Christmas is gone but the holidays are still here. Both in Italy and in Sweden we consider the festive period over only by the 7th of January. No idea of how it is in the rest of the world. How is it?
This year we chose not to go to Italy to celebrate Christmas, so I could, among other things, bake and enjoy my own home. I had actually planned to start baking around the 10th of December but work got so hectic that I could not put my hands on any dough until the 23rd.
I was still able to do my “can’t live without” Christmas baking which were, as you probably have already guessed from the picture, Swedish ginger cookies – pepparkakor – and a very Italian panettone.
It was the first time I made pepparkakor dough. Previously I only dared using store-bought one (here it is possible to find the dough ready to be rolled out). The home-made dough needs a little preparation, as it has to rest in the fridge overnight, and requires a little extra work compared to regular cookie dough, as it is very hard to roll (and it breaks easily if softened). But in the end I managed to make quite a huge amount of pepparkakor to enjoy until the end of the holiday season.
The making of the panettone was quite an adventure, too, and even more so, as the moulds (ordered in November) arrived on the 23rd – and it takes 2 whole days to do the “quick” version of the panettone (!!!). Well, I am one stubborn person and I get even more stubborn when it comes to my favorite hobby, baking. So I did it anyway and ended up with finally putting the panettone in the oven while cooking our Christmas eve dinner. A total delirium :-)
Not posting any recipe as I guess everyone can find tons of ginger cookies recipes on the net and, due to the rush, I also have not written down all the (many) changes I made to the original panettone recipe. However, if any of you feels like trying my version of either recipe, just write to me and I will gladly make the extra effort of remembering what I have done.
Anyway. This was my Christmas baking. What was yours?
CONSIDERATIONS: I wish you all a wonderful end of the old year and a great start of the new one, hoping you spent a nice Christmas with your families (or friends). Oh…. and, against all odds, the panettone really came out wonderful and I look forward to repeat the experiment again. Soon? Well… let’s see what 2012 will bring, hopefully some good energy and some extra time for baking. PS: I apologize for not being regular in posting and commenting on others’ blogs… trying to minimize the time spent on my pc and maximize the time spent with my lovely family. But I am still here and I intend on keeping this going also next year. Happy New Year!!!