'Nigella Christmas' on Serious Eats
As it turns out, these Christmas Cornflake Wreaths are another one of Lawson's deliciously appealing ventures into the realm of bad taste that comes one a year. A stick of butter and a bag of mini marshmallows are the base for her semi-upscale version of this childhood pleaser. The puffed rice is replaced by corn flakes, adding a bit more corny flavor and an entirely different texture. The vanilla is assisted by almond extract and sesame seeds—not exactly kid's stuff.
The following recipe is from the December 16 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! Panforte is a traditional Italian Christmas sweet. It's the Tuscan equivalent of fruitcake, sweet and spiced...
The dough uses equal parts oats and flour which makes for a cookie with the toothsome bite of an oatmeal cookie but a lightness that belies their hefty shape. The tart cranberries balance out the white chocolate's sweetness, and the pecans complement the oats with an earthy, nutty crunch.
The cookies start with a ginger flavored dough that Lawson describes as wonderfully pliable. Reading the recipe I was a bit concerned pliable meant sticky but the dough rolled out in a perfect sheet with minimal flouring. The stars are cut, baked, cooled, and then gilded with edible gold dust.
The finished cookies not only looked drop-dead gorgeous but tasted amazing too—light and very chocolaty with a rich icing, plus the sugar sprinkles lend a sweet and festive crunch.