For our December event this year, our bakers shared their Christmas baking traditions with us.
On the savoury side, it seems sausage rolls are a hit with our bakers at Christmastime (right in step with this year’s Christmas Number 1) as we had three different kinds! Heather gave us Christmas sausage rolls complete with ham, sage and rum-soaked raisins (mmmmmmmm….) which remind her of her family’s annual Christmastime trip to her favourite restaurant in Keswick. Chelsea made her chestnut and apple stuffing into a sausagemeat plait (it’s the only thing she’s cooked every single Christmas since was first introduced to stuffing that didn’t come out of a packet by one of her University housemates). And Jan made her family favourite vegetarian sausage rolls (filled with all manner of tasty things including mushrooms, walnuts, onions, sundried tomatoes) into a beautiful Christmas wreath. Move over Great Christmas Bake Off!
Mandy introduced us to Jerusalem Kodafa – a kind of cheesecake made with a cous cous base and flavoured with pistachios and honey. Apparently it’s one of the few foods associated with the Jewish festival of Hannukah that isn’t deep fried!
Taking us into Europe, we had Marina’s traditional Lebkuchen (German spiced biscuits) and Cat impressively managed to produce Panforte, the Italian Christmas classic containing honey, nuts and dried fruit which originates from Siena and is notoriously difficult to bake. For an interesting history of panforte, see this link: https://www.thespruceeats.com/panforte-ancient-christmas-sweet-from-siena-4082544
Tina also went with those warm spiced festive flavours, giving us gingerbread biscuits, traditionally baked in her house to accompany the decorating of the tree. In a twist on the traditional though, we had Gingerbread Darleks – because there’s always a Dr Who Christmas Special! Finally, Faye took us back into more traditional territory with an elegant Christmas Cake.
We hope you enjoyed your Christmas baking too. We’re back in the New Year with our Something New event on Tuesday 14th January. A chance to try out a new recipe, work with a new ingredient or perhaps try a new piece of kit.
The full list of Christmas Traditions bakes was:
Heather – Christmas Sausage Rolls
Jan H – Vegetarian Sausage Christmas Wreath
Chelsea – Chestnut and Apple Stuffing Sausagemeat Plait
Mandy – Jerusalem Kodafa with Pistachio and Honey
Cat – Panforte
Marina – Lebkuchen
Tina – Gingerbread Darleks
Faye – Traditional Christmas Cake