Tuesday, December 07, 2010
On The Ninth Day of Christmas - Pamela Callow
My favorite Christmas memory is baking traditional German Christmas stollen with my mother. The recipe we used was typed out on an old index card, smeared with flour and buttery fingerprints. I don’t even know where it came from. But what I do know was that Christmas stollen was the most highly-prized baked good in our house.
The making of our stollen took two days. One day to shop for the ingredients, one day to mix and bake. The ingredient shopping was fraught with uncertainty: Would we find the suet? Would we find the marzipan? It usually involved trips to several stores to round up everything we needed. Halifax now has a lovely assortment of specialty stores, but when I was a child, these things weren’t as readily found.
Eventually, from the goo and flour dust, a dough would form. We’d shape it into long ovals. And then the final, most crucial ingredient: marzipan. We’d roll the marzipan between our palms and lay it down the middle of the oval. Then one side of the dough was laid over the marzipan, and the other side was pulled over to seal the deal.
Every Advent Sunday, my mother would light a candle on the Advent wreath and we would eat stollen. Christmas Day would not be Christmas Day without it.
And thus, my favourite Christmas memory has become a cherished Christmas tradition.
What is your favourite Christmas treat?
Pam has kindly donated a copy of her MIRA debut, DAMAGED, to the prize box! You aren't going to want to miss this, especially as the follow up, INDEFENSIBLE, is due out in January.
The clue for today is MARZIPAN. Drop me an e-mail with today's clue to be entered in the draw! One entry per day, please!