Woohooo it’s almost Christmas!
Tomorrow Ben and me (with Alfie in tow) will be picking up Ben’s mum and driving the 15 minutes to my parent’s house mid-morning to celebrate the day-long eating extravaganza otherwise known as Christmas. I’ve been put in charge of vegetables (clearly my speciality) so I’ll be carting honey-marinating carrots and parsnips as well as Brussels’ sprouts, broad beans (OK, not entirely a Christmas thing but they’re my favourite veg and I’m in charge sooo…) and some vegetarian stuffing (Ben’s mum and me prefer the non-sausage mix stuff). All good in the hood.
We’ll also be taking the freshly iced Christmas cake…da da!
And the stollen was made pretty much by Ben while I hovered about sneaking samples.
My German friend’s mum’s kindly gave me her stollen recipe as we had some of hers freshly baked when we were over in Berlin recently and it rocked my world. Well anything does that has marzipan in to be fair but this was especially good. We wanted a fruitless stollen to bring as my dad can’t have the Christmas cake because he can’t eat dried fruit (or rather, as he so delightfully puts it, it “goes straight through him”).
Here’s the Stollen recipe (all credit to Charlotte’s mum) if you’re interested:
- 500g plain flour (we had to sub for wholemeal as we didn’t have plain, whoops)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 150g caster sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 150g soft margarine
- 250g quark
- 100g chopped almonds
- 200g marzipan (we might have significantly increased this to twice the amount)
- To Dust: 30g margarine; 2 tbs. icing sugar
– Sieve flour and baking power into a bowl, add eggs, sugar, salt, margarine, almonds and quark. Knead into a soft dough and wrap in foil. Leave in fridge for 30 minutes.
– Roll out dough into a square (approx 30 x 40cm) on a sheet of lightly dusted baking paper.
– Thinly slice marzipan and lay out on the dough (alternatively sit the fat sausage-like wodge of marzipan on the dough depending how generous you were with the marzipan). Wrap the dough up from the sides to the middle and press together. Bake for 45 minutes at 175 degrees.
– Melt margarine and spread on warm Stollen and dust with icing sugar.
You can add different dried fruit or peel to the Stollen as well beforehand but like I said, we wanted ours to be more simplistic. Serve with jam, butter or cream cheese (highly recommended) or just eat plain! I think ours cracked quite a bit during baking because we used the stupid wholemeal flour but normal plain flour should be a lot better.
And lastly I have one more quick review for you. I was sent a Body Glide product from the company to test out. Sadly I haven’t been able to test the specific product I was sent out with running but I have previously used this brand before when doing races or when it’s been particularly warm. And I have trialled out the product they sent with my new gym activities.
I’ve suffered many times with chafage and honest to god it’s no joke. Like blisters they are savage and can really affect how your run is going. When I wear sleeveless tops to run I really felt the chafe under my arms. Getting into the shower afterwards was beyond painful.
Body Glide is a company specialising in a range of anti-chafe balms to help athletes keep comfortable and avoid irritation. These particular balms are quite popular because they are non-greasy and very reliable as they can apparently survive all weather conditions. I can attest that it reliably survives a hot sunny day!
The Body Glide have a new range being introduced to the UK:
- Original Body Glide – the standard anti-chafe and blister balm
- For Her – anti-chafing balm with effective skin moisturiser
- Chamois Glide – balm for cyclists
- Foot Glide – blister resister specifically for feet.
And they do different sizes as well so you can take a little travel-sized one with you to use just before a race. I was sent the For Her product.
It was great – very easy to apply (like deodorant) and it wasn’t sticky or greasy. It didn’t smell of anything in particular either. It was also nice that it had a nice moisturising element to it. To be honest though, I wasn’t overly fussed about this and happily would have used the original. As long as I don’t chafe I don’t mind!
I’ve used the original body glide product before when running. I all but bathed in it before my marathons and happily had no rubbing issues during. Although I failed to realise I’d chafe on my lower back! Who’d have thought to have applied the glide there!?
So a big thumbs up! Anything to stop that dread burn in the shower or that horrible chaffing feeling while you’re running (and then end up running like a chicken as I had to do one race as the rubbing was so painful).
Anyway, a big merry Christmas to you all! Have a lovely day and eat lots of yummy food. I know I will be!
Do you do any Christmas-specific baking?
Do you chafe when you run? Or are prone to blisters? Nasty little buggers.
***Full Disclosure: I was sent the Body Glide product for free to review. All opinions are my own as always.***