Santa Claus, the fir, the candy canes are all symbols of the holiday season. Why not bring them to the table in the form of nice easy-to-make sweets?
TO Christmas each family has its own traditions, especially as regards cooking. In Italy then, the typical dishes that cannot be missing in party menu sometimes they cannot be counted on the fingers of both hands and the same goes for i desserts. But for those who want to get out of the usual patterns and propose something more creative and imaginative, here are some ideas to make gods easy and cute Christmas treats, which recall the various with their shape symbols of Christmas.
Cupcake in the shape of Santa Claus
Santa Claus it is undoubtedly the icon of the holiday season and its image peeps out almost everywhere. Why not bring it too at the table in the form of cupcake? For the base of 12 cupcakes you need 120 grams of flour 00, 120 grams of butter, 120 grams of sugar, three eggs, five grams of yeast in powder for sweets and a teaspoon of essence to vanilla. For the decoration you need 300 grams of sugar icing, 150 grams of butter, a teaspoon of vanilla essence, a tablespoon of milk, 300 grams of sugar paste red and 100 grams of white. In a bowl, put the softened butter, sugar, vanilla essence and mix with whips. Add the eggs and continue working the ingredients. Then add the sifted flour and baking powder and mix everything together. Transfer the dough to 12 red paper cups, arrange them in one muffin pan and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 25 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the hats of Santa Claus with sugar paste and cream. In a bowl, mix the butter, milk, vanilla essence and icing sugar with whisk, which must be poured gradually. Once ready, transfer the cream into one sac-à-poche with star nozzle to garnish the cupcakes and place the hat on top.
Christmas treats in the shape of meringue trees
Another inevitable symbol of Christmas is thetree. To bring it to the table you can create colorful meringues that remember its shape. For 20 meringues you need 2 egg whites (about 70 grams), 70 grams of powdered sugar, 70 grams of caster sugar, a teaspoon of dye food green, a pinch of Cream of tartar is colored sprinkles to garnish. First, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Gradually add a spoonful of powdered sugar and one of granulated sugar and continue to work everything for about 10-15 minutes. When the meringue is shiny and compact, add the green dye, little by little until the desired color is obtained. Transfer the mixture to one sac-à-poche with star nozzle and on a baking sheet covered with baking paper draw some tufts that develop in height. Decorate the saplings with colored sprinkles, cook at 80 ° for at least three hours and let them cool completely in the oven before serving.
Christmas “hugs” for breakfast
Some other easy-to-prepare and perfect sweets breakfast on December 25th are the Christmas "hugs", shortbread biscuits whose shape recalls that of candy canes. For the classic shortcrust pastry you need 250 grams of flour 00, a egg, 100 grams of sugar icing, 125 grams of butter and the grated zest of half a lemon. For the cocoa one 150 grams of flour 00, 15 grams of cocoa powder, 75 grams of butter, 85 grams of sugar icing it's a yolk. In a blender, blend the flour together with the butter reduced to small pieces and a pinch of salt. Once the mixture is sandy, add the lightly beaten egg, icing sugar and lemon zest (the yolk and cocoa in the case of the cocoa one). Operate the robot and work the mixture until all the ingredients are completely blended. Then form two loaves, wrap them in cling film and let them rest in the refrigerator for at least half an hour. At this point, form with each dough cylinders with a diameter of half a centimeter and a length of 7 or 8, weave them and give them the shape of stick. Arrange the biscuits on a baking tray covered with baking paper e cook at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.