Welcome to the 12 Days of Down Under Christmas super giveaway.
I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. What authors! What prizes! What fun you’re going to have!
The promotion runs from Saturday December 2nd (December 1st for US folk) until Tuesday 13th December, and hops from author to author. Each day a new post will go live, featuring something fun and Christmassy, and an individual giveaway.
Feel free to go your hardest and enter all the giveaways for more chances to win great prizes.
But wait, there’s more!
On top of the individual blog prizes, you’ll have the chance, via Rafflecopter, to enter the overall prize which is for a $50 Amazon gift card. How cool is that?
We’re at Day 7 already, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on the previous posts and giveaways. They’re still open and will remain open for entries until December 13th.
You’ll find the list of participating authors and links, and the major Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post. Have fun reading and entering!
My 12 Days of Down Under Christmas Fun
I’ve decided on two special things for you, both with a suitably seasonal theme.
The first is a beautiful recipe that will have friends and family oohing and ahhing over your cleverness. The second is a giveaway which, given it’s the season to be jolly, can only be for a paperback copy of my Christmas themed, Romantic Book of the Year finalist, Santa and the Saddler.
Those of you who have followed this blog for a long time might recognise this recipe from a 2011 episode of Friday Feast. I’ve decided to share it again because it’s truly delicious, one of my all-time favourite do-ahead desserts, not difficult, and looks stunning.
The kind of indulgent dessert that everyone should have on their Christmas party table.
WHITE CHOCOLATE DECADENCE
Begin this recipe one day ahead. The undecorated cake will keep for three or four days in the fridge (probably more if you can resist eating it for that long), which means you can make it well in advance. I don’t recommend freezing. I tried it once and it seemed to abnormally affect the texture.
Use full fat everything. This creamy cake is meant to be decadent!
450g cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup (60 ml) caster sugar
3 teaspoons (15 ml) cornflour
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla bean paste
3 teaspoons (15 ml) finely grated lemon zest
2 cups (500 ml) sour cream
1 cup (250 ml) thickened cream
240g block of good quality white chocolate, melted then cooled to lukewarm. I use Lindt.
Fresh seasonal fruit and fruit puree to serve.
Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease a 20cm springform cake pan and line base and sides with baking paper. Wrap the outside of the tin tightly in a few layers of foil. It is important that the tin is made waterproof or water will leak into the tin during cooking and spoil the cake.
Or you can use a well-lined, plain round cake tin and pray like crazy that the cake doesn’t crack when you invert it at the end!
Whiz cheese and sugar in a food processor or mixer until smooth. With the motor running, add cornflour, then eggs one at a time, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. Add vanilla, zest and creams, and ¼ teaspoon salt, and process until just combined, scraping down sides.
Add chocolate and pulse until smooth. Pour the mixture into the lined tin then set on a folded tea-towel in a large roasting dish (the tea-towel prevents the tin slipping around). Pour hot water into the dish until it comes halfway up the sides of the cake tin.
Bake for 45 minutes, then leave the cake in switched off oven with the door closed for one hour. Remove tin from roasting dish, remove exterior foil and cool cake completely on a rack, leaving it in its tin. Cover and chill overnight.
Turn out onto a plate or cake stand. Remove baking paper, top with fruit then drizzle with fruit puree. Slice using a hot, dry knife.
Go on, make it. I dare you.
What’s your favourite Christmas dessert? Do you have something special that you make, like a pudding using an old family recipe, or perhaps you prefer to whip up a simple but colourful fruit platter (much easier and more refreshing when faced with a stinking Aussie summer’s day)?
Share your favourite Christmas dessert for parties or the traditional lunch and I’ll pop you into the draw to win a copy of my gorgeous Christmas themed Australian rural romance, Santa and the Saddler!
Giveaway closes midnight Australian time, Wednesday December 13th 2017.
As promised, here are the links to all the other giveaways and the major Rafflecopter draw to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
12 Days of Down Under Christmas participants
(remember, these giveaways will remain open until the end of the promotion, so make sure enter them all for even more chances to win)
Day 1 – Kris Pearson
Day 2 – Joanne Dannon
Day 3 – Cassandra O’Leary
Day 4 – Annie Seaton
Day 5 – Monique McDonell
Day 6 – Kate O’Keeffe
Day 7 – Cathryn Hein
Day 8 – Tracey Alvarez (live from December 9th Australian time)
Day 9 – Leeanna Morgan (live from December 10th Australian time)
Day 10 – Wendy Vella (live from December 11th Australian time)
Day 11 – Charmaine Ross (live from December 12th Australian time)
Day 12 – Aislinn Kearns (live from December 13th Australian time)
Major $50 Amazon Gift Card Prize