Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Scandi treats


We ditch the traditional festive treats for something Scandinavian inspired mixed with Cellardoor’s creative handiwork: reds and whites, gingerbread with a touch of cinnamon (Swedish pepparkakor enthused) coconut ice and chocolate.



Ingredients
To make the gingerbread house, cherub and star

Gingerbread mixture
225g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
112g butter, softened
85g soft brown sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup

Icing
112g icing sugar
1 tbsp water
Coloured icing tubes

Method
-       Heat oven to 180C
-       Sift the flour, baking powder and spices into a mixing bowl
-       In a saucepan heat the golden syrup, sugar and butter until it melts, then let the mixture cool and add to the mixing bowl
-       Stir and then knead the mixture into a ball
-       Dust the work surface with flour and roll the rough until about ½ cm thick
-       Cut a 7x7cm square (x2) 7x5cm rectangle (x2) and for the sides of the house use a template of a rectangle 9x7cm plus a triangle attached adding an extra 3cm to the whole length of the side: for the other shapes it will be easiest to use cookie cutters
-       Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until they are golden brown and leave them to cool
-       Assemble the house with the icing – make sure it is thick – leave to dry for 15 mins and then decorate

To make the snowman and the Christmas trees

Coconut Ice
½ pint water
450g sugar
Pinch cream of tartar
112g desiccated coconut
1 heaped tbsp thick cream

Fillings and toppings
½ packet of white cooking chocolate
½ packet of dark cooking chocolate
1 small bought chocolate cake
Handful of walnuts

Method
-       Cut two healthy sized cubes of the chocolate cake (one for the head and the other for the body) and melt dark chocolate with some butter and then add the mixture to the cake
-       Roll into one larger ball and one smaller ball and fill the centre with chopped walnuts
-       Place in fridge to harden, then make the butter icing (you’ll just need some icing sugar and softened butter) and spread onto the balls and roll these in the desiccated coconut and then assemble to make the main body of your snowman (decorate as desired)
-       Now to make the Christmas trees! Heat sugar and water in a strong saucepan until sugar is dissolved and add the cream of tartar then boil steadily, then add the coconut and cream and beat together
-       Let the mixture cool slightly and then use kitchen gloves to form pyramid shapes for the trees, leave to harden
-       Melt the white chocolate and dip the base of the pyramids in, then leave to harden

Put together your creations on lined tray with silver paper and desiccated coconut and icing sugar and chop up flakes for logs. 

Why not make extra gingerbread cherubs and stars and hang them on the tree?

By Melodie Walter

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