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How to Make Lengua de Gato | junblog. When I was in grade school, I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I was lucky I had teachers who inspired me and whom I looked up to. I thought it would be noble to help shape young minds the way they had helped shape mine. And I thought I would get a kick out of standing tall atop the wooden platform in front of our classroom, scribbling notes on the chalkboard all day long. But, I must admit, there was another reason I fancied becoming a teacher. I so wanted the Holiday gifts! Come Christmas time, our teachers get lavished with the tastiest presents by doting parents and students. Borrowed from Spain, lenguas de gato are paper-thin buttery sugar cookies, so named because they are shaped like cat’s tongues. My I-want-to-be-a-teacher-pampered-with-presents phase didn’t last too long. Lengua de Gato Recipe Recipe adapted from Penelope Casas’ The Foods and Wines of Spain, makes about 5 dozen cookies Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed. How to Make Paciencia Cookies (Filipino Meringue Cookies) | junblog. The whisk whirred wildly, brushing the bowl with sharp clinks. I watched it twirl and whip the whites into a soft meringue. I waited, lifting the balloon of wires every so often for a brief pause, for a brief check. Was the meringue thick enough? Was it lofty enough to stand tall with polished, proud peaks? I attached the whisk back in place and flipped the switch back on. Is all this waiting — all this whisking — the reason they are called paciencia? I continued to wait. Paciencia Cookies Recipe Recipe adapted from Enriqueta David-Perez’s Recipe of the Philippines, makes 48 cookies 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour 1/8 teaspoon baking powder 2 egg whites 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Beat whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Fill pastry bag with meringue batter and fit a round piping nozzle at its end. Ninety days till Christmas! For Filipinos it’s never too soon for a Christmas countdown. Caribbean Spice Sorrel Cookies | Living The Sweet Life. Hi Sweet Treats!! It’s officially 13 days until Christmas … 13!! To be honest, it’s kind of sad …in 2 weeks all we’ll be thinking about is what Boxing Day Sale we can score. But that also means, in the next two weeks I have lots to accomplish. Have I started my christmas shopping? – Nope. Have I written any of my christmas cards? – Nope.

What have I done then, to kick of the season? Made cookies!! This year, I had the privilege and honor to be a part of The Great Foodie Blogger Cookie Swap aka a foodie revolution ( seriously, it was fantastically amazing). The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap honestly took the e-world by storm!! Sweet Treats, what’s better than being surprised by a box of cookies?!?! Sorrel. Sorrel is a holiday Caribbean drink, predominantly found in Trinidad and Tobago. And so Caribbean Spice Sorrel Cookies were born. I was taking a risk by making these cookies – they certainly weren’t the ordinary chocolate chip, or oatmeal raisin. Caribbean Spice Sorrel Cookies 4 Cups Flour. Jam Thumbprints and White Chocolate Dream Cookies - From Calculu∫ to Cupcake∫ InShare0 Last year, I was very new to blogging and time management involved, so I didn’t post very many Christmas recipes. I did do a Christmas recap with photos, but no recipes, so I want to go back and do some of those recipes this year.

Some of them are every year Christmas tradition recipes for us, so I might be able to update with better photos. I would definitely make better photos this year, but these are not too bad – well, they at least are not the worst photos I took last year. The White Chocolate Orange Dream Cookies have been a favorite for several years. Last year was the first time I made the Jam Thumbprints, but they are very similar to a cookie my husband’s mother used to make, so they will be returning. I got both of these recipes off of My Recipes. Jam Thumbprints Author: Michelle Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 16 Ingredients Instructions Source: Very slightly adapted from Sunset via My Recipes. This recipe was posted on Foodie Friends Friday. White Chocolate Dream Cookies. Home gourmets: Portuguese Christmas Cakes. My childhood Christmas memories are mostly of people who were and still are part of my life - my family. As I grew up in Alentejo (in south interior Portugal), my Christmas food is, like most Alentejo's cuisine, very simple: cod fish and cabbage, turkey, "filhoses" and "sonhos" (fried Christmas sweets), King-cake and "broas" (honey cakes).

Since I remember, 'broas' were my first Christmas food-related memory, first because they were my least favourite, later because I began to enjoy their peculiar taste and more recently when I started a 'new' recipe - based on a North Alentejo's recipe - that became a huge success amongst my family and friends, even those who deeply dislike 'broas'. This is my Christmas Tradition for lovely Cris' blog From Our Home to Yours. Broas de Natal Portuguese Christmas Honey Cakes Makes about 30 In a saucepan (use one with a thick bottom), combine sugar, honey, olive oil, and water. Polvorones de Aceite - Spanish Christmas Almond Cookies. Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe. Snickerdoodles: In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until smooth (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough. If the dough is soft, cover and refrigerate until firm (about one to two hours). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Shape the dough into 1 inch (2.5 cm) round balls. Coating: In a large shallow bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon. Roll the balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar and place on the prepared pan, spacing about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Bake the cookies for about 8 - 10 minutes, or until they are light golden brown and firm around the edges. Can store in an airtight container, at room temperature, for about 10 - 14 days. References: Nordic Christmas baking recipes.

Christmas is my favourite time of year. I am a winter person, I love the cold and the way the world goes silent when covered in snow. "Hygge", the Danish word for cosiness, is about being inside with candles, great comfort food, and lots of cakes and sweets. I go a little crazy at Christmas, starting on the first of December by getting out my decorations. I become pathetically happy when I unwrap all the little glass balls, my pixies, ribbons, candles, stars, and especially my little porcelain snowman. It is actually difficult to explain that sensation of happiness I feel by being reunited with these small, ridiculous, and to some extent useless items.

My baking recipes are a collection of family recipes and recipes of my own, but they are all founded in the Danish Christmas tradition. Pepparkakor: pepper cookies Everybody in my family has their favourite Christmas cookie, so there is no way around baking all of them. For the icing: icing sugar 300g food colouringwater a bit Dried fruit.