Oh you all know how much I like to eat. Food is just great, and what is there not to love about Christmas dinner? (I bet some of you are thinking- sprouts)
I thought today I will share with you the three dishes that I absolutely love, and would miss the most if they didn’t appear on my Christmas dinner table.
This is not even part of your meal as such, as it is the dessert but OMG I think all hell would break loose if my mum would decide not to make this. Dad and I would be so shocked that we would probably give it a go ourselves. ha Honestly this is my absolute favourite dish, HOWEVER saying that I have never had a nice one from a shop or a restaurant. My mum makes the best one, she managed to figure out the quantities and I will make sure this is copied by J this Christmas. I pretty much eat all my dinner leaving my dessert belly all empty just to demolish half of mummy’s creation. SUPER YUM
- 2 boxes of mascarpone
- 1 tub of whipping cream (large)
- sponge fingers (3packs so around 30)
- rum extract
- sugar (2 tblsp)
- cocoa powder (just to drizzle on the top)
For the cream: Mix your mascarpone, cream and rum extract in a large bowl with the sugar until smooth. Make sure not to overdo it, as it will turn into butter.
Layering: Simply make a really strong coffee and wait for it to cool down. (The biscuits will soak the hot coffee up too much and that is where it goes wrong and things go soggy.yuck) dip your sponge fingers in the coffee, but do not submerge. I just hold it with a finger at either end and just dip each side into the cold coffee. That is all you need, I promise. Layer your biscuits at the bottom of the dish. Now add a layer of your cream, make sure it covers the biscuits but not too thick. Now add another layer of the biscuits and then cream and repeat until you have run out of cream. The cream should be the top layer .
Serving: I like to just scoop it into little bowls with a spoon, or an ice-cream scoop. Drizzle it with plain cocoa. DELICIOUS.
You may think I am mad to include this, but I think the first time I had a Yorkie was made by J so could not have been more than 3 years ago. CRAZY isn’t it? Our traditions are much different in Hungary of course and my mum keeps the traditions all year long. Anyway, I do love a Yorkie pudding, as it basically is a pancake that I can stuff with stuffing and gravy and mash. FANTASTIC.
Since J has a secret family recipe I cannot tell you what exactly is in it, but it basically is a runny pancake batter. I know that you put a little oil into each section of the muffin tray and heat it in the oven until super hot. This is the stage when you add your pudding mix, and stick it in the oven until golden brown. Sounds easy? Well, they so often shrink or don’t even rise at all. They can be crispy which is not correct or too soggy which is also not great. I honestly can say that J makes a great Yorkshire pudding -yes I know he is a chef but still.
Cider and Jam ham
Just so you know, this is usually something I have either at home with my parents, but more likely at their friends’ house. Really easy but super delicious. All you need is a big gammon joint, cheap cider (dirt cheap one like the Sainsbury’s own value) onions, garlic and apricot jam.
There is two way of cooking the ham, either in a large pot for a large portion of the day or in a slow cooker. The slow cooker is probably the best option. Just place your gammon, onions, garlic and cider into your slow cooker and cook it for about 6 hours on a low heat, but make sure it doesn’t fall apart. Oce cooked, remove it from the slow cooker, take the skin off if you have any on it and place it onto a large baking tray. I recommend that you wrap the baking tray in tin foil as this can get messy.
This is the point when you generously coat the cooked ham with your apricot jam and place it into a hot oven. (Probably 180 degrees C). This is where it gets a tad messy, as you will have to make sure to come back to it every so often and spoon the jam back on the top. You want to make sure to get the ham completely glazed with the jam, so it goes nice and crispy on the outside.
This is great for your Christmas dinner, or also as a sandwich filling throughout the year. I absolutely love it, and even though it sounds like an odd combination, TRUST ME it is gorgeous.
What are your Christmas dinner favourites?
I have a really busy weekend with my staff party being a full weekend thing, so if the posts are a bit late I’m sorry. I’m not sure what the internet is going to be like in the hotel.