Ladies!!! The countdown is real and this shopping just got real 😥😥. Please raise your hands if you’re done shopping and wrapping gifts..
I’m almost done gift shopping but that wrapping is something else entirely. I just can’t tie bows, can anyone else relate?
Anyways, if I can’t wrap it, I’m going to cook it. Here’s my list of favorite meals to prepare this Christmas.
I actually chose these meals because of how traditional they are. I grew up eating some of them and I believe they’re staples for every Christmas table.
My list was made of chicken (grilled because we’re fitfam), fruit cake and Christmas fudge.
See their recipes below;
1) Roasted Chicken (allrecipes.com)
- 1 (3 pound) Whole Chicken
- Place chicken in a roasting pan, and season generously inside and out with salt and pepper. Sprinkle inside and out with onion powder. Place 3 tablespoons margarine in the chicken cavity. Arrange dollops of the remaining margarine around the chicken’s exterior. Cut the celery into 3 or 4 pieces, and place in the chicken cavity.
- Bake uncovered 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove from heat, and baste with melted margarine and drippings. Cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest about 30 minutes before serving.
- Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.
Put 1kg mixed dried fruit, the zest and juice of 1 orange and 1 lemon, 150ml brandy or other alcohol, 250g softened butter and 200g light, soft brown sugar in a large pan set over a medium heat.
Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 mins. Tip the fruit mixture into a large bowl and leave to cool for 30 mins.
Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line a deep 20cm cake tin with a double layer of baking parchment then wrap a double layer of newspaper around the outside – tie with string to secure.
Add 175g plain flour, 100g ground almonds, ½ tsp baking powder, 2 tsp mixed spice, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground cloves, 100g flaked almonds, 4 large eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract to the fruit mixture and stir well, making sure there are no pockets of flour
- Tip into your prepared tin, level the top with a spatula and bake in the centre of the oven for 2 hrs.
- Remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in it with a skewer and spoon over 2 tbsp of your chosen alcohol. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.
3) Christmas Fudge: (delish.com)
- Line an 8”-x-8” baking pan with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt chocolate, condensed milk, butter, cream, vanilla, and salt together. Stir until smooth then pour into prepared pan.
- Top with sprinkles and refrigerate until set, 2 hours. Cut into squares to serve.