To make the blini batter, set machine to speed 2 and whisk 200g milk, 1 tsp dried yeast, and a pinch of sugar in the mixer bowl for 10 minutes on heat setting 2, then add 200g flour, 3 eggs, and a pinch of salt to the bowl. Whisk for a further 3 minutes on max speed, then use the dough proving preset for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add the blini batter 1 tbsp at a time and fry in batches until golden brown, flipping halfway. Garnish with any toppings of your choice, and serve as a canape or starter. To save you time on your Christmas preparations these can be made up to a day ahead and stored in a sealed, air-tight container until needed.
Dark chocolate and passion fruit truffles
To make the truffles, use the chocolate melting preset on the Cooking Chef XL and the creaming beater to melt 250g dark chocolate, 90g whipping cream, 150g passion fruit puree, 1 tbsp honey and 60g butter. Chill for 2 hours until set. Roll the mixture into 20g balls and coat in cocoa powder or desiccated coconut. Refrigerate for another 30 mins, or until ready to serve. Place in paper cases and serve, or wrap up as gifts. Plus it’s gluten free so you can cater to all your guests.