World Wide Holiday Treats
Cooking is an amazingly fun activity for families to share particularly during holiday seasons. This classic form of celebration is enjoyed world wide and each country has its own traditional recipes which have been handed down through the generations to be enjoyed by millions of holiday celebrants.
A classic Christmas treat is gingerbread people; hard tasty biscuits adorably cut out in our familiar outline. The ingredients consist of:
225 grams plain flour
75 grams sieved soft brown sugar
95 grams butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 tablespoon black treacle
1 teaspoon ginger and cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
½ orange rind, grated
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Either 50 grams of currants or a few Smarties
The method: Heat oven to gas mark 4, 350°F (180°C). Place sugar, syrup, rind, treacle, a tablespoon of water, spices in saucepan. Bring to boil, continually stirring. Remove from heat, add butter and soda. Stir in flour until dough is achieved. Cover dough, leave for half hour and then roll out and shape the biscuits. Add decorations of currents or Smarties. Place on grease proof paper and bake for 10-15 minutes.
A celebratory dish for the holiday of Hannukah is latkes (commonly known as potato pancakes). The recipe:
4 med. potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sour cream
½ teaspoon pepper ½ cup of oil
The method: Peel and grate potatoes and onion in a bowl. Mix in eggs, cream and seasoning. Heat oil in frying pan until sizzling. Add mixture and continually turn until pancake is ready. Repeat until mixture is used or appetites sated.
A traditional Italian Christmas cake is panettone. This fruit cake is a beautiful holiday treat and any leftovers can either be utilized in trifles or puddings. The ingredients include:
50g caster sugar
3 eggs, beaten
400g plain flour/white bread flour, sifted
1 teaspoon sugar and salt
1 tablespoon dried yeast
4 tablespoons milk
½ rind of lemon and orange, grated
100g raisins 75g chopped mixed peel
The Method: Preheat oven to Gas Mark 6, 400F, (200C). Greaseproof paper a cake tin. Pour the milk into a bowl. Add sugar and yeast. Leave to stand until it becomes frothy. In separate bowl cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and rind. In third bowl add flour and salt and then fold in the milky and buttery mixtures and mix until dough forms. Knead dough, leave it covered to rise double its size. Add raisons and peel and re-knead firmly. Leave to rise again. Place in oven in bread tin for 30-40 minutes until golden.
If you want a break from your family’s traditional holiday treats then maybe try your hand at Spanish treats; these include “San Pablo” Christmas marzipan, breadcrumb doughnuts in rosemary honey syrup, Turron ice cream (made with two nougats) and epiphany bread, shaped as a crown.
Everyone loves home baked cookies so if you want to experiment new recipes why not try traditional German recipes including Chocolate Raspberry Linzer Cookies, Spritzgebäck (Christmas cookies) and Chocolate Dipped Spritz Cookies which are fun and easy to make.
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June 12, 2016 / Ocie /
Categories: Health & Fitness