Favourite Xmas treats!

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Hepcat
Cheeseburger
2012/12/03 14:43:50
With respect to favourite treats that are Xmas specific, my four favourites are these:
 
1. Yule Logs
 

 
 
 
The best ones I ever had were made by an old German fellow at a little place called Klein's Bakery on Hamilton Road in London, Ontario. Klein's supplied the restaurants and delicatessens in the London area with the most positively exquisite black forest, mocha, lemon, walnut, hazelnut and marzipan cakes. His cakes were not only absolutely delicious but they were little works of art, particularly the Yule logs.  But you really had to learn about Klein's by word of mouth since there was nothing to draw a person into the bakery since it was located in a lower income part of town and it was very unprepossessing in appearance.  Moreover he only baked to order so there was nothing on display even if you walked in off the street! I chanced upon Klein's in 1977 when I was managing an H & R Block outlet across the street and patronized it for holiday cakes for over thirty years. And then he went and retired after being in the baking business for over fifty years! The nerve! I don't think I'll ever find cakes of that quality again, particularly not at Klein's very friendly price point.
 
2. Kisielius
 

 

 
A jellied berry pudding made from cherries, lingonberries, red currants, loganberries, raspberries, boysenberries, strawberries or gooseberries in Europe, it's most commonly made from cranberries here in North America quite simply because frozen cranberries have long been so widely available here at this time year. Sweet and tart, it's a traditional Lithuanian Xmas dish.
 
3. Fruit Cake   
 
 
Surprisingly enough, I've never had better fruit cake than that made by Weston, which is the mass market baker of Wonder Bread here in Canada! But Weston does the Christmas cake very right with lots and lots of fruit and nuts and it's sold in high end retail stores such as the Bay. 
 

 
4. Kringles
 

 

 
A traditional Scandinavian Xmas pastry. Once again, the bakery that was London's favourite supplier, Chapman's, closed down earlier this century when the baker retired after having been in business for many decades. A person had to preorder their kringles in November or shop elsewhere.
 

 
Now I'm both sad and hungry.
post edited by Hepcat - 2012/12/06 11:58:51
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/03 21:30:04
Hepcat...the Kisielius looks wonderful!

I never heard of it before.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/03 22:11:05
Home made or Collins Street Fruit cake and filled hard candies.
tiki
Filet Mignon
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/04 11:54:44
fruitcake,Stollen,Pizelles,the fritters my grandmother made with figs or baccala!!!--they look the same and you never knew which you had till yo bit into it!!! :) and all those amazing holiday Italian cookies!!!!
 
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/04 14:30:03
CCinNJ

Hepcat...the Kisielius looks wonderful!

I never heard of it before.

 
I've heard that the Junket Danish Dessert mix available in the States in both Strawberry and Raspberry flavours may produce something very similar. I can't say for sure because Junket isn't sold in Canada and I just heard about the Danish Dessert mix yesterday.
 

 
While mixes to produce kisielius are now sold throughout Scandinavia and northeastern Europe, hidebound old country traditionalists here in North America will insist upon making it from scratch.
 

 


CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/04 15:22:54
I gotta find someone from the old county that makes Kisielius.


While not for treat consumption...this is one of the most fun Christmas treats...in NYC! The Le Parker Meridien Gingerbread Extravaganza!

http://www.nycstylelittle...ravanza-at-le.html?m=1
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 11:25:49
CCinNJ

I gotta find someone from the old county that makes Kisielius.

Well either that or you can try making it the old country way yourself:
 
Lithuanian Cranberry Pudding for Christmas Eve
Spanguoliu kisielius (Cranberry pudding) 
 
Ingredients:

1lb. fresh cranberries
8 cups warm water
4 cups sugar
several sticks cinnamon
potato flour as starch
 
- cover the cranberries with the warm water and bring to a gentle boil. That will be the time when the cranberries begin to break open.
 
- put the berries through a food mill; when all the cranberries have been crushed, wash the food mill with the boiling liquid.

- measure the liquid plus fruit pure;  this will determine the amount of potato starch needed to thicken the juice to pudding consistency.

- for each 8 oz./ 1 cup of fruit pure and juice mixture, use 1 tsp. starch. Set aside 1 cup of juice to dissolve the starch.

-add sugar to taste; for a medium sweet pudding, use 1/2 cup of sugar for 2 cups of fruit and juice mix.

- add cinnamon and sugar to the juice mix and bring to a gentle boil. Gentle heat is required to maintain the deep garnet color of the pudding.

- add, with vigorous stirring, the starch solution and continue at a gentle boil. Stirring constantly the starch will change from a cloudy solution to a clear, deep garnet. As soon as the pudding has thickened and become clear, remove from the heat and let it cool.

- the pudding can be served from a large bowl, or can be poured into individual serving dishes.
 
Commercially available cranberry juice can also be used to make this pudding. Same proportion of starch, but sugar amount will have to be reduced as commercially available cranberry juice is quite sweet. Also addition of cinnamon and cloves will enhance the cranberry flavor.
 

post edited by Hepcat - 2012/12/12 15:22:28
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 11:34:29
I love the Italian holiday cookies, along with frosted sugar cookies...and Mexican wedding cakes....
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 12:59:05
Momofuku MIlk Bar Pastry Chef Christina Tosii has been crankin' out the Stollen for the last few years available at MMB & Union Square Holiday Market...

http://m.loku.com/detail/...n-at-momofuku-milk-bar

Stollen is hot...in NYC.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 13:13:22
I'm rootin' for Bruno to master the Kringle...

http://www.lfpress.com/ne...10/02/01/12692136.html
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 13:38:02
1. Claxton fruit cake (since my grandmother is no longer around to make hers)
2. Panettone
3. Homemade Christmas cookies.
post edited by ChrisOC - 2012/12/05 13:53:07
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 13:43:10
Two holiday traditions in my family, for many decades, have been Pillsbury Orange Rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning as we open our presents and one of my favorite treats since I was a little boy:  TURKEY JOINTS!!!  It isn't Christmas until I've had one (or a few) of these:  https://www.turkeyjoints.com/catalog/index.php
 
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 13:50:52
Now that's a fun stocking stuffer!

My Mother always insists on putting hard candy in stockings...which makes it fuzzy. I'll tip her on to the turkey joints!
billyboy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 13:57:50
Not so much a stocking stuffer as they run close to $20 a jar.  They do offer other candies at the shop and I think sometimes even broken ones in a gift bag for much less money.  There was a always a jar under our tree every December 25th with a tag that read, "From Santa".
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 14:07:07
If I relinquish my share of the "much beloved" Pfeffernusse...she'll come in under budget.
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 14:33:22
fruitcake - there's a local company, www.bakermaidproducts.net, that make a great fruitcake, full of nuts and fruit, a little brandy and rum.  The fruitcake is called the Creole Royale.  I can never remember the name, but it comes in a distinctive decorative tin, with a repro watercolor scene of Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral in the background.  Each slice is individually wrapped.
 
pfeffernusse -  I bought 2 bags at Tuesday Morning
 
Cella's chocolate covered cherries -  love em, but only see them at Christmas, and for the first time last year - Valentine's Day
 
 
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 14:57:18
Santa always brought me real maple sugar candies when I was a kid, and I have to have them at Christmas to this day.
Besides that, like others, I love stollen (have made it twice), panettone (especially as French toast), homemade cookies, and my mom's fudge, which I can't seem to replicate.
Pigiron
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 15:22:49
I have always been thankful that I have so many Italian friends who have shared the Feast of the Seven Fishes with me on Christmas Eve.  
 
On those Christmases which I wasn't fortunate enough to swing an invite to an Italian home, I've always enjoyed the traditional Jewish Christmas: Chinese food and a movie.
 
Rusty246
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 16:16:05
Since Pigiron kinda broke the "dessert" part of the conversation I'd like to say that I'm not a sweet eater so my favorite treat around Christmas time is cakes but crab cakes.  Chocolate covered cherries are my sons favorite and peanut butter fudge made by his Grandmother, it's the only time of year she makes it.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 16:28:54
Belle-Bob loves those chocolate covered cherries too!
 
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 16:29:57
CCinNJ

I'm rootin' for Bruno to master the Kringle...

http://www.lfpress.com/ne...10/02/01/12692136.html

 
Well kringles are now featured on their website:
 
International Bakery

Here's a picture of the International Bakery's kringle:
 

 
They're available in traditional raisin, apple and blueberry flavours but also in not so traditional chocolate and pumpkin flavours. Nevertheless, I'll have to give them a proper two or three kringle try next year!
 

post edited by Hepcat - 2012/12/05 20:44:28
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 16:37:14
BelleReve Cella's chocolate covered cherries -  love em, but only see them at Christmas, and for the first time last year - Valentine's Day

 
Mmmmm yummy! Cella's are great!
 


post edited by Hepcat - 2012/12/05 20:34:16
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 16:59:28
Hepcat-maybe you havent read the threads about Kringles made in Racine, Wisconsin. As I am sure the one's you enjoy are great, there are two bakeries that are superb. O& H Bakery, and Berendstens( spelling) Obviously I prefer O&H.....
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 17:26:47
I'll hunt down the threads since Wisconsin sounds like the kind of place where really good kringles could be had!
 

 
If only I was rich enough to travel like that on a whim though. Hmmmmm. Perhaps combining kringles with the Milwaukee Admirals? Maybe, maybe!
 

CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 17:30:58
1. The season starts in September...with the delivery of The Swiss Colony catalog...
 
                     
 
It can't be Christmas until we know the critters are doing well.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 19:18:38
Way to go Bruno! Make that Kringle!
jman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 19:51:40
ChrisOC

1. Claxton fruit cake (since my grandmother is no longer around to make hers)
2. Panettone
3. Homemade Christmas cookies.

 
On Christmas morning, I make french toast made with panettone.
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 20:48:00
CCinNJ

1. The season starts in September...with the delivery of The Swiss Colony catalog...

                    

It can't be Christmas until we know the critters are doing well.


Oh that is gorgeous!
 

ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 22:05:54
jman

ChrisOC

1. Claxton fruit cake (since my grandmother is no longer around to make hers)
2. Panettone
3. Homemade Christmas cookies.


On Christmas morning, I make french toast made with panettone.

Panettone french toast = heaven  YUM! 
post edited by ChrisOC - 2012/12/05 22:07:40
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/05 22:49:52
Hepcat
I'll hunt down the threads since Wisconsin sounds like the kind of place where really good kringles could be had!

If only I was rich enough to travel like that on a whim though. Hmmmmm. Perhaps combining kringles with the Milwaukee Admirals? Maybe, maybe!


Here Ya Go!
http://www.ohdanishbakery.com/ohdb/HOME 
http://www.kringle.com/
post edited by Foodbme - 2012/12/05 22:51:53
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 01:27:40
Try dipping the Panatone in store bought eggnog mixed with your eggs.
 
I always buy several boxes of Cella's Cherries the morning after Christmas at Target... half price!  I search for the dark chocolate.
 
My father used to buy them for me when the were 2 for a nickle.  They are part of who I am.
iluvcfood
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 04:05:40
The Mrs. brought home two boxes of these for me tonight...............Chocolate covered fruits!  Mmmmmmmmmmm  So good! 
 

ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 07:50:29
Thanks, Foodbme for the links. However, Racine Kringles are mass produced in Chicago and are not good at all.
tiki
Filet Mignon
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 09:31:38
oh--forgot--Christmas morning with gift opening MUST have Panatone and GOOD coffee!!!!!!!
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 11:52:09
Foodbme

Hepcat
I'll hunt down the threads since Wisconsin sounds like the kind of place where really good kringles could be had!



Here Ya Go!
 
 
http://www.ohdanishbakery.com/ohdb/HOME

 
http://www.kringle.com/

 
Thank you! This year though I'll be getting my kringle from Hansen's Danish Pastry Shop on Pape Avenue just south of Cosburn Avenue here in Toronto:
 

 
 
 
ann peeples

Thanks, Foodbme for the links. However, Racine Kringles are mass produced in Chicago and are not good at all.


Thank you for the warning!
 

 
post edited by Hepcat - 2012/12/06 15:18:27
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 12:09:57
Gracious...not only does Hansen's look like a real winner of a Roadfood Bakery in Toronto...I just found a new song to put on my Ipod while running.
 
Hansen's Bakery Roadfood video....
 

 
 
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 12:21:09
mar52

Try dipping the Panatone in store bought eggnog mixed with your eggs.

I always buy several boxes of Cella's Cherries the morning after Christmas at Target... half price!  I search for the dark chocolate.

My father used to buy them for me when the were 2 for a nickle.  They are part of who I am.

Will do, mar!!!
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 13:05:14
bendtsensbakery.com
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 13:06:00
Why cannot I post links? Has been happening for awhile.........
 
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 13:16:59
Try using the full format addresses with the http://www.
 

CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 14:41:28
2.  Cannoli cookies from Giorgio's Patisserie in <<<Hoboken>>>
 
     
Exquisite flavor and texture. No crumby crumble. A holiday tradition.
 
* No...they are not Pignoli cookies. They are Cannoli cookies
 
Pigiron
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 14:48:57
CCinNJ 

* No...they are not Pignoli cookies. They are Cannoli cookies 


 
My first reaction was "oh, he MUST mean pignoli cookies!"  They certainly LOOK like pignoli cookies. What are cannoli cookies?  
 
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 14:53:07
Pignoli cookies are made with almond paste in the dough. Fresh ricotta  gives these cookies the "cannoli" name. They are smooth & divine.
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 14:54:54
CCinNJ

Gracious...not only does Hansen's look like a real winner of a Roadfood Bakery in Toronto....

 
It's definitely a Roadfood kind of place with excellent strudel, cherry and lemon tarts! While not that far away by Toronto standards, it's outside my usual stomping grounds so I need to make a specific trip to patronize Hansen's.
 

CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 18:35:19
It's so nice to see neighborhood bakeries in other neighbourhoods.

There's nothing like a great bakery. Other than the ridiculously excellent pies made by some friends originally from the South...all of our treats come from our wonderful bakeries.

It's also wonderful to see the displays in the front window!!!
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/06 18:39:22
I'm easy - just give me those peanut butter cookies with a Hershey's Kiss pressed into it and a glass of cold milk and I'm "good".
BelleReve
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/07 16:40:57
Mar52 - thanks for the tip on Target for Cella's after Christmas, couple boxes stashed in the refrigerator should do me just fine, in fact that's the way I like to eat them, cold from the frig.  I was surprised last Valentine's to see them at Family Dollar, individually wrapped in foil and selling for less than Christmas. 
 
Mar52-Ann-Hepcat - I'm going back quite a few years, but there was a corner grocery with one of those old-fashioned cases full of penny candy and candy bars, Cella's had a 3-pack for about the price of a candy bar.  The neighborhood kids called them "cherry sips."
 
 
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/07 18:43:19
Oh, I would love that "yule log" as pictured by the op on the first page of this thread.
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/07 19:58:03
It's a nice one alright, but the ones I used to get from Klein's Bakery until five or so years ago put the pictured one to shame. Klein's butter cream frosting was actually intricate in application. Klein's Yule logs were so pretty that cutting into them was really a shame, and they were available in chocolate, vanilla or mocha.
 

 
 
 
 
 
post edited by Hepcat - 2012/12/08 14:52:34
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/08 12:11:37
Do you call it a Yule log or Bûche de Noël?

Bûche de Noël avec des champignons de meringue sounds so festive vs. the English.
Hepcat
Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/08 14:51:43
I think Yule logs are German in origin so I wouldn't use French to refer to them. Meringue and particularly mushrooms wouldn't be right for Yule logs either because they're cakes with butter cream icing of some sort.
 

post edited by Hepcat - 2012/12/08 20:43:29
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/08 15:11:29
In the NYC market "yule log" is mostly associated with our great television tradition which used to start Christmas Eve in the evening through Christmas Day...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org...(TV_program)#section_1

So we usually have Bûche de Noël in bakeries. Many times with meringue mushrooms as decorations.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/08 16:45:10
My paternal grandmother used to make a moist, soft, rolled-up date cookie that was truly wonderful.
 
("Rolled-up" in the sense that she would spread the date stuffing over the cookie dough, roll it up, refrigerate, then slice for baking).
 
Anybody remember these, or better yet, have a recipe? 
 
Mrs. Metro has become quite the little baker and she gets the world's best dates air-freighted by her family from their ranch in Diriyah.
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/08 16:47:11
I have a cookie source in Nashville that  I'll put up against anybody..   But I don't know how to get them there fresh and in whole form.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/08 17:02:00
Mr. Giorgio has a Chocolate Blob cookie that can move mountains...and solve wars!
 

 
 
post edited by CCinNJ - 2012/12/08 17:08:32
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/08 17:29:38
...and I KNOW how to get to Mr. Giorgio's!
We could have a Chocolate Blob v. Wedding cookie bake-off!
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/08 17:33:55
I don't think I've ever tasted a Wedding cookie.
 
Now...if there were some rib tips at the reception...Mr Who? Blob...what blob?
 
You know I could not vote against Mr. Giorgio!
 
 
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/08 17:38:23
Yes, Jim, remember, the date cookies!
 
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/08 17:45:28
If Broadbent is in the competition, you'll have to invoke a non-competition clause somewhere in there . Not even sweet old Mr. Giorgio can go the distance  with the boys from Kentucky.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Favourite Xmas treats! 2012/12/08 17:49:18
You win there! We concede!
 
We only have pork roll & hot dogs!
 
Not that there's any shame in that!
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