Fancy flump marshmallow ropes from Meringue Girls: Everything Sweet are super fun to make. Marshmallows are made exactly the same way as an Italian meringue - adding hot sugar syrup to stiff egg whites - but with the addition of gelatine to make them set. We suggest making this with friends, as the marshmallow mixture sets quite quickly and you need a few hands on deck to pipe the ropes before it does. Good messy fun.
Sweet Potato Stackers and other Christmas nibbles. Cut sweet potatoes into 1cm discs, toss with oil and some seasoning on a baking sheet. Roast 20-30 mins at gas 6 until golden and crisp on the outside, then leave to cool. To serve, mix mayonnaise with lemon juice. Pile a scrunched up piece of prosciutto on each star, top with a blob of mayo. | Butcher, Baker
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