Welcome to the December 2016 edition of our Newsletter!

Christmas is just around the corner! Which means school holidays are upon us too. Some schools have already finished... ours finished yesterday. Looking forward to no lunch boxes and rushing out the door in the mornings. Yah!

Have you started planning for the festive season? I hope you find this edition helpful to take the stress out of planning a festive failsafe Christmas for your family. Whether it be the many school, sports or work Christmas functions or preparing for your own feast on the day... you don't have to miss out on the celebrations. With a little planning and forward baking you can have a wonderful Christmas full of tasty treats. This edition is loaded with Christmas inspiration, ideas and recipes to get you started.

Thank you for all your support in 2016. I pray we have made your load a little lighter this year. Our next edition will be Feb 2017.
Have a safe, blessed and wonderful Christmas and New Year!


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Christmas Treats

The trick to the party season is to be organised and cook ahead so you have treats ready to pack for parties and unexpected handing out of the dreaded candy canes and have a stash of lollies handy. 

Joulutorttu: Finnish Christmas Stars

Cooking for Oscar - Finnish Christmas Stars (Joulutorttu) are very to easy to make, you can use any kind of pastry and any kind of filling.  Traditionally they are made with plum or prune jam, but that was out.   I could have just used pear or apple jam, but I wanted something a bit more festive, so I made up a pear filling with brown sugar, citric acid and maple syrup.  I also used a few saffron threads to get a deeper colour into the mix. [read more]



Do you like rum balls? Try these Carob Truffles or White Chocolate Truffles. Add a marshmallow in the center or a dash of whiskey or vodka for the adults!


Honeycomb Stars

This recipe is from Cooking for Oscar. Perfect for Christmas, as you can make the biscuits weeks in advance and then decorate on the day, or the day before. [read more]


FAILSAFE Panettone

Panettone which is an Italian sweet bread usually made for Christmas.  It's normally filled with many dried fruits and peels,  like currants, raisins and citrus peel.  Stuff we can't eat while FAILSAFE. I am not going to claim this to be 'authentic',  but I think the intention is clear.  This is "Failsafe Panettone" and these can sit proudly at any Christmas table. [read more]


Stained Glass Christmas Cookies

This recipe from Miss Jayne's Coffee House is a great recipe to try for Christmas. Perfect for parties, gifts or even to hang on the tree. [read more]


Salted caramel fudge

This is my favourite Thermomix fudge recipe. I usually make a couple of batches for Christmas, some to give as gifts and some for us to indulge in. It contains glucose syrup which usually contains a preservative in it. The preservative is cooked off during the cooking process when it is boiled. [recipe]

If you are after a traditional fudge recipe, try this Quick Carob Fudge from the fed up web site.


Festive with Family

Gingerbread House

This fun Gingerbread Recipe from Failsafe foodie is gluten free and perfect to make with the whole family.

Decorate with royal icing, or add citric acid to icing for flavoured 'lemon' icing, marshmallows, honeycomb, carob buttons, nestle white melts, musk sticks, and failsafe candy canes from Allergy Train,

This recipe from FedUp for Christmas cookies is fun to make and perfect as a plate to share at a party.

Kersten's Kitchen even has a gingerbread recipe for you to try. These cookies are made like your usual gingerbread, we just leave out the spices to be low chemical.


Pear and Red Quinoa Salad with Maple Dressing

Domestic Diva -  Red quinoa looks so pretty cooked and made me think of Christmas. With our hot climate in Australia, I would much rather have salads to eat on Christmas day, so here is one just a bit different. Oh, and you don’t need to wait for Christmas to have it… is great with a BBQ or as a side to any dish, any time of year. [read more]


Christmas Chicken Roll

 A beautiful dish from Failsafe Foodie to serve on Christmas day and wow the family with! Complete with a failsafe stuffing and glaze. [read more]

Serve with roast veggies, a salad, potato salad, or coleslaw.


Vanilla Salted Chicken in the Varoma

The thought of having the oven on for hours to cook a whole chicken in summer was not appealing at all. Especially on Christmas day! Steaming a whole chook in the Thermomix sounds like such a much better idea. [read more] 


Delicious Desserts

Christmas Golden Syrup Cakes and Cashew Maple Syrup Custard

A dairy free cashew custard and dessert from Cooking for Oscar. Can also be made GF. [read more]


Ice cream Bombe

Domestic Diva - Every year at Christmas, we have an Ice Cream Bombe for dessert at dinner time. It is a more appealing dessert for kids and perfect for a hot summers Christmas. There are many variations to this Ice Cream Bombe, you are only limited by your imagination! You can fill each layer with whatever your tastes desire… [read more]


Caramel Sauce

Real Failsafe Meals - Beautiful, thick caramel sauce... need we say more... serve on ice cream, or just grab a spoon...  [recipe]


Failsafe Christmas Pinterest Board

Don't forget to check out our pinterest board for lots more great Christmas recipes that you can share with your family and friends. [read more]


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