Candy Traditions | Fragrance Posse

My mother by no means baked, however I used to be launched to the great world of vacation baked items on the Lutheran church I grew up in. These of us knew a factor or two about baked items (and robust espresso). The fellowship corridor at church in December was crammed with all types of sandwiches and goodies, together with bundt desserts and tea breads and masses and a great deal of home-made cookies, lots of which you solely see this time of yr – like these marshmallow-cornflake wreaths with the little red-hots for holly, and fantastically iced cookies formed like angels and snowflakes.

As an grownup I’ll cheerfully eat your panettone, stollen, marzipan (ha, haters — extra for me!), Christmas kringle, fancy buche de Noel, lebkuchen, and I’ll even eat a little bit of fruitcake. However truthfully, I’d be simply as proud of some random collection of bake sale cookies made by church girls and whoever whipped up a last-minute-panic batch of slice-and-bake cookies with sugar sprinkles.

My high-school boyfriend’s mother was Polish and a very good house cook dinner and baker, and she or he spent November and December filling up a chest freezer with cookies – all types of jam-filled cookies and ones with poppyseeds, and peanut-butter pinwheels made with mashed-potato dough (I used to be questioning whether or not I’d imagined these, however I googled and they’re actual.) Hers weren’t something fancy or notably wonderful to have a look at, however oh had been they scrumptious. She additionally made actual boiled fudge, which she did and not using a sweet thermometer – she simply knew when it was prepared – poured into outdated chipped platters, and it was unbelievable, and I by no means did get it proper regardless of what number of instances she confirmed me.

Years later, when my ladies had been small, a buddy had a number of of us over to her home for a day of toffee-making. We introduced our heavy pots and our provides of chocolate, sugar, butter and chopped nuts, and I figured it’d be a catastrophe – we didn’t use a sweet thermometer or something, it’s all by eye. That was greater than 20 years in the past and I can nonetheless bear in mind the ridiculous sense of accomplishment — and pleasure! — I felt as I turned out my first batch of toffee on a cookie sheet.  I made it at house for years thereafter, each December, and my children ate it, and I gave it away to buddies and at work, as a result of it was simple and enjoyable and folks cherished it.

A few years in the past we made saltine toffee, as a result of I wished to attempt it, it appears so bizarre – and it was tasty (and albeit just about no-fail, though boiling sugar nonetheless doesn’t make it a kid-friendly undertaking for my part) however then we went again to common toffee as a result of the feel is so uniquely nice.

So, what now?  Nicely, I obtained my fill of old style treats this weekend, by way of two separate church bazaars, nicely stocked with home-baked goodies, in addition to another handmade, non-edible treats. I sampled a collection of selfmade treats  — iced cookies, spritz cookies, meringues, fudge, pinwheels, buckeyes, peanut butter blossoms, these little cornflake wreathes, toffee, the good church girls promoting plates and luggage with an assortment of all my favorites, together with the requisite “thriller” cookies (is that … chocolate and raisins? Coconut and dates? What is that?)

For all of the desserts I like (and I do love them!) there’s one thing about cookies that makes me really feel like a bit of child once more, particularly this time of yr. However I’m considering making an attempt my hand at a buche de Noel, simply to see whether or not I could make one that appears good. Even when it’s a cake wreck, it’d nonetheless style nice!

Are you doing any massive meals plans (baking, cooking, and so forth.) for the season? Any favourite recollections or meals you miss from years previous?

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