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Old fashioned Christmas favourites you can bake yourself

Old fashioned Christmas favourites? You have got to be kidding, it was Father’s Day just last week!

So Father’s Day has come and gone and within a week the shops are priming us for the Christmas Season (really it’s only September when they start). It is now the very beginning of November, and yes it is time for me to start thinking about what homemade treats I will make for our visitors on Christmas Day breakfast.

Many years ago we started our own family tradition: we, our immediate family, have Christmas breakfast at home with some of our friends. Some of these friends have been enjoying this tradition with us for over 20 years.

Each year I bake a box of sweet treats or make jars of pickle, relish or lemon curd as a small gift for each person that joins us at 7 am on Christmas morning. Breakfast includes bacon, eggs, pancakes, freshly squeezed juice, fruit, champagne and (importantly) coffee.

When Amy asked me to author this blog, I did a quick impromptu family survey of everyone’s old fashioned Christmas favourites.

Here’s what my family said where their old fashioned Christmas favourites:

  • Gingerbread House: I have made many, but strangely not for our family …. maybe this year.
  • Fruit Mince Pies: YES, definitely! Only Nanna’s are best. No bought ones allowed!
  • Plum Pudding: A winner every year! Although time consuming (as I do make it in the cloth and you can never be sure whether the flour seal has worked), it is my Dad’s FAVOURITE. 
  • Rum Balls: Another strange answer as never have they been on our Christmas table! They seem to go hand in hand with Christmas (must be the alcohol).
  • Shortbread: A sugary sweetness to dip in a relaxing cup of tea.
  • Roast Turkey: And yet it is too hot in Queensland most Christmas’ for hot cooked meat!

Why not start your own ‘family tradition’ this Christmas? We did, while it was hard in the early years it has become something that our extended family and friends have come to expect and look forward to!

To get you started on your Christmas baking, below are two recipes for go-to old fashioned Christmas favourites. 

Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas,

(aka The Baking Monkey)

Scottish Shortbread Recipe

250grams butter, at room temperature

1/3 cup castor sugar

¼ cup rice flour OR ground rice

2 ¼ cups plain flour


1. Cream butter and sugar until light and creamy in a mix master at high speed.

2. Remove from mix master and stir in sifted flours in two batches; when mixture becomes too stiff to stir, use hand to combine ingredients

3. Turn on to a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly until smooth


1.  Press mixture evenly into a greased 28cm x 18cm lamination tin,,

mark into squares or rectangles, prick with a fork, bake in a slow oven

(150c) for 45 minutes, recut into previous shape, stand for 10

minutes in the tin. Cool on wire rack

2. Divide mixture between two greased 18cm round tins, cut each into 8

wedges (Petti-tails), prick with fork, bake in slow oven (150c) for 45

minutes, cut again into wedges, stand 10 minutes, remove from tin to

wire rack to cool.

3. Mixture can be pressed into wooden shortbread moulds, which have

been well rubbed with fingers dusted with cornflour, shake out

excess cornflour, cut away excess dough with a sharp knife, tap

mould sharply on greased oven tray, shortbread shape will fall out

easily onto tray.

Traditional Aussie Rum Balls

8 weet-bix biscuits

½ cup desiccated coconut

1 tin condensed milk (390-400gm)

1 cup sultanas

2 tablespoons cocoa

2 tablespoons rum

Extra coconut


1. In a bowl, place the sultanas and the rum, cover with cling wrap and let

it marinate for a day or two

2. Crush the weet-bix into a bowl and add the sifted cocoa, coconut and

the marinated sultanas

3. Pour in the condensed milk and stir well to combine.

4. Roll heaped teaspoons of mixture into balls and then roll in extra


HINT: Use damp hands, frequently rinse hands of excess mixture.

Monkey Business Catering is a corporate catering company headquartered in Toowoomba, Queensland.

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