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CHRISTMAS CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE, SPICES AND DRIED FRUITS

 

These days we have the mood for sweet flavors to accompany coffee and put us in the festive mood. When waiting for friends at home or even when we want to chill out, beside the fireplace watching our favorite movie, without wasting much time, we can prepare this easy Christmas cake.

 

 

Chocolate, moist interior, full of raisins and prunes matching incomparable with sweet spices of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Sweeten us spreading throughout the house smells.

 

 

 

SERVES:
12 - 16

PREPARATION TIME:
15 MINUTES

COOKING TIME:
50 - 60 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME:
1 HOUR & 15 MINUTES

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 500 g. flour, soft
  • 42 g. cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 400 g. sugar
  • 240 ml vegetable oil
  • 600 ml milk
  • 120 g. raisins
  • 150 g. prunes, chopped
  • 80 g. dark chocolate, chopped
  • icing sugar for dusting (optional)

For the glaze:

  • 115 g. dark chocolate, chopped
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 120 ml sour cream

 

DIRΕCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl sift the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, ginger, cocoa, cinnamon, salt and stir well.
  2. In mixer bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together until fluffy and take a yellow pastel color. Then add the vegetable oil.
  3. I keep throwing flour alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour.
  4. Fill with the chopped chocolate, raisins and prunes after the last two I have mixed with 1 teaspoon of flour.
  5. Mix last gently with mariz and I throw the mixture into a buttered and floured mold 25 cm.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 180 * C in resistors for 50-60 minutes.
  7. Leave to cool on a rack located on baking sheet with parchment paper underneath.
  8. Brew putting chocolate glaze in a bowl of chocolate with salt and add the hot cream. Let one minutes to warm up the chocolate and then gently stir to homogenize the ganache.
  9. Let it cool a little, to become more thick. Then this splash all over the cake.
  10. When all cool Garnish with a little sifted icing sugar.

ENJOY!


CHOCOLATE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

 

Favorite chocolate butter cookies, easy to make the festive days to come along with our children. With cookie cutters can give Christmas shapes or even round. We can make earlier and store them in an airtight box.

 

 

Buttery flavor when the bite, inside are soft, air and elasticity. The secret lies in baking and flour. Depending of the thickness and size of each cookie placed in the trays to bake careful not crisp. When removing from the oven exterior soft pressing with our finger, and the cold tightening. Even at the opening of dough try to add as little as possible flour not to shake the mixture.

Do not forget the New Year's Eve, to put next to the fireplace or on the Christmas tree, a few cookies on a plate with a glass of milk to treat Santa Claus who will bring us the gifts!


 

SERVES:
20 reideers

PREPARATION TIME:
20 MINUTES

WAITING TIME:
30 MINUTES

COOKING TIME:
8 - 10 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME:
30 MINUTES

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 225 g. butter, cut into small cubes, at room temperature
  • 230 g. sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 vanillin (dust) or ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 160 g. soft flour
  • 70 g. cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon of  baking powder

 

DIRΕCTIONS

  1. In a bowl mix flour, cocoa and baking powder.
  2. In high speed I check the mixer bowl butter fluffy. Then add sugar gradually, once incorporated throw the egg and vanillin.
  3. Reduce speed gradually adding flour. I stop once the mixture is homogeneous.
  4. I cover with cling film and put the dough in the refrigerator to rest for 20-30 minutes.
  5. In flour surface portions I spread the dough, flour as little as I can and from the upper side and with a rolling pin to open to a thickness of 3 mm. approx. With a cookie cutter in the flour and then cutting off one by one the biscuits carefully and putting them on parchment paper in pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius in resistors for about 10 minutes (watch may want 1-2 minutes less or more).
  7. When I take out of the oven is still soft outside, leave 10 minutes to cool, then remove and with a brush carefully fortunes flour that is left on them.
  8. Keep them in an airtight box.

ENJOY!