Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Baking

I love to bake all year round, but there's something special about baking during the holidays.  I don't know exactly what it is.  But there's definitely a little magic involved.  There are certain things I bake only in this season, and no other.  And one of those is gingerbread.

I made this gingerbread using Laurie Colwin's recipe from her book - Home Cooking

It was spicy and moist; made with ground ginger, cloves, allspice and cinnamon.
The unmistakable aroma of gingerbread wafted in the house for hours.

The other thing I bake only during this festive season, is Brie en croute. 

I cut the brie in half and filled it with raspberry jam and blanched almonds.  Then I wrap it in puff pastry, and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes.

You can serve it with crackers and some white wine...

Christmas tree lights twinkling, the aroma of gingerbread, savouring special treats made only during the holidays...I hope that you, too are enjoying the sights, smells and tastes of the season!

Only 14 more days till Christmas!  Happy Sunday! xo


  1. Hi, sweet Rosinda! Oh, how delicious are those goodies!!! Your gingerbread is picture perfect and what a lovely plate, too!! I have made gingerbread cookies, but it has been quite awhile since doing a cake. I will have to bake one! And your brie en croute is fantastic and in such a charming setting!!! Wow!!! I will be right over : ) Enjoy the magic of all the season has to offer, sweetie pie!!! Hugs, Sherry xxxx

  2. OMG Rosinda...
    If I only had wing...
    I would fly right over and have a slice of everything and some hugs too.
    What a proud Mom you make me feel:) :)
    Luv ya so much. XOXO

  3. I've really got to start my holiday baking! The girls keep asking me to make Christmas cookies -- and now that I've read this post I want to make gingerbread as well. Oh, and the brie en croute, too. That looks so tasty!

    Basically, I just want to recreate this whole post at my house!

  4. Oh Rosinda.....this is so wonderful. Do you know that I've never made brie en croute?? But I will now!!! That's awesome sweetie and your tree looks wonderful....just like YOU!!

  5. Rosinda, It all looks so festive and wonderful. I could almost smell the gingerbread & love the gorgeous cake stand. Your tree is so beautifully decorated. Don't you just love Christmastime? XO Susan (Essuzy)

  6. Love the post, Rosinda :) Your making me want to make the gingerbread cake now :) what a great cake to make just for Jesus on Christmas Day for His birthday :)

    read down the other posts and I love the tree farm! and the apple dumplings.. yum! we have snow here on PEI, Rosinda! yay :)

    Denise of Ingleside, PEI

  7. Oh doesn't all that look beautiful. LOVE brie en croute and the plate it's on too. But would I be me if I didn't say my fave was the gorgeous slice of catnip at the end. What a beauty Buddy is!

  8. How did her recipe compare? I've been meaning to make it--gotta just do it! ;)

  9. Everything looks beautiful and delicious at your house. I love gingerbread and used to make it for my kids. Yours looks wonderful! I may have to look for a gluten free gingerbread recipe now that you've reminded me of how good it is :-) xoxo

  10. I don't know how I missed this post, sweetheart but so glad i found it again! All looks absolutely YUMMY!!I am just this minute baking my Farmer's Market gingerbread, so it's like I'm reading in Smell-o-vision!! Love the footed stand too. Kitty is adorable, those eyes! And your beautiful little supper table laid with the gorgeous brie, wine and the twinklingly beautiful tree in the background. Happy happy Christmas, darling friend - 7 more sleeps & Santa will be here!! xoxo

  11. What beautiful Christmas pictures! The wonderful brie and wine...the sparkly Christmas tree just oozing with holiday joy...the pretty table all set to enjoy...and that wonderful Buddy! He is the perfect setting in the foreground to showcase your tree! Love it all and makes me long for Christmastime again!!! xoxo...Karen