How can I simplify this recipe?
This is something I always ask myself when creating a recipe. So when I was asked by Design*Sponge to contribute a something for their In The Kitchen With series, I knew it had to be simple and straightforward. So I took what are considered to be three quite complicated desserts, simplified each one and combined them into a single recipe with only 6 steps: apple strudel meringue tarts.
This one really is a show-stopper and a great one to try during the holiday period as apple strudel is something I consider to be very German and very Christmassy. Think: apple, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, all topped off with a quick & easy soft meringue that doesn't even require baking. Head on over to my post on Design*Sponge to see the full post, all my photos and the recipe.
I'd like to thank you all for your lovely comments, emails and lovely wishes with regards to my book deal. Your support really means the world to me. You make this blog what it is and your kind words really push me to better myself. For that, I'm truly grateful - thank you!
I've been busy baking every single day so far, testing about four recipes a day, then writing the recipe. Baking. Writing. Baking. Writing. It's a very enjoyable process and I really can't wait to finally hold the book in my hands - how exciting!
I've updated the sidebars of this blog to show my most recent posts (and a temporary Christmas Cookies section) on the right. I've also created a new visual recipe archive page, complete with photos for each of my recipes.
On another note, Bruce and I are buying our Christmas tree tomorrow - YAY! We debated whether to get a real one or a fake one, well, actually it wasn't much of a debate - with a real tree, you get that gorgeous pine smell throughout the house - it's just not Christmas without it. And contrary to popular belief, the decorations are not going to be pink - we bought some gorgeous clear glass baubles, some silver ones and some turquoise ones. So we'll be spending most of the weekend doing that with friends over for dinner.
Do you prefer a real tree or a fake one? Do you have a colour theme? How do you celebrate Christmas?