Flaming Christmas Pudding:
This is one of the traditions of Christmas. A Christmas Pudding is a mixture of dry fruits like dates, apricots, cranberries, pecans etc. It is a rich Christmas treat and symbolizes the grandeur of the season. Before the pudding is cut a method called ‘flambe’ is used to set it on fire. This is done by pouring whiskey on the pudding and lighting it on fire. In my opinion the fire is a symbol of good triumphs over evil.
By Denver Lobo
Christmas Sugar Cookies:
170 g Butter (cubed)
225 g sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
340 g all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Combine with a spatula to be thorough.
Add the cold butter and use a hand mixer to mix well.
Whisk the eggs and vanilla extract together before adding it to the mixture and mix only till combined. Make sure not to over mix it. If the dough seems too dry add a little milk (little by little) till it reaches the desired consistency.
Chill the dough for a minimum of 2-3 hours (preferably overnight).
After that, roll it out on a well floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick.
Use your cookie cutters to cut out your designs and place the cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper before baking them at 160°C / 325°F for 18-20 mins.
Decorate with royal icing or just dust with a layer of powdered sugar.
And your homemade sugar cookies are ready!
By Misbah Shaikh
Dark Chocolate Oreo Fudge:
Condensed milk (Milk Maid preferred)
Oreo cookies (Vanilla/ Chocolate)
Take a glass bowl and add the dark chocolate (chop it into pieces so it becomes easier)
Add condensed milk into the chocolate (little more than the amount of chocolate taken)
Heat the bowl in a microwave with a 15 second interval till the mixture melts (thrice approximately)
Add the Oreo cookies in the mixture(break it into small bite sized pieces)
Take a baking tray and place butter paper on it, spread the mixture on the paper and put it in the fridge for 4 hours till it becomes hard.
Take it out of the fridge after 4 hours and cut it into squares. Enjoy!!!
By Vardhan Oak
4) Chocolate Cinnamon Brownies:
140 grams of Butter
200 grams of Dark Chocolate (melted)
1 Cup of Sugar
2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
1 tsp of cinnamon powder
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 Large Eggs
2 Tbsp of warm Water
1 tsp of Instant Espresso Powder
2/3 Cup of All Purpose Flour
1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease and put butter paper on it in an 8 by 8 square pan; set aside.
2) In a small cup mix together the warm water with the instant espresso powder; set aside.
3) In a large bowl whisk together the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and espresso mixture. Beat until all is combined.
4) Add the melted chocolate and whisk, add the dry ingredients and mix everything together until it’s combined, but don’t over mix it.
5) Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes.
6) Cool for about 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
By Karina Himatsingani