“Christmas, Christmas, time is near,
Time for toys and time for cheer.
We’ve been good, but we can’t last,
Hurry Christmas, Hurry Fast.”
Well, our wait is over and Christmas is almost here! Christmas has always been something to look forward to. It’s a time where we can see red, white and green everywhere. Christmas trees lined up for sale in the markets and shops selling all Christmas decoration buntings and tassels.Shopping malls, homes and offices, everything is flooded with Christmas stuff which fills you with joy. Christmas carols and kids waiting for Santa and his gifts makes it more cheerful and happy. But amidst all the Christmas hustle and bustle, the one thing that no body misses and enjoys the most is the Christmas Cakes! The aroma of Christmas cakes can be found in every street and corner of every house. Have you ever wondered where this tradition of Christmas cakes first started? Why is Christmas incomplete without a Christmas cake? Read on to find more about it!
Christmas cake started as an English tradition. People used to fast just the day before Christmas eve and then eat porridge the next day to end their fast. Gradually, they started adding dried fruits, spices, honey and many more things to the porridge and slowly it turned into Christmas Pudding! Eventually people started adding butter, wheat flour and eggs to it. These added ingredients helped to hold the mixture together and turned out to be a boiled plum cake. Soon, ovens came into picture and richer people who could afford it began to bake their cakes. They added many ingredients over the years, especially seasoned dry fruits and spices. If you are familiar with the story of the three Wise men, then you can see that the spices represent the exotic Eastern Spices which was brought by them. And thus, was coined the term “Christmas Cakes”.
A Simple Recipe: Chocolate & Hazelnut Christmas Cake
So, now that you know all about the history of Christmas Cakes why don’t you think of baking one yourself? You have been buying Christmas cakes for years but this time why don’t you try making it yourself from scratch. This will not only keep you from getting bored on a holiday, but also make you happy as you have loads of fun! Here is a small Chocolate & Hazelnut Christmas cake recipe, very easy to follow and very delicious and mouth-watering! Follow a mixture of trend and tradition.
- 200g of melted butter for greasing
- Chocolate chips
- Vanilla wafer crumbs
- Toasted hazelnuts
- White sugar
- Cream cheese (softened)
- 3 eggs (lightly beaten)
- Hazelnut liqueur
- Sour cream
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
- Using a blender or a food processor, finely chop 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips. Transfer ground chocolate to a mixing bowl. Add vanilla wafer crumbs, ground hazelnuts, 2 tablespoons white sugar, and melted butter or margarine. Mix until well combined. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
- Raise oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually add 1 cup white sugar; mix well. Add the eggs and 3 tablespoons liqueur. Mix until well blended. Coarsely chop 1 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips, and stir the chocolate into the cream cheese mixture. Pour batter into the cooled crust.
- Bake in preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 1 hour. Let cake cool in oven for 1 hour. Remove outer ring from pan; allow cake to cool completely.
- Melt 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips over hot (not boiling) water. Stir until smooth. Dip 13 hazelnuts into the chocolate, covering one-half of each nut. Shake off the excess chocolate. Place on a waxed-paper lined plate and chill until set.
- Stir the sour cream into the remaining melted chocolate and mix well. Add 1 tablespoon liqueur. Spread glaze on top of the cooled cheesecake. Garnish with chocolate-dipped hazelnuts.
Of course, there are those among us who don’t cook but want to eat the cake. If you are one of those you get consider visiting some of these Bakeries in Raipur for your Christmas Cake.