O Holy Night: K Cooks for Christmas

The Bold and the Beautiful

More than a dozen friends punched through snow battered forest and ice laden streets to gather at my home on Christmas Eve. Once here, they were rewarded to partake in several Special K creations: Spiced Apple Toddies (homemade apple cider, whiskey, baked apples)

Homemade Challah Bread with Agave and Cheese: 

Spinach Artichoke Yogurt Foam and Cashew Cheese

Perhaps the most time consuming and novel endeavor involved making candied apple minicakes. The cake batter mirrors a spongy madeline-like texture, using, per 24

Mix together 1 cup, plus 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 salt

in another bowl, mix up 1/4 C applesauce with 3 tablespoons butter and 1/2 sugar and 2 tablespoons molasses….mix in beaten egg, 1 tsp vanilla. Fold wet into dry, and then add 1 granny apple, thinly sliced or spiraled

Bake for 15 minutes tops, let cool overnight….

Then, make a candy topping: Mix together 1 C. sugar 1/3 C. water, 1/4 C light corn syrup and a few drops of red food coloring (or more if you want it deeper red). Heat over a simmer for more than 20 minutes until nice and bubbly and the candy is at a hard cracking stage, or 150C.

THAT’S HOT….

so be careful! Then with tongs, plunge the cakes into the syrup and quickly move to a nearby pan to cool. Accept that you will burn yourself and that you’ll eat candy that drizzles and hardens in the pan.

I stuck my proud creations on skewers in covered oatmeal cans for a lovely presentation. And popping on in your mouth was delightful, the gooey apple giving way to a crunchy covering.

 

Candied Apple Cupcakes

Breaking off the candy toppings and crunching and munching on them was super fun! After a very quiet first 30 minutes of the party…the people started pouring in, and soon, the kitchen expanded with fellowship and cheer.

The Toddies helped….do did Cranium’s Hum-Dingers, and the kids checking Santa on Norad, and being roused by all the excitement.

Each guest received a handmade ornament, a Christmas CD and Belgian chocolates.

 

There were moments in the night where I felt incredibly empty…

and then whooosh….the glasses would need to be filled,

someone needed a pan cleaned, or to locate a knife

Charlie Brown needed to be located on the computer….

and it was in these mere tasks, absent if not for the community of others, that made Christmas holy.

It is about taking whatever smallness of light and warmth and sharing it.

And candy coating always helps, too.

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5 thoughts on “O Holy Night: K Cooks for Christmas

  1. What incredible friends you have to trek through treacherous conditions to join you for dinner! But what a fabulous dinner it was!

    I must say that while being single has it’s downfalls, I certainly wish I was at times. 🙂 Especially when someone asks me, yet again, what’s for dinner??

  2. Looks like you did a fantastic job with your Christmas meal. I am glad that even with a slow start the party picked up and your guests enjoyed the holiday. Merry Christmas!

    I nearly forgot you would get AFN. I did a cooking class here last spring and it was on AFN and I know people in Germany saw it but I can’t remember which base. It is in the 60’s here, but it is rainy and windy. The other day it was really, really nice and did not feel like December at all. It was nice, but then the rain started again.

  3. your christmas feast sounds great! and your holiday pics scattered around the blog are lovely.

    as much as i love my family, there are times i secretly wish i could forgo all the festivities and start some traditions of my own. i think this is mostly due to the fact that i want to play cook for the event and i know some of the aunties would not take kindly to that suggestion 😉

  4. yum. what a great looking (and i bet tasting!) christmas dinner. i bet that producing the meal yourself for others to share was a really wonderful experience. those apple cupcakes look adorable too!

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