Who already started to bake Christmas cookies? The first cookie jars at home are filled with chocolate-walnut brownies, nougat croissants and Christmas Stollen. These are the classics alongside shortbread, gingerbread and Spekulatius. But why not try some lesser known alternatives? On Pinterest, I discovered a recipe for cinnamon balls and was so enthusiastic about the simple preparation and few ingredients that I directly baked my own cinnamon-almond balls. Those of you who like energy balls and cinnamon will love these delicious and healthy cinnamon-almond balls! The preparation takes max. 10 minutes plus 10 minutes baking time in the oven. It is especially nice to sprinkle the baked cinnamon-almond balls with icing sugar. If you don’t like icing sugar, you can also roll the balls in grated coconut.
Today’s post is again about a winter dessert, baked pears. For me, baked food tastes so much better than if you just let it cook. A kitchen without an oven is not a kitchen! So that’s why you will find lots of more oven recipes on my blog? Stay excited! And by the way, while writing this post I am eating baked brussels sprouts with walnuts and pomegranate seeds …
So back to the pears. Recently I experimented a lot with semolina, almond butter, cinnamon and Co. and I have to say the results are always very tasty. On top, it does not take more than 10 minutes to prepare the semolina and you can mix it with berries, chocolate, almonds, almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon and much more… Maybe this recipe is even suitable to become the grande finale of a 4-course Christmas Dinner 🙂
Christmas cookies or the famous German “Dresdner Christmas Stollen” are typical sweet treats for the holiday season. However, at some point, you need a change. There are other great wintry sweet treats that definitely deserve more attention. Have you ever considered baked apples in combination with semolina, nuts and lots and lots of crunchy granola? Mmmmh that dessert is so yummy? And of course really simple to prepare and there are just a few ingredients required. Probably you will have all of them at home already.
Lately, I bought semolina and I keep adding this secret ingredient to almost every sweet dish now. It’s similar to pudding and you can season it with fruits, cinnamon, vanilla or nuts. Well, that are my favorite toppings but there are no limits to your imagination. I rather prefer warm semolina instead of cold one, but you choose.
One thing I really like about this recipe is that it is a nice dessert for guests because it looks kind of fancy but does not require any great baking skills.