I have been spending a lot of time next to the warm glow of my oven over the past week, and not only because the chill of winter has arrived. The season to eat, drink and be merry is nearly upon us and so I’ve been baking festive treats for friends and family (and for myself!) Last week, I invited a few friends over to a little home sale of my screen printed tea towels, prints and hand-cut paper cards so made them Salted Pretzel Brownies which were a big hit. The saltiness of the pretzels combined with the dark fudgy chocolate was a match made in heaven. Then, last Saturday, we invited our neighbour friends over for our annual mulled wine and festive treats meet-up so I made traditional German lebkuchen and a pumpkin spiced bundt cake with a maple cinnamon glaze. The baking lebkuchen made the house smell of everything that’s good about Christmas and are so delicious (especially after a few days mellowing in an airtight container) The bundt cake has been hands down, the best bake I’ve done in a long time. Not only did it look impressive when the glaze had been put on, it tasted absolutely divine! Moist, lightly spiced and sweet. I will be making this every Christmas from now on in future and even making another batch of brownies for Christmas Day buffet tea. Thanks massively to the lovely Sophie from baking blog The Cake Hunter for the fantastic brownie and bundt cake recipes – my friends, family and happy taste buds thank you too!