The Holidays is always a pastry chef ‘s favorite time of year. It is time for baking cookies, candies, Holiday pies, and other fun treats that makes everyone giddy. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth there is something about this time to bring out the kid in you. When you are cooking for a group of friends you want to have a nice display of desserts that each will enjoy. This year, with new friends to divulge into course after course, I want the final course to be simple but exciting having something everyone will enjoy.
I found a recipe on Food and Wine today that was a great example of a favorite combination of pumpkin and a traditional Italian dessert – a Tiramisu. Then for those who love pie I will include a traditional apple with a lattice top, because they are just so beautiful, but maybe I spice it up with fresh ginger and bourbon. At last a cake for those who don’t like pie, but that could be chocolate or carrot, I haven’t quite decided.
Being pregnant and preparing for the holidays has been a challenge, since at 37 weeks now my energy is not quite like it was before. I have also been planning my Christmas cookie list and hopefully will be complete with that before our little girl graces us with her presence. I decided on the Christmas treats to include the Peppermint bark, Hazelnut Toffee, Almond biscotti, butter cookie sandwiched with lemon curd, and a gooey-buttery pecan bar. I wanted a combination of treats that would delight anyone's pallet. So here we go, back to the kitchen with a new Mixer (Merry Christmas to Me), and the time to enjoy the simple goodness of baking while watching the snow fall.
Stay tune for the Thanksgiving menu!