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I was waiting Christmas from September but when they came deep in the heart I was already waiting for the spring 🙂 It’s good that for Christmas everything was planned and I knew that maybe it”s the first and the last Christmas when I can spend a lot of time doing something for them. So I didn’t hesitate and did almost everything I could. That’s why in this blog before Christmas there was no entries – I didn’t want that the surprise presents were known before getting them.
This (now it’s last) year I made gingerbread cookies for the first time. And I wasn’t lazy so I made two gingerbread houses. This cute house was brought to my son”s group in the kinder-garden. I finished it in tree days without a hurry 🙂 The first day was set for baking the houses, the second – for building those houses, the third – for baking and making decorations. It was fun 🙂 and scary – when I wanted to show houses to my kids and one of them started to rip the Christmas tree while the other tried to take off the door from the other house 🙂 And then I had to hear a lot of prayers “Mommy, please please please let me eat this house”, my heart was aching saying “Sorry, not now”. I regret to say that we didn’t taste neither of houses… The second house went left in the place where we celebrated Christmas. Who ate it said that it was very tasty (what can you expect when lickerish family eats the house for whose decorations was used half kilogram of sugar powder?) 🙂
Now I will try to write down all sources of ideas/recipes that next time when I decide to make gingerbread houses I could spend less time browsing the web 🙂
The template of the house is taken from Martha Stewart”s website
The houses were glued and the snow was made from royal icing. The proportions for royal icing I used: 1 egg white, 200 g sugar powder and pinch of lemon acid. This amount was enough for building the houses and make a little bit of snow on the roof. But for icicles and to cover all roofs with snow I had to make royal icing two more times. So in total I made white royal icing three times.
I tried to make almond herringbone from Neringos blog, but baked sponge-cakes” tops were very slender so herringbones bow down. I was afraid to proceed with Neringa recipe descriptions so I just one more time prepared royal icing, coloured it with green food colour and sprinkle with it herringbone” sponge-cakes. But what can I say… the wind was very strong and for more it started to snow so my herringbone were leaning.
Next it was time for snowmen. I saw very beautiful snowmen in Minjina Kuhinjica blog but I used only visual material for making snowmen” scarfs. My snowmen are made of Coconut candies that I saw in Jogos mityba
Snowmen scarfs I made from Chewits candies.
I think I wrote all the sources. Hope that it will be helpful not only for me in the future but for someone else more 🙂
These muffins are really good, because they are very moist, not very sweet and of course – they are with chocolate! My kids just love them and at one time ate almost everything (my hubby helped them a little bit 🙂 ). So we agreed that we will repeat very soon.
I still have apples and they are shouting that I have to make something from them before I have to throw them away. I chose this recipe because I had some vanilla sauce and in the recipe it was suggested to eat it with ice creams. Children like the cake even without the sauce.
This gingerbread cookies I baked two times and the second time I made them thinner – these were much more better 😉 It’s sad that ducks, elephants, mice and butterflies didn’t survived till photo session.. By the way, I don’t know why but butterflies were most popular 🙂 Maybe because they were very colourful… This is the last entry about Christmas baking. So what now? Will be waiting for the spring? 🙂
Before baking this case, I couldn’t decide – it’s a cake or a pie. But when I baked it no questions were left – it’s really a cake and the good one. Crispy top, tender egg while layer and sour cherries makes very good combination. But if you are afraid of sour cherries, you can use preserved cherries. The next time egg white layer I will make smaller or will use bigger cake form (now I used 24cm). I know, the photos are horrible, but I had to do some photos in a rush, because I try to bake less sweets and the next time this cake will be baked after long time.
It was really impulsive baking. I saw them in a magazine for parents in a section “Baking together”. 🙂 Together? So I asked if my kids want to bake something and they happily agreed. So I just measured all ingredients in purpose that my kids were not bored, and they started to work. The result came out perfect – smell was fantastic, and the taste was remarkable – berries gave some refreshing sourness and banana gave moisture. Even next day they were very good and left over disappeared too quickly. So I’m thinking to repeat them very soon again.