Christmas baking

Christmas baking

By
Trine Hahnemann
Contains
15 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
9781849491921
Photographer
Lars Ranek

Christmas in Scandinavia is all about baking. My recipes are a mixture of family treasures and my own creations, but they are all founded in Scandinavian Christmas tradition, with little adjustments that I’ve made here and there.

I learned how to do the Christmas baking when I was very young... I think I was trying to create a sense of the festive traditions in a childhood dominated by left-wing activism, where Christmas was taboo! However, my grandparents celebrated Christmas in a wonderful way; my grandmother baked everything and I learned from her. (Later, my mother did a complete turn back to celebrating Christmas.)

The reason why you have to bake so many different things is that you need enough to last for the whole of December. You can’t run out of cakes or, especially, cookies... and you should have at least three or four kinds ready, stored in your kitchen, for family, friends and unexpected visitors. The recipes here are for special occasions, for Advent Sunday parties, for presents, or just for nibbling when you get in from work on a cold evening. Have fun with the baking, it doesn’t have to be stressful and the finished product doesn’t need to look perfect. Just get people together and have fun!

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