Are you getting excited and ready to decide what you are serving up this Christmas? Sharing some of my festive recipes and especially this wonderful and beautiful Christmas Pavlova Wreath. Hope you enjoy
To me, Christmas, (which means “The Mass of Christ) means celebrating the birth of Jesus. It is not about presents. It is about spending time with my family and learning more year after year about Jesus’ birth.
I am fully aware that may not be the case for all my readers! We all have our own beliefs and traditions, and this is very dear to my heart and will always be.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours. Take nothing for granted and be thankful that you have such great family and friends to spend this joyous season with.
Wonderful and delectable Christmas Baking. Click on the link for Christmas Baking, and you will be directed to many wonderful and awesome recipes. Below I leave three links, but we have plenty more, so do not miss out on them.
- 300 g icing sugar sifted
- 300 g castor sugar
- 300 g egg whites. This equals 6 egg or 7 egg whites depending on size. I used jumbo eggs, so it was 6 egg whites.
- 250 ml fresh cream
- 199 g marshmallow frosting
- 1 tsp strawberry essence
- 1 drop of pink Crimson coloring
Beat whites in your stand mixer until thin cords start to form.
Slowly add scoop for scoop castor sugar.
The setting should be on low until all incorporated about 4 to 5 mins.
Then with a spatula, stir in the icing sugar well.
Rub the meringue between your fingers it should be smooth, and glossy, and not
grainy. Place In Piping bag with a star nozzle no. 867.
Then pipe swirls in a round circle on parchment paper the size of a dinner
Pipe some extra small meringues in white then color your egg whites with a drop
of Crimson food coloring and pipe some small pink meringues, bake in a slow oven 85 C for 2 hours.
Turn off oven heat and leave in oven overnight.
Whip the fresh cream until stiff.
Whip 1 packet x 199 g marshmallow frosting mix according to directions.
I added 1 tsp strawberry essence and a drop of pink Crimson coloring to make it
Place both whipped cream and whipped marshmallow frosting in separate piping
bags add them both into a larger ziplock bag, cut the corner, and pipe swirls
around the pavlova.
It will come out in two colors.
Decorate with fresh red currants, cherries, blackberries, and blueberries.
Add a few sprigs of mint and a drizzle of granadilla pulp to the top.
Add your smaller meringues for decoration.
Lastly, add sifted icing sugar.
Prepared, tried, and tested by: Gail Haselsteiner The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes From Home Chefs
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Amount Per Serving Calories 612Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 204mgSodium 255mgCarbohydrates 101gFiber 0gSugar 94gProtein 17g
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Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season organized around it.
The traditional Christmas narrative, the Nativity of Jesus, delineated in the New Testament says
that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies. When Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where
the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds who then spread the word.
Although the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown, the church in the early fourth century fixed the date as December 25. This corresponds to the date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar. Most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, part of the Eastern Christian Churches celebrates Christmas on December 25 of the
older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. For Christians, believing that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, rather than knowing Jesus’ exact birth date, is considered to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas.
The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving; completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath; Christmas music and caroling; viewing a Nativity play; an exchange of Christmas cards; church services; a special meal; and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.
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