3rd of Advent – Let’s make Gingerbreads

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So another week has flown by and yesterday was 3rd of Advent, which means there are only 2 more Sundays left before Christmas.  We went out and did a little bit of Xmas shopping in the afternoon. This year we have left it a bit late.  Like very late.  Actually, we only just started the shopping yesterday.  The shops were not that busy, I find where we live now, it really never gets as crazy as it used to be when we lived on the other side of town at Christmas time.  We only had to queue once which was when we were waiting to have our photo with Santa. The kids are getting older so I am grateful that they still agree to do it, but it has become a tradition for us and I enjoy looking at them and see how much they change each year.

When we got back we decided to make a batch of Gingerbreads.  I had prepared the dough the day before, so it didn’t take long to set up.  We ran out of time to ice them, so we’ll do that today hopefully.

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Snowy Rocky Road

Seriously. Who Can Resist Rocky Road?  I just love it, but only ever make it at Christmas time for some reason.  We like to make both the traditional milk chocolate rocky road as well as using white chocolate, simply because the white looks so snowy and pretty.

This is how I make it (which is pretty much the same as milk chocolate version, but with Desiccated Coconut sprinkled on top)

  • A packet or two of Marshmallows, cut into smaller pieces
  • 2 -3 Bars of Turkish Delight, cut into 1cm cubes
  • Salted Peanuts – as much as you like
  • 2-3 packs of White Chocolate (around 500-700gr in total)
  • Desiccated Coconut

I line a deep tray with baking paper.   Spread out the marshmallows.  Sprinkle over as much Turkish Delight as I think will taste good, I like to have one or two pieces in each serving.  Then I sprinkle over some peanuts, same process, just as I think will taste good. Melt the white chocolate (I always just melt it carefully in a jug in the microwave), pour it over, mix it in with your hands carefully just so it’s completely covers every piece of marshmallow.  Top with coconut to make it look like snow.  Put into fridge for 20 min, then cut into pieces and enjoy!

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The Build Up to Xmas

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For me, the build up to Christmas, is always nicer than just that one day in December.  I really enjoy the decorations, the smell of the tree, wrapping presents and the baking.  I tend to stagger the baking, not all the things I love at Christmas has to be consumed on Christmas Day, I rather have lots of little treats throughout December.  This weekend I am making Rocky Road, that’s the second batch by the way as the first lot disappeared in less than 24 hours.  I’m also making toffees and gingerbreads.  On the 13th of December it’s St Lucia in Sweden, but it also happens to be my husband’s birthday, so I will make a batch of saffron breads for St Lucia, as well as a baked cheesecake for him.  Some of these goodies may not see it out to Xmas day, but that doesn’t really matter, as long as we’ve had some in the middle of the build up to the big day.

This cake here is a Chocolate Fudge-Cake that I make throughout the year.  I normally make a Chocolate Cream Cheese American Frosting, but I wanted it to look a little more Christmassy so I didn’t add any cocoa.  It looked so sweet, I didn’t want to cut it, but that didn’t stop the rest of the family digging in.

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2nd of Advent

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Last night was the 2nd of Advent, so the countdown continues to Christmas.  Only 3 more Sundays until the big day.  Wow!  That’s not long and I have hardly started buying presents and need to start writing out a big list of everything that I need to organise or else it will get too overwhelming.  This week I’m going to start on some of yummy foods I like to make at Christmas time, such as gingerbreads, toffees, daim, and closer to St Lucia (13th Dec) saffron breads.  I’ll keep you posted!

All I Want For Christmas Is You

I love the little things around Christmas.  A cute little Pixie, an old candle holder, little Santas placed around the house, fairy lights.  Like this two candle holders.  The one above in gold says ”All I Want For Christmas Is You”.  I bought this one from LARK last Christmas and I love it, they still sell it – only $8.95 –  you can find it here.  The candle holder in the photo below is an old one from Sweden that I adore.  The little Pixie sitting underneath the candle is just too cute.  Next to it is one of my many Maileg pixie dolls that I have collected over the years.

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1st of Advent

So last night was the 1st Of Advent, meaning it’s only four Sundays til Christmas.  Each Sunday we light one more candle to count down and have some mulled wine & gingerbreads.  To me it’s the start of the Christmas season.  I have also hung a star in the window like most Swedish people do.  I buy the mulled wine from IKEA, but you can make it by yourself too, something I have not tried yet.  A craze started in Sweden a few years ago by serving Blue Vein Cheese on Gingerbreads, and although it doesn’t sound like it would go, it is divine!  It’s not the same having Christmas in summer time, but this year has been a very cold start to the summer season, so it almost works.  Happy 1st of Advent!

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