Chinese Christmas Tree

It’s already my second winter in China, but this year my and my husband will fly back to Poland to spend Christmas and New Year there with my family. As I said in previous posts, although the temperatures in Suzhou are not as low as in Poland, high humidity and lack of any kind of central heating make those few winter months really harsh. To make up for this  I started thinking of Christmas in late November. Now I have my lovely Christmas tree, and spending long, cold evenings alongside it feels much better. Anyway, last year we still lived in a rented apartment, I didn’t have any Christmas tree and because of lack of kitchen equipment I could not cook any food. We spent last year’s Christmas Eve in a hotel, enjoying a Christmas feast, as Chinese cooks imagined it. Wasn’t bad, but definately lacking atmosphere. People in China are starting to celebrate Christmas in some ways, there is background Christmas music when shopping (chinese favourites are Mariah Carey and that sort of pop bands), shops are offering small, ugly, fake trees and Starbucks is selling delicious winter selection drinks. You get the idea. Now, I keep on making traditional western and polish comfort food. I’ve been making a looot of potatoes, thanks God my husband loves eating them. He only insists on eating hot chinese breakfast, like meat noodles:)
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Have a lovely December everyone! Keep on making amazing Christmas treats !;)
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Favourite Gingerbread Cookies

This is a recipe that my mum’s friend gave to her, that was loooong ago, when I was still in the junior high school. My love for baking and being in the kitchen started around that time.  Every year, in the late November, when it’s getting really cold outside, I begin to make gingerbread cookies. I tried few other recipes over the years, not that they were not goood or something, but eventually, I would always go with this one. If you bake them a little bit shorter they will remain lovelly soft; if you roll the dough quite thinly and let them stay longer in the oven they will come out amazingly crunchy. If you and your family like the taste of coliander, you can add a tablespoon or two of coliander seeds into the dough – they are quite healthy and will make for extraordinary cookies! Anyway, I consider the Christmas season is already here! 😉
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Ingredients
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2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 full spoons honey
2 small eggs
1 flat teaspoon baking soda
1 full tablespoon butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons gingerbread spices mix

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.In big bowl combine flour, sugar, soda, spices together. Add honey, butter, lightly beaten eggs and mix with the flour. Gently knead the dough, until it forms a firm ball. Roll it, the thickness depends on you, I prefer when gingerbread cookies are quite thick, but then again, nice little thin ones are so lovely to decorate :). Bake 12-15 minutes in 180ºC (about 350ºF).

If you want, you can take one spoon flour out and one 1 tablespoon unsweetend cocoa powder insted. Be careful what kind of gingerbread spices mix you use. Last time I bought a new brand, 2 tablespoons made my cookies taste really sharp, which I still liked, my husband however not so much. Homemade gingerbread spice mix is also quite sharp, therefore less should be used, again depends on how you like your cookies.

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