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Some goodies for Christmas

Shops, bakeries and Christmas markets are fulfilled by a seductive fragrance! Delicious cookies sweeten the time until Christmas Eve in every year. The tradition of baking for festivals goes back to pre-Christian times. Cookies “flat-shaped cakes” – are probably the most popular Christmas sweets. Whether outrivaled, modelling, splattering, manually – decorated or pure – the main intention 2015 is called homemade. 

The short pastry is diverse and offers, next to gingerbread, stollen and Co., one of the tastiest delights of the year. We put together some of our favorites and didn’t want to give up a German classic.

Vanilla croissant: sweet goodie of shortcrust

ingredients for a normal portion

  • 300g flour
  • 200g butter
  • 100g sugar
  • 100g powdered almond
  • 1 yellow of an egg

for decorating: vanilla- and sugar powder

Mixing flour and butter to a dough. Add sugar and almonds. Quickly add the yellow of the egg and knead the mass. Now put the dough into the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Afterwards form the cold dough as half moons (like croissants) and spread them on a baking tray with baking paper. Meanwhile, preheat the oven and cake the croissants at 150°C until they turn golden yellow. Mixing the sugar powder and vanilla sugar to rotate the fresh croissants in it.

Another option is to add some dried fruits- such as cranberries- to the dough to get a more fruity taste.

Cinnamon stars 

  • 190g sugar powder
  • 100g powdered almond
  • 200g powdered nuts
  • 2 white of egg
  • 1 ts cinnamon
  • some lemon juice

Whisk the white of egg and sugar powder stiff into an icing. Put apart about 1/3 of the rest. Mix the remaining icing with the other ingredients (but initially only 100g nuts). Important, do not fold in with an eggbeater but with a spoon. Knead everything. Arrange the remaining nuts on a baking sheet, place the rolled dough (nearly 8-10cm) on it and cut out some star. Put the stars on a baking sheet with baking paper and generously coat them with the remaining icing. Now cake them for about 10-12 minutes at 150°C.

Homemade hot spiced wine

  • 750ml white wine dry
  • 750ml Rosé
  • 1500ml red wine dry
  • 300g sugar
  • respectively 1 untreated lemon and orange
  • 2 bars of cinnamon
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 star anise

Put all the different types of wine in a large pot and warm them slowly. Important, do not cook the wine! Cut lemon and orange into slices. Add lemon, orange and spices to the wine. Put in the sugar little by little.

Spirits such as Cointreau, brown Rum or Amaretto give a special flavor to the wine.

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