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Intro It´s Christmas! Waiting for Christmas Eve Christmas decor Design: Maileg Santa Lucia Winter Wonderland Black & White Party Time Snuggle up Paper squirrel
76 DIY: Fun string 80 Shop we love: Hay 82 Karl Malte´s Room 90 This Issue´s illustrator 94 Happy String Knit 98 Toys for Boys 108 Easy embroidery 110 Arty Party 118 Blogs we love 104 Christmas Delights 130 Stockists
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tHE CHRIStMAS ISSuE LuCIA · PARty tIME · WINtER tREAtS
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Monica Bachfirstname.lastname@example.org CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Laura Terp Hansenemail@example.com Contributors: Maria Angelova, Julie Tengnagel, Marie Willumsen, Sophie Parker, Erin Eberhardt Chapman
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It´s Christmas time again! The dark winter has set in here in Scandinavia and we light lots of candles and snuggle up inside. What to do during the dark days of December with the kids? Create your own Christmas decor, of course! On the following pages, we’re including some of our favorite ideas to create while you sip glögg and eat lucia buns. Christmas is the time a year where you spend time with the ones you love with lots of “hyggelige” moments. We hope you will enjoy this issue. God jul! (Merry Christmas in Danish)
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It’s creative. It’s cozy. It’s christmas! The dark winter has set in and we have our candles lit! What to do during the dark days of December with the kids? Create your own Christmas decor, of course! On the following pages, we’re including some of our favorite ideas to create while you sip glögg and singJingle Bells! PHOTO BY MONICA BACH STYLING BY LAURA TERP HANSEN/MONICA BACH All materials are from panduro hobby
SNOWFLAKE window Make a beautiful window decorated with snow flakes of paper cut outs and pearl plates. See instructions on the following pages. Garland by Lisa Grue/ www.lisagrue.bigcartel.com/product/ garland-pastel
The Handmade Christmas Tree: 4 Festive Ornaments to Make at Home
1) Molding Clay Trees & Letter Chain Trees: Roll molding clay (we used Fimo brand clay) to the thickness you wish. Next, press in graphic shapes and patterns using a traditional ink stamper. In our example, weâ€™ve used various snowflake patterns. Using a cookie cutter, press out the tree shape. Carefully place the cut out shapes on on parchment baking paper and make a hole in the top of each tree so they can hang later. Bake in the oven at 110 C for 15-20 minutes, then let cool completely. String a ribbon or twine through the hole at the top and hang on the tree! 16
TIP: To ensure the clay does not stick to the ink stamper, rub a bit of oil on the stamperâ€™s surface before pressing it into the clay.
Letter Chain: Find your favorite saying with letter ink stampers and create this funky holiday greeting chain out of modeling clay. Simply follow the directions above, but remember to poke 2 holes in the top of each piece before you bake them, so you can easily run a string through your pieces and hang on the wall or the tree.
2) Origami Xmas Boats This is a sweet little project to introduce kids to origami, the japanese paper folding technique. Begin by finding some old paper with a festive pattern or color. Construction paper or hobby paper works best, but you can also use old book pages with lovely musical notes or illustrations, or print a pattern out that youâ€™ve found online. Next, follow the instructions below to create your own little Xmas Boats. Children can try and follow the picture directions to create their very own origami ornaments! See instructions on page 36. 20
3) Perler Bead Snowflakes These fantastic white snowflakes in various patterns make wonderful ornaments to hang – not only on the tree – but in windows, on doors and just about anywhere! Simply use all white Perler beads and follow our patterns here. Or you can even try creating your own unique snowflake pattern.
TIP: Use silver and gold Perler bead accents to jazz it up! 23
4) Hand-knit Christmas Balls – Arne & Carlos style! Arne and Carlos are a famous knitting duo from Norway that have taken the hobby world by storm with their cheeky, sweet, old-school knitting patterns. Here we feature a few of their Christmas patterns for knitted tree ornaments. If you’ve got the knack for knitting or know someone who does, Arne and Carlos are the perfect inspiration this season. Find this pattern and many more in their fantastic book, 55 Christmas Balls to Knit, or learn more on www.arne-carlos.com
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Plastic Fantastic Table Top Trees Remember your grandmother’s Christmas snow landscape on the dresser drawers? Well, we’ve taken that idea and pulled it into the future with these homemade 3-D neon trees with frosted glass covers. Constructed from plastic Perler beads, 2 trees fit together to form a free-standing 3-D shape. Choose your favorite color of beads and follow the pattern we’ve included. To top off your plastic trees, spray a bit of snow spray on a glass cover for an extra chilled out holiday landscape. You can also use the snow spray to coat your trees directly. 27
That’s a Wrap! Break away from the traditional red- and gold-printed Christmas paper this season and create out-of-the-box wrapping under the tree. Choosing non-traditional colors and eye-catching graphics is an easy, fun way to add a bit of extra flair to your gifts for your loved ones. At your local building market or hardware store you can often find simple brown packing paper and twine in various colors to create the base of your wrapping. Then get creative! Anything goes! In our example, we’ve wrapped our gifts with graphic printed tape, neon ribbon and built our own bows by folding colored paper.
Lille Nord guides you to easy recipes that can spice up your christmas mode and make things a bit easier in the busy month. PHOTO BY MONICA BACH STYLING BY LAURA TERP HANSEN/MONICA BACH
Gløgg for children 1 liter blackcurrant juice Cinnamon sticks 2 dl raisins Chopped blanched almonds Add all the ingredients to a big saucepan and heat it up. Gløgg, glögg, and similar words are the terms used for mulled wine in the Nordic countries
Stars and angel, Violise Lunn/ www.violise.dk Straws and glasses, Miss Etoile /www.missetoile.com Plates/www.royal Copenhagen.com
Plates, Royal Copenhagen. Garland, Lisa Grue www.lisagrue.bigcartel.com/ product/garland-neon 32
Lucia buns Lucia buns are the traditional treats handed out during the children’s procession and are a sweet bread or ‘boller’. The literal translation is ‘Lucia cats’. This is because of the characteristic winding tail design. The buns are also decorated with raisins.
Find the recipe on next page.
Lucia buns (Lussekatter)
50 grams of fresh yeast or 1 packet of dry yeast (note: sweet dough yeast is best to use) 150 grams butter 500mls of milk 1 gram of saffron (or half a teaspoon of turmeric) 150 grams of sugar 1/2 teaspoon of salt 2 teaspoons of cardamum about 1.3 litres of plain flour (measure in a water jug) For decoration: 1 beaten egg for glazing Raisins Instructions: Melt butter. Add milk. Crumble yeast in a mixing bowl in some of the lukewarm milk/butter mix. Then add rest of wet ingredients. (Skip this step if using dry yeast.) Mix in sugar salt cardamum and saffron. Add flour knead until a nice firm dough. (If using dry yeast add packet to flour before adding to the mix.) Cover in plastic wrap and let raise until double the size. Sprinkle some flour on a kneading area and knead dough well. Cut dough into pieces and roll them to long finger thick sausages. Shape them into the famous Lussekatter double spiral. Place on a baking sheet and cover in plastic. Allow to raise for 15 minutes. Glaze with beaten egg and decorate with raisins (usually one raisin in each eye of the swirl.) Bake at 225Â°C for 5-8 minutes (depending of size). Let them cool on a rack. They taste best lukewarm.
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cRie Elise Larsen www.rieeliselarsen.dk
Origami Xmas Boats INSTRUCTIONS:
Mikkel: Shirt, Livly. Trousers, MarMar. Vest, Mini A Ture. Butterfly, Kids Up. Shoes, Angulus. Bianca: Dress, Livly. Stockings. Mala. Shoes, Livly. Book, Okker Gokker. 38
styling Assistant: Amalie Sofia Tholstrup retouche: thomas cato thank you to Per Ulrik Karpf and Sarah hayat for use of location.
Waiting for Christmas eve PHOTO BY MONICA BACH STYLING BY MARIA ANGELOVA
Vest, Poppy Rose. Star hair clip, Okker Gokker.
Bianca: Shirt and skirt, MarMar. Star hair clips and stockings, Okker Gokker. Iman: Jacket, top and shoes Petit by Sofie Schnoor. Bag, Depeche. Trousers, Kids Up.
Mikkel: Skhirt, We Are Small. Jacket, Soft Gallery. Trousers, Petit by Sofie Schnoor. Bianca: Dres, Poppy Rose. Stockings, Okker Gokker. Shoes, Petit by Sofie Schnoor. 42
Dress, Mini A Ture. Stockings, Mala. 43
Shirt, vest and trousers, Mini A Ture.
MODELS: Mikkel, Bianca, Iman.
Mikkel: Shirt, We are small. Vest, jacket and trousers,Wheat Butterfly, BOWS.
Iman: Stockings,Karl-A ★ Skirt and vest, Wheat FASHION Shirt and ribbon, Livly. Hair band, Petit by Sofie Schnoor.
Vest, Poppy Rose. Top, Okker Gokker. Skirt, Poppy rose. Stockings, Mala.
Dress, Livly. Stockings, Karl-A. String designed by Julie Tengnagel - see more on page 74. 47
Christmas card by Hyshil Sander/www.hyshil.com www.etsy.com/listing/114182175/christmas-and-new-years-greeting-cards
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Illustration by Hyshil Sander/ www.hyshil.com www.etsy.com/listing/114182175/christmas-and-new-years-greeting-cards
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JINGLE BELLS www.rieeliselarsen.dk/ products/paper-etc./ hanging-items/1606 www.rieeliselarsen.dk/products/paper-etc./ hanging-items/1601
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MAILEG Maileg is a Danish design brand of cute toys and lifestyle products for children. The collection has a unique authentic look and touch that we love. Behind the brand is designer Dorthe Mailil. She has created the Maileg collection since
1999 and today the brand is sold throughout the Scandinavian and European market. The collection is now also available in Japan, USA and Canada. Lille Nord has chosen five of their wonderful products. www.maileg.dk
1 Braided hearts
2 Christmas tree hangers
3 Pixie hat
5 Calendar Garland 52
Everything is from Maileg.
- The Night of Lights Alongside Midsummer, the Lucia celebrations represent one of the foremost cultural traditions in Scandinavia, with their clear reference to life in the peasant communities of old: darkness and light, cold and warmth. Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Scandinavian winters. ILLUSTRATION BY MARIE WILLUMSEN/www.mariewillumsen.dk
he Lucia tradition can be traced back both to St Lucia of Syracuse, a martyr who died in 304, and to the Swedish legend of Lucia as Adamâ€™s first wife. It is said that she consorted with the Devil and that her children were invisible infernals. Thus the name may be associated with both lux (light) and Lucifer (Satan), and its origins are dif-
ficult to determine. The present custom appears to be a blend of traditions. In the old almanac, Lucia Night was the longest of the year. It was a dangerous night when supernatural beings were abroad and all animals could speak. By morning, the livestock needed extra feed. People, too, needed extra nourishment and
Lucia Day, December 13th The Lucia day is linked with the ‘celebration of light’, and take place In Scandinavian countries. Tradition has it that Lucia is to wear “light in her hair,” which in practice means a crown of electric candles in a wreath on her head. Each of her handmaidens carries a candle, too. The Lucia celebrations include ginger snaps and sweet, saffron-flavoured buns (lussekatter) shaped like curled-up cats and with raisin eyes. You eat them with glögg or coffee.
were urged to eat seven or nine hearty breakfasts. This kind of feasting presaged the Christmas fast, which began on Lucia Day. The Lucia tradition is especially strong in Sweden. The saying is that the last person to rise that morning was nicknamed ‘Lusse the
Louse’ and often given a playful beating round the legs with birch twigs. The slaughtering and threshing were supposed to be over by Lucia and the sheds to be f illed with food in preparation for Christmas. In agrarian Sweden, young people used to dress up as Lucia f igures (lussegubbar) that night and wander from
20th century, when schools and local associations in particular began promoting it. The old lussegubbar custom virtually disappeared with urban migration, and white-clad Lucias with their singing The first recorded appearance of a white-clad processions were considered a more acceptable, Lucia in Sweden was in a country house in 1764. The custom did not become universally popular in controlled form of celebration than the youthful Swedish and other Scandinavian countries until the carousals of the past. house to house singing songs and scrounging for food and schnapps.
Winter Wonderland PHOTO BY MONICA BACH STYLING BY MARIA ANGELOVA
Hair: Patrick Spiegelberg styling AssistAnts: Selima Elinger and Noah Kanber retouche: thomas cato.
Sean: Leather jacket, Zara. Trousers, H&M. Trainers, Hummel. Rebecca: Gloves and ear warmers, Pieces .Leather jacket, Livly. Skirt, Marmar. Trainers, Hummel.
Sweater, Gudrun&Gudrun Trousers, Pieces. 60
Sean: Boots and trousers, H&M. Jacket, Óvitar Gudrun og Gudrun. Rebecca: Leggings, Marmar. Fur, Mini RodiniTrainers, Hummel. 61
Sean: Jacket, Livly. Scarf, hat, trousers and shoes, H&M. Rebecca: Hat and gloves, H&M Coat, Livly. Boots, Zara Trouser suit, Óvitar. 63
Sean: Cap, trainers and trousers H&M. Winter jacket, Óvitar Gudrun og Gudrun. Rebecca: Sun glasses, Bahne. Stockings, Decoy. Jacket, Wheat. Sweater, Óvitar. Boots,H&M. Skirt, Pieces.
Sweater and scarf, Molo Hat, Okker Gokker 65
Sean: Everything is from Molo. Rebecca: Hat, Óvitar Gudrun&gudrun. Suit and boots, Molo.
2 1 3 5 4 6 7 8 1. Mini Rodini/ www.minirodini.com 2. Ellos/ www.ellos.dk/ellos-kids/ 3. Nova Star/ www.novastar.nu/sv/ 4. Ellos/ www.ellos.dk/ellos-kids/ 5.Small Stuff/www.smallstuff.dk 6. Ellos/ www.ellos.dk/ellos-kids/ 7. Hummel/ www.hummel.net 8. Miniature/ www.miniature.dk 68
BLACK & WHITE
12 15 9. FUB/ www.fubchildrenswear.dk 10. Lucky Boy Sunday/ www.luckyboysunday.dk 11. Mini Rodini/ www.minirodini.com 12. Mini Rodini/ www.minirodini.com 13. Ellos/ www.ellos.dk/ellos-kids/ 14. Lucky Boy Sunday/ www.luckyboysunday.dk 15. Ellos/ www.ellos.dk/ellos-kids/ 69
1. Lindex/ www.lindex.com 2. H&M /www.hm.com 3. Lindex/ www.lindex.com 4. Lindex/ www.lindex.com 5. Lindex/ www.lindex.com 6. Poppy Rose/ www..poppyrose.dk 7. Petit by Sophie Shnoor/ www.petitbysofieschnoor.com
PARTY TIME 11 15 14 13 12 8.Lindex/ www.lindex.com 9.H&M/ www.hm.com 10. H&M/ www.hm.com 11. Name It/ www.nameit.dk 12. Name It/ www.nameit.dk 13. Lindex/ www.lindex.com 14. H&M/ www.hm.com 15. H&M/ www.hm.com
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11 14 13 9.Gudrun&Gudrun/ www.gudrungudrun.com 10. FUB/ www.fubchildrenswear.dk 11. Nørgaard/ www.madsnorgaard.dk 12.Lindex/ www.lindex.com 13. Mini Rodini/ www.minirodini.com 14.Melton/ www.melton.as 15. Lindex/ www.lindex.com
PAPER SQUIRREL â˜…
Paper Squirrel for you to print out.
Illustration by Sophie parker/ www.sophie-parker.com www.sophieparker.etsy.com
Fun string ★ DIY ★
Make a string with paper cut outs in bright colours. An easy way to brighten up your window or a wall. First cut out different shapes (see next page for shapes to cut out), glue them together on the string and add a pearl or two and a bell in the end. Design by JULIE TENGNAGEL/ www.julietengnagel.com PHOTO BY MONICA BACH
Shapes to cut out
SHOP WE ❤
HAY The Danish design company HAY was founded ten years ago from an ambition to encourage Danish furniture design’s return to the innovative greatness of the 1950’s and 1960’s. HAY strives to make good accessible sustainable design and high quality at affordable prices - and that is excactly why Lille Nord loves them. www.hay.dk
1 Animal mask
2 S&B Colour block Baby linnen
4 Kaleido Mix
http://hayshop.dk/products/68-carpets/9-pinocchio/ The rest of the interieurs is from Hay as well.
KARLS MALTE´S ROOM In Vesterbro, Copenhagen lives a lucky little boy. His room is fun and filled with playful ideas. A wall painting adds a unique atmosphere and bright colours pops up from the furniture. PHOTO BY MONICA BACH
Wall painting by Marie Willumsen/ www.mariewillumsen.dk Wooden shelves customised with black paint. 83
Chairs and table are vintage. Hanger, Eames Hang It All. Purse, H&M Home
Shelves from Ikea customised with paint in bright colours. Monkey, Kaj Bojesen. Wooden toys, Brio. 85
Shelves from Ikea. Wooden toy, Brio. Illustration by Marie Willumsen/www.mariewillumsen.dk 86
Illustration by Marie Willumsen/www.mariewillumsen.dk Vase, xxxxx 87
Lamps, xxx Rug, H&M home.
This issue´s illustrator
CAROLINE SILLESEN Caroline Sillesen is a talented Danish artist. Lille Nord shares some of her amazing work here. See more of her work here: www.carolinesillesen.dk 90
FREE PRINT This issue´s free print is made by Caroline Sillesen/www.carolinesillesen.dk Print it out and let the little ones add colour.
Happy knitting Knit designer Helga Isager shares her design for a cute knitted string that will brigthen up the baby stroller or a place in your home. The design is from her Amimono Home Collection and the knitting kit can be bought here: www.shop.amimono.dk BY HELGA ISAGER/www.amimono.dk PHOTO BY Simon Lereng Wilmont
Styling: Revolver Retouch: Valérie Collart
Instructions Design by Helga Isager
MATERIALS: Approx. 15 g of each of the following Isager Yarns: Highland Wool: Plaster, Lather, Fig Alpaca 2: 46, 7s, 3 og 39 2 brace clips 12 (14) buttons in different colours and sizes MEASUREMENTS: Approx. 45cm for a large pram Approx. 40cm for a small pram NEEDLES 2.5mm small circular needle. 96
Knit the I-cord first. Cast on 5 sts with 2 strands of Alpaca 2 shade 024 on circular needle 2.5 mm and knit as follows: Row 1: Slip 1 purlwise – P3 – K1. Row 2: Slip 1 purlwise – K4. Repeat these two rows twice ending with Row 1. Change to 2 strands of Highland Wool, shade Lather, and knit the I-cord itself: Knit all sts – and slide them back to the other end of the needle. From the Right side, Knit all sts again. Continue like this for *12 rows with Highland
Wool and then 6 rows with Alpaca 2 *. Repeat from * to * 6 (7) times ending with 12 rows Highland Wool and 7 rows Alpaca 2, shade 024, while knitting back and forth as at the start of the cord. Sew in loose ends except at the I-cordâ€™s ends, where the brace clips will be attached. Now make 6 (7) pom poms in different colours: Cut two identical circles with a 3cm diameter in cardboard. Cut a 1 cm diameter hole in the middle of each circle. Hold the two circles together and sew with double stranded yarn through the hole and around the whole circle until the hole is completely filled with yarn.
pom. Pull the thread through the pom pom, through the middle of the first mint green section of the cord and through another button on the other side. Fasten off. Work like this until all pom poms have been sewn onto the mint green sections. Lastly, sew on the brace clips.
pom pom INSTRUCTIONS
Now cut the yarn between the two cardboard circles all the way around, slide a piece of yarn between the circles and tie a tight knot to keep the strands in place. Finally slide the cardboard circles out of the pom pom. Use the loose ends for sewing on the buttons. Firstly, sew a button onto one side of the pom 97
TOYS FOR BOYs Sigurd Joe´s room is stuffed with cool toys and inventive details. Fun and unique posters on the wall, knitted pillows and loads of toys makes this a place where you want to play for ages. PHOTO BY MONICA BACH
Poster, Posterland.dk Pillows and blanket, Lucky Boy Sunday. 100
Knitted doll, Lucky Boy Sunday. 101
Pillow, Lucky Boy Sunday.
Wooden toy, Brio. 105
Zoo poster, Minimums.dk. Pillows and black and white blanket, Lucky Boy Sunday.
Easy embroidery The “My Embroidery Kit” by the Danish artist and designer Lisa Grue is an easylevel embroidery kit containing all of the essentials that one will need in order to learn how to hand embroider with a simple technique. The technical skills to start are neither complex nor difficult to learn. Breathe in and out and enjoy! by lisa grue/www. underwerket.blogspot.com PHOTO BY DENIS SYTMEN
Buy the kit here: http://lisagrue.bigcartel.com/category/embroidery-kit
★ DIY The theme of the embroidery motifs is “Memento mori,” to remind people of their morality. Lisa Grue’s motivation for selecting this theme is her reaction to a stressful lifestyle. Lisa thinks that we need to slow down, and be present in our lives, and by doing embroidery, you are encouraged to slow down.
PHOTO BY MONICA BACH STYLING BY MARIA ANGELOVA
Hair: Maria Wahlin styling AssistAnt: Sogol Saeid retouche: thomas cato.
Stockings, Kys og Kram. Skirt, Okker Gokker. Hoodie, Soft Gallery. Hat, H&M Necklace, Passero. Boots, Zara. 111
Hoodie, Soft Gallery. Jeans, Den blå ballon. 112
Stockings, 1.MP Hat, Okker Gokker Dress, Soft Gallery Hair clips, Den blå ballon. Top, Livly.
Girl: Sweater, Ovitar Gudrun og Gudrun Boy: Shirt, Molo. Jeans, Arabesque.
TOP, Poppy rose.
MODELS: Rebecca, Linus, Victoria.
BLOGS WE â?¤
NORTHERN BLOGS Lille Nord recommends three very inspiring Scandinavian blogs.
missemai.blogspot.dk MisseMai is a design studio located in Copenhagen. The studio produces Illustrational art pieces, hand printed pillows, childrenâ€™s organic bed linen, lingerie and more. You will find lots of cute christmas gifts on their webshop www.missemai.myshopify.com
Thejunior.no The Junior is run by Helena, a Swedish designer who lives in Oslo, Norway. She writes about kids style, fashion and invite us into her inspiring life with two children and a husband.
Pinjacolada.blogspot.no Pinja from Helsinki is behind this lovely blog. She is a mom to a little daughter and passionate about all things beautiful - design, colors, home deco, everyday aesthetics and some cool stuff for kids too.
www.idigdenim.se The new collection is sold in Illum
CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS Christmas is a good time for all things sweet. Erin Eberhardt Chapman & Grace Wilson Løvig share their recipes from the cook book “American Pie”. You will find the recipes on page 126-129.
CARAMEL APPLES Caramel apples are a great treat for kids and adults alike!
Caramel apples 121
PEPPERMINT BARK This easy and tasty treat is perfect for homemade holiday gift giving! Make a double batch and share with all your friends! Dark chocolate topped with white chocolate and crushed peppermint candies give this chocolate mint dream a festive look. 122
BANANA BREAD There are many variations for this quick bread, but for us the true perfection of this recipe comes from the simplicity of the ingredients and extra butter to grease the pan. Moist banana bread is a delicious treat for anytime of the day and a great way to use your over-ripened bananas! 124
CARAMEL APPLES Makes 6 medium or 8 small apples 6-8 red or green organic apples 350 ml evaporated milk* 115 g butter 175 ml light corn syrup 400 g light brown sugar (muscavado) teaspoon salt Coating: 450 g chopped peanuts or pecans for coating (optional) ★ Wash and dry apples thoroughly, making sure
there are no traces of wax left on the apples (wax on the apple skin prevents the caramel from sticking). ★ Firmly push a wooden stick (or popsicle stick) into the top at the stem to create a ”handle”. Set aside. 126
★ Make the caramel. Whisk together all ingredients
in a saucepan and place over medium-high heat.
★ Stirring constantly, bring ingredients to a boil.
Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes, remembering to stir regularly. Remove from heat. ★ Prepare a piece of parchment paper to place the apples on. ★ Slowly coat the apples in the warm caramel by dipping and rotating them a few times. ★ If you are rolling them in nuts, place the chopped nuts on a plate and roll the carameldipped apples in the nuts to coat completely. ★ Let the apples cool, standing upright, on the parchment paper. *You can find evaporated milk at most local veggie & fruit markets and thai markets. You can also find it in select grocery chains or buy it easily online at www.foodfromhome.dk
peppermint bark Makes about 2 small boxes of candy (900 g)
★ When the dark chocolate layer has begun to
thicken (but is still tacky to the touch) gently pour the white chocolate layer over it and gently smooth out the melted white chocolate with a rubber spatula. NOTE: It’s important to pour the white chocolate layer over the dark chocolate layer, while the dark layer is ★ Line a baking sheet with parchment paper still somewhat warm and not too cool or it and set aside. will create a separation of layers between the ★ Crush the peppermint candies into smaller white and dark chocolate. Alternatively if the chunks, pulsing in a food processor or blender. dark chocolate is still too soft and you add the Alternatively, you can place them in a plastic white layer too soon, then your layers may mix bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Do not together, so keep this in mind! ★ over-crush – the decorative red and white Sprinkle the remaining chunks of crushed stripes should still be visible. peppermint candy over the top of the white ★ Place the crushed peppermint candy in a chocolate layer. Set aside to cool completely sieve, letting the finer powder separate into a until the chocolate has completely solidified. If bowl, reserving the larger pieces for later. it feels like it’s solidifying too slowly, place in the ★ In a double boiler, melt* the chopped dark refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to speed up the chocolate until it’s smooth and creamy. Remove process. from heat and stir in half of the candy powder. ★ o separate into pieces, remove the parchment ★ Pour the dark chocolate mixture onto your paper layer from the pan and place on cutting prepared baking sheet and spread out evenly board. Break into uneven pieces with hands. to about ½ cm. Set aside. * You can save time by melting the chocolate in a glass bowl in ★ In a double boiler, melt* the chopped white chocomicrowave. Be sure to take it out every 15 seconds to stir, so late until it’s smooth and creamy. Remove from heat the it won’t burn. and stir in the other half of the candy powder. 450 g dark chocolate, chopped 225 g white chocolate, chopped 225 g red & white striped peppermint hard candy, crushed
Banana loaf 1 loaf 285 g flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 115 g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing pan 225 g sugar 2 large eggs 4 very ripe bananas, mashed 80 ml buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ★ Preheat oven to 175 C. ★ Generously butter a loaf/bread pan
(20cm x 12cm).
★ In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking
soda and salt.
★ In another large bowl, mix the butter and sugar
together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
★ Add the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk
and vanilla extract to the butter mixture and mix well. Fold in the flour mixture with a spoon until just combined.
★ Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 50-55
minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If top begins to brown quickly after 20 minutes of baking, gently cover the top of the loaf with a layer of tin foil and continue baking. This will help to retain a lovely golden brown top and edges while the center continues to bake. ★ Let cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Serve warm or at room temperature, plain or with butter. VARIATION: This sweet bread is also delicious with walnuts, pecans or orange zest. Simply add 80 g of chopped nuts or 2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest to the dry ingredients, just before combining the dry and wet ingredients together. TIP: If you do not have buttermilk, for an easy home substitution, use 80 ml regular milk mixed with 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice or white vinegar.
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