Christmas in Collessie

Our beautiful conservation village of Collessie is picturesque even in the coldest winter months, when the frost turns everything into a beautiful sparkling wonderland with verges, garden walls, hedgerows and shrubs glistening and sparkling with nightly frosts and snow when it falls.

Christmas comes to Collessie early when we have the village gathering in the Hall, when residents and friends meet just before Christmas for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie or two, and then there's the annual Christmas Ceilidh at Hogmanay.

Every family in the village have their own traditions, and one of the finest traditions has to be recipes for special Christmas fayre we bake every year.

Here are a couple of special recipes and drinks (tried and tested) and if you have any you'd like to share, please email them to or send them via the Guestbook page on this website, and I'll add them to this Christmas page.

Sticky Christmas Gingerbread
What a heavenly smell at Christmas to come home and smell gingerbread baking in the oven? Here is a scrumptious recipe I found last year that's so easy to make and keeps for up to 2 weeks in an airtight tin - make it well before Christmas and enjoy at every opportunity!

150g butter
200g golden syrup
200g black treacle
125g dark unrefined sugar such as Muscovado
5 teaspoons of mixed spice, such as ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves in whatever combination you enjoy
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda dissolved in 2 x 15ml warm water
250ml milk
2 eggs, beaten
300g plain flour

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees/Gas Mark 3 and line a roasting tin 30cm x 20cm x 5cm with baking parchment.
2. Melt the butter with the suagr, syrup, treacle and spices over a low heat.
3. Add the eggs, milk and dissolved bicarbonate of soda.
4. Sieve the flour into a bowl and add all the liquid ingredients, beating well.  It will be very runny, but don't worry, this is normal!
5. Pour it into the tin, and bake for 45-60 minutes but don't overcook, as it will carry on baking in the tin, and you want it sticky.
6. Let it cool in the tin before you turn it out, and then just cut it into squares, and watch it disappear!

Fabulous Non-alcoholic Mulled Wine - IKEA GLOGG
If you're driving at Christmas and can't have a festive drink, or just prefer not to drink alcohol but love the taste and aroma of mulled wine, try Ikea's wonderful non-alcoholic mulled wine alternative.
It's called GLOGG Alkoholfri, and Ikea's label on the bottle says it's a non-alcoholic fruit flavoured cocktail. It smells just like Christmas in a bottle, full of cranberry, grape, mulled wine, lemon and apple flavours, just like the best mulled wine.
It comes in 750ml bottles for around £3 a bottle, from the Swedish market areas by the checkouts in Ikea - just warm and enjoy with a mince pie!


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