I HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE.
Yep, it’s true. I’m totally hooked on everything that has something to do with December, an especially December 24, 25 and 26.
I love everything about it: the glamour, the lights, the snow, the trees, the candles, the cookies, the Christmas decoration, the number of books you can only read that time of the year because they are Christmas-themed, the infinite loop of Christmas songs on the radio,…
I suspect it has something to do with New Zealand.
In New Zealand, Christmas happens to be in summer and summer and Christmas are just two words I find incredibly hard to name in one sentence.
It just doesn’t work.
Christmas parties and BBQs at the beach are awesome and all but to someone like me who grew up knowing Christmas as a winter holiday it seems very odd.
The Christmas spirit in Germany is just totally different to what I’ve experienced in New Zealand (and also in England, despite the fact that experience shows there is indeed a tiny possibility of having a white Christmas in England, too).
Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoyed both experiences, but nothing beats Christmas at home.
We usually have white Christmas lights and subtle decoration – no rainbow colours, no blinking, nothing too crazy.
We have Christmas markets where you can buy all sorts of presents, ornaments and lots and lots of Glühwein (mulled wine).
And we are given our presents one day early, on Christmas Eve, when we usually have a nice family dinner in the evening and get the gifts afterward.
Aaaaanyway – now that I’ve told you a lot about my Christmas experiences (seriously, you wouldn’t believe it, but I could go on for hours and hours despite the fact that I might repeat myself…) it’s time for a little goodie for you!
For these delicious cake-sicles you need
- 120 g margarine
- 120 g sugar
- 250 g flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking powder & 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 100 g milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped chocolate (or chocolate drops)
- 1/2 teaspoon Christmas mix (= cinnamon, clove, anise…)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds
As with any of my cake-sicle recipes, you don’t have to make these in a cake sicle tin – you could use a muffin tin, heat-proof cups or miniature Bundt-cake tins instead. Or whatever else you find in your kitchen drawer. Be creative!
Bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes, then melt some dark chocolate in a double boiler and coat with the chocolate before decorating your little Christmas treats with whatever you like. (I used little pieces of Christmas-themed chocolate bars with nuts and almonds.)
Enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas time!
P.P.S.: Still waiting for the real snow, but the WordPress snow is on! Yay!