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Christmas Dinner

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I hope you all had a good Christmas with your family, or, if you are apart from them (for whatever reason) you had a good day nevertheless. Remember, home is where the heart is and even though if you are apart from your family, in your heart they are always with you.

Christmas is decoration, gifts, singing, family and (sometimes above all else) food. Many family have a traditional Christmas food they will put on and where else could you tell the cultural difference better than on the table?

Now, this is a general observation from what I have experienced. By all means, this does not mean that every family is doing this, so I am talking generalizations. If your family is doing something totally different: please do share.

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That little bit of fame and a vacation

So, I was on TV, early in the morning. Ok, it was 8.17 a.m. so still manageable but nevertheless, I was on TV. Thank you CTV for having me, it was so much fun and the host Chris made me feel comfortable. Of course I was quite nervous, never done anything like this and now what? But it worked out fine and though there is room for improvement it surely wasn’t too bad. However, 4 min are just too short.

If you would like to see the clip, go to CTV Morning Live and look for the “Gingerbread with Andrea MacLeod” clip on the right hand side. I am not sure how long it will be up there, maybe another day or two. I am hoping to get a more stable version up of course (all right are with CTV Saskatoon obviously).

Thank you to all the people who stopped by and check my page. I certainly appreciate your interest. I also have 30 fans on Facebook, which is not all too much compared to other pages, but really nice. Especially since some of those people are not friends or family but complete strangers that take interest in what I do. Of course the same thanks needs to go out to my blog followers here on WordPress. Thank you!

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I am sure you know yourself: it’s Christmas time, which means of course baking and cooking but also time for holidays/vacations. That’s what me and my husband will do. Tomorrow we will leave for Vancouver and we won’t be back until the 31st.

I have no recipes or posts pre-written so there will be a little drought here on the blog. However, I hope to upload some pictures from the German Christmas Market with it’s delicious food. So watch out for that.

In the new year I hope to get back to baking asap of course, I should also throw in some cooking I was thinking.

Questions to all: What is your favourite baking/cooking recipe?

Share it here on the comments or post it on Facebook and I will give it a try. I like to try new things and though this blog is here to show off German and North American recipes I certainly would love to try everything else you think is good.

I wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanuka or whatever you might be celebrating and a Good New Year. Take care and hope to see you back soon.

Happy baking!

Spitzkuchen

I like to try thing that are new to me.

First of all, Thursdays are really busy with me because I teach German in the evening. As a result, I have little time for baking or for posting. Yesterday just didn’t work out but you’ll get something really old today.

Old as in traditional of course. The thing though is, I tried to get some more information about this particular Christmas item but couldn’t really find anything. As far as I can tell this is a variation of gingerbread but different to the one you can find on this blog.

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Eggnog Cake

Yummy. Or in German: Lecker!

What do you do with an eggnog you have left over? Of course you use it for baking. Granted, I am not a big eggnog drinking fan. I prefer my mulled wine for Christmas. But we bought a carton last year and froze it. The other day I defrosted it and even thought it was a bit runny due to the freezing process and good stir made it into a nice eggnog again. This recipe comes from Sweet Art Supplies who found it on Knead to Cook.

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Gingerbread House – No children required

Not perfect, but so much fun.

This one is so much fun and I don’t need to write down the full recipe. *yeah* Gingerbread houses seem to be a must over here. We have them too back home but over here it’s a bit more crazy. Everything seems to be a bit bigger or crazy over here. The other day I even saw an already full assembled gingerbread house. You only need to put on the candy. But how much fun is that? Isn’t it much cooler to make the dough and cut the shapes and put it together to finally decorate it? If you would like to do so with your kids (or by yourself) then keep reading.

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Stollen

The final product. A little dry but still tasty.

Since we are pretty much through with the Christmas Cookies I’ll give you another great Christmas recipe: Stollen (or as my family says Stolle). This is a Christmas cake so to speak made from a yeast dough. I guess it is similar to fruit cake, but not. I think Stollen is a thing by it’s own and can’t really be compared to anything else. Like Strudel, you can’t compare that to anything else either. This recipe comes from mother, like so many others, and I would assume it was handed down from grandma.

Interestingly, I don’t recall anyone ever making it. Most of the time we bought our Stollen from the bakery. By now you probably know that I don’t like raisins which means Stollen is not really the thing for me. However, there are other options, like Nougat Stollen or Poppy seed Stollen (not that I like poppy seed but for those who do this is great). This year of course I had to try it and make my own. See the results after the “Read the rest”.

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German Gingerbread

Gingerbread angle, any shape as long as it’s fresh.

This recipe concludes, for now, the Christmas Cookie bake off. In total I made 10 recipes and I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did when making them. I think there will be one or two more cookie recipes later on but this is a good base for your Christmas. So, with further ado I present the German Gingerbread recipe.

Now you might say “Gingerbread is Gingerbread, where is the difference?” Well, the other day I got gingerbread man cookies in a cookie exchange and they were good but different. (Thanks Melissa for making them for us.) The ones I got were flatter than I am used to and more crunchy. I haven’t really compared recipes with the maker of said gingerbread men so I can not give any details about that difference. Check out my recipe and be the judge.

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