Spice up your life at Christmas with a sprinkle of cinnamon, cloves and other festive condiments to transform cupcakes, cookies, chicken wings and drinks.
When you think of Christmas, which flavours spring to mind? The aromas of cinnamon and clove infused in mulled wine that's brewing in the kitchen, or perhaps the enticing smell of fresh gingerbread from the oven? We've combined our favourite festive spices into one mix that can be used in a variety of sweet and savoury recipes.
It needs just a few storecupboard ingredients (and a couple from the fruit bowl) then you can add a festive flourish to your cooking. If you fancy a spot of Christmas baking, try the recipe for our heavenly spiced buttercream cupcakes as well as crunchy honey & spice cookies. For something savoury, cook our sticky orange & honey spiced chicken wings and warm up with a fabulously frothy Christmas spice latte.
Go ahead and fill the house with the alluring aroma of rich, warming spices and get everyone singing merrily on high!
How to make festive spice mix
You'll need cinnamon, ground coriander, nutmeg, ground ginger and ground cloves along with an orange and lemon, plus a touch of sugar and sea salt. For the exact quantities see our festive spice mix recipe.
4 recipes using festive spice
Orange & spice chicken wings
Coat chicken wings in a festive flourish of spice mixed with orange juice and honey for some satisfyingly sticky finger food. These tasty chicken bites are ideal to serve at a buffet if you're entertaining over Christmas.
Give cupcakes a seasonal boost of festive cheer by incorporating the spice mix into a buttercream topping. These smooth and fluffy Christmas bakes will be gone before you can say 'Ho, ho, ho!'
Honey & spice cookies
As well as boasting dark chocolate, our Christmas biscuits have a flavour injection of festive spice mix. They make the perfect hanging decorations for a Christmas tree, too, or if you can't wait that long, why not just scoff them straight away!
Christmas spice latte
If you're feeling the winter chill, look no further than our wonderfully warming Christmas spice latte, flavoured with rich spices and punchy espresso, crowned with a silky froth. This could also work as an addition to hot chocolate or another of your favourite warm drinks.
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