Sod COVID-19 – let’s talk Christmas

This month I want to talk about Christmas – yes folks, it is that time and because of the year that most of us have had there seems to be a determination to celebrate in style, rounding the year off on a high. I have already passed homes festooned with lights and the distinct glow from decorated trees – I am even contemplating putting mine up earlier than usual.

Usually, my time throughout the year is largely taken up with attending wedding fayres, visiting venues, talking with clients and making wedding cakes. The pandemic placed a red flag over pretty much anything to do within the wedding industry and like many others I was determined not to lose my business.

During Lockdown One, I had the honour of making a few wedding cakes, but I have mostly been making and selling brownies. This has been a labour of love and I was determined to produce a really good tasting brownie for my customers, who have ordered, reordered and told all their friends.

What started with a basic chocolate brownie – well, I say basic, but this baby is seriously good quality 70% Belgian chocolate, combined with magic ingredients and baked to perfection – has evolved into a host of different flavours, a choice of dark or milk chocolate and most food intolerances all catered for. I’ve even made a reduced sugar one which has been met with approval by many customers.

While surrounded by the warm, chocolatey smell of baking brownies, I have spent many hours creating new flavours for both brownies and Christmas cakes.

This year Ginger, Chocolate Fudge, Sticky Toffee and Amaretto and Vanilla cakes are available alongside the ever-popular Traditional Brandy Christmas cake.