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Christmas cookies

It seems to be the first Christmas post in the history of this blog! I guess it's fair to say that I'm not crazy about Christmas. However, this year I felt a strange need to make edible Christmas tree decorations. The cookies are simple, easy and fun to make. And even the biggest Grinch would admit that they're adorable.

Recipe: Christmas cookies

Makes about 15 cookies
Ingredients
  • 75 g butter
  • 150 g flour
  • 50 g powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
Method
  • Sieve the flour and combine with sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Combine with butter.
  • Add an egg and mix to a firm dough.
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut cookies (I used a star-shaped cookie cutter).
  • If you want to hang your cookies on a Christmas tree, make a small hole in a top of each one.
  • Place cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake at 180C for 10-12 minutes and let cool.

Recipe: Orange icing

Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • Extra: a few branches of rosemary
Method
  • Whisk sugar and orange juice to make thick icing.
  • Using a bruch, cover each cookie with icing and top with some fresh rosemary.
  • When the icing is set, thread ribbon or cord through the holes and hang on your tree.

Jagodzianki - Blueberry buns

It wasn't love at first sight. Simple yeast cake with blueberries seemed so much less attractive than sophisticated desserts. I never craved anything below tiramisù or chocolate soufflé. Luckily for me, with age came wisdom. I finally learnt the value of delightfully hot, freshly baked blueberry buns with zesty icing.

Recipe: Jagodzianki - blueberry buns

Makes 12 buns

Recipe: The dough

Ingredients
  • one cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. of instant yeast
  • 2 cups of flour
Method
  • Combine milk, butter and sugar in a pot. Scald the mixture. Set aside and let cool until lukewarm.
  • Add yeast, let them sit for a minute and add flour. Stir the mixture together until well combined.
  • Cover and let sit for at least an hour.
  • Work the dough. You might need to add some more flour (about 1/2 cup).
  • Sprinkle surface with flour. Roll the dough into a rectangular shape.

Recipe: Filling

Ingredients
  • 250 g of quark cheese (you can substitute it with ricotta)
  • one tbsp. of sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • one cup of blueberries
Method
  • Combine quark cheese with sugar and whisked egg yolks.
  • Top the dough with cheese and blueberries.
  • Role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 rolls.
  • Bake at 200C for about 15 minutes.

Recipe: Lemon icing

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Method
  • To make sugar with lemon juice until thick and pourable.
  • Top warm buns with the icing.

apple cinnamon rolls

One of the greatest breakfasts of all times. It's a perfect treat for a lazy Sunday morning.

They taste remarkably divine when still warm, with the icing that has not set entirely.

A definite crowd-pleaser. If you decide to share it, that is.

Recipe: The dough

Ingredients
  • one cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. of instant yeast
  • 2 cups of flour
Method
  • Combine milk, butter and sugar in a pot. Scald the mixture. Set aside and let cool until lukewarm.
  • Add yeast, let them sit for a minute and add flour. Stir the mixture together until well combined.
  • Cover and let sit for at least an hour.
  • Work the dough. You might need to add some more flour (about 1/2 cup).

Recipe: Cream cheese icing

Ingredients
  • 200 g of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup of confectioner's sugar
  • 1/3 cup of milk
Method
  • Mix cream cheese, confectioner's sugar and milk together until thick and pourable.

Recipe: Apple cinnamon rolls

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup of melted butter
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 2 small apples, diced
Method
  • Sprinkle surface with flour. Roll the dough into a rectangular shape.
  • Drizzle with melted butter, sprinkle with brown sugar, top with diced apples.
  • Role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into rolls.
  • Place cinnamon roll slices close together in a buttered pan and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 200C for 15-20 minutes.
  • Top warm rolls with the icing.