November 23, 2015

Stir Up Sunday

Can I just pretend that I HAVEN’T been absent for a month here and just dive straight back into the conversation? Yep! Lovely, ‘cause yesterday my kitchen turned into a flour-dusted, sugar-coated, butter-slathered major Christmas bake-off station and I really wanted to tell you all about it.

It was Stir Up Sunday here in England and therefore time to gather the ingredients and get baking for Christmas. Unfortunately I can’t say the fruity Christmas pudding that inaugurated the tradition is a family favourite around here. Hence why I swapped the sticky fruits for even stickier marshmallow frosting and opted for (drum-roll): Christmas Pudding Cookies.

That’s a kind of pudding even the Englishman can agree with. Even more when he gets to dip oven warm cookies into the gooey sugar frosting all Sunday long. About time therefore that I filled the cookie jars. Where I come from, they used to be the main source of food during the holidays anyway.

The cookies and white frosting I made based on this lovely and simple recipe. The green and red frosting is ready-made frosting from a tube, to which I forgot to buy the nozzle, so I “painted” it on with a skewer.


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Chocolate-Cinnamon Christmas Pudding Cookies
(for 20 cookies)

Ingredients

Cookies
200g soft butter
100g icing sugar
250g plain flour
1 large egg yolk
5 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Frosting
2 large egg whites
130g caster sugar

Clues
In a bowl mix together butter, flour, sugar, egg yolk, cocoa powder and cinnamon.
Knead until the dough is smooth and the bowl is clean.
Wrap in cling film and cool in the fridge for an hour.

Roll out the dough on a lightly flour dusted surface to 5mm.
Use the rim of a small glass or jar or a round cookie cutter to cut out circles
and place them on a tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in the pre-heated oven for 12minutes on 180°C (fan).
Let them cool on a rack or plate before decorating.

For the frosting beat two egg whites until they are stiff.
Then sprinkle in the sugar and mix together until it is a gooey mass.

Dip your cookies in the marshmallow frosting and let it dry a bit.
For the final touch add leaves and berries with green and red frosting.

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What treats are coming out of your Christmas bakery this year? Has the season started yet? Please share your sugary goodness. There can never be too many cookies in a jar.

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