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If you’ve been waiting all year to host Christmas in your beautiful new Hotondo home and show off that stunning new kitchen, elegant dining area, and enjoy relaxing in your living space with family and friends, we’re here to help. We’ve got some tried and true dessert recipes from some of our very own Hotondo team members that you can make ahead of time to help with your celebrations for Christmas Day!

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Shortbread

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Who doesn’t love shortbread? It’s perfect to enjoy with a cuppa as you put your feet up and relax after a long day of celebrating. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to make a couple of days in advance! This recipe serves ten people approximately.

Ingredients
250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & 1/4 cups plain flour
3/4 cup rice flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Icing sugar mixture, to dust (optional)

Method

Chocolate Ripple Cake Wreath

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A twist on an old favourite, this is another dessert you can make the day before you need to serve it, and just save the decorating for the day of your celebration! This yummy dessert serves approximately twelve people.

Ingredients
2 x packets of chocolate ripple biscuits
500g thickened cream for whipping
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon icing sugar
Chocolate cream biscuits
Peppermint balls
Malteasers
Jaffas
Mint leaf lollies
Meringues

Method

Clootie Dumpling (Cloth Dumpling)

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This is a Scottish recipe that takes a little TLC to create, so allow some time a few days before you want to serve it to create this delicious pudding! Serves approximately twenty people.

Ingredients
500g self raising flour – for mixture
1 cup suet
1 cup sugar
500g mix of currants and sultanas (any ratio of your choosing)
25g mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Treacle for taste (however no more than ½ cup)
Milk (up to 1 cup if needed)
Preferred alcohol of choice (that goes well with fruit – sherry, whisky, Drambuie, etc)
Some extra flour
Boiling water (from the kettle)

Calico sheet – you’ll need approximately 50cm2
2 large mixing bowls
1 large stock pot
Strong rubber band
Mixing spoon

Method

Tobler-Tastic Cheesecake

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Cheesecake is always a winning dessert especially on a hot Christmas day, and this one combines some amazing flavours. It serves approximately ten people and best of all, it’s no-bake!

Ingredients
1 ½ cups chocolate ripple biscuits, crushed to crumbs
100g melted butter
500g cream cheese, softened
¾ cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon gelatine dissolved in 2 tablespoons of boiling water
200g milk chocolate Toblerone, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup thickened cream, softly whipped
1 punnet raspberries pureed and sieved into 2 tablepsoons, combined with 2 tablespoons icing sugar
Toblerone shavings, for decoration
Extra raspberries for decoration

Method

Note that you can substitute strawberries and it still tastes delicious!

Ausukes (Little Ears)

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Best eaten when made or day of making

Ingredients and equipment
500g plain flour
2 sachets dried yeast
2 eggs
125g butter
½ cup sugar
½ cup luke warm water
½ cup milk (if necessary)
Canola oil for frying

1 large baking bowl (china or ceramic)
1 large frying pan
Paper towel
Serving plate or bowl
Rolling pin
Knife

Method
Note: in order for the mixture to rise, please keep ingredients warm.
This reciple makes about 48.

We hope these delicious dessert recipes help with your meal prep in the lead up to Christmas Day, and that the celebrations in your new Hotondo home are beautiful memories you and your family will treasure for years to come. From everyone at Hotondo Homes, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and a happy and safe new year!

For more home design and interior inspiration ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

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Oh Christmas tree!

There are many alternatives to the traditional tree to help you create the perfect look for your Christmas home. We love this tiny Bonsai tree below. If you are looking for seeking something more traditional, try and stick to only one or two coloured decorations to create a theme for your tree. Don’t be afraid to step away from red or green either – pink, lime green and purple are just a few colours that have popped up over the years! Remember, different styled and shaped decorations help add some character to your tree and makes it look less ‘uniform’ and a lot more jolly!
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Deck the halls or table!

A centrepiece need not be expensive! A few beautiful candles tied together with a Christmas ribbon can add an instant touch of the festive season to your table. Pinecones are another popular addition. Spray paint them gold, or use them along with your candles to create a larger piece!
Your dining set need not be extensive either. A red tablecloth with matching napkins combined with your regular, neutral dining set, tied in with the centrepiece can make more than enough of an impact in your Christmas home!
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All I want for Christmas is a beautiful Christmas wreath!

We have two methods to hang your Christmas wreath this season without creating holes from nails in your door.

Command hooks

Command hooks allow you to hang a hook on your door without the risk or ruining the paint job. Simply stick it on the door, and remove once Christmas is over!

Ribbon or string

Thread your ribbon – or light coloured string if you are trying to hide it – through your Christmas wreath and bring it up and over the door, right through to the other side. Adhere in place with tack, and voila, you have a wreath without banging a hole into your front door!

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Carols by Christmas Lights!

Finish off your home with some stunning Christmas lights! You don’t need to go as full out as this home, trying lighting the pathway to your door or lining your eaves only with a few lights. First impressions count!

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