Christmas trees with poppy seeds

Christmas trees with poppy seeds

INGREDIENTS
Poppy — 200 gr.
Milk — 200 gr.
Honey — 50 gr.
Sugar — 50 gr.
Butter — 50 gr.
Puff yeast dough — 500 gr.
multicolored glaze and edible topping for decoration

STEP-BY-STEP COOKING RECIPE
Step 1
Scald scalp with boiling water and leave for 15 minutes, repeat this 3 times. Strain 3 times, add milk and cook, until the milk is completely evaporated
Step 2
Add honey, sugar and butter, mix. Remove from the stove, cool. Grind in a blender to a paste.
Step 3
Roll the puff pastry thinly and make 2 forms of Christmas tree from it, fill with poppy seeds and pinch the edges.
Step 4
Bake in the oven at 180 ° C, 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Garnish with icing and topping.

Christmas trees with poppy seeds

Christmas trees with poppy seeds

Spicy baskets with dried fruits

Spicy baskets with dried fruits

INGREDIENTS
450 g flour
50 g sugar
300 g butter 82.5% fat
2 egg yolks
0.5 tsp sea ​​salt
For filling:
250 g apples
225 g small light raisins
110 g small dark raisins
110 g large light raisins
30 g candied cherries
50 g candied orange peel
115 g butter
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
115 g sugar
50 ml of whiskey or rum
grated nutmeg
1 tsp mixtures of ground cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger powder

STEP-BY-STEP COOKING RECIPE
Step 1
Finely chop the candied fruit for the filling. Melt the butter. Peel and grate the apples. Mix all the ingredients of the filling, cover and leave for 12 hours. Stir from time to time. If the mixture looks dry, add grated apples.
Step 2
For baskets, sift flour and salt into a bowl, add sugar, mix. Cut cold butter into cubes with a side of 1 cm, add to flour and grind with flour with your fingers to the state of crumbs. Collect the crumbs with a slide, make a recess — a «well», put the yolks and 2 tbsp. l water. Mix until smooth. Wrap the dough in a film and put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Step 3
Roll out the dough between two sheets of baking paper into a layer of 5–7 mm thick. Cut circles with a diameter equal to the diameter of the molds (for tartlets or for muffins). Put the dough in the molds and gently press it to the bottom and sides. Lay out the filling. Place the decorations from the remaining dough on the filling: circles, asterisks, etc.
Step 4
Bake in a preheated oven to 180 ° C until slightly golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool in shape for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or cool.

Spicy baskets with dried fruits

Spicy baskets with dried fruits

Christmas gingerbread cookie

Christmas gingerbread cookie

INGREDIENTS
1.25 kg flour
500 g of dark honey or herbs
360 g butter (fat content 82.5%)
250 g brown sugar
50 g of peeled ginger root
50 g sugar-free cocoa powder
2 yolks
1 orange (remove the zest)
1 lemon (remove the zest)
3 tbsp roma
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1-2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp anise seed
1/4 tsp salt

STEP-BY-STEP COOKING RECIPE
Step 1
Cook the dough. Put honey, sugar and butter in a separate container. Put in a water bath and warm, stirring constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved. The mixture should not boil.
Step 2
When the sugar has dissolved, add all the spices, cocoa powder, orange and lemon zest. Stir and remove the container from the water bath, allow the mixture to cool to a temperature not lower than + 68 ° C (hot, but not scorching mixture).
Step 3
Sift flour, baking powder and salt into another container. When the mixture has cooled slightly, add a portion of the flour and knead the dough thoroughly. Cool again a little, and then add the yolks, rum and knead the dough well with your hands. No need to strive to mix all the flour. The dough should be dense and elastic. It will be slightly sticky. Collect the dough in a ball, wrap in cling film and put in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours.
Step 4
Preheat the oven to 220-240 ° C. Cover a large rectangular baking sheet with baking paper.
Step 5
Roll out the dough into a layer 3-5 mm thick on a desktop sprinkled with flour. Cut the figures out of the dough using cookie cutters. Put the figures on a baking sheet. Or, roll out the dough on a baking sheet, cut out the figures, and then remove excess dough from the baking sheet.
Step 6
Bake cookies in a preheated oven for 7-9 minutes. Be careful not to dry. Gingerbread cookies (like gingerbread cookies) do not become dense and crunchy during baking. If the cookie has risen slightly and browned from the edges, it is ready.
Step 7
Remove the pan from the oven. Allow the cookies to cool, and then remove them and place them in a single layer on a flat surface so that it does not deform. If the finished cookie spreads slightly around the edges during baking, cut off the bumps with a knife while the cookie is warm.

Christmas gingerbread cookie

Christmas gingerbread cookie

Chicken with Rice and Dried Fruits

Chicken with Rice and Dried Fruits

INGREDIENTS
chilled chicken 1.5 kg
rice 150 g
dried apricots 50 g
raisins 50 g
orange 1 pc.
thyme fresh 0.5 bunch
liquid honey 2 tbsp
butter 2 tbsp
chili pepper 1 pinch
salt 3 pinch

STEP-BY-STEP COOKING RECIPE
Step 1
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Cook the filling. To do this, boil the rice until half-cooked (about 20 minutes), place on a sieve.
Step 2
Cut dried apricots into small cubes, rinse and dry raisins.
Step 3
Remove thyme from thyme. Peel the orange, divide into slices, remove the film, cut 3/4 of the orange into a small cube, squeeze the juice from the remaining.
Step 4
Mix rice, dried fruit and orange together.
Step 5
Wash and dry the chicken. Stuff the carcass with the filling.
Step 6
To stab the chicken’s abdomen with toothpicks or sew up with a thread, tie the legs with a thread.
Step 7
Make the sauce. To do this, melt the butter, mix it with warmed honey and orange juice. Mix.
Step 8
With a silicone brush, properly grease the chicken with sauce and put in the oven.
Step 9
Every 10 minutes open the oven and grease the chicken with the resulting juices. Bake chicken for about an hour. If in some places the chicken begins to burn, cover with foil. Cool the finished chicken a little, cut it with kitchen scissors along the chest, put the rice, divide the chicken into portions. Serve hot.

Chicken with Rice and Dried Fruits

Chicken with Rice and Dried Fruits

Cherry Tomatoes with Shrimp and Cream Cheese

Cherry Tomatoes with Shrimp and Cream Cheese

Ingredients:
Cherry tomatoes — 20 pcs.;
shrimp — 20 pcs.;
cream cheese — 200 g;
salt to taste.

Cooking method
I wash my cherry tomatoes and dry them with paper towels. We cut off the top of each tomato and carefully remove the flesh. Inside, slightly add salt to the tomatoes, turn them upside down on a paper towel to stack the juice.
 Boil the shrimp in salted water and put them in a colander. Clean, remove the head. Ponytails can be left. We fill the tomatoes with cream cheese. This is convenient to do with a pastry bag or a plastic bag with a cut tip. We stick shrimp into the cheese with the tail up. The appetizer is ready.

Cherry Tomatoes with Shrimp and Cream Cheese

Cherry Tomatoes with Shrimp and Cream Cheese

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