Christmas – time for warm and cold desserts

Christmas Dessert Recipes are the best way to dedicate your meal to the festive season. Desserts not only mark the end of a meal but also are the highlight of any celebration.
Christmas Dessert Recipes will, of course, feature the traditional Christmas Cake, Christmas Pudding and cookies. But going with the fads, let us also use some fresh fruits to make some delightful puddings and desserts. Also, as we all know it, chocolate is on an all time high. So what about going through some Chocolate and Prune Pudding and Chocolate Marquise. Those who love some liquor who definitely adore the Bailey’s Ice cream Mousse.
For fresh fruit ideas, let me run you through some simple puddings using apple and banana.
In this, apples and strawberries covered with oats and wheat flour with brown sugar to make a healthy dessert. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Core 2- 3 medium apples and chop roughly. Put them in an ovenproof dish. Slice 15-20 strawberries thinly and add. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar and mix and let it stand for sometime. Place ½ cup rolled oats in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder and 3 tablespoons brown sugar and mix. Add 2 tablespoons chilled diced butter and mix with finger tips so that it resembles bread crumbs. Spread this mixture over the fruits in the dish. Place it in the oven and bake for about twenty minutes. Serve warm.
This is an ideal teatime cake with the goodness of whole-wheat flour. Preheat oven to 180 C. Grease and line a nine-inch by four-inch loaf tin. Sieve ¾ cup whole wheat flour, ¾ cup refined flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, salt, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg powder. Cream 200 grams butter and 1 cup brown sugar together in a bowl till light. Add 2 medium mashed bananas, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence and mix. Beat 3 eggs with a hand blender till light and fluffy. Add one third of the flour mixture to the banana mixture. Add one third of the beaten eggs and mix with a light hand. Again add one third of the flour and one third of the eggs and mix. Add the remaining flour, ¼ cup chopped walnuts and the remaining eggs and mix. Add 2 tablespoons milk to correct the consistency of the batter. Transfer the batter into the prepared tin and place it in the preheated oven. Bake at 180 C for about thirty minutes. Check if it is done by inserting a skewer. If it comes out clean it is done. If not, keep the tin back in the oven and bake for another five to ten minutes. Turn over onto a rack and cool before slicing.
You can serve this cake hot or cold.

Christmas time – have some fun with cookies

Christmas cookie recipes are really fun to share! Not only can you get some good Christmas cookie recipes from books, magazines and sites but also from friends and family members who you know are crazy about baking.
So this Christmas not only make some of your favourite cookies, but also some really different ones like Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies, Crunchy Peanut Cookies and Honeyed Fig and Walnut Cookies.
For the easiest and the most festive delight, follow this recipe: Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease a baking tray. In a bowl mix together 2 cups refined flour, a pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon baking powder and set aside. In another bowl beat together ½ cup butter and ¾ cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg and1 teaspoon vanilla essence and beat until well combined. Add the flour mixture and mix to make a smooth dough. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll to a thickness of a quarter inch. Cut the cookies into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place them on the baking tray keeping a little distance between each. Bake the cookies for ten minutes or until browned around the edges. Take the tray out of the oven and set aside to cool.
To make the icing, sieve 1 cup icing sugar. Cream ½ cup butter till soft in a bowl. Add icing sugar a little at a time and beat. Add ½ teaspoon vanilla essence and continue beating till light and fluffy. Decorate the cookies with the icing and glaze them with jam.
Christmas cookie recipes are best written down and stored for posterity once you have hit upon the perfect working recipe for you. Cookies not only make any time snacks but also make a fantastic post meal event with some coffee.

Season for festivals

The days seem to fly by rapidly! We have been getting requests for recipes for Christmas cakes and somehow it seems that the time is just right! Those who want to soak the fruits in spirit would be planning their shopping list already, as well as their gifting list.
In fact, it is not so easy to change your traditional recipe for Christmas cake or Christmas Pudding so easily. Every home has its own recipe and it is passed down as legacy. But it never hurts to ask around and search for some more variations. For this, reading up good cookery books is essential as well the net has a plethora of offerings. As for now you could also read up on Christmas Cookies, Christmas Punch and Christmas Special Masala Biscuits.
There are many traditions that weave their special magic for building up the Christmas spirit and excitement. The Christmas fir tree is one for sure. Be it holly, mistletoe or fir trees, green is the colour of Christmas festivities. A wreath with holly, red berries and other decorations began from at least the 17th century. Holly, with its sharply pointed leaves, symbolised the thorns in Christ’s crown-of-thorns. Red berries symbolised the drops of Christ’s blood. A wreath at Christmas signified a home that celebrated the birth of Christ.
Well, it is easy to get carried away when it is the season of festivals – the feeling of bonhomie and all is well is just great. To make sure your recipe for Christmas cake is safe and intact, why not preserve it as an important document and keep for the next generation?