Culinary delights for winter mornings

on 11-27-2012

Culinary delights for winter mornings

For snowy or windy mornings, for the magical moments when children anxiously await gifts and adults are playing Santa Claus, for the classical breakfast, you need a hot, delicious cup of warm tea with cinnamon that can make your day sweeter and give you an energy boost. These are three classical winter recipes that your family will simply adore.

Spiced tea

Ingredients: 4 bags of black tea

1 orange peel

1 thin slice of ginger

½ teaspoon of spice blend: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves

4 teaspoons of brown sugar

hot milk or milk foam (optional)

Preparation: Infuse the tea with all the spices and at the end filter and sweeten it. It’s a strong tea, bitten and flavored, perfect for getting warm and feeling energized.

Vanilla and raisin snails (Pain au Raisin)

Ingredients – Dough: 600 g of cooking flour

2 egg yolks

2 spoonfuls of oil

2 spoonfuls of butter

1 spoonful of sugar

warm milk

yeast

Filling: 2 cups of raisins previously soaked in hot milk

200 ml milk

1 spoonful of sugar

2 vanilla sticks

Preparation: Mix the yeast with the sweetened milk, add the flour and egg yolks, add enough milk to form an uniform dough and then add the oil. Knead the dough, the let it leaven in a bowl sprinkled with flour. Lay the dough on a 2 cm thick sheet of cooking paper, sprinkle with boiled butter and then add some raisins on top and roll everything. You then cut the roll in 3 cm thick slices and add add the snails in a tray with cooking paper on it. You bake them for 5 minutes at a high temperature, then you lower the temperature until they become golden. You take them out, sprinkle them abundantly with hot, sweetened and vanilla flavored milk, then you leave it for a few more minutes in the oven, until the milk is absorbed and the snails become ruddy.

Tarte Tatin

Ingredients (for 10 portions): 6-8 sour apples

1 ½ cups of sugar

¼ butter pack

5 eggs

5 spoonfuls of flour

vanilla sugar

raisins

1 orange (juice and grated zest)

Preparation: Sprinkle a 25- 30 cm round pot with a 1 cm layer of sugar. Slice the butter in tiny cubes, then add in a spiral apple slices and raisins. Sprinkle the mix with orange juice and leave it in the oven for 15-20 min, until the sugar melts and the apples soften. Meanwhile, mix the egg whites with a bit of salt. Separately, you mix the egg yolks with the remaining sugar, the grated orange zest and gradually add the flour. Add the foamed egg whites and gradually mix with circular moves. You pour this compositions over the apples in the tray and leave them in the oven, at low temperature. When the dough grows and becomes golden, you take it out of the oven, cover it with a tray and flip it. You only remove the pot when the dough is cold. Best served cold, powdered with sugar or sprinkled with almond flakes, together with vanilla and orange pudding.