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Festive Day 6: Festive Guest Post: Christmas Love by Emily Harvale

by Emily Harvale


Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, Elaine. It’s lovely to be here and I’d like to wish you and all your readers, a very Merry Christmas.

I absolutely love Christmas. It’s definitely my favourite time of year. All the decorations, the twinkling lights, the gorgeous sparkling baubles, the fragrance of fresh pine needles and the heady aromas of Christmas spices wafting from the kitchen. It makes me feel all warm and cosy just typing the words. I just wish we could have a white Christmas. I love snow. I know it makes life difficult but it’s so beautiful to look at. I live in Hastings, on the south east coast of England and we rarely get more than a five-second flurry.

Are you ready for the Christmas festivities to begin? Have you done all your shopping and wrapped all your presents? Are they now nestled beneath your tree, waiting to be ripped open on the big day?

Here’s a photo of mine. And I’ll be completely honest and admit that it went up in the middle of November. Yep. I’m that woman. Well I did tell you I absolutely love Christmas, so you shouldn’t be surprised. Only a couple of presents beneath its branches at the moment though. I must get to grips with my Christmas wrapping.

One of the other things I love about Christmas is the food. Making the Christmas cake and everyone stirring the mix and taking it in turns to make a wish. The mince pies. I put cranberries and cherries in my mixture… and rather a lot of brandy. Sausage rolls, gingerbread people, stollen (I adore stollen) cinnamon buns. All so yummy. But I thought I’d share one particular recipe with you that is both delicious and easy to make and will appeal to everyone who likes chocolate. Is there anyone who doesn’t like chocolate? I use white chocolate – because it’s more festive-looking, I think, but you can replace the white chocolate with either milk or plain, or a combination of all three and stir it into swirls of different colours.

White chocolate fridge cake/biscuits.

This can be either cake or biscuit, depending on the thickness you prefer and the size of tin/baking tray you use.


Approx 150g plain shortbread biscuits. I say ‘approx.’ because it really depends on how biscuity you want it. You can add more, or less, according to personal preference. And you can replace the shortbread biscuits with digestive biscuits, or amaretti biscuits, or even gingerbread biscuits, if you like.

400g white chocolate, broken into pieces The better the chocolate, the nicer these will taste. I use Lindt Excellence Vanilla White chocolate bars, but any white chocolate will do.

40g glacé (candid) cherries

40g dried cranberries

50g pistachios, roughly chopped

  1. Line a square cake tin or a rectangular baking tray with baking paper. Break, chop or bash the biscuits into different-sized pieces. You can do this in a bowl using a wooden spoon or the end of a rolling pin.
  2. Put the white chocolate in a large heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and leave it to melt slowly over a very low heat. Make sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Do not stir at this stage, or it may go lumpy. Take the bowl off the heat before the chocolate has melted completely and now stir gently until smooth. You can melt the chocolate in a microwave if you prefer but remember to take it out just before the chocolate is fully melted, and then stir gently, as above.
  3. Stir in most of the cranberries, cherries and pistachios and then add the biscuit pieces. Tip the mixture into the lined tin and smooth to flatten the surface, gently pressing the mixture down. Scatter a few pistachio pieces, cherries and cranberries on top and press in lightly with a spoon.
  4. Chill until set, which will take about 2 hours. Then cut into whatever size you want.

The cake/biscuits can be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks – but I’d be amazed if you and your friends and family haven’t eaten the lot within a day or two!

And now, of course, I’ve got to go and make some, because just looking at the photo has made me want a piece (or two) with a lovely cup of tea.

I hope you have a wonderful, magical, sparkly Christmas, filled with love and laughter shared with friends, relatives and other loved ones. But if you fancy a quiet moment to curl up and read, perhaps with some white chocolate fridge cake and your favourite drink, I just happen to have a Christmas book out again this year. It’s part of my new Wyntersleap series but it can be read as a standalone. It’s called ‘Christmas at Wynter House’ and as a special, festive treat, it’s only 99p until Christmas Eve. You can get it here: mybook.to/WynterHouse


Love, Emily xxx



Thank you so much, Emily, I hope you and your family have a fantastic festive season, too. I just can’t resist trying out your recipe for chocolate fridge cake and I know I loved reading ‘Christmas at Wynter House’ so hope more folks will grab themselves a copy and share in the fun there – you can read my review of it here!

3 comments on “Festive Day 6: Festive Guest Post: Christmas Love by Emily Harvale

  1. emilyharvale
    December 21, 2019

    Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Elaine. And thanks again for your fantastic review of Christmas at Wynter House. Wishing you and all your lovely readers a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • bicted
      December 21, 2019

      Definitely my pleasure, Emily, and I pride myself on being honest in my reviews – and I loved every book I’ve read by you! Thank you so much for your guest post. Best wishes to you and your family for a fantastic festive season followed by a fabulous future. xxx


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