Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas!!!
So now that we are desserted out and ready to get back into shape, I thought I'd share with you some of the delicious treats from my christmas..
Dessert this year was the famous Carrot Cake. After so much eating out and fancy desserts, I decided to go for something simple.. well.. the cake at least..the decoration was another.. so a Carrot Cake Christmas Stocking was my project!
Stuffed with toys and all!

I had to share this one, as we were enjoying Christmas my kitten Penny slept
Cross section of the cake

And a portuguese tradition is to eat a Bolo Rei on Christmas.
Bolo rei (English: literally King Cake) is a traditional Portuguese cake, which is usually eaten around Christmas, from December 25 until the Dia dos Reis (literally Day of Kings, a reference to the three kings) on January 6. The cake itself is round with a large hole in the centre, resembling a crown covered with crystallized and dried fruit.
The bolo rei is baked from a soft, white dough, with raisins, various nuts, and crystallized fruit. Also included is the characteristic "fava", and tradition dictates that whoever finds the fava has to pay for the bolo rei next year. Initially, a small prize was also included within the cake. However, the inclusion of the prize (usually a small metal toy) was forbidden by the European Union, citing safety reasons.

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