Merry Xmas From The Lemon Grove Cake Diaries

I have been remiss with my Christmas baking this year, so with procrastination comes the last minute frantic baking because I decided to do home made gift baskets this year. I also volunteered to make the Christmas desserts for lunch this year…. will I never learn. So anyway……

I started out with these cute and sparkly gift boxes which I picked up for a bargain price… score!!

Then I made Chocolate, cherry spice biscuits…recipe here. (Swap blueberries for dried cherries)

Christmas Spiced Shortbread

Next came traditional shortbread. Recipe here. (Omit the spice mix)

Then there were these cute Xmas tree biscuits. Recipe here..

I added a bottle of Salted Caramel Sauce…yummmmm. Recipe here.


You can’t have a gift basket without lollies so in goes the salted caramels. Recipe here..(omit pistachios…or not whichever you prefer)

What about the mince pies? Recipe here.

Now for a new recipe.. Mini panettone

Mini Panettone

Adapted from BBC Australian Good Food magazine Dec 2011 issue


  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250gm plain flour
  • 55gm caster sugar
  • 7gm dried yeast
  • 100ml milk, warmed
  • 100gm butter, chopped, very soft
  • 65gm dried mixed fruit
  • 40gm dried mixed peel
  • 1 tbspn milk, for brushing
  • flaked almonds, for decoration


Whisk together eggs, egg yolk and vanilla in a bowl.

Sift flour into a large bowl, add sugar, yeast and a pinch of salt. Make a well in centre.

Add warm milk and egg mixture. Use a wooden spoon to mix into a soft sticky dough.

Cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place to prove for 1hr or until doubled in size.

Line 5 holes of a 6 hole texas 3/4 cup muffin tray with baking paper.

Once the dough has doubled in size punch down the dough and place in a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.

Add butter and knead until fully combined.

Remove from mixer and place on a lightly floured bench. Add dried fruit and knead to combine.

Cut into 5 equal pieces and place pieces into muffin tray.

Cover with a greased piece of plastic wrap for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 190°C.

Lightly brush each panettone with milk. Sprinkle with flaked almonds.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.

And finally to finish up some Christmas rolls


Christmas Rolls

Adapted from BBC Australian Good Food magazine Dec 2011 issue

  • 95gm dried mixed fruit
  • 75gm sweetened dried cranberries
  • 80ml orange flavoured liqueur (I used Grand Marnier)
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 orange
  • 550gm bakers (strong) flour
  • 75gm caster sugar
  • 14gm dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 85gm butter, softened
  • 250ml milk, warmed
  • 1 egg
  • 250gm marzipan
  • 35gm chopped pistacios
  • 4tbspn icing sugar


Place dried fruit, cranberries, liqueur, orange zest and juice in a bowl and stir to combine. Soak for 1-2 hours.

Meanwhile sift flour in a large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add sugar, yeast, nutmeg and a pinch of salt. Rub in butter using fingertips until well combined.

Whisk together the warm mil and egg.

Add egg to the flour mixture and knead until a soft smooth dough has formed.

Place dough in a oiled bowl and cover with a oiled piece of plastic wrap.

Place in a warm place to prove for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Grease and line a 20cm x 30cm pan with baking paper.

Knead marzipan until pliable. Roll into a 70cm thin log. set aside.

Once the dough has doubled in size place on bench and punch down / knead to knock out the air. Use a rolling pin to make a 70cm x 18cm rectangle.

Drain fruit mix then scatter fruit and pistachios over the rectangle of dough.

Place the marzipan in the middle of the dough.

Roll the long side to enclose. Trim the ends.

Cut into 12 even pieces.

Place in tray cut side down.

Cover with a piece of oiled plastic wrap and set aside for 45min -1 hour or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 190°C.

Bake for 15-20mins until golden.

Remove from oven and place on wire rack.

Once the rolls have cooled, mix icing sugar with enough water to form an icing. Drizzle over rolls


Ok I am off to make Christmas desserts now 🙂


Wishing you all the best for Christmas!!


8 thoughts on “Merry Xmas From The Lemon Grove Cake Diaries

  1. David

    Oh, my… do you ship? I am going to try your mini panettone! They look wonderful. I don’t have the right muffin tin, but I think if I lined ramekins, it would work well. Hope you and Mr. LG had a wonderful Christmas!

  2. Margot @ Gather and Graze

    You’re amazing Karen! It would have taken me a week to bake all of these delicious treats (and that’s if I had nothing else to make or do!) I’m sure your friends and family would have been delighted when they opened these up. Hope you and Mr LG had a lovely Christmas!


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