Fluffy beauty-tree, sparkling with elegant balls and iridescent garlands, invariably gives a festive mood. And to make it even more beautiful, you can add to this decoration a few bright strokes in the form of edible decorations.
Baking as a decoration for the Christmas tree is a win-win option. For example, fragrant homemade gingerbread - a traditional Christmas decoration in many countries. To start melt in a water bath 4 Art. l honey, add a pinch of cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, a couple of clove flowers and a little butter. Next, prepare the dough: pour the hill 2 Art. flour, break into the groove 3 yolk and enter the honey mixture. The resulting dough is wrapped in cling film and left in the fridge for a couple of hours. In the meantime, we are preparing an icing - a sweet protein decoration. We knock down two egg whites in strong foam, add sifted icing sugar (250 g), lemon juice (1 tsp), and any natural food coloring. When the dough has cooled sufficiently, we cut out the gingerbread cakes using curly molds and bake 15-20 minutes in an oven at 180 ° C. We decorate the finished gingerbread with icing patterns and attach ribbon loops to them.
Gingerbread cookies are used to decorate the Christmas tree. In one bowl mix 60 g. Flour, 1 tsp. soda, salt and ground ginger. In the second bowl, beat 100, butter, 50, sugar, and gradually introduce two eggs. Continuing to stir the mass, add flour with aromatic spices to it and knead the dough. We form round biscuits from it and pre-make a hole for the ribbon. Send them to the oven for 10 minutes at 180 ° C. For decoration, we need the familiar icing of protein and color dyes. Fill them with a pastry syringe or plastic bag, in which we will make a hole with a toothpick. With its help we draw colored patterns or funny faces on the finished cookies, let them froze, and then we put a ribbon through the hole.
Prepare excellent edible Christmas decorations will help ready sheet waffles. In addition to them, we need templates made of thick paper or cardboard. They can be made in the form of Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Snow Maiden and other fairy-tale characters. We put the patterns on the waffles, cut the contour with a wooden skewer and gently separate the figure from the sheet - so their edges will turn out smoother and more beautiful. With the same skewer we make a small hole at the top, pass a strong thread through it and connect the edges. Now let's do icing sugar: separate the whites from the eggs, beat them with powdered sugar and vanilla, pour in some vegetable oil for elasticity. We cover the figures with white icing and leave to dry. In the meantime, we are preparing “paints”. To do this, pour the remaining glaze into individual cups and add dyes. This can be cocoa, lemon zest, concentrated fruit or vegetable juices. When the figures are dry, paint them with colored glaze and decorate with confectionery powder, crushed nuts, or coconut chips.
Candies as decorations on the Christmas tree is another successful solution that will primarily delight young children. Take the usual chocolates, wrap them with tinsel and hang them beautifully on the Christmas tree. However, you can make a more original sweet decoration with your own hands. We mix in the bowl of the blender 80 of oatmeal, 20 of coke chips and 50 of any crushed nuts. Put on 70-80, the dates of pitted, dried apricots, prunes, raisins and turn everything into a viscous homogeneous mass. Then add a little lemon juice and, if desired, a spoonful of honey. We form balls from the resulting mass, roll them in coconut chips or chocolate chips and leave in the refrigerator for an hour. Then we wrap the finished candies with colored foil, we attach ribbons and hang them on the Christmas tree.
Marzipan can be used to make wonderful edible Christmas tree decorations. It is a very plastic mass of almonds and sugar, and therefore you can sculpt anything from it. To prepare marzipan, mix almonds ground into flour and powdered sugar in equal proportions. Beat two egg whites separately into a strong foam and add 1 tsp to them. lemon juice. The resulting mixture is gradually introduced into the flour from almonds and powder, mix thoroughly so that no lumps form. We divide the resulting dough into several parts and add different food colors to them. Now you can sculpt various figures from it - snowmen, bunnies, squirrels and other New Year's animals. Additionally, you can decorate them with confectionery powder, crushed nuts or coconut. Let the multi-colored figures freeze, make holes in the upper part and insert ribbons.
Decorate your Christmas tree with edible toys and give your loved ones some more festive mood. And if you have your own recipes for original tasty decorations, tell us about them in the comments.