Christmas Baking Tips
An easy way to improve your baking before Christmas
Introduction – the holidays are only a month away
Christmas time is always a time for joy and cheer – many people celebrate with their family and friends by lighting candles and preparing famishing feasts. Even though we do not doubt your culinary skills, we are glad to offer you the means to improve them.
We will provide you a list of recipes, the materials you are going to need, and the exact way of how to prepare the best Christmas dinners and deserts. These recipes are not too hard to master, and you don’t have to be a professional chef to make your family happy.
A word of advice – get prepared before you start cooking
Even though these recipes are pretty basic, you will still need some supplies. Mainly because the winter time is nigh, you’d do well to do the shopping beforehand. New years and Black Friday sales are a great opportunity to stock up.
The short list of cooking tips for Christmas
Tip # 1 – Get yourself some Christmas Stockings
First of all, you should consider purchasing some Christmas Stockings
Christmas stockings are a perfect way to start. This holiday is all about the atmosphere, so owning a pair of these and putting them over your fireplace
(or any other spot you want) is a great way to do it. Even though this is a very simple task, you could either make them on your own (if you have weaving skills), or purchase some online.
Classic Christmas Stockings by Imperial Home
This is a pair of three custom made Christmas stockings that are very simple, but attractive. They’re 18-inch tall, made from fabric, and they will last you for more than one Christmas. You could place sweets, lollipops, or packaged desserts for your children in them, as they usually represent a gift box.
Tip # 2 – Get a recipe book if you’re going to have help
Having a recipe book can be very useful – most of these often come with precise instructions, and it’s very handy to have one on hand when you’re doing the baking with your family or friends. If you’re going to do the baking by yourself you could follow our recipes, which will be mentioned shortly.
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Tip # 3 – Supply yourself with cookie cutters, sprinkles, and baking cups
This is the last advice we’re going to offer you when it comes to preparedness (other tips will include baking recipes). These helpful tools will complete the Christmas feel in your home, and you will use them in all of the further recipes we’re going to supply for you.
Wilton Holiday Metal Cookie Cutter Set
This is a fine set for cookie cutting and it includes various shapes and patterns which will make your cookies look different from each other. It’s durable, so you won’t need to fret about it getting damaged or broken over the years.
Wilton 6 Color Christmas Sprinkle Mix
Glazing the cookies and desserts with sprinkles is a tradition for most bakers and chefs. They are edible and provide your desserts with a fine layer of happiness. These Sprinkles are a better deal than any you would get in a standard shop.
Wilton Holiday Size Baking Cups
The baking cups are essential when it comes to Christmas baking. They are supposed to hold your desserts, and are decorated in holiday colors, making the overall atmosphere happier and filled with joy. These baking cups are ideal because they’re affordable, there are a lot of them, and they can be washed and used for a couple of times.
Related: Get some yummy cookie recipes from our Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes: 25 Days of Cookies
Tip # 4 The Bushberry pudding cake
This cake is very easy to make and it’s incredibly tasty. Because of the simple method used to bake it, you could easily make large quantities with little to no effort at all.
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 2 spoonful of baking powder
- Half a spoonful of salt
- Half a cup of granulated sugar
- 2 spoonful of vanilla
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 2 1/2 pounds of raspberries
- 1 cup of frozen cranberries (thawed)
- 2 spoonful of unsalted butter
- Set the oven temperature at 400F, spraying some oil on the dish until it’s warm enough;
- In the medium bowl, you should pour the flour along with the baking powder & salt.
- Use a spoon to disperse the butter, sugar, and the vanilla, but use a different (larger) bowl. Stir the berries in;
- You should bake until the cake gets lightly golden (approximately 30 minutes after start);
- Combine the quarter a cup of butter with the half a cup of sugar and quarter a cup of cream.
- Wait for 10 minutes before serving;
Tip # 5 Gluten-free brownies
Ideal for people on a diet or for people who generally don’t like products with gluten, these brownies are very tasty and delicious. You won’t need a lot of cooking skills to prepare them, as they’re regular brownies with a different recipe.
- 2.5 cups of icing sugar
- Two cups of almonds
- 2/3 cups of cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- Two teaspoons of vanilla
- First of all, set your oven at 350F. Warm the frying pan over it.
- Whisk the sugar with the almonds, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, and the cocoa.
- Egg whites and two teaspoons of vanilla should be scraped into a prepared pan;
- Bake until the brownies get shiny.
Time to prepare – between 40 and 45 minutes.
Tip # 6 Lamington
The coating of lamingtons appears as if they’re snowed over, making them absolutely ideal for holiday seasons. As with the aforementioned recipes, they’re also easy to bake.
Ingredients for the base
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/3 cups of milk
- Half a teaspoon of vanilla
Ingredients for coating
- 4 1/2 cups of icing sugar
- Half a cup of cocoa powder
- ¾ cups of milk
- 3 cups of coconut
- Set the oven at 350F and heat a pan over it;
- Stir the flour and the baking powder;
- Beat the egg whites until they’re foamy, and add quarter a cup of sugar until the whites become glossy (3-5 minutes);
- Beat the yolks while sipping the remaining sugar until it becomes pale (1-2 minutes);
- Stir some of the whites into the mixture of yolks with the rubber spatula;
- Pour the mixture into the pan;
- Bake for 33-35 minutes
- Wait for it to cool for about an hour;
- Make the coating by adding icing sugar and the cocoa into the milk. Dip the cake inside the mixture.
Tip # 7 Sour Cream Cornbread
This is one of the simplest recipes that we can offer you for Holiday cooking. Even though they’re exceptionally easy to make, they’re very delicious.
- 4 ounces of butter;
- 6 3/4 ounces of yellow cornmeal
- 1/3 cups of sugar
- ½ teaspoons of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 cup of sour cream
- Oven preheated at 350F;
- Grease the baking pan;
- Whisk the cornmeal, salt, baking soda, flour, and sugar;
- Fold the eggs by pouring them on the sour cream by using a spatula until they are combined;
- Fold the butter before it’s time to put it with the rest of the mixture;
- Cool for 20 minutes;
- Invert the cake and serve;