It’s that time of year again. No I am not talking about Christmas, I am talking about our Five a Month challenge. But Christmas is near by, so I decided to already take the challenge and bake something Christmas-y. The first Christmas baking of this year and to get even more into the Christmas Spirit, I already started to decorate my house 🙂 Are you also already in Christmas mood?
Last year I made a classical Christstollen, which gets even better in time, wrapped in aluminium foil. This year I am bit more inpatient and wanted to eat my Stollen right away, so I decided to make Stollenkonfekt as we call little pieces of Stollen. You can eat them right away, but of course you can also store them in an air tight container and the flavors will just intensify. Hmmmm….
The five ingredients for this month were Brown Sugar, Pistachios, Chocolate, Vanilla Custard and Berries. I was first a bit puzzled by berries, as my first thought were obviously strawberries or raspberries. But they are not really in season, so I kept thinking what I should use… Until it hit me! Cranberries! Also count as berries, but are seasonal and I love them so much. And once I had the combination of pistachios and cranberries, something Christmas-y was quite obvious to me.
The vanilla custard however was a real challenge and troubled most of us I think… So I decided to cheat a little and not use the real vanilla custard but only the custard powder instead 😉 I was anyway planning to make my Stollen with fromage frais (quark) this year to make it nice and moist, so vanilla custard powder could actually work! It was a gamble that paid off in the end. My last concern was whether chocolate would really fit (my own ingredient after all, duhh), but than, Chocolate always fits doesn’t it? I added only a handful of dark chocolate, and I think it works quite nicely.
Have you already baked something Christmas-y or you think it is still too early? I am really excited what the other bloggers Laura, Tanja, Carina and Julia came up with! So please go over and visit their sites as well. The new ingredients for the next month will be:
- Laura: Cinnamon
- Tanja: Haselnuts
- Carina: Maple Syrup
- Julia: Apples
- Me: Chestnuts
I am very excited about those ingredients and can’t wait to get going! I have already so many ideas in my mind, so lets official start Christmas Baking!
Love and hugs, rebecca