Dreaming of Christmas? Making gingerbread is probably the furthest thing from any sensible cookie baker’s mind (shouldn’t it be sugar cookies now?), but apparently I am the only one greedy enough to bring these 2 holiday favorites together at the onset of spring. My love for these spiced cookies translates into baking them throughout the year, and topping them with a tiny mendiant turns plain cookies into a treat that goes well with afternoon tea.
The recipe that I always turn to is by Joy of Baking. The cookies bake up crisp and store well for a week in an airtight container. I cut the dough into 3 cm x 7 cm strips (approximately 1.5 by 3 inches) with a serrated pasta wheel. The recipe yielded about 6 dozen after combining and rolling out the scraps.
Goodbye July. I couldn’t let National Ice Cream month come to an end without one last blurb on what’s new in the freezer, but I wanted something different from the Magnums and Daims that I’ve hoarded in the past few weeks, even if it meant posting a couple of days late. I’m glad I waited. How could Peanut Butter Love be anything other than peanut-o-licious? And how much more “comfort food” can gingerbread + ice cream get?
I haven’t yet tried the gingerbread sandwiches (the back of the box says that it’s perfect on a cold winter day with tea but I won’t wait that long) but I did tear into the PBL cone. Peanut butter ice cream with a soft caramel center, topped with chocolate and caramelized pecans. It’s good enough to like, but not enough to love when compared to Magnum’s double peanut butter. Honestly, Magnum should throw some coupons my way or something…
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Twelve tasty camels…
Not that I would know what one of those humpbacked beasts really tastes like (that’s a job for Bourdain or Fred Chesneau), but after reading about puff pastry camels in Varese on Krumkaker, how could I not whip up a batch of my own? Apparently varesini bakers wanted to do their own thing for the Epiphany period and did just that with the mode of transport used by the Three Wise Men. If we didn’t live 2 hours away I’d ask MotH if he would be up for a visit, but I can’t believe that it took a blogger from Rome to enlighten me on the subject. Varese is in my region, so it goes to show that there’s always something new to learn in Italy.
Purists may turn up their noses but store-bought puff pastry is my best trick in the kitchen. Too bad it yielded only 5 camels. I had one last batch of gingerbread dough in the fridge and am sad *sniff sniff* to see it go. 😦 So long Christmas, see you in 354 days!