There is more to Christmas than just Christmas cookies when thinking about desserts. We also need a very good dessert, no matter what cookies we cook. The problem is that there are basically hundreds of wonderful picks that are available for those that want to cook something special. Choosing can be quite difficult. In order to give you a helping hand, we will present 2 Christmas desserts that are simply wonderful. They taste great and you will love them. Keep in mind that many other options exist. If you do not like the recipes for the Christmas desserts, try others. However, make sure that you consider all options so that you can choose something that the entire family will love in 2013.
White Chocolate Cheesecake With Cherries
- 1 stick of butter – melted to grease
- 150 grams of regularly melted butter
- 250 grams of plain sweet biscuits
- 200 grams of white chocolate – fine chops
- 400 grams of sweetened condensed milk
- 500 grams of cream cheese – held at room temperature
- 400 ml of thickened cream
How to make:
Take a springform pan of base measurement and brush it with the grease melted butter. Use non-stick baking paper to line its base. Put the biscuits in a food processor bowl. Process it until finely crushed. Then add the butter and continue processing. Take the mixture and put it in the pan. Press the mixture with a spoon and put everything in the fridge until you need it.
Put the white chocolate in bowls over saucepans with simmering water and make sure that the bowl does not touch water. Cook everything while stirring with the use of a metal spoon. Continue until smooth and melted. Set it aside. Put your condensed milk, cream and cream cheese in a food processor bowl. Process everything until smooth and then add chocolate. Continue processing until all is combined. Take out the pan with the biscuit base and add the mixture. Put everything in the freezer.
The cherries will be used to make syrup. Put sugar and port syrup in one saucepan. Use low heat to cook. Stir for five minutes or more if the sugar did not dissolve. Bring everything up to the boiling point. Wait until the syrup slightly thickens. Add the cherries and then boil for around 4 minutes. The cherries need to be soft. Remove the cheesecake from your freezer and then add the syrup cherries. Serve according to personal wishes.
Rosewater Cream Meringue Cake
- 400 grams of caster sugar
- 9 eggwhites
- 5 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt
- 900 ml of lightly whipped thickened cream
- 150 grams of sifted icing sugar – a little extra is necessary to dust
- 5 tablespoons of rosewater
- 400 grams of halved strawberries
- 150 grams of blueberries
- 300 grams of raspberries
For the Sugar Rose Petals:
- 1 eggwhite
- A quarter cup of caster sugar
- 12 to 15 rose petals – make sure they are pesticide free
How to make:
In order to make the sugar rose petals, start by whisking the eggwhites until they are loose. Take every rose petal and dip it in the eggwhite. Drain it properly and coat in sugar. Make sure the layer is thin. Put the rose petals on a tray that is lined with the use of baking paper. Leave everything in a dry, cool and well ventilated spot for around 2 hours.
Preheat your oven to 120 degrees Celsius. Take 3 baking sheets and line them with baking paper. On one of them trace a 26 cm circle, on another a circle of 20 cm and on the third a circle of 13 cm. Beat your eggwhites until stiff and add half of the sugar. Beat till incorporated. Add the remaining sugar gradually and beat until all is glossy. Add meringue evenly on the circles in order to make three equal thickness discs. Bake for around 10 minutes and reduce the heat to 100. Bake for around 1 and a quarter hours. Check and if you see that everything is dry and crisp, stop. Cool everything. You have to make sure that you make this in advance and then store in airtight container.
For the cake cream, add icing sugar, yoghurt, cream and the rosewater. In order to assemble everything, put the large meringue circle on the serving plate. Top with half of the cream and half of the berries. Add the medium circle and then put most of what berries and cream remains. Add the small circle and then the remaining cream. Add petals and then dust everything with the icing sugar.
Extra Tips To Consider About Christmas Desserts
There are so many people that simply forget about Christmas desserts. They stay focused on other things like Christmas dinners or the above mentioned cookies when there are children that are present. It is so easy to end up forgetting because we all get caught up with various things. Both of the Christmas desserts that we mentioned above can be cooked in advance. That would help out a lot since you can leave enough time available for the actual planning.
If you have children, it is an interesting idea to get them involved in cooking the Christmas desserts. You can let them press the buttons on the food processor or if they are older, you can let them cut strawberries. It does not actually matter what they help you with as they will feel useful and will see Christmas as a great opportunity to bond with you.
Never forget about Christmas spirit when you prepare for Christmas Eve. We see so many families that just stay focused on preparation. That is never a good idea. The Christmas desserts that we recommend are special because of the fact that they are not too hard to cook and you can actually have a lot of fun while cooking. Tune in to your favorite online Christmas music station and enjoy the spirit as it should be enjoyed.