"It's the most wonderful time of the year...
With kids jingle belling...
And everyone telling you...
Be of good cheer...
It's the most wonderful time of the year..."

Christmas is so close that I can almost hear the music! Can you? Tongue out

I love Christmas which is why I am having a CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA! *drum roll please* Laughing

To help me celebrate, I asked a few of my favorite blogger friends to take a classic Christmas recipe and give it a unique spin and boy oh boy... the treats these ladies brought to my party are phenomenal!

Check them out...

Chocolate cranberry skillet cake from Sandra at Sandra's Easy Cooking

Poppy seed roll (Makowiec) from Raven at Ravienomnoms

Pistachio and cardamom semifreddo with rose cream from Manu at Manu's Menu

Cocoa mint shortbread from Tiffany at Comowater

Stollen from Roxana at Roxana's Home Baking

Chocolate cookies with candied fruit slices from Kate at Diethood

Honey pistachio sesame cookies (Barazek) from Sawsan at Chef in Disguise  

Rose syrup chocolate bark from yours truly Wink (Recipe at the bottom...please scroll down)

Did these recipes blow you away?! Coz they sure blew me away. Each treat is unique and perfect for this festive season!

This has been a very exciting collaboration and I can't wait to do it again next year Laughing

A big thank you to my friends for making this event possible... I really appreciate it Smile

1. Chocolate cranberry skillet cake from Sandra at Sandra's Easy Cooking

2. Pistachio and cardamom semifreddo with rose cream from Manu at Manu's Menu

3. Annabelle's ginger crisps from Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake 

4. Chocolate cookies with candied fruit slices from Kate at Diethood

5. Honey pistachio sesame cookies (Barazek) from Sawsan at Chef in Disguise

6. Poppy seed roll (Makowiec) from Raven at Ravienomnoms

7. Stollen from Roxana at Roxana's Home Baking

8. Cocoa mint shortbread from Tiffany at Comowater

9. Rose syrup chocolate bark from me Wink! (Scroll down this post for the recipe and tutorial).

 


Ever since I decided I wanted to have this virtual christmas party, my mind was racing with ideas. At first, I wanted to make a uniquely flavored cake but that didn't really excite me. Then, I wanted to make special cookies but meah...

Then, I reallzed that chocolate barrks (mostly peppermint flavored) are one of the most popular home made gifts given to one another during this time. So, I wanted to make chocolate barks too but flavor it with an Indian rose syrup called "Rooh-Afza".

For those of you who don't know, "Rooh-Afza" is a very sweet rose syrup with a vibrant red color! it's found in Indian stores and is mostly used in refreshing drinks. Personally, I love it mixed in almond milk. But now, it tastes great as swirls in my chocolate bark too Wink

Making these is really very easy. Here are the steps...

Step 1:  
Melt white chocolate in the microwave (i melted a full 24oz pack). i usually heat chocolate for 20 seconds, then stop and mix with a spoon and then heat again for 20 seconds and so on until the chocolate has fully melted. 

Pour this chocolate onto a cookie tray lined with wax paper and spread it with a spatula. Don't spread too thin. I keep mine about half an inch thick. You can keep it as thick as you like. 

Step 2:
Pour 1 or 2 tablespoons of rose syrup randomly onto the melted chocolate.

Step 3:
Run a toothpick throughout the chocolate so that you end up with swirls of rose syrup. 

Step 4:
Pop your tray into the freezer for 15-20 minutes until the chocolate hardens and then just break it into big pieces. 

Here is a little tip => Since rose syrup is a thick liquid, it will NOT solidify. So, when you are swirling, make sure to swirl properly and don't leave behind any big puddles of syrup coz it will remain sticky even after the chocolate has hardened (as shown in this picture). I noticed that the finer and more intricate swirls were not sticky at all. 

And you are done!

Hopefully, today's Christmas Extravagaza has inspired you to make something special for your loved ones.

Happy holidays everyone! Smile


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