BBC Easycook Christmas 2020

easycook is a practical, down to earth and straight-talking food magazine. It aims to help busy people feed their families with a minimum of fuss and effort during the week, with more adventurous ideas for when there's a little more time at the weekend. The easy, speedy and healthy recipes are ideal whether you're an experienced cook or you're less confident in the kitchen, and they're all thoroughly tested so they will always work first time. In every issue; over 100 speedy, easy to follow recipes, family recipes for every day of the week, food kids love, store cupboard ideas, easy entertaining and easy baking.

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For obvious reasons, this Christmas will be more precious than ever: a time to reflect on the year behind us and to search for hope in the year ahead. We all hope to be with our loved ones and to create new, happy memories over food and drink, so as well as being a focus for us to count our blessings, food is a wonderful form of therapy - to plan and relax (yes, and even stress out over the turkey timings). We’ve created this special issue of Easy Cook with all this in mind, with easy, achievable recipes for the big day, and flexible ideas to keep you going over the whole festive season. More than any other Christmas, we wish you a truly happy one this year. Editor BEST OF…

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christmas truffles

Makes 35 Prep 30 mins plus 7 hrs chilling Cook 5 mins VEGETARIAN FREEZABLE 150g dark chocolate, chopped150g milk chocolate, chopped150ml double cream50g unsalted buttercocoa powder, sprinkles, lustre powder, icing sugar and chopped nuts, for coatingflavourless oil (such as sunflower), for shaping 1 Put both chocolates in a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream and butter to a simmer in a pan, then pour the hot mixture over the chocolate and stir until melted. Leave to cool, then chill for 7 hrs. 2 Put the coatings in separate bowls. Roll teaspoonfuls of the truffle mixture into balls in your oiled hands. 3 Roll the truffles in the coatings of your choice until evenly coated, then put in a an airtight container and chill until ready to serve or gift. Will keep, chilled in an airtight container…

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sweet & spicy ham

Stem ginger & mustard glazed ham Serves 10-12 Prep 20 mins plus 10 mins cooling Cook 3 hrs 40 mins FREEZABLE cooked and sliced 5kg boneless gammon joint (smoked or unsmoked)2 litres ginger beer1 onion, quartered2 clementines or satsumas, halved horizontally, plus extra to decorate (optional)20 cloves3 bay leaves, plus extra to decorate (optional)2 tbsp English mustard3-4 balls stem ginger from a jar, thinly sliced, plus 4 tbsp syrup from the jar 1 Put the gammon in a deep saucepan (if tied, leave it as is). Tip in the ginger beer, onions, clementine halves, 5 cloves and 3 bay leaves. Top up with enough water to just cover the gammon. Bring to a gentle simmer, cover and cook for 2 hrs, topping up with more water if needed. 2 Remove the ham from…

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easycook taste awards

TURKEY CENTREPIECE Booths The Ultimate Turkey Feast, £85 (3.5kg), Booths This truly is a feast, covering turkey, stuffings and pigs in blankets all in one go! It includes a succulent turkey crown stuffed with moist, well-flavoured pork, sage & onion stuffing, as well as boneless, bacon-wrapped turkey thighs with a pork & cranberry stuffing. GRAVY M&S turkey gravy, £4 (500g), M&S Described by our judges as a gravy that ‘could pass as homemade’, this has an appealing colour, good depth of flavour with a rich taste of roasted poultry, nice saltiness and good consistency. CRANBERRY SAUCE Asda Extra Special cranberry & port sauce, £1.57 (230g), Asda This sticky sauce has proper chunks of cranberry and a sharp tang, and isn’t sickly-sweet – perfect for serving alongside the Christmas meal, or in Boxing Day sarnies. GAMMON Tesco crackling…

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your gift guide

DRINKS Whether they’re a drinks aficionado or craft beer newbie, this set is sure to please. It includes four lower-alcohol, vegan beers that are sustainably made – the brewery uses 80 per cent less water during brewing, and its packaging is 100 per cent recycled, among other environmentally friendly measures. Small Beer gift pack, £15, STOCKING FILLER Kids and adults alike will love watching these chocolate ‘bombs’ melt into a cup of steaming milk, revealing a centre of indulgent mini marshmallows. Hot chocolate bombes, £8.99 (set of three), CHEESE LOVERS Help them create a festive cheeseboard with this set, complete with knives for cutting stiltons, cheddars and hard cheeses, plus jars to neatly serve chutneys, nuts and fruit. Cheeseboard set, £10, Wilko DIY COOKS Learn to make spaghetti, gnocchi and ravioli with this kit. It…

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Espresso shrub martini A ‘shrub’ is a syrup, usually made with fruit sugar and vinegar. This one uses coffee and vinegar, taking the place of the standard coffee liqueur. ▪ Pour 100ml espresso into a jug with 50g sugar. Stir to dissolve, then leave to cool completely before adding 50g balsamic vinegar. Chill along with two martini glasses. Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add 50ml of the balsamic mix, 30ml vodka and 50ml strong cold espresso. Shake well, then strain into the glasses. Top each with 2 coffee beans and a cardamom pod. Serves 2 Pomegranate & vermouth mulled wine This mulled wine is mostly juice-based, but the addition of vermouth keeps it grown-up and stops it becoming too sweet. ▪ Pour 500ml pomegranate juice, 100ml red vermouth and 200ml red wine into…