Thursday, December 23, 2010
Christmas takes on a whole different aspect when one removes the prospect of airline travel; organizing gifts, postage, and food from a remote location; and schedule-juggling extraordinaire. I’ve still had to Christmas shop for the same number of people, write cards, decorate, wrap, plan festive meals and see to the hundred other details that are associated with holiday arrangements, but it all feels so much less overwhelming. And it’s given me time to indulge in a tradition that’s gotten short shrift in my kitchen(s) for quite a few years: Christmas baking.
I may have gone a little over the top, after a phone conversation with my sister L. inspired me to initiate Eight Days of Christmas Baking, starting and ending with two traditional Italian Christmas treats. For anyone still looking for holiday baking inspiration, I offer this year’s list and some links. More recipes to follow.
Eight Days of Christmas Baking 2010
Friday, December 17: Italian Christmas confetti
Saturday, December 18: Cut-out decorating cookies (see photo)
Sunday, December 19: Sugar cookies
Monday, December 20: Peanut butter cups (and Coconut clusters with the leftover chocolate)
Tuesday, December 21: Pizzelles
Wednesday, December 22: Oat-fruit bars (with cranberry-apple filling)
Thursday, December 23: Mince pies
Friday, December 24: Italian Christmas doughnuts
Hope all who celebrate are having a joyous and stress-free last week of preparation!