Polish festive treats and thick hot chocolate

I always forget how different Christmas celebrations are around the world because I am so used to my own culture and traditions. I remember my Australian friend telling me that a barbecue on the beach in the blazing sun was normal in Australia on Christmas day, yet the cards and all other paraphernalia had Father Christmas with snow, reindeer and elves. It all sounded so bizarre!

By complete coincidence someone we know is going to be a missionary in Poland for two years. I thought it would be a nice idea to make him some Polish festive treats before he leaves. Here is what Ru and I came up with:

Honey & spice biscuits

I nice twist on gingerbread and perfect to hang on your tree – honey, all spice, cinnamon and ginger biscuits. The pure taste of Christmas…and no, the kids didn’t decorate them. I made them look that bad!

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Almond crescent biscuits

These are so buttery and light…and dusted in icing sugar. You can find the recipe here. I think it makes a lovely change from round biscuits.


Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate in countries like Italy, Spain and Poland is completely different to ours. It is so thick and so gorgeous…and now I know why! The only ingredients are chocolate, full fat milk and icing sugar. No wonder it is so rich and chocolately. You will need a mug smaller than usual and a spoon will also come in handy. I used this recipe here and it tasted exactly how I remembered.

Winter warmer drink

This is an excellent cold remedy, as well as a delicious drink. I love strong flavours, but just to warn you – this isn’t for everyone! You’ll need:

  • a glass of fresh orange juice
  • 2 drops of clove oil or 3 fresh cloves
  • half a teaspoon of fresh ginger
  • a cinnamon stick

Best served warm.

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  1. 9th December 2015 / 10:23 pm

    You’ve just reminded me of proper European hot chocolate. So, so thick but so, so good! I remember drinking hot chocolate like that for the first time in Rome and right now I could be back there! x

    • Esther
      10th December 2015 / 11:16 pm

      So good isn’t it? and so silky! x

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