Sometimes I think there’s nothing better than Christmas time at home with my parents. My mom and dad live in a 19th century, stone town house in Pennsylvania, and every Christmas, with wood fires burning, we hang our stockings and sit by the fireplace laughing, eating and drinking until it’s well into the early morning. My parents go the extra mile when decorating the house for Christmas. Their tree is adorned with antique ornaments, beads, garlands and Christmas lights. Every fireplace mantle is swathed with fir tree branches, and our front door is crowned with a homemade Della Robbia, welcoming all family and friends that come to share the holiday spirit.
Christmastime is truly everything that makes me happy. It’s the perfume of endless cookies and treats being baked in the oven. It’s the sight of twinkling lights and thoughtfully wrapped presents piled high underneath an aromatic Frasier fir Christmas tree. It’s the smoky, inviting fireplaces that are lit at noon and die down when the last sip of bourbon is finished, well into the night. It’s the sound of laughter as family and friends gather around a beautifully decorated dinner table to celebrate simply being with each other.
Some of the best memories of my childhood are in my parent’s kitchen, helping my dad out with holiday baking. It wouldn’t be unheard of if we made 5 or 6 types of cookies in a day, and I owe so much of my love of baking to my dad’s endless enthusiasm for good food and good fun in the kitchen. My dad is an amazing cook, and remains to this day one of the best bakers I know. He’s the best at taking a recipe and adapting it to making it his own, and everything he makes is 10 times better than the original. Some of my favorite recipes come from my dad, and he’s always my go-to whenever I have questions in the kitchen.
When I’m not at home, and stuck in my tiny New York City apartment, I try to emulate my parents’ homey Christmas spirit. But instead of going to the local tree farm in Pennsylvania, we buy our tree from the sketchy pop-up Christmas tree shop on the corner of the street. Lacking a fireplace, I light candles and turn bookshelves into mantles to adorn with greens. But what I can replicate as close as possible is the holiday baking that brings me so close to home.
I’ve been baking a ton of cookies lately, but I’ve been having so much fun with the #BundtBakers group, I didn’t want to miss out on this month’s theme: mint! (To read more about #BundtBakers, or if you’re interested in joining this fun group, see below!) Since we bought way too many boxes of candy canes to decorate the tree, and we can’t hang any on the lower branches because of this guy, I figured I couldn’t let them go to waste. I decided on a Candy Cane Chocolate Bundt Cake, because who doesn’t love mint chocolate? This cake is delicious, the crumb is very light and airy, and the ganache is incredibly decadent. It would go great with a hot glass of mulled wine or a rich glass of egg nog. ‘Tis the season!
No matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, I hope it’s filled with joy, laughter, and lots and lots of chocolate.
Note: The originally recipe called for the cake to bake for 50-65 minutes, but I found that after baking it for 45 it was slightly overcooked. I adjusted for this in the recipe, but if the cake still comes out gooey when a toothpick is inserted, keep baking in 2-3 minute increments until it’s set. It’s definitely better for this cake to be slightly undercooked than overcooked, as it will dry out. Adapted from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes INGREDIENTS: For the cake: For the ganache: RECIPE: For the cake: For the ganache:
Candy Cane Chocolate Bundt Cake #BundtBakers
Note: The originally recipe called for the cake to bake for 50-65 minutes, but I found that after baking it for 45 it was slightly overcooked. I adjusted for this in the recipe, but if the cake still comes out gooey when a toothpick is inserted, keep baking in 2-3 minute increments until it’s set. It’s definitely better for this cake to be slightly undercooked than overcooked, as it will dry out.
Adapted from Rose’s Heavenly Cakes
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