All-round baker and presenter extraordinaire Nadiya Hussain has created a fantastic new book for Christmas, Bake Me a Festive Story, combining delicious festive recipes with stories and poems, sweetly illustrated by Clair Rossiter.
As a special Christmas treat, and to get you in the chrismas baking frame of mind, we have a recipe from Nadiya’s Bake Me a Festive Story to share! ‘The Little Fir Tree’ poem is a story about finding your place, accompanied by a fantastically festive, delicious Christmas recipe for Little Fir Tree Biscuits. Yum!
And as an extra Christmas treat, here is Nadiya talking about Bake Me a Festive Story and what Christmas is like for her and her family…
What will Christmas be like in the Hussain household?
We don’t celebrate Christmas in a religious sense because we’re Muslim but we do all come together as a family and have a big celebration. It’s my sister’s birthday on Christmas Eve and mine on Christmas Day so it’s a real occasion and her kids and mine plot and decorate the house together. So the fairy lights and balloons come out. We always have a traditional Christmas dinner and the best thing is I get all the presents because it’s my birthday!
Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Christmas is a time to think about others and we have a tradition in my house of making little gift parcels of Biscotti for every front door we can see from our own.
What’s the best thing about Christmas for you?
Well, I love the fact that food is so much part of all festivals. I have a sweet tooth so Bake Me a Festive Story was such a treat for me to create recipes for. But I also love the way Christmas time does inspire us to think of others. I think wouldn’t it be lovely if, for every three presents that are bought, an extra one is bought and given to a child who might not otherwise receive one.
Nadiya’s Bake Me a Festive Story by Nadiya Hussain and illustrated by Clair Rossiter is published by Hodder Children’s Books (Hachette)