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is for Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread cookies are playful, sweet, and just plain adorable. Specially when they scream "not the buttons!" (Shrek reference.) They are also a dessert that dates all the way back to the 15th Century.
Queen Elizabeth I of England had gingerbread figures made in the likeness of important guest. The biggest gingerbread man was made by the staff of an IKEA store in Oslo in 2009. It weighted 1,435.2 lb. (651 kg). Thats a big cookie.
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is for Honey Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta is a delicate and versatile dessert typical of the northern Italian city of Piedmont. It is made out of sweetened cream thickened with gelatine and flavored with fruits, liqueurs, coffee and even honey.
Achieving he right consistency is very important. Too much gelatine and your Panna Cotta will "wobble like a little girl perched on high heels." In the case of this gentle dessert, balance equals perfection.
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is for Italian Meringue
Ever wondered about the chemistry behind desserts? There is a great deal of it. The Italian Meringue is a perfect example. When egg whites are beaten, their protein molecules unfold and recombine themselves around air bubbles, creating volume.
The added sugar helps the whites hold their shape and when baked, the heat expands the air bubbles even more, sometimes up to 8 times the original volume. That's not magic. It's pure delicious science!
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is for Jam-filled Cookies
Whether for Christmas, Valentine's Day, or tea time, Jam-filled Cookies are crowd pleasers. They don't have an official name because there are many variations of the same idea worldwide.
It doesn't matter if you call them Linzer, Spitzbuben, Hildabrötchen, or Zirochki... These cookies are tender, flaky and irresistible. The whole time I spent illustrating them, all I wanted to do was eat one.
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is for Kougelhopf
Legend has it that the 3 Magi (or Wise Men) were on their way from Bethlehem to Cologne (don't ask why) when they stopped to rest at a village in Alsace, France. There, they were received by a pastry chef called Monsieur Kugel.
In apprecciation, the Magi baked him a cake in the shape of a turban. To this day, the village of Ribeauville celebrate the "Fête de Kougelhopf" every June in honor of this great event.
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is for Lemon-Meringue Pie
If life gives you lemons, make Lemon-Meringue Pie. This comforting and light dessert is the ideal mix of tangy lemon cream topped with fluffy sweet meringue.
It is soft and crunchy, and when done well, it will melt in your mouth and make all your problems disappear. Promise.