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Edible Christmas Wreaths

Posted on December 3, 2014 by in baked goods, rsg

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Edible Christmas Wreath

Edible Christmas Wreaths are very popular right now and we see them in puff pastry, vegetables and fruit, even sweets if there are children in the house. Adults and kids love the idea of a Christmas wreath so let your imagination run free.

Edible Christmas Wreaths are modern takes on the Advent wreaths which have  old and ancient and very spiritual meanings. Wreaths were not originally made for the purpose of celebrating Christmas, it was worn by Greek and Roman leaders to show their occupation, rank, achievements and status. The advent or Christmas wreath had it origin in Germany and it was used as part of the Advent or “Coming of Christ” season.Edible Christmas Wreath

As with everything modern times have brought on modern twists on old traditions and hence the edible wreaths saw the light. People literally go crazy around this time of the year, making edible wreaths with bread dough, meringue, sweets, cheese, biscuits…. you name it and someone has tried it before.


Edible Christmas Wreath

The kids are soon to go on holiday so I have take the humble old ring donut, bought some edible glitter, and sprinkles and the kids had such fun making their own edible wreaths. Great idea for on Christmas eve to pass the time before Father Christmas arrives.

Yesterday morning I had the most divine Baklava cigars at a coffee shop in town and the idea of a Baklava Wreath was born! Nutty, crunchy and drenched in syrup. exactly what I want for Christmas! It is not exactly a edible wreath that you can hang, but it will make a stunning centerpiece for your dessert table. It is so easy and so impressive, you just have to try it!

Edible Christmas Wreath

Bakalava Christmas Wreath

makes 1 round wreath

Ingredients

1 500 g box Phyllo pastry

100 g butter – melted

10 ml fine cinnamon

2 x 100 g Safari Pecan Nuts -finely chopped ( you can also use pistachios)

For the syrup

200 ml sugar

200 ml water

200 ml honey

Method

Preheat oven to 150C. Make sure you have a big open space to work and wipe it clean with a clean cloth. Open the phyllo pastry and lay two sheets of pastry next to each other, overlapping on the short side with about 3 cm. Use a pastry bush and brush the phyllo with the melted butter. Scatter some nuts over the melted butter. No lay down the next layer of pastry, then butter and then nuts  and repeat the process until your are left with one sheet of pastry. keep that for the heart or star cut-outs. Take the two points of the phyllo roll and bring together in a circle and tuck the one end into the other. Brush the wreath with a little more butter and bake until golden brown. Use a cookie cutter and cut out shaped form the other pastry. Brush with butter and bake on a separate baking sheet until golden brown in color. be careful not to burn the shapes, they are very thin. While the wreath is baking, bring the water, sugar and honey to the boil and  boil for 10 minutes. When the wreath comes out of the oven, put on a serving plate and pour the hot syrup over the wreath. Dust with edible gold glitter and serve with cream and espresso shots!

Edible Christmas Wreath

Tomorrow  morning  at 9 o’clock, I will be in my seat behind the microphone.  I will also in weeks to come take you into the kitchens of other bloggers, chefs and interesting South Africans this year. So buckle up, it is going to be an awesome ride. Tune in 100-104FM or listen online here!

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4 Responses to “Edible Christmas Wreaths”

  1. Hein 3 December 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    Pragtig Nina!

  2. Bettie Döckel 4 December 2014 at 7:31 am #

    Sjoe maar dit lyk ongelooflik lekker Nina!

  3. Yvonne le Roux 4 December 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Pragtig en Lekket

  4. Yvonne le Roux 4 December 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    Pragtig en Lekker


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