Christmas is perhaps one of the most anticipated events of the year, and it doesn’t even matter if you are a religious person because it is hard not to delight at the sight of sparkling decorations, get-togethers and my favourite part: people thinking about how to make their loved ones happy.
Of course in our marketing-centred society we find it hard to think outside of the retail shop, but Christmas is the perfect occasion to actually do something to make a difference.
Like many of you, I watched the most anticipated John Lewis Christmas add and as I was happily snuggling in bed, counting my blessings and thinking just how lucky I am, the #manonthemoon campaign really kept me thinking on a way to give some love that will make a difference for someone, a way to keep it simple but meaningful.
And I thought of baking and sharing a bag of love with those around me who I know might be having a hard time, that old woman living alone, the neighbour who recently lost his wife a friend who is recovering from a long disease… Honest acts of love and kindness have the most unexpected heart-warming and effects for both: those giving and receiving.
Giving makes us richer, Loving makes us stronger, Sharing makes us better.
I invite you to join me and make little tokens of affection and share them with those
around you, take some time to sit with them and have a laugh, listen to them and remember what a joy it is to be alive.
Make a list of 5 people around you, is not about quantity but quality, get some ingredients, plan an evening baking, get the kids or friends helping with the decorations and make those visits, it will be a memorable experience and a perfect occasion to celebrate togetherness and practice the sometimes forgotten art of deliberate acts of kindness.
To make 2 dozens of sugar biscuits you will need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 stick salted soft butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
For the royal icing:
- 1/5 cup of icing sugar
- 1 egg white
- 1 piping bag
- Assorted toppings
- In a bowl cream the butter, baking powder, sugar and vanilla until the mix is smooth and creamy, you can do it by hand or use an electric mixer.
- Start adding the flour, salt and egg and just mix until all is perfectly incorporated.
- Add the chocolate chips at the end and incorporate using a spoon.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly dusted surface and divide in two portions, form to flattened thick discs, and cover with cling film and put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill.
Preheat the oven to 180C
- Prepare two baking trays with baking parchment.
- Dust your working surface lightly and roll out the dough, you can use two pencils to guide your rolling pin and get an even thickness.
- Cut into your favourite shapes and transfer to the trays leaving enough space for the biscuits.
- Bake until they have a light golden colour for about 10-12minutes.
- Let them cool completely before decorating.
For the icing:
Whisk the egg white for 30 seconds, slowly add the icing sugar and keep whisking until all the sugar is incorporated, the icing should go from “dirty white” to a really shiny white. If the icing is too thick you can add a teaspoon of water.
Using a piping bag or a spoon and a spatula apply the icing and decorate. Leave the icing to harden for at least 40 minutes before packing.
And there you have it, an easy and fun way to show someone you care! Because No one should have no one at Christmas. #ManOnTheMoon #SpreadTheChristmasLove