The holiday season is full of good food, good wine, close ones and Christmas cheer! It reminds us of the importance of sharing your joy with friends and family. What bigger joy than delicious food! Since this year has been a year of introspection and reminiscing, why not call your friends and family over and reminisce about old times together? After all, with the few days 2020 has left, it’s even more reason to rejoice and celebrate!
So, we’ve got a list of super-easy feel-good recipes that’ll make your holidays a hundred times better. Indulge all your sweet tooth cravings with these super easy recipes for scrumptious and filling dishes this Christmas. And of course, don’t forget to snap a picture and make your friends jealous!
Don’t feel like putting too much effort? Rocky road is the perfect midnight snack. It’s low effort and super tasty! Recipe by @cheftejasvichandela on Instagram.
You will need
- 180g Marie biscuits
- 115g dark chocolate
- 115g butter
- 50g hazelnuts
- Zest of an orange
- Crumble the biscuits in a bowl and add melted butter.
- Add melted dark chocolate.
- Add the hazelnuts and orange zest on top and mix well.
- Put it in a tray and set it in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
- Cut it up into pieces and sprinkle powdered sugar on top. Enjoy!
Christmas eve is incomplete without the smell of freshly baked brownies. Credits to @shivesh17 on Instagram for these beautiful red velvet brownies. They’re the perfect comfort food for Christmas. Try them out!
You will need
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1 + 1/2 cup sugar
- 1tsp vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vinegar
- 2 cups flour
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 cups cream cheese
- 1tbsp sugar
- 2 eggs
- Add butter and castor sugar in a bowl and mix it with an electric mixer.
- Add vanilla essence and mix it in.
- To the mixture, add 4 eggs (two at a time) and mix them in.
- Add 2 tsp of white vinegar and mix.
- Add the all-purpose flour and cocoa powder and mix well.
- Add 1 tbsp. of red food colour.
- For the cheesecake filling, combine the cream cheese, eggs and sugar and give it a good mix.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Transfer the brownie batter to a baking tray, and then add the cream cheese layer and spread evenly.
- Add dollops of the brownie batter on top, and make swirls with a skewer.
- Bake for 35‑40 mins. Take it out of the oven and let it cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.
Your regular hot chocolate, but with a twist! It’s spiced! It’s the perfect fusion drink, and it tastes absolutely delicious. You won’t be able to stop making this. Recipe by @playfulcooking on Instagram.
You will need
- 2 bay leaves
- 8 cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 8 green cardamom
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 black tea bags
- ¼ cup of dark or milk chocolate
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar, adjust quantity based on sweet taste preference
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Using a motor and pestle, pound the bay leaves, cloves and cardamom to a coarse texture.
- Place a heavy bottom saucepan on medium heat and pour the milk followed by the spice mix and cinnamon sticks. Give it a mix.
- Simmer the milk for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid the milk from getting burnt at the bottom of the pan.
- Sprinkle the cocoa powder and stir until the cocoa powder dissolves completely.
- Drop the tea bags and simmer for 2 more minutes. Then, strain the infused cocoa milk into a different pan.
- Place the strained milk back on medium heat and drop the chocolate. Stir until it dissolves. Add sugar and salt. Taste and add more sugar, if you would like it sweeter.
- Pour the Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate in two mugs. Top it with marshmallow or whipped cream and shave some more chocolate on top. Enjoy!
There’s nothing better than the classic chocolate chip cookie and milk pairing. Make these scrumptious cookies yourself! Credits to @sugarnspicebyradhika on Instagram.
You will need
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup butter
- 1 tablespoon milk
- ½ cup caster sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ½ cup of chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped chocolate chunks
- Prepare the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Beat the butter along with white and brown sugar until creamy. This will take around 3‑4 minutes with an electric whisk and longer with hand.
- Once fluffy and creamy, start adding all the dry ingredients in (flour and baking powder) and fold it in until you no longer see any streaks of flour.
- Next add in the vanilla extract, milk and vegetable refined oil. Mix them in until you form a nice smooth dough. Fold in the chocolate chips and chunks.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 10‑12 minutes at 180 degrees celsius or until the cookies are golden on the edges.
- Let the cookies cool down completely before lifting them off the baking tray. This will be very soft but will eventually crisp up as they cool down. Enjoy with a glass of milk!
Here’s a drink to keep you warm during the chilly days. Drink by @bittersandbrew on Instagram.
You will need
- 1-gallon apple cider
- 1 tbs allspice berries
- 3 Granny Smith apples
- 1 orange
- 1 tbs whole cloves
- 5‑7 cinnamon sticks
- 0.5 cups cranberries
- 0.5 cup sugar
- 1.5 oz. Apple brandy per serving
- Pour apple cider in a large pot.
- Dice apples and add it to the mixture.
- Peel the rind off the orange and add it to the mixture.
- Add the spices and sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Bring mixture to a low boil and then reduce heat to a low simmer for 1 hour.
- Serve in toddy glasses or mugs and add apple brandy to each.
Walnut cakes are a Christmas classic, and this walnut cake is made using ghee and honey! It’s healthy and super tasty! Recipe by @passionateaboutbaking on Instagram.
You will need
- 100g whole wheat flour/aata
- 50g walnuts
- Few sprigs rosemary
- 100g brown sugar
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 55g ghee
- 15g honey
- 1 tbsp chia seeds plus 3 tbsp water, soaked
- 75ml cultured buttermilk / chaach
- 25g thick yoghurt
- 1 tsp lime extract
- Zest of lime
- Mascarpone honey topping
- 150g mascarpone
- 2‑3 tbsp honey/to taste
- Gently whisk the mascarpone by hand until smooth. Fold in the honey.
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and flour a loose bottom 6″ round tin or line it with parchment.
- Dry mix- Place all ingredients in blender and process to a fine meal. Reserve.
- Wet-mix- Heat the ghee and honey in a large bowl
- Whisk well to mix. Add the chia seed mix, buttermilk, yoghurt, lime zest and extract and whisk again.
- Stir in the dry mix. Don’t overmix.
- Pour into the prepared tin. Tap the tin gently on the counter to even out.
- Bake for approximately 45 minutes the tester comes out clean. Leave in the tin for about 20 minutes before loosening the edges with a butter knife and turning out.
- Let it cool completely and top with honeyed mascarpone, berries etc. Enjoy!
And there you have it, your Christmas menu all wrapped up! 6 super easy yet impressive recipes that’ll fulfil your holiday season cravings. Enjoy these Christmas treats with friends and family and make stay-at-home Christmas the best Christmas yet!