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French pastries for Christmas : Flavored cake and cookies

offer you two wonderful French pastries recipe for Christmas.Fragrant smelling ginger and cinnamon sticks can be used not only for the holiday table, but also as a Christmas decoration.Cookies will be enjoyed by the hosts, who are not a lot of time on holiday chores.This delicious pastries you whip hand.

Christmas gingerbread recipe with step by step photos

delicate aroma of cinnamon and brandy, spicy notes of ginger, anise and honey - that's what smells like a real Christmas cake.His recipe, we will share with you today.

for Christmas baking, always use special spices (dry spirits) that is easy to prepare at home.In a blender grind coriander seeds (1 tsp) + cinnamon (1 tsp) + cardamom seeds (0.5 tsp) nutmeg + (1/3 tsp) + cloves (2-3 pcs.)+ anise seeds (1/3 tsp) + allspice (4-5 pcs.) + dry ginger (1/3 tsp).At 1 kg of dough using 1-2 tspdry spirits.

Necessary ingredients

  • Sugar (white) - 450 gr.
  • Natural Honey - 450 gr.
  • water (hot water) - 250 ml
  • Butter 72% - 160 gr.
  • spices for gingerbre
    ad - 1 ch. L.
  • wheat flour in / s - 150 gr.(brewing)
  • Rye flour (peeled) - 150 gr.
  • wheat flour in / s - 500-600 gr.
  • Soda - 1 ch. L.
  • chicken egg (D-1 or C-1) - 3 pcs.
  • Cocoa Powder - 30 oz.

Baking at Christmas - step by step guide

  1. In a saucepan with a thick bottom Pour half servings of sugar and set over medium heat.For mixing use only a wooden spoon, preferably with a long handle.Prepare a boiling water so that it was at hand.When the sugar has melted, give it a boil 3 minutes to caramel acquired a distinctive dark color.

  2. then it is necessary to lower the temperature of the resulting caramel to burned and she has not got a bitter taste of sugar overheated.This is very important!Low boiling caramel is almost twice higher than the temperature of boiling water, boiling water therefore add one tablespoon.
    Be careful when adding boiling water.At this point, it stands a very large flow of hot steam.Do not lean over the pot.Spoon with Dina handle will be very useful.
    Pour the other half of sugar and stir until it dissolves.Then add honey and butter.Remove from the heat and stir the mass until complete dissolution of all the ingredients.Pour gingerbread spices.

  3. 150g.We sift flour and add to the hot mass.Then enter the soda.(On the test immediately appear small bubbles. This interaction of honey and soda).Give the dough to cool to a warm state.Lightly beat the eggs with a fork until smooth.(No need to shake up their mixer until fluffy foam).Add to the batter.

  4. Mix rye flour and wheat, add cocoa and sift.Add the mix of flour, 2-3 tablespoons of the batter and mix.When the dough becomes difficult to stir with a spoon on a working surface pour flour mixture (2-3 tbsp. L.) And spread the dough.

  5. The dough should be kneaded by folding, without passing through the fingers.Sprinkle with flour and flatten the surface.Then we add up, floured and flatten again.So several times.Do not knead the dough too cool, and that gets very hard gingerbread.(After mixing, the dough should be slightly stick to the hands).Put it on the palm, it has slowly drain away from the hand.The photo shows the dough flows within 1 minute.If it flows quickly from hand - add more flour.We put in a plastic bag and put them in the fridge for a day.The pre-dough can be divided into portions.

  6. finished dough turns a little sticky, but perfectly rolled.To do this, use a silicone mat or baking paper.First, knead the dough by hand into the reservoir, cover it with cling film and roll a rolling pin to the desired thickness.Remove the tape and again rolled with a rolling pin to get rid of prints of the film.

  7. Cut carrots using special molds and otpekaem at 200 ° C for about 5-7 minutes.Let cool on a flat surface.
    If you plan to hang them as ornaments, make holes for the thread until hot cakes.

  8. Decorate gingerbread glaze.And when the glaze hardens, decorate them our house.Enjoy your Christmas and New Year!

How to glaze and beautiful drawings from it, read here

French pastries - Christmas cookies

This original Christmas cookies, decorated with icing, you can apply to the table, and can be folded in a beautiful boxand someone to donate.We'll prepare from the usual dough.

Necessary ingredients

  • Butter or margarine - 150 gr.
  • Powdered sugar - 250 gr.
  • Eggs - 2 pcs.
  • flour - 300 gr.
  • salt - ½ hours. L.
  • Baking Powder - 10 gr.
  • small lemon - 1 pc.

Step by Step


  1. Beat with a mixer 150 grams of softened butter or margarine until the mixture becomes fluffy.Gradually add 75 grams of powdered sugar.Put here as a half teaspoon of salt 2 egg yolks.(Proteins leave for glaze).All the mix with a mixer until smooth lush mass.

  2. In a bowl pour 300 grams of flour mixed with baking powder 10 grams.Making the deepening and spread it whipped oil mixture.Kneaded, we make dough bun and send a half hour in the refrigerator.

  3. Roll out the dough, cut out any figures molds.We take from the table, these figures very carefully spatula and spread on a sheet.Bake 30 minutes, they will be sure that the cookies are not stale.We take out French pastries and give it to cool.

  4. Glaze

  5. Take one protein, add to it half a tablespoon of lemon juice.Mix and begin to gradually introduce powdered sugar.Total should take 150-200 grams of powder - stir and look at the density.Glaze should be dripping from a spoon of thick straw, and not much spread.Mixer to whisk it is not necessary - or bubbles appear, it will not be smooth and shiny.

  6. We cover the brush cooled down our Christmas cookies.Sprinkle with any powder, it can be one that has remained from the Easter cakes.Our cookies ready for Christmas!

Another great recipe for Christmas French pastries here.From the article, you will learn step by step recipe for this gingerbread house.

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