I wish everyone of y´all 12 months of happiness, 52 weeks of fun and 365 days of good health.
(I know this phrase is longer, but in my oppinion this covers the most important :)
This dummy is made for an online contest at SCD. I did´tn really have the time for it, but the contest was announced like ½ year ago, and at the time i said i would participate, so i found the time somewhere after all. The theme was this pretty napkin:
Anyway, i expect it to land on one of the 4 first places... ´cause there are only 4 competitors! :)
Just as last year - and the year before - our christmas sweets were done at the last second. No time for anything fancy, just a tiny amount of marzipan and nougat rolled in different shapes with sprinkles on.
Never mind, people are always too stuffed to enjoy them on christmas eve , and now we all have to go on a diet anyway!!
The cute mini cake-stands, a gift from my dad are from "Harlekin" at Tivoli. They were so kind to mail these by post :)
150g egg whites - left at roomtemperature for 48 hours (No worries, as eggwhite has natural anti-bacterial properties) - 45g caster sugar - 190g ground almonds - 300g confectioners sugar - 30g finely chopped chocolate chips - a pinch of salt. - Aprox. 40 pieces (20 sandwich-macaroons)
Prepare bakingsheets: Mark circles using a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter dipped in flour.
Sift confectioners sugar twice and mix with the finely ground almonds. Add the chopped chocolate an mix well.
Mix the eggwhite just foamy and add the caster sugar a little at a time on medium speed. On high speed, mix until the whites reaches a firm peak. With a spatula, fold in the dry ingredients until smooth. Tap the bowl a few times on the kithcen table, to make air-pockets burst. Put mixture in a piping bag.
Pipe the macaroons onto the prepared baking sheets. Leave them for 30-60 minutes for them to form a skin, check; If nothing sticks to your finger when touching, the macaroons are ready to bake.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degree celcious for about 12-15 minutes. It´s ok to put several baking sheets in the oven at the same time. When they´re done, slide the macaroons (still on the baking paper) off the baking sheets to cool off on the kitchentable.
Let the macaroons cool of completely before filling - after filling, refridgerate for 20 minutes so they´ll be nice and firm before serving.
Suitable fillings: Any buttercream or chocolate ganache. I used Wilton´s ready-to-use buttercream and added peppermint flavour.
Sprinkels: I chrushed a few christmas-canes and sprinkled on some of the macaroons, before they went into the oven, and that worked quite well.
TIP: Ladurée says to keep the macaroons stored for 2 days before eating, because that´s the time it takes to achieve a perfect balance between texture and flavour.... I´ll try that next time... :)
I bake vanilla wreaths´s every year for Christmas. A good collegue of mine gave me the recipe for....well many years ago. Nobody eats them on christmas eve, but they´re nice to have during december if people comes by for coffee, and a great give-away too:
500g flour - 375g butter - 250g sugar - 125g chopped almonds with or without the skin - 1 large egg - 1½ teaspoon vanillasugar.
Mix softened butter, flour, sugar and chopped almonds well. Add egg and vanillasugar and cool in fridge for 1 hour. Run through a grinder with a star-plate, form rings and put on a baking-sheet, bake in oven for 200 degree celcius for 10-12 min. Cool off on a cooling rack.
I´ve often wondered how to decorate the cute rockinghorse cookies, besides the obvious way. This is why i never cut out too many of them. I came up with this idea, wich i LOVE! Sure, it takes some time, and when you run out of rockinghorse-cookies and are on a roll, then what to do?? I´ll show you later ;)
I made three of these cute cookies, on the pink one the colours flooded, the turquoise one cracked, (I didn´t eat them, i swear!) and this one is full of air-bubbles... Well, it´s still cute i think. :) If i get a minute i´ll make some more.. Maybe.
I came across a photo of the cutest little brownie-houses, sprinkled with confectioners sugar somewhere on the internet, simply can´t remember where, but i had to try them out. These must go under my favorite category; Easy but with great effect! The candy-canes are store-bought, but the little mint-sweets are made of fondant. Recipe for the cake here.
Add any flavour you like, vanilla, lemon/orange zest, cinnamon etc. Also you can replace 50 g of the flour with cocoa powder.
(I always add nothing or lots of vanilla :)
Add all ingredients - stir the egg gently before adding.
After kneaded together, wrap the dough in clingfilm and place in fridge for 1½ hour. This makes the dough more stable, so the cookies won´t lose shape too easy when cut out and moved onto the baking sheet.
Knead lightly and roll out the dough and cut out whatever shapes you want. Bake in the middle of the oven at 175-200 degrees for 12-15 minutes depending on the size of the cookies.
Always place similar sizes on the bakingsheets for the cookies to be baked evenly.
When out of the oven, place the cookies on a wire rack to allow them to cool of quick and get crispy.
TIP: (Not a necessity): I roll out between 2 wooden dowels to get an even thickness on each cookie
I roll out on a large piece of baking paper, this way i dont have to use lots of flour to release them from the table after cutting out.