This weekend my hubby and I went to pick up a Christmas tree from my parents place and we were lucky enough with the snow and sunshine! The sun shined beautifully through the trees and glistened on the snow before it dropped to the horizon. We found a perfect symmetrical tree that is now standing in our living room waiting to be decorated! Dressed in cozy all white knits, uggs and red lips, we listened to christmas music all the way there and saw a cute deer just as we drove into my parents place. They say the deer like to hang out in their backyard and drink water from the little pond that is in the woods (see picture below). I also gathered some wreath material from the forest and we had a little picnic after cutting the tree. I made some homemade Christmas cake/bread and drank warm cups of glögi (mulled wine) before heading back home! ♥
Spicy Christmas Cake
|Preheat oven to 180 C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Batter: 1 1/2 cup flour, 2 ripe bananas, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cup carrots, 1 cup oat milk, 2 tablespoons olive oil, , 2 tablespoon syrup, 1 cup lingonberry, apple juice (optional)
|Mush the bananas with a fork until soft, add in the grated carrots. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl until it forms a thick paste. If the consistency looks too dry, add a bit of apple juice
|Spices: 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon gingerbread spice, 1 tablespoon cardamom, 2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 cup walnuts (slightly crushed)
||Add the spices to the batter and pour the batter into the cake tin.
|Top surface: shaved almonds, lingonberry, melted butter
||On top of the surface, add some more lingonberry and shaved almonds. Brush the surface with melted butter to prevent from burning
|Garnish: Icing sugar
||Place the cake into the oven for about 45 minutes. Once cooled, dust with icing sugar