Feeding Christmas

Turkey

Just in case you're looking for more variety in desserts, you can also pick up a Yule Log from bakeries and confectionaries across the city. Traditionally meaning a very large and solid log that is burned in the hearth to warm one's bones during Christmas, Yule Log also refers to a Christmas dessert of French origin. While the Wenger's version is for Rs. 720, the one by Bread & More, which features three layers of chocolate and a raspberry filling, costs Rs. 600 a kilo.

Christmas Cheers

What better way to wash down all that protein with a glass of toasty warm mulled wine. While brewed for practically every religious holiday in Europe, the centuries-old fortified wine is especially welcome during Christmas. Chef Saby of Olive Bar & Kitchen, Delhi, gives the low-down on brewing the perfect mulled wine:

Ingredients:

Red Wine 1 bottle

Cointreau 60 ml

Brandy 90 ml

Orange Juice 200 ml

Sugar 100 gms

Cinnamon 30 gms

Cloves 20 gms

Star Anise 20 gms

Orange Rind 1 orange

Preparation time: Three minutes

Cooking time: Three hours

Method: Boil the spice and orange rind in water until the flavour is extracted. Add the red wine and sugar, and bring the whole mix to the boiling-point. The spices usually used for mulled wine are cloves, grated nutmeg, star anis and cinnamon. Any kind of wine may be mulled, and the latter requires a very large proportion of sugar. The vessel that the wine is boiled in must be delicately cleaned, and should be kept exclusively for the purpose.

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