Christmas! I’m having a super weekend of 3 days and on the side of walking and wallpapering, I’ll be spending the time in my kitchen. Have come up with many many things to bake to fill up our freezer again, and decided to start with Christmas baking.
In the bakery they started already last week after all, and watching all-night long how gingerbread-houses and Christmas cookies are being prepared around you.. Well, it makes you wanna try baking them, too. Especially ’cause when it comes to Christmas baking, things are so different here than in Finland. Even the basic spice mixture for ginger-breads is different, and the fact that German ginger-breads, Lebkuchen, are soft.. It’s all messed up.
Berliners are quite typical winter season baking over here – yes, they are not such an all-around-the-year thing, even though it’s Germany, the home of Berlin. Our bakery for example bakes them only from October ’till February. I tried deep-frying some at home, too. First I made meat doughnuts, which turned our gorgeous as always. After that I baked the Berliners, and despite them being so itty-bitty tiny, they still were raw from inside. The sugar just catches color so fast. Have to pretend that it’s just the jam inside making them so sticky. For next time I do need to control the oil temperature, have no idea how high it was this time.
Then I made the weirdest cookies, Cinnamon stars. They are made from a whisked-egg-powder-sugar-almond dough, similar to macaron bakings. The dough is just a lot drier, so one can cut shapes out of it. I didn’t have a star, so flowers and hearts had to suffice. Best thing was making the icing. It’s just whisked egg white and powder sugar, but it was spread on the cookies before baking. Made it have such a beautiful matt shine. Wanna try applying that method for other iced cookies, too. Luckily the Christmas season is full of them!
ps. Oh yeah, muffin baking at school went ok. For my liking the surface cracked too much, but the taste was geil, prima. Other kiddies found them superb.
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