My Christmas workshop is still open J
I love dedicating the weekend to the creation of little warm gifts for my friends. The warmth comes from my heart and hands and I'm sure that this energy can be transferred and felt by the people I love filling their days with coziness. It's cold and windy outside, but I am warm at home with a cup of coffee and a bunch of ideas to bring to life with my own two hands. How can I not feel all fuzzy and Christmasy!
Today I'm making Christmas jars filled with aromatic dried fruit, rich chocolate muffins and ginger bites. I think the result with be a pleasant surprise for my friends. J
Aromatic dried fruit:
This is the second year we dry our fruit at home. As we don't have a sunny garden outside the window I use and electrical drier. With a little patience and a lot of love the result is excellent. I store the scents of summer in little cotton bags to open and enjoy them when it's cold and white outside. In the Christmas jar I put a rich fusion of dried fruits -apples, plums, apricots and cherries.You could also add a cinnamon stick and a few cloves. That is all you need to create delicious fruit tea to warm up your body and soul.
Rich chocolate muffins:
These muffins are inspired by the recipe for chocolate cake with Ricotta cheese glaze, which I found in Reader's Digest book "Healthy baking."
Pour 150 ml of boiling water over 140 grams of pitted prunes. After about 30 minutes, when the water is cold, blend the mixture.
50 grams of unsweetened butter
200 grams of flour ( I use wholemeal one)
4 table spoons of cocoa
140 grams of brown sugar
1 vanilla sugar or vanilla
1 baking powder
I didn't decorate or glaze the tiny muffins to preserve the delicious chocolate taste. The rich scent of the prunes and the natural cocoa creates a unique deep and long-lasting taste. Exquisite!
Ginger Bites with Honey & Cinnamon
85 grams of unsweetened butter
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
100 grams of honey
1 egg (from a happy hen of course) J
350 grams of flour (I use wholemeal one)
1½ tea spoon of baking soda
2 tea spoons of cinnamon
1 tea spoon of ginger
1 tea spoon of lemon peel
After you knead the dough split it in two and put it in a fridge for about and hour. Roll out a crust (about 3-4 mm) and cut out the cookies. Bake the cookies at about 180 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes. They don't expand much. Once cold you can decorate the cookies with glaze.
White glaze: Mix 1 cup of castor sugar, 3-4 table spoons of milk and a bit of butter. Alternatively you can use confectionery paints.
It is time to decorate the jars,while you're waiting for the muffins and cookies are cooling down. As you might have guessed from he pictures mine are from Ikea. I love shopping there. I always discover new ideas for homely adventures. I've decide to create a very simple and natural decoration. Some natural wool and few felt figures are more than enough.
These little Christmas surprises will surely bring warmth, coziness and love.
16 days till Christmas