Christmas conviviality at le Creuset
We may not be au fait with what it’s like to experience a white Christmas in the southern hemisphere, but that certainly does not detract from our ability to celebrate the cheer of the season. And South Africans do it in style.
It’s the busiest time of year. We’re thinking Christmas decor and dinner ideas, shopping for gifts and of course, ticking off some items on your personal wishlist of well-deserved treats. The good news is that whether you’re shopping for a foodie, an avid entertainer or just a lover of beautiful things, Le Creuset is a one-stop shopping destination for festive cheer.
The Sorbet Collection by Le Creuset has been bringing candy-coated delight into our kitchens since its launch in October 2017. With its retro look, the collection embodies everything we have come to love about summer – carefree days in the sun, spending time with family and creating unforgettable moments with friends. Here are some great gifting ideas:
(From left to right)
1)Venus spatula spoon in coastal blue, R260
2) Venus medium spatula in cool mint, R240
3) Venus basting brush in coastal blue, R250
4) Classic salt mill in cotton, R450
5) Classic pepper mill in cotton, R450
6) Set of two tealight candle holders in cotton, R280
7) Signature round casserole in cotton, from R1890
8) Signature buffet casserole in chiffon pink, from R3250
9) Square dish with lid in coastal blue, R637
10) Set of 4 10cm mini cocottes, R1400
11) The Sorbet Collection set of 6 egg cups, R810
12) 19cm rectangular dish in crème, R210
If you need an idea for a DIY sugary Christmas table creation, try this traditional treat, or for more fantastic season themed recipes, go to lecreuset.co.za/recipes.
Making these cute-as-can-be gingerbread men is fun for all ages and a great holiday tradition. Let the kids help with rolling out the dough and pressing out the shapes, then after baking, they can have fun decorating!
½ cup treacle sugar
2/3 cup golden syrup or molasses
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
2 free-range egg whites
300g icing sugar
Food colouring, for decoration
Place the butter and treacle sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer and beat for 6–8 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup, flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and spices and beat until the mixture comes together to form a smooth dough. Roll out between two sheets of non-stick baking paper to 4mm thick. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
Preheat the oven to 160°C. To make the gingerbread men, press the cookie cutters into the dough to cut out the cookie shapes. Place on a Le Creuset TNS Bakeware Rectangular Baking Sheet and bake for 10–12 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool slightly on the tray before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Using an electric beater, whisk the egg whites until slightly frothy. Gradually add the icing sugar, beating continually, until a stiff icing forms. Divide into different bowls and stir in food colouring. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle and decorate the gingerbread men.
Serve on a Le Creuset Barbecue Platter.