I thought I'll be too busy to post anything today, but here you go :)
It's Christmas Eve today in Poland. You could ask what's the big deal, it's Christmas Eve everywhere.
I think that we prepare and celebrate Christmas Eve so much more than the rest of Christmas.
Christmas Eve is the time to spend with your closest family. We prepare a feast of as much as 12 dishes and sit and eat and talk etc. for the whole evening.
The most important part is the wish-making. In my family we share the wafer and each person wishes something for the other person. Just imagine people mingling and wishing for health, babies and luck in general.
There's a lot of fun in that too - my gran wishes me to have babies every year :)
We get pretty sentimental and it's very moving.
That's the whole spirit of Christmas Eve.
Then, obviously, we eat. A lot. :)
We tend to eat fish, herring, bigos (sour cabbage with mushrooms), dumplings - no meat.
My family doesn't eat sweets and cakes on Christmas Eve.
But you can make some fudge on the 24th and eat it next day :)
Easy Nutella fudge
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (400g)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 280- 300 g chopped chocolate (200g dark, 100g milk chocolate)
- 280-300g hazelnut spread (Nutella)
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 candy cane crushed to pieces
Prepare a stainless steel bowl and put it over a pan with 2 cups water in it.
The bowl cannot touch the water.
Into the bowl pour condensed milk, vanilla, Nutella (or any other spread - I used a cheaper version), chopped chocolate and butter.
Turn on the heat and make everything melt together till smooth.
Prepare a pan (mine is 20cmx35cm), grease it and line it with baking paper.
Remember to leave some overlap of paper - it'll be easier to take the fudge off the pan.
Pour the mixture in the lined pan and smooth the surface with a spatula.
Sprinkle crushed candy cane on top.
Leave to cool completely.
Transfer to fridge and leave overnight. :)
Just kidding, 2-3 hours will do :)
To cut: put a knife under hot water, dry on a kitchen towel and cut fudge into squares.
Eat delicious fudge or gift it!
Have a very sweet time this Christmas!
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