Last weekend, I was suddenly given the gift of time.
You can probably guess what I used it for.
That's right: Christmas baking!
I made hazelnut-almond batons* and thin gingerbread almond cookies* from my favourite new cookbook, Classic German Baking. Of course, I also had to make a loaf of marzipan stollen.*
After two of those recipes called for grated lemon peel, naked lemons started colonizing my kitchen. I thought I should use them up before they multiplied, so I re-adapted my Great-Grandma McNair's lemon loaf to be gluten-free. It was fluffy and soft and buttery — I'll be posting about that soon.
After all that ... I was done. If I don't cook or bake for the next two weeks, I will be a happy camper. (Yes, that includes Christmas. Maybe we could have a cookie plate for dinner?)
If you haven't made your Christmas cookies yet, I thought you might like a round up of my favourites over the years, so here are few links. And do check out Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss — it is a lovely tome of German goodness I will treasure for years. It even has a whole section devoted to Christmas baking.
- Chocolate Ginger Cookies
- Jane's Pecan Puffs
- Nougat Marzipan Cookies
- Ottolenghi's Spice Cookies
- Shortbread Peppermint Pattie Cookies
- Spiced Ginger Mounds
- Three-Layer Peppermint Bark
- Tipsy Rum Balls
- Walnut Slugs
- Cheese Ball! (If you can't survive on cookies alone)
- The Trudeaus gave these lovely scarves to the Obama daughters when they visited earlier this year.
- I finally had a chance to see this pretty jewellery in person today at a pop-up downtown. I am especially enchanted with the interesting stud earrings.
- Not exactly romantic or magical, but who wouldn't want a fat separator for making gravy and stock? I know I do.
one year ago: ginger meringues
two years ago: peppermint lavender balm
three years ago: annie's sun-dried tomato dip