January 4, 2010
2009 was my family’s first real Christmas in a long time. I don’t know why, but one year my parents decided not to get a tree and fuss over Christmas. Well, this made me very sad. Firstly, because Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday; I just love the music, gift giving and general spirit. Second, because my birthday is on the 23rd of December and the celebration on Christmas itself is like a birthday present to me. Third, well I wasn’t getting very many presents! Anyways, my family hasn’t had a really traditional Christmas in quite some time, so I was pretty ecstatic when I learned we were getting a tree and hosting a Christmas dinner party.
Of coarse, I made dessert. I had a request for a sugar-less dessert because of a health condition, so I came up with a seasonal fruit galette adapted from Martha Stewart.
I used a combination of organic pears, persimmons and apples, about three cups. I mixed this in a bowl with 1 tablespoon on cornstarch, two teaspoons of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt.
I put the filling in the center of a 14 inch round pie crust, leaving a 1 1/2 inch border, and then I folded the crust over the sides. I mixed an egg yolk and a tablespoon of cream and brushed the edges so it would bake up with a nice golden/brown color. The only sugar I used was a small handful to dust the edges of the crust.
I baked the galette for about 1 hour until the juiced in the center were bubbling (activating the cornstarch) and the crust was golden brown. I dotted the top with a bit of organic strawberry jam.
This was so delicious. No one could believe that I didn’t add any sugar to the recipe. It was the consumed within minutes after I put the dessert out.
Next, I made Martha Steward’s Sweet Potato Cupcakes. These were great! The cupcakes were soft, delicious and moist. But perhaps next time I will use an actual frosting instead of her suggested toasted marshmallow and nut topping, even though I love using a propane torch to toast the marshmallows! I never use the broiler, a torch is so much more fun.
Here is the recipe:
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I whipped up some decadent chocolate toffee shortbread too. Everybody loved this. The recipe makes a 9×13 inch pan so I had a lot to keep and give away as gifts. You really should make this, super easy and so good! I’ll do another post with more pictures where I leave the recipe.
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!