Holiday Treats

syLast week was a busy week indeed. I’ve baked some Christmas treats and celebrated our independence day. The week was great with perfect weather and tasty food, but not so great considering my weight loss. Nevertheless here I have recipes for somethings I made or baked. Like I’ve said before, Christmas is only once in a year.

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Earl Grey Truffles, about 25 pieces  Earl Grey truffles

You’ll need

  • 1,25 dl / 0,5 cups cream
  • 1 tbs loose Earl Grey
  • 150 g / 5,3 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 25 g / 0,9 oz butter
  • cocoa powder (for decoration)

You do

  1. Mix chilled cream and loose Earl Grey together in a small pot. Cover with a lid and leave it in the fridge over night.
  2. Heat the mixture to the boiling point. Sieve the cream and measure it. You’ll need 0.9 dl cream. Add chopped chocolate and honey together with the cream and mix until chocolate has melted. Add butter to the mix.
  3. Cover the mix and let it set in the fridge over night
  4. Make ball shaped thingies from the mix. Turn the balls over cocoa powder.
  5. Preserve truffles in a fridge.

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Christmas Loaf  Joululimppu

You’ll need

  • 7,5 dl / 3,2 cups sour cream
  • 50 g / 1,8 oz yeast
  • 1 dl / 0,42 cups syrup
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1,5 ts fennel
  • 1,5 ts anise
  • 0,5 ts seville orange peel
  • about 8 dl / 3,4 cups rye flour
  • about 8 dl /3,4 cups wheat flour

And to brush loafs

  • about  0.25 dl / 0,1 cups syrup
  • about 0.25 dl / 0,1 cups water

You do

  1. Warm up the sour cream until it’s hand tempature. Dissolve yeast in the warm sour cream.
  2. Add syrup and seasonings to the sour cream (First crush the fennel and anis in the mortar).
  3. Put the flours in little by little. Put in a warm place, until dough have risen to double its size.
  4. Make 3 loafs. Let them rise well (about 30 to 40 min). Poke holes lightly through the loafs (I used knitting needle).
  5. Pre-heat oven to 200°C. Bake about 30 min on lowest level in the oven.
  6. Brush the loafs with syrup-water mix at the end of the baking (about 10 min before they’re done) and right away after they are off the oven.

This bread/loaf is so good. You can eat the loaf for example with blue cheese or gravlax (raw salmon with salt, white pepper and let it stay in fridge 1-2 days). Also cranberry cheese is good with this too.

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Gingerbread Cookies

Internet is full with recipes for these cookies and you can also buy a dough from grocery store. I would say these cookies are made nearly every household in Finland and my family isn’t exception. With these dough you can also make ginger bread house. Someones like to decorate cookies with frosting/icing but I don’t like to do that now.

You’ll need  joulupiparit

  • 250 g / 8,8 oz margarine or butter
  • 2 dl / 1 cup sugar
  • 1,5 dl / 0,6 cups syrup
  • 1,5 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1,5 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp clove powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tsp seville orange peel
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • about 9 dl / 3,8 cups wheat flour

You do

  1. Put margarine/butter, sugar, syrup, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger and seville orange peel in a big pot. Heat it up to the boiling point.
  2. Put the pot in the kitchen sink and cool down the mix. There should be cold water in the sink, so it would cool down faster. Stir it up now and then while the mix is cooling. It should be just little bit colder than lukewarm.
  3. Whisk eggs one by one with a whisk to the mix.
  4. Mix salt, baking soda and flour together.
  5. Mix flour mix together with cool mix. Add flour mix carefully, little by little.
  6. Put the dough in the fridge and let set over night. I usually put the dough in a plastic container, ‘cos it’s fits better to the my fridge.
  7. Next day make cookies with cookie cutters. Or make up shapes, your imagination is the limit.
  8. Pre-heat  the oven 200°C / 392°F and bake cookies about 8 to 10 min.

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Have a absolutely fantastic time while waiting Christmas! At least I will! Feel free to copy these recipes (only recipes, not pictures ‘cos those are mine) and let me know if you going to do one of this treats or if you already done. It would be fun to know your thoughts after you made these.

With Love SonyaBlue       XOX