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Christmas Baking

Are you one of these people who is looking forward to Christmas every year?  I feel like Grinch saying that I was not expecting much from Christmas until this year.

This year I had a wonderful opportunity to have my first British Christmas in London. I have taken real care when wrapping my  Christmas presents and YouTube videos were really helpful in making my gifts look presentable.

Very Viktorija - Christmas present giftwrapped
Christmas present giftwrapped

I have also started making my own Christmas cards that took me more than a month but it was a real delight to see surprised faces when people realised the cards are hand made (I will have a separate blog post on how to make these amazing cards).

Very Viktorija - Hand-made Christmas cards
Hand-made Christmas cards

On the Christmas Day my boyfriend and I were baking deserts for the family. I saw some amazing recipes on Pinterest (and here is my Pinterest account if you would like to follow my baking board) and wanted to make them this Christmas. We made Santa hat brownies and Strawberry tarts. They are beautiful and really easy to make. Scroll down to see how we made our Christmas deserts.

Santa hat brownies

I started with a little bit of cheating on bought a ready-made brownie mixture that saved us quite a lot of time on a busy day. When brownies were ready we cut them into similar size square forms and made a delicious cream with mascarpone cheese. As you might have realised, you put the mixture on top of the brownies.

Very Viktorija - Cutting Christmas brownies
Cutting Christmas brownies
Very Viktorija - Putting cream on brownies
Putting cream on brownies

Finally, to add a little bit of Christmas spirit, cut bottom and top of the strawberries on place them on your brownies. Finish it off with a little bit of cream on top of the strawberries – here are our Santa hat brownies!

Very Viktorija - Santa hat brownies
Santa hat brownies

Strawberry tarts

This desert was all about decoration. Again, just because we were limited for time I bought ready-made tarts from M&S (pack of 6 for £2.30). We used the same cream as in the brownie recipe and decorated them with slices of strawberries.

Very Viktorija - Putting cream into crusts
Putting cream into crusts

It was  real fun decorating tarts because both of us tried to impress each other with our master chef decorating skills! At the end we got 12 lovely strawberry tarts.

Very Viktorija - Our Strawberry Tarts
Our Strawberry Tarts

In case you liked any of these, here is the full list of ingredients for you:

Santa hat brownies:

     Brownies (full recipe in case you don’t want to buy ready-made mixture)

  • 180 grams unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 200 grams dark chocolate
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    Buttermilk cream
  • 12-16 cleaned strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Strawberry tarts:

Strawberries –  5-6 for 12 tarts

Baking& Spices

8 1/3 tbsp Dixie crystal sugar
1 1/4 cups Flour
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
2 tbsp Shortening

Dairy (I used the cream from the brownie recipe, but this is another option for your cream)

6 tbsp Butter
2 oz Cream cheese
1/2 cup Whipping cream

Both of the deserts were a success and everyone appreciated the decorative aspect of it. Have you been baking this Christmas?

With love,

Viktorija.

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