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Roasted duck breasts with blackberry and port sauce

Enjoy a relaxed five star Christmas dinner for two or double up for extra guests. Prepare the blackberry and port sauce and pack the sliced sprouts into a plastic bag earlier in the day, then roast the duck breasts while the potatoes dauphinoise bake, for an easy Christmas dinner. Serves 2 Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 34-42 minutes Stand 5 minutes …

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Cranberry, apricot and pecan nut Express Quinoa Boxing Day salad

For a deliciously quick and healthy accompaniment to the Christmas leftovers on Boxing Day, why not try vibrant, ready-to-eat pearl and red Express Quinoa from Quinola with apricots, cranberries and pecan nuts – high in protein, calcium and iron and perfect with a spoonful of cranberry jelly. Serves 4 Ingredients 1 packet pearl and red Express Quinoa 3 tbsp cranberries …

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Billington’s Luxury Star & Christmas Holly Mince Pies

Packed full of fruit and rich dark muscovado flavour, the sprinkling of Demerara gives the perfect sweet crunchy topping to these mince perfect pies. Makes about 20 Preparation time: 30 minutes Bake time: 20 – 25 minutes. You will also need: a 5 cm star-shaped cutter and small holly leaves cutter (or these can be cut out by hand), 2 …

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Mini Christmas Puddings with Spiced Rum & Lime Mascarpone

Bake your loved ones their very own personal pudding this Christmas, the spiced rum and lime mascarpone gives a different twist on the traditional brandy butter. Makes 8 Preparation time: 25 minutes Bake time: 45 minutes You will also need: 8 x 175ml pudding moulds, greased and bases lined with a circle of baking parchment Ingredients 100g Billington’s Unrefined Dark …

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Classic Christmas Cake

Packed full of rich fruit, nuts and flavour, this classic Christmas cake recipe is quick and easy to bake. Serves 16-20 Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus cooling Bake time: 2 hours, 10 minutes You will also need: a 20cm springform cake tin, base and sides greased and double-lined with baking parchment. Ingredients 150g Plain flour 50g Self-raising flour 1tsp Mixed …

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Cranberry, apricot and pecan Express Quinoa stuffing balls

For a healthier alternative to a breadcrumb stuffing with the turkey this Christmas, try ready-to-eat Express Quinoa from Quinola – gluten-free, high in protein, calcium and iron and quick and simple to prepare. Ingredients 1 packet black and pearl Express Quinoa from Quinola 3 tbsp cranberries 3 tbsp dried apricots 3 tbsp pecans 1 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, …

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Muscovado & Mustard Glazed Ham

This ultimate year-round ham recipe from Billington’s is simple and easy to prepare. The muscovado glaze will transform any ham. Try it on Boxing Day with plum, cranberry and chilli chutney. Serves 6-8 Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus cooling Cooking time: 2 hours 5 minutes Ingredients 2kg Boneless unsmoked gammon joint 1 Large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped into chunks …

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Double Cranberry Sauce

A fantastic double cranberry sauce recipe from Billington’s. It’ zingy, fresh and bursting full of flavour, this cranberry sauce couldn’t be easier to make. Serves 8 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 -15 minutes Ingredients 450g Cranberries 150g Billington’s Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar 50ml Port or Cointreau (optional) Orange, finely grated zest only 500ml Cranberry juice Method Pour the …

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Brussels Sprouts with Caramelised Shallots, Pancetta & Toasted Hazelnuts

This fantastic Billington’s recipe transforms your brussels sprouts with a sprinkle of light muscovado and turn them into a festive family favourite. Serves 8-10 Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Ingredients 1tbsp Olive oil 150g Shallots, thinly sliced 1 ½tbsp Billington’s Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar 125g Italian cubetti di pancetta 1kg Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed 50g Hazelnuts, …

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Christmas gift guide

Neurotic, stressed and panic buying has been my Christmas shopping tradition for as long as I can remember. This year, I’m taking the Zen approach to Christmas. Making sure Christmas shopping is completed at least a week before Christmas and ensuring that any gifts I buy will be meaningful and useful. So here are my Christmas gift ideas: Natural Empathy …

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