"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas."
Holiday Traditions- We all have them . Here are a few of mine. ...
- Flashlights- The elves will leave one flashlight under the pillow of any child sleeping on Christmas Eve. When he feels the flashlight he will know Santa has come, and can now find his way to the presents under the tree.
- Jack Horner Presents- These are "gag" gifts given to everyone on Christmas day. With each gift there is a custom poem about the person and why that gift was chosen for them. Everyone takes turns reading their poem, and opening the gift. Hilarity ensues!
- My childhood-My brother and I would sleep in the same bed every Christmas Eve . He would wake up first, check to see if Santa has come and then wake me up. He would always say, without fail, EVERY Christmas, " Lori, there are presents under the tree"
- Eat leftover Christmas cookies for breakfast, the day after Christmas .
What are yours?
A very old traditional Christmas cake
3/4 cup Hazelnuts ( Toasted and Chopped)
3/4 cup almonds ( Toasted and chopped)
1/3 cup dried apricots ( chopped into small pieces)
1/4 cup candied citron ** or any combination of candied fruit you desire, pineapple, angelica)
1/4 cup candied orange
1/3 cup mixed holiday candied peel ( you know the green and red glacee cherries etc?)
1 whole orange. -zested
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocao powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup honey
pinch of salt
pinch espresso/instant coffee powder
Pre- Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Line an 8 inch cake pan with parchment paper. Line the bottom and the sides.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, cloves, espresso/coffee and salt together in a bowl. Add almonds, hazelnuts, dried apricots, candied citron, candied orange, mixed holiday candied peel. Reserve for later.
Place honey and sugar in a pot on the stove and heat on low. Stirring until all sugar is dissolved. Bring to a slow boil, and cook until mixture darkens and thickens. @5 minutes.
Stir reserved bowl of nuts/spices/flours into honey/sugar . Remove from heat while mixing. Mix until completely combined. Mixture will be thick and heavy.
Spoon mixture into prepared cake pan. Level the surface . Suggestions: with an offset spatula, back of a slightly wet spoon, or a crumple piece of parchment paper.
Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool in pan.
Remove from pan, parchment paper, and decorate with confectioner's sugar. Cut into thin wedges. decorate. Get better after a few days.