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Tis the season… to bake up a storm!

December 13th, 2005 · 4 Comments

I have finished my Christmas shopping…. well I thought I had!

Then G comes home and says he needs a secret santa for work.  And
something
for his PA.  And then gorgeous girl needed a gift for a birthday
party… and she wanted some gifts for her horse riding instructors.
Never say you have finished – they start coming out of the woodwork!

Anyway, we are going to sort some of these this weekend.  Gorgeous
girl and I are planning a baking day.  Today she is going through the
cookbooks and
magazines to select a couple of easy yummy recipes, and we
will be including anything we need in our grocery shop later this
week.

Then we will turn the aircon on full blast and spend a happy
morning or so baking up a storm.  I am really looking forward to that
time with her, as we dont often get the chance.  And then she’ll use a
pretty basket, stacks of cellophane and plenty of pretty ribbon to
package up little gifts for all her friends at riding.  And there
should be still plenty left over for holiday munching and to bring out
when unexpected guests pop over.

My Great-Grandmother’s shortbread recipe is one of the staples I
make every year.  Along with mini Christmas cakes made in a muffin pan
and decorated with almonds and glace cherries.  And I am sure some
biscuits cut with cookie cutters into Christmas shapes and decorated
with garish green and red icing will get made.  Along with something
chocolate (there HAS to be something chocolate!!!).

My mother makes the most wonderfully moist Christmas cakes.  And my
mother-in-law always does the Christmas pudding each year, and things
like rum balls and marzipan-stuffed dates. 

So truly it is the season to indulge, just a little!!!  [Although I
will be keeping up my visits to the gym over the holiday season so I
dont turn into the goodyear blimp!]

Anyone like a bit of shortbread with their cuppa?

Do you enjoy baking yummy things at Christmas?  Please share!

Tags: Wonder Woman

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joy Des Jardins // Dec 13, 2005 at 11:52 pm

    Yum! It all sounds so delicious Karen. I love shortbread cookies. Though I won’t be baking this year, a couple of my daughters will. How does a chocolate mint mousse cake sound? Yep, it’s wonderful. Most of all, I just love the cookies….shortbread, gingerbread, sugar, butter. Definitely one of the guilty pleasures about Christmas we all look forward to.

  • 2 Maryanne // Dec 14, 2005 at 12:13 am

    Your goodies sound so tempting. I make the usual cut out sugar cookies so the kids can decorate them, they are a must. I also make some thumbprints filled with chocolate and raspberry jam, we drizzle white chocolate over both. I also make these bite size cheesecake cookes with a cherry on top and little bite size pecan pies. I Only make these at this time of year. I love baking, I put on the Christmas music, make sure the tree is lit and get into the spirit.

  • 3 Karen // Dec 14, 2005 at 7:21 am

    Thanks Joy – the chocolate mint mousse cake sounds divine! Enjoy the goodies your daughters bake.

    Thanks Maryanne – you’re so right about getting the atmosphere exactly right, making sure the tree is lit and the music is on. I must remember that. All those things sound so yummy!

    Thanks for the comments ladies!

  • 4 Leah // Dec 15, 2005 at 2:52 pm

    As you definitely understand Karen Christmas in the heat and humidity of Australia’s east cost can make the traditional Christmas baking a little hot under the collar. Of course it doesn’t mean I don’t do the traditional – my fruit mince pies are such a treat that I have made 6 doz already and they have disappeared – family, friends, neighbours and even Ian’s work colleagues all stand in line when the know it is time for mince pies.

    One of the things that I do that is more in keeping with an Australian Summer Christmas is the good old Summer Pudding – that rich red colour makes it just perfect for this time of year. What’s even better is there is no oven required.

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