It is finally that time of the year. The holiday season is here, and the Christmas Bells are ringing… Are you geared up for the New Year already?! Meeting your family and friends, planning multiple parties for them, preparing the most exquisite Christmas delicacies enjoying good old holiday season rom-com and cosying up to the winter season… Doesn’t Christmas just make you want to let go of all the worries and just live in the moment!
Christmas is a season of joy and giving. People wait all year long for this one holiday season, so they can binge guilt-free on all those guilty pleasures. One of the most common guilty pleasures is to let go of the year-long diet and indulge yourself in some really yummy Christmas feasting.
Be it a special Christmas main course or popular Christmas dessert, or even a good cup of hot chocolate, all of this is made special with a dash of the Christmas Spice Mix.
Add a pinch of the Christmas Spice Mix to your recipes to add the Christmas magic this season.
A healthy and tasty mix, the Christmas Spice Mix is a comforting combination of multiple spices, leaving behind a trail of Christmas-y aroma.
To create the perfect Christmas Spice Mix, you need Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Allspice, Coriander seeds, Cardamom, Powdered Star Anise, Nutmeg, and Mace. Collect all the dry ingredients. Rind the whole spices and mix well all the powdered spices. Measure out all your ingredients into a jar or bowl and mix well. Store in a dry jar for as long as up to 6 months.
Get a fresh, authentic batch of indigenous spices from your nearest Sublime store, to add extra oomph to your Christmas Spice Mix.
Christmas Spice Cake
- 3 large eggs,
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1 cup of butter
- Granulated sugar,
- All-purpose flour,
- Baking powder,
- Baking soda,
- Vanilla Extract
- Christmas Spice Mix
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF and prepare the Bundt pan by greasing and flouring it.
- Beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes or until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until each is mixed well into the batter. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula as necessary. Add in the sour cream and vanilla extract as well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and Christmas Spice Mix.
- Add the dry mixture to the mixture of butter and sugar. Beat continuously until everything becomes one single smooth batter.
- Transfer the cake batter to the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. The inner sides of the cake will begin pulling away from the edges.
- Let cool for 10 minutes before carefully transferring it to a cooling rack. Garnish with sugar cranberries and rosemary.
- 225g plain flour,
- 2tsp baking soda
- Ground ginger
- Christmas Spice Mix
- unsalted butter
- soft brown sugar
- sugar syrup
- Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
- Sieve the flour, salt, bicarb, ginger and Christmas Spice Mix into a large bowl.
- Heat the butter, sugar and syrup until dissolved.
- Leave the sugar mixture to cool slightly, then mix into the dry ingredients to form a dough.
- Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 mins.
- On a surface, lightly dusted with flour, roll out the dough to a ¼-inch thickness.
- Cut out small gingerbread men with the help of a cutter. Re-roll any off-cuts and repeat until no more dough is left.
- Place your gingerbread shapes on the lined trays, allowing space for them to spread. Cook for 10-15 mins, then remove from the oven and leave to cool.
- Garnish with dusting sugar.
Christmas Spice pudding
- ½ lb butter
- Christmas Spice Mix
- 5 allspice berries
- ½ cup candied orange peel
- 1 cup raisins
- ¾ cup buckwheat flour
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 cup almond powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 eggs
- ¾ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup molasses
- ¾ cup ice cider or sweet wine
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Butter for the mold
- 1 cup pitted prunes
- Grate cold butter with a cheese grater.
- Place it in a large bowl and add dried fruit (except prunes), buckwheat flour, breadcrumbs, almond powder, baking powder, salt and the Christmas Spice Mix. Mix well by hand.
- Add to another bowl eggs, maple syrup, molasses, and ice cider, and beat well until homogeneous.
- Pour egg mixture onto the dry ingredients. Mix well until the batter consistency is similar to a muffin batter.
- Generously butter a pudding mold. Spread prunes evenly on the bottom of the mold. Gently pour the batter onto the prunes. Level it out and cover with two sheets of aluminum foil. Seal it tight.
- Place a small grate or a kitchen rag folded into eighths on the bottom of a pot large enough to accommodate the pudding mold. Fill the pot with water up to two thirds the level of the mold. Cover and bring to a boil.
- Cook for 4 hours as soon as steam begins to escape from the cover. Check the pot from time to time to ensure enough water remains and add boiling water if needed.
- Let cool an hour before removing from the mold in order to serve it cool.
Let the celebrations begin!