It’s not Christmas if I don’t bake.
There are lots of things I have to do at Christmas time to get into the Christmas spirit, but baking is the most important part of that. When I live in America, I didn’t really have anyone to bake for but my housemate and the people I spent Christmas Day with, but I still spent hours in the kitchen just so I could capture that Christmas feeling.
This past weekend I was in the kitchen three nights until after midnight baking and decorating cookies and cakes. I watched three Christmas movies, got a bit hyper eating sugar and had a lovely time. I was by myself and a few days off leaving to go home for Christmas, but this was really the start of Christmas for me.
So, what did I make?
Every year I make Christmas biscuits with my Nan’s recipe. These are my go-to sugar cookie throughout the year as they are one of the only recipes that I find consistent with the amount of biscuits I get out of each batch, how well they hold their shape in the oven and how sturdy they are when I package them and deliver. I made a mixture of shapes and iced some with fondant which I either stamped with a Christmas embosser stamp and then sprayed with lustre mist, or hand drew Christmas designs on with an edible marker.
Inspired by one of my most favourite baking blogs, Raspberri Cupcakes, I decided to borrow Steph’s idea of cherry icing from her recent Ginger Shortbread with Cherry icing post and sandwich some of my Christmas biscuits together with a pink, cherry-flavoured icing. Judging by the amount of biscuits that made it only as far as my mouth, this was a grand success.
I also went on the search for a great gingerbread recipe and was impressed with the first one I tried (which funnily enough, was on the back of a greeting card!), and made two huge batches of gingerbread. I cut them out with a scottie dog/westie cutter and iced them with white white icing (does everyone know about white white icing?) and gave them a holly leaf bow. I called these “Gingerbread Jacks” in honour of my family’s lovely little white westie, Jack.
I am leaving to drive to Brisbane tomorrow, so there probably won’t be any more posts from me for the Christmas period. So, wishing all my readers (and while you’re not commenting, I know you’re reading!) a Merry, baking-filled, Christmas and Happy New Year.