Subscription Subscription
Home > Lifestyle News > Food News > Article > Of truffles and gingerbread Three Christmas sweets you can make in an hour

Of truffles and gingerbread: Three Christmas sweets you can make in an hour

Updated on: 24 December,2022 06:38 PM IST  |  Mumbai
Ainie Rizvi |

Among all the patisserie arts, making sugar based sweets is especially tricky. Fret not! We have scouted a city based pastry champion to make your candy making adventures smooth

Of truffles and gingerbread: Three Christmas sweets you can make in an hour

Foster the Christmas vibe with savory candies. Photo courtesy: Chef Dean Rodrigues

Let’s not sugarcoat the fact that making candies is a challenge. With Christmas just around the corner, acing a batch of candies will serve you two purposes: Add sweetness to your gift hampers and boost your dinner table with savory goodies. But, of all the patisserie arts, making sugar-based sweets is especially tricky. Fret not! We have scouted a city-based pastry champion to ease your candy-making adventures.

Pastry Chef Dean Rodrigues in his element. Photo courtesy: Dean Rodrigues

Pastry chef Dean Rodrigues, is busy preparing a traditional platter of sweets and candies for his annual Christmas dinner. He has been imparting pastry arts lessons for the past five years as the Executive Pastry Chef at the Academy Of Pastry and Culinary Arts, Mumbai.

Midday Online reached out to chef Dean to explore Christmas candy recipes that are not only stunning but take only an hour to make. He has curated three candy recipes that are packed with styles, flavors, textures, and handy techniques. Put on your cooking hats and have your loved ones raving to sugar!

Gingerbread cookies

Unsalted Butter 337gms
Brown sugar 250 gms
Baking soda 5gms
Salt 4gms
Ginger powder 8gms
Cinnamon powder 2gms
Clove powder 1gm
Eggs 112gms
Flour 900gms
Honey 337gms

1 Cream the butter and sugar along together. Add the eggs and honey and mix a little longer. 
2 Mix all the spice powders with the dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture. 
3 Rest the dough for at least 4 hours and roll to about 4mm thickness. 
4 Cut into desired shapes and bake at 170 degrees C for about 15mins.
5 Chef’s key tip: after baking, lightly apply simple sugar syrup 
6 Bake for 2mins extra to get a nice shiny glaze. 

Holiday special Pate de Fruit

Apricot Fruit Puree 500gms
Castor sugar 500gms
Pectin 30gms 

1 Purée the raspberries, add the sugar and pectin to a pan, and heat until the mixture reaches 110ºC - it should be thick by this point.
2 Pour into a 20cm square tray lined with silicone paper to set, then cut into squares and sprinkle with sugar.
3 Chef’s key tip: ensure you have everything in place before starting the recipe. In case you want to make a jam, cook this to 103 degrees C.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Truffles

Dark chocolate 150gms
Milk Chocolate 150gms
Cream 150gms
Crushed Hazelnuts 200gms 


1 Roast the hazelnuts and crush them into irregular pieces using a rolling pin. 
2 Heat the cream and pour it over the two chocolates. Allow it to rest for about 30 seconds and mix it well till there are no lumps. 
3 Pipe the chocolate on parchment paper and rest it till it has crystallised. Once it’s firm, roll it and dip it in crushed hazelnuts. 
4 Chef’s key tip: the truffles are great for gifting and stay well without refrigeration. 

Read more: Of kulkuls, cake and guava cheese: Why ‘Kuswar’ is good old comfort on a plate

"Exciting news! Mid-day is now on WhatsApp Channels Subscribe today by clicking the link and stay updated with the latest news!" Click here!

Register for FREE
to continue reading !

This is not a paywall.
However, your registration helps us understand your preferences better and enables us to provide insightful and credible journalism for all our readers.

Mid-Day Web Stories

Mid-Day Web Stories

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK