The “12 Days of Baking” of 2016

‘Twas the night before Christmas… And the “12 Days of Baking” series that is yearly awaited for has come to an end. For some reason, this year’s series was much different that the two before it. This year I end it with a heavy heart. I’m not going to get all emotional now. But since…

Day 11 of 12 Days of Baking: Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

First, play this; Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread are two treats that seem synonymous with winter. Nothing warms up my soul than sipping on hot cocoa and eating gingerbread cookies. This recipe brings the richness of coffee with the all the spices a gingerbread has to offer. It basically tastes like Christmas in a cup. When I say hot…

Day 10 of 12 Days of Baking: Christmas Classic Mincemeat Wreath

Let’s start off with a brief history lesson. I have always been fascinated by the fast that this fruity, Christmas dessert staple had the word “meat” in it. Reading on about it, its history is something somehow joyful to read. Long before Nigella introduced salted caramel to the nation, the English had a fascination for…

Day 9 of “12 Days of Baking”: Pomegranate Rosemary Punch

I keep seeing cranberry cocktails popping up for the holidays, and I can’t help but wonder why are pomegranates so underrated around the holidays. Since I need a break from butter and sugar and frosting, I thought I’d bring you something to sip on while you sit around that tree. I’m not much of a…

Day 8 of “12 Days of Baking”: Foolproof Holiday Fudge

To me, nothing says “Christmas” like a good piece of chocolate fudge. A melt-in-your mouth treat that almost no other piece of candy can beat. However, making them hasn’t always been the most pleasant of experiences. For the past two years, I’ve attempted a bunch of recipes, all failing miserably. I didn’t have a candy…

Day 7 of 12 Days of Baking: Florentines

These are one of those cookies that test your patience. They’re not your usual “pretty and festive” cookies. You might even skip over them when reaching out to that cookie tray, and reaching for those cute cookies with all the frosting and sprinkles. However, what these cookies lack in “cute factor”, they make up for…

Day 6 of 12 Days of Baking: Coffee Sablé

I really love to bake cookies, especially this time of year (obviously), but I always get a bit stuck when searching for things to bake for the #12DaysofBaking series. I want to put out recipes that are new, and fresh, not like everything that’s bombarding the interweb during this month. As always, the answer is…

Day 5 of 12 Days of Baking: Almond Ginger Biscotti

Christmas is almost around the corner, and I am sure this weekend you will be busy with last minute baking, and shopping. It’s going to be madness out there if you are out shopping, but in the kitchen, you can control the madness if you choose a few great recipes to make, for example, this…

Day 4 of “12 Days of Baking”: Chocolate Salami

So the title might be a bit misleading. After all, salami is meat. And we’re talking about chocolate here. I’m sure this combination exists somewhere in the world, but not this one, so let out a sigh of relief. Chocolate salami is a dessert popular in Italy and Portugal. It is made from dark chocolate,…