27 December 2010

363 more days left until Christmas :).

So Christmas has now come and gone, faster this year than any I can recall. I remember when I was a kid it felt like ages for December to come around and the days and nights leading up to Christmas seemed to last forever.

Christmas was wonderful this year. It's honestly my favourite time. Christmas allows me to see all of my family in just two days, and for me, this is truly what its about. This is then followed by a lot of time spent at home with my immediate family, which is something I don't get to do often enough.

Like all special occasions I dawned my battle attire, and headed for the kitchen. On December 23rd I spent no less than 10 hours on my feet, in apron, in full baking mode. The result? Everything you see in that picture.

Starting from the top I made approximately nine dozen of the best Sugar Cookies I have ever tasted (honestly, THE BEST). Next is what was supposed to be another seven dozen maple-oatmeal cookies, but the recipe I was using was obviously broken. In an attempt to rescue the batter I decided to turn it into a bar cookie (it worked, and tasted great). This is followed by the insanity that is the “Epic Brownie.” A chocolate monstrosity I created especially for my cousin who was coming home from England for Christmas. The pan under the rack contains an awesome Snickerdoodle Blondie, which captures everything good about a Snickerdoodle without all the extra work :). And of course I made Banana Bread :). There was also the pizzelli and bocconotti I made with my Grandmother, as well as a batch of Peanut Butter fudge I made in case the Maple-Cookie-Bar-Thing didn't turn out :). (Too lazy to get pictures of that right now :) ).

Everything turned out better than I could have hoped, but it wouldn't have mattered much if it wasn't preceded by spectacular meals enjoyed with my wonderful family.

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and I'm going to try and get all of the these recipes up as quickly as possible.

~ Adam

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