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Pomegranate cheesecake

Pomegranate cheesecake

Pomegranate cheesecake is a refreshing dessert with beautiful taste of pomegranate mixed with cream cheese. It is the cake that is easy to make and it is a great recipe for beginner’s try. Also it is perfect for any occasion and equally good in summer or winter time. Pomegranates themselves can vary in colour from deep red to yellow flushed with pink. Fresh pomegranates sold in the UK are of the sweet variety, but you can buy dried sour pomegranate seeds or powder from Asian shops and ‘sour’ pomegranate syrup molasses from Iranian and Middle Eastern stores. For maximum flavour, buy whole fresh pomegranates. Hold the fruit over a bowl and carefully break open the skin. Discard the skin and remove the segments of juicy seeds, saving the juice as you do so. Discard the pith. Pomegranate seeds can also be removed from their skin by holding a pomegranate half in the palm of your hand over a bowl and bashing the skin with the back of a spoon: the seeds should fall out.

Chocolate syrup cake

Chocolate syrup cake

This chocolate syrup cake is very simple, sweet dish that will satisfy any chocolate lover. It is perfectly sweet and it looks simple but elegant and delicious. A rich, moist cake drenched with the wonderful flavour of golden syrup. No  baking, no fuss, it is a perfect cake for any cooking beginner. Also it is a great solution if you are not sure what dessert to make. Excellent for any occasion – birthday parties, afternoon tea with friends and family, Valentine day or Christmas. The simplicity may be the best thing with this cake, but the decoration can be added with chocolate shavings, chocolate cream or even some crushed nuts, such as almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts.

Hamantashen

Hamantashen

A hamantash is a filled-pocket cookie or pastry in Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine recognizable for its three-cornered shape. The shape is achieved by folding in the sides of a circular piece of dough, with a filling placed in the center. It is traditionally eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim. Hamantashen are made with many different fillings, including poppy seed (the oldest and most traditional variety), prunes, nut, date, apricot, apple, fruit preserves, cherry, chocolate, dulce de leche, halva, or even caramel or cheese.Their formation varies from hard pastry to soft doughy casings. In Israel, they are called Oznei Haman, Hebrew for “Haman’s ears” in reference to their defeated enemy’s ears. Another folk story is that Haman wore a three-cornered hat – thus the shape.

Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding

This Christmas pudding is a lighter than usual, with brandy instead of ale and light muscovado sugar instead of dark. Many households have their own recipe for Christmas pudding, some handed down through families for generations. Essentially the recipe brings together what traditionally were expensive or luxurious ingredients — notably the sweet spices that are so important in developing its distinctive rich aroma, and usually made with suet. Prior to the 19th century, the English Christmas pudding was boiled in a pudding cloth, and often represented as round. The new Victorian era fashion involved putting the batter into a basin and then steaming it, followed by unwrapping the pudding, placing it on a platter, and decorating the top with a sprig of holly. Puddings are usually made on Stir-Up Sunday, but any day before Christmas is good too.

Pinwheel biscuits

Pinwheel biscuits

Pinwheel biscuits are attractive and easy to make: vanilla and coffee doughs rolled together, cut into thin slices and baked. The ingredients are so plain and basic, yet when combined, the flavor is just absolutely wonderful. The nice thing is you don’t have to bake the cookie dough all at once.  Just store it in the freezer for however long, and if you get a hankering for cookies, or if you’re expecting company at the last minute, no problem.  Just take out the cookie dough, slice and bake.  It’s really so easy and convenient. These fun cookies, with their spirals of chocolate and vanilla dough, are perfect for Christmas or parties.