‘Tis the season of the Year that we all love. Christmas is a time to make merry, exchange gifts, gorge down several helpings of food and bond with everyone forgetting old quarrels and tiffs. Whether USA or India gifts are one common factor that binds us all during Christmas and helps us bond with our families and friends. An important part of all the festivities are the desserts which come at the end of a sumptuous meal. Here’s a list of mouthwatering dessert recipes.
Christmas Jelly Ring : In a bowl, dissolve cherry jelly in 1 cup boiling water. Drain pears, reserving 1 cup juice. Stir pears and reserved juice into cherry jelly. Pour into a 25 cm ring tin or jelly mould coated with nonstick cooking spray. Refrigerate until nearly set, about 1 1/4 hours. In a bowl, dissolve the lemon jelly in 1 cup boiling water; refrigerate until slightly thickened. Beat in the cream cheese until blended. Pour over the cherry layer. In another bowl, dissolve lime jelly in remaining boiling water. Drain pineapple well, reserving juice. Add enough water to juice to measure 3/4 cup. Stir pineapple and reserved juice into lime jelly; spoon over lemon layer. Refrigerate until firm. Unmold onto a serving plate.
Easy Christmas Cake : Put the dates, walnuts, almonds and apricots in a bowl with the rum and leave to soak. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. In a bowl, beat the butter with the sugar, pinch salt and eggs until creamy and light. Add the soaked fruit and reserve. Sift the flour with the baking powder and add to the egg mixture, stirring in alternately with the milk. Stir until smooth. Grease and flour a 25cm cake tin and pour in the batter. Bake about 1 hour or until a skewer tests clean. Beat the cream with the sugar until thick. Spread over the top of the cake and decorate with the glace cherries.
Creamy Pavlova : Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius. Beat 4 egg whites with vinegar until stiff. Add 4 rounded teaspoon of the caster sugar and beat until the mixture looks ''dry''. Add half the remaining sugar gradually and beat until very stiff! Remove the beaters. Sift in the remaining sugar with cornflour and fold in carefully with a spoon. Cover an oven tray with baking paper. Make a plate shape with the mixture on the tray and build up the edges with spoonfuls of the mix. Reduce oven temperature to 120 degrees celsius. And bake for around 20 mins. Let cool & decorate with cream & fruit.
Steamed Christmas Plum Pudding : Place all dry ingredients like grated suet, plain flour, sultanas, mixed peel, grated whole nutmeg, mixed spice, cinnamon, dried breadcrumbs, dessicated coconut in a bowl and stir to combine. Add the milk and then the eggs one at a time, stirring, then the rum and lemon juice. Stir to combine well. Place the mixture in a well greased pudding mould or a greased and floured pudding cloth. Boil for about 4 hours, or steam for 5 hours. Serve with custard or brandy sauce for a delicious Christmas pudding.
Layered Trifle With Custard Cream : It has several layers. Bottom Layer: Make up the green lime jelly and put aside to start cooling while you prepare the serving bowl. Cut the jam roll cake into 1cm slices and layer around the base of the serving bowl, sprinkle with the drained fruit salad. Pour in the jelly and place in the fridge to set for 3 hours. Middle Layer: Make the red raspberry jelly, when cool add to the serving bowl. Top Jelly Layer: Make the yellow lemon jelly, when cool add to the serving bowl. Custard Layer: Make the custard according to the packet instructions. When done continue to stir off the heat until cool enough to place on top of the jelly layer. Cream Layer: Whisk cream to thicken, just before it is finished add the sugar and vanilla. Place on top of the custard layer then decorate with the tinned segments. Chill until ready to serve.
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