3 Perfect Christmas Recipes that bring the Holiday Cheer
We enjoy freshly fallen snow and overstuffed stockings just as much as the next person, but nothing
beats the distinct holiday feeling these Christmas recipes provide. It’s time to make fruitcakes
bursting with currants and cranberries, orange zest and apricots. Or to serve warm, spicy
gingerbreads and cinnamon Bundt drinks. Put on an ugly Christmas sweater and dig into a glorious
chocolate hazelnut mousse, or serenade your loved ones with peppermint ice cream cake carols and
promises of sticky toffee pudding. Whatever is at the top of your wish list this year—a laptop under
the tree, a marriage proposal, an adorable puppy, world peace—we hope you get it. Here’s our wish
list, complete with all three recipes.
1.Christmas Special- Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cake (Eggless) by Pâtissier Chef Sasha Wadhwa
- Baking Temperature – 150°C
- Baking time – 35-40 minutes
- Serves 4-6 people
- Pan size – 7 inches (greased and lined with butter paper)
- 120 gms Softened Butter
- 50 gms Brown Sugar
- 60 gms Caster Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 140 gms All Purpose Flour (Maida)
- ½ tsp Baking Powder
- ¾ tsp Baking Soda
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 120 ml Milk
- 1 tsp Vinegar
- 150 gms 55%-60% Couverture Chocolate pallets (or any good quality dark chocolate chopped into small chunks)
- Preheat your oven to 150°C
- Add vinegar to the milk and set aside.
- With an electric handheld mixer, or a whisk or spatula, beat the butter, brown sugar, and caster sugar, till the mixture turns fluffy, and brown sugar crystals have almost dissolved.
- Add in the vanilla extract and mix well.
- Sift the maida, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and a separate bowl and set aside.
- Mix in the dry ingredients into the creamed butter and sugar, a little at a time, alternating with the milk + vinegar mixture.
- Once the batter has come together, fold in the chocolate callets.
- Pour the batter into a well greased and lined pan, and bake at 150°C for 35-40 minutes, or till the top and edges are golden brown, and a skewer inserted to check doneness comes out clean.
- Once your cake is ready and cooled, de-mould from the pan and serve with any toppings of your choice. Enjoy!
2. Recipe of classic French Christmas cake, Mont Blanc by Akash Khandelwal, Sous Chef –Pastry & Bakery, Welcomhotel Sheraton,New Delhi
Recipe as follows :-
Meringue Swiss :
- 150 g Egg white
- 300 g Powder sugar
- 1/4 liter of milk
- 1/2 vanilla pod
- 3 egg yolks
- 50 g powdered sugar
- 20 g corn flour
- 25 g butter
- 60 g butter
- 60 g icing sugar
- 60 g almond powder
- 55 g Flour T45
- 10 whole egg
- 7 g baking powder
- 5 cl brown rum
- 100g Mix nuts
Milk Chocolate Vermicelli:
- 200 g milk chocolate
- 200 g cream
Meringue Swiss: –
- Take a heavy bottom Pan and pour the water, let it acts as a hot water bath. Combine egg whites, sugar, in the bowl of a stand mixer. Set over steaming water, stirring and scraping constantly with a flexible spatula, until egg whites hold steady at 175°F (79°C), between 8 and 10 minutes.
- Transfer to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whip at high speed until meringue is glossy and beginning to ball up inside the whisk, about 5 minutes. Using a plain nozzle pipe the meringue over a hemisphere silicon mold or any round hemisphere surface and let it dry in a hot area or closed oven. This will act as a base for the Mont Blanc.
- Put the milk into a large pan and gently bring to just below boiling point. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the yolks, corn flour, sugar and vanilla. Gradually pour the hot milk mixture onto the sugar mixture, whisking constantly.
- The mixture back into it. Heat gently, stirring with a wooden spoon until the custard is thickened. This will act as a filling inside the meringue dome which we created before.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, almond powder salt and baking powder, and then set aside. Cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs in one at a time while mixing at medium speed. Scrape the bowl down and beat until fully incorporated.
- Mix until incorporated. Add the flour mixture and mixed nuts in and mix until combined. Bake at 160c for 30-35mins and apply rum directly after baking out from the oven.
- Milk Chocolate vermicelli
- Take a heavy bottom pan and boil the full fat cream and pour over the milk chocolate. Cover it using a cling film and use it next day and after whipping using a whisk attachment or hand whisk.
- Take a base of dried and fill it with the custard. Baked x-mas cake should be cut in a 5cm ring and place on the top of the previous base of meringue & custard. To cover the prepared cake. Pipe the whipped chocolate vermicelli using a vermicelli nozzle. Garnish with candied Christmas fruits.
3. GINGERBREAD LATTE by The Simple Brew
- 60 ml Simple Brew Coffee Concentrate
- 200 ml milk of your choice
- 1 tbsp raw cocoa powder
- 1 date
- Add TSB Coffee Concentrate and milk in a small pot
- Heat over medium heat
- Combine cocoa powder & date in a blender
- Blend until the mix has a paste like consistency
- Pour coffee + milk mix in the same blender
- Blend until smooth
- Pour into a mug and sprinkle cocoa powder on top
Note – We recommend using the Double Brew for this recipe. It can also be prepared using the Single Brew depending on your preference.