Toulouse Trip : Christmas Pastry Recipes

Because biscuits can be eaten all year long, but Christmas biscuits have a special flavour! Here is the list of Christmas pastry recipes! And we can never say it too much, but with the quarantine we have time! So to your whips and your ovens!

“The kitchen is the handmaiden of medicine.”

Térence

Gingerbread :

Ingredients 

  • 250 g honey 
  • 250 g flour 
  • 100 g caster sugar 
  • 1 sachet of baking powder 
  • 1 sachet of vanilla sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon of green anise, grated nutmeg, powdered cinnamon and powdered ginger. 
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon of four spices 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 10 cl of milk

Preheat the oven to 160°C (thermostat 5-6).
Heat the 250 g of honey in a saucepan.
Mix the flour with the baking powder, the two sugars and the spices, then add the hot honey. Stir the whole thing with a wooden spoon preferably. Gradually add 2 eggs, then the little warm milk.
In a well buttered cake tin, pour the preparation, put in the oven and leave to cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Unmould your cake when it has cooled completely and wait at least 24 hours before eating it.

Bredele :

Ingredients 

  • 200 g caster sugar 
  • 125 g grated chocolate
  • 250 g ground almonds, not shelled
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 4 tablespoons of flour

Preheat your oven to 140°C (thermostat 5).
Beat the eggs and sugar until they become a mousse and then add all the other ingredients. Mix until you obtain a soft dough. 
Shape into walnut-sized balls and roll them in the icing sugar. Place the pasta balls on a buttered baking tray for 2 hours in a cool place. 
At the exit of the dough balls, with biscuit cutters or by hand, shape your biscuits. Bake them in a medium oven for about 20 minutes. When they come out of the oven, your bredele will be soft but will harden as they cool down. 

Sugar Cookie :

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup soft butter 
  • 1 cup of sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 2 spoons of yeast 
  • 3 cups of flour

Preheat the oven to 180° (thermostat 6).
Mix the butter and sugar until the mixture whitens. Add the egg, vanilla, flour and baking powder without stopping mixing. As the dough becomes more and more compact, knead it by hand. 
Spread the dough on a floured board (so that the dough doesn’t stick too much on your plan), and form the cookies with cookie cutters… Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake them for 12 minutes until golden brown.

Shortbread :

Ingredients

  • 100 g sugar
  • 200 g soft or semi-salted butter
  • 300 g flour

Preheat the oven to 150°C (thermostat 5).
After cutting the butter into pieces, place them in a salad bowl. Add the flour and knead with your fingertips to incorporate the butter.
Add the sugar and continue to knead the dough by hand until it is homogeneous. Spread the dough on a floured board (so that the dough does not stick too much on your plan), it must be 1 cm thick and then form the cookies with cookie cutters. 
Bake for 30 minutes.

Carrot cake :

Ingrédients 

  • 5 carrots (about 500 g)
  • 100 g of walnuts 
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 egg white 
  • 1 sachet of baking powder 
  • 180 g flour 
  • 1 tin of Nestlé Sweetened Condensed Milk 397 g 
  • 200 g cream cheese 
  • 100 g icing sugar

Preheat to 180° (thermostat 6).
Peel the carrots and grate them, next to that crush the walnuts.
In a salad bowl mix: the 4 eggs, the Nestlé sweetened condensed milk, the flour, the yeast and the spices.
Add the carrots and nuts and mix. Pour the dough into a cake tin shaped like a circle and high.
Bake for 40 minutes, then let cool. When it is cold, open it in half and fill it with the cream-cheese mixture. Mix the egg white with the icing sugar and coat the top of the cake with the mixture. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
Decorate with walnut kernels before serving.

Chocolate truffles :

Ingredients 

  • 300 g good quality chocolate
  • 20 cl whipping cream at 35% mg
  • 40 g unsalted butter (quality)
  • Cocoa powder (for coating)

Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie and boil the cream in a saucepan on the side. Add the melted chocolate to the cream. Place this ganache in the fridge for the next day.
Melt the ganache again in a bain-marie and add the butter. Leave the mixture to cool.
With the dough hardened with the cold, make dumplings and roll them in the cocoa.

Here’s our list of Christmas baking recipes and what we can assure you is that you’re going to enjoy yourself, bunch of little gourmands! Simple and delicious what are you waiting for? 
You can also find out how to make your own Christmas decorations by clicking here
Also discover the drinks that can accompany your delicious pastries here.

See you soon!

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