Christmas is just around the corner, and at iQ we’re helping you put the cherry on top with some delicious Christmas recipes. We, just like elves, try to stick to the four main food groups: Candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. Check out our recipes below to make sure you’re getting all your Elf nutrients this Christmas.
Candy and candy corn: “Gingerbread people”
Perfect for dessert, as a Christmas snack and even as gift decorations. This recipe is both easy and fun to make, so get a few flatmates together and get cooking!
- 300 g flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 125 g butter
- 90 g sugar
- 4 tablespoons golden syrup
- M&Ms for the eyes
- Candy Corn for the hair/tie/scarf
- Gingerbread man cookie cutter
NOTE: Before starting, preheat the oven to 180ºC, and cover a tray with baking paper.
- Melt the butter and sugar in a pot, stir until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the golden syrup.
- Separately, mix the bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
- Mix it all together until it forms a thick dough, then cut it in half.
- Get the tray with the baking paper, place each piece of dough on the baking sheets and roll them out. Start cutting out the shapes directly on the baking paper. Don’t forget to reroll the excess dough to make more biscuits.
- Bake the gingerbread in the oven for 5 minutes.
- Remove the tray from the oven, and decorate with M&Ms and candy corn. Bake again until the surfaces are lightly golden, approximately 5 minutes.
- Once cool, you can add any decorations of your choice: edible glitter, icing etc.
Candy canes: “Christmas peppermint popcorn”
During this time of year, there’s nothing better than curling up in a blanket, a festive movie and a massive bowl of popcorn. We have a delicious recipe perfect for those nights in, and it won’t take you longer than 10 minutes to make!
- 1/2 cup microwave popcorn (unpopped)
- 360 g white chocolate
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 peppermint candy canes (crushed)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Place your popcorn bag in the microwave and follow the instructions on the bag. Once the popcorn is done, empty the content on to a big tray/bowl and remove any un-popped ones.
- Melt the white chocolate along with the vanilla extract and pour the mix over the popcorn. Toss to ensure the coat is even.
- Before the coating hardens, add most of the crushed candy canes and toss to evenly coat.
- In a bowl, melt the chocolate chips until smooth (you can do this in the microwave, at half power and with 30 seconds breaks for stirring).
- Add the peppermint extract into the melted chocolate and mix. With a spoon, drizzle the mix over the popcorn.
- Before it cools down, sprinkle the rest of the crushed candy canes and leave to cool.
Syrup: “Golden syrup pudding”
This recipe is ideal for you to get your daily dose of the fourth food group: Syrup. This pudding is easy to make and perfect for cooking in a group.
- 1/2 cup golden syrup
- 70 g butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 cup boiling water
- Using butter, grease a tray and pour half a cup of golden syrup into it. Preheat the oven to 170ºC.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, apart from the milk and the butter. Melt 35g of butter separately in the microwave.
- Mix the milk with the melted butter and add it to the bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
- For the sauce, simply bring to boil the remaining 25g of butter, the golden syrup and the boiling water.
- Pour first the pudding, and then the sauce, over the tray and cook for 35 minutes, approximately.