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Advent calendars 2020: the best to taste – Italian Cuisine

Advent calendars 2020: the best to taste

The magic of the holidays is also the anticipation of Christmas itself. Here's how to make it sweeter (but not only) with the delicious 2020 Advent calendars, for adults and children

Having a advent Calendar is one of those traditions that never tire, a special countdown that begins on December 1st to arrive at the long-awaited magical day of Christmas. Every day we unwrap a tasty little gift, like a cookie or a chocolate, perhaps accompanied by an activity to do in company, a wish to express, a story to read.

This year more than ever we really need a cuddle to start the day in the best possible way and feel the spirit of the holidays even stronger. And that's why the Advent calendars to eat are our favorites! But other surprises await you too originals, to drink or to decorate your home: look at them all in the gallery above.

Advent calendars 2020: to eat and drink while waiting for Christmas

Among the more classic ones, chocolate Advent calendars are a daily pleasure that cannot be renounced. Whether you are big or small.

The Kinder Advent calendar hides many chocolate delicacies in every window and more: from Kinder Minis to Kinder Happy Hyppo, from Kinder Cards to Figure Cave. Available in two versions, in the shape of a Marzipan house or Santa Claus with gifts.

Ferrero makes us dream of the Christmas atmosphere of cities like Paris and New York with its calendar full of Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero Rondnoir and Raffaello.

We are catapulted into a real chocolate factory, to taste a different chocolate every day: hazelnut, pistachio, milk, almond and so on.

Speaking of starting the day well, the signed Advent calendar Nespresso, sold in a limited edition, will ensure a sweet awakening with aromas of coffee different every day, until the final surprise of the last box.

Jack Daniel's
We cannot reveal what the Advent calendar holds Jack Daniel's, but we can tell you that 24 surprises to drink, like the classic Old N ° 7, the sweet Tennessee Honey, the sought after Single Barrell and the soft Gentleman Jack.

Even a simple glass of water can tease us with an ever-changing taste, thanks to a small cube that enriches the water with real extracts of fruit, plants and precious vitamins, without sugar. Waterdrop, in collaboration with Karasinski Atelier, launches a design advent calendar that will reveal day after day microdrinks, bottles or straws in steel and glass.

Beery Christmas
For fans of beer, you travel comfortably from home thanks to the Beery Christmas, an advent calendar that traces an adventure through 28 selected breweries and a mini site where you can discover the history of each beer and tips for tasting and the best pairings.

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The Advent Calendar … to eat! – Italian Cuisine

Christmas is approaching and the countdown until December 24th this time we are not opening the boxes, but bite after bite!

The Christmas it's nice waiting for him: make the tree and the crib all together, go out downtown to go and buy gifts, open the box of advent Calendar, which marks that less and less is missing for the most loved party by young and old.

Handmade Advent Calendar

You will all have heard of the advent Calendar: a special timepiece composed of 24 numbered boxes which must be opened once a day (from 1 to 24 December) to see how much is missing at Christmas. There are all kinds of Advent calendars, but have you ever thought, instead of buying it already made, of pack it at home, maybe putting your hands in the dough?

This year we do it by … cookies! Let them be of shortcrust pastry or in gingerbread, you can prepare 24 biscuits with your hands and decorate them, then eat one a day or give them as a gift to those you love.

Below, we give you some ideas on method to follow to cook them at home, perhaps with your own children, while in the gallery, find some curiosity is suggestion on the Advent calendar. To give Christmas a completely different flavor.

Shortbread cookies for the Advent calendar

The ingredients to make the shortcrust pastry for about 35 cookies are: 200 grams of flour 0, 100 grams of brown sugar, 90 grams of butter, 80 grams of finely chopped hazelnuts, 60 grams of bitter cocoa (if you like cocoa, otherwise avoid this ingredient), 2 eggs, 1 pinch of salt.

Get yourself a bowl in which to pour the flour, sifted cocoa, hazelnuts, salt and sugar. Add the butter into small pieces and knead the dough with your hands, then add the two eggs, until it becomes homogeneous. Chill the mixture in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Now roll out the dough to a height of about half a centimeter and, with the molds you have available, shape the biscuits. Cover a baking tray with baking paper, on which you will then place the biscuits, spaced from each other. Bake at 180 degrees for about a quarter of an hour. Remove from the oven and let them cool.

How to decorate Advent cookies

Now your cookies are ready, but they must be decorated. You can use a glaze for this purpose. To prepare it you need: 200 gr of icing sugar, 1 egg white and a teaspoon of lemon juice.

Whisk the egg white with the lemon juice, gradually adding the icing sugar, always continuing to whisk. Once the aglassa is ready, place it in a sac-à-poche, take the biscuits and decorate them, composing the numbers or garnishing them with Greek frets to your liking. Let the icing completely harden. Now your Advent cookies are ready!

Gingerbread cookies

If you want to make your own biscuits instead gingerbread, the real mixture with a Christmas flavor, here is what you need: 250 grams of flour, 200 grams of honey, 70 grams of sugar, 25 grams of butter, 1 egg, a pinch of salt and yeast, spice at will (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg).

To get your sugar loaf cookies, melt the honey with the sugar. To this mixture, add the egg, flour, salt, baking powder, sugar and spices. Knead until a homogeneous mixture is obtained, which you will leave to rest for half an hour in the fridge. Then the procedure is the same as for the shortcrust pastry: cut the biscuits with the molds and bake them at 180 ° for a quarter of an hour. For decoration, you can also use the icing.

Browse the gallery to discover many curiosities about the Advent Calendar and other tips to make it handmade!

Christmas pudding recipes

One of our favourite Christmas recipes has got to be a homemade Christmas pudding.

A hearty, flavoursome bake, Christmas puddings are traditionally made on Stir-up Sunday which falls on the last Sunday before December starts (the last before advent). In 2012, this is on 25th November but don’t worry if you don’t make it then, our selection of easy recipes has ideas you can make right up until the day itself.

Starting with our traditional Christmas pudding recipe, which comes with a handy step-by-step video recipe to ensure you get yours just right, our selection of the best recipes on goodtoknow features some delicious new flavour combinations as well a boozy version and a vegetarian alternative so you can suit your bake to any occasion or guest.

We’ve also got some great ideas for Christmas pudding alternatives if you’ve got any relatives that aren’t too keen on the rich taste. Our gingerbread pudding, from Christmas queen Delia Smith herself, and our Lincolnshire carrot pudding have the same kind of feel as the traditional bake but with a lighter taste.

Top tip: Whenever you make you Christmas pudding, it will take up to 4 hours to re-heat on Christmas day as you need to steam it to do this. Give yourself plenty of time – you don’t want lots of hungry faces waiting for their pud!

See something you like? Save all your favourite recipes in one place by starting your own recipe book on goodtoknow.

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