RECIPES FOR THE NEW YEAR
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Celebration for New Year is not complete without a sumptuous cuisine. Following are some handpicked special dishes to pamper your palate pleasure and cater to your taste buds in the process.


1. Honey Hearts - Honigherzen

Ingredients :
25 grams margarine or butter
100 grams castor sugar
1 egg
grated rind of 1 lemon
pinch cinnamon
chocolate glaze and icing
60 grams cooking chocolate
60 grams icing sugar
pinch nutmeg
90 grams warmed honey
200 grams flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
40 grams ground almonds
50 grams icing sugar
1 teaspoon well beaten egg white

Preparation :
1. Soften the margarine or butter and mix it with sugar, beaten egg, spices, lemon rind, honey, flour, baking powder and ground almonds to make an even mixture. Leave for 30 minutes.
2. Roll out on a lightly floured board and cut out heart shapes.
3. Bake in a moderate oven till light brown.
4. Prepare the chocolate glaze by melting the chocolate with 2 tablespoons of hot water over a low heat or in a double saucepan, add the icing sugar and mix well.
5. Dip one side of each biscuit into the warm chocolate to cover the top evenly.
6. Mix together icing sugar and beaten egg white and using a matchstick draw designs over the chocolate.


2.Honey Cake

Ingredients :
1 cup of oil
2 teaspoons of coffee dissolved in 1/2 cup of boiling water
1 1/4 cups of brown sugar
4 eggs
4 cups of self raising flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons of mixed spice
1 teaspoon of ginger
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

Preparation :
1. Mix together the honey, oil, coffee and sugar.
2. Beat in the eggs.
3. Sift the flour, spices and bicarbonate soda together and stir in the mixture made before.
4. Pour into a greased tray.
5. Bake at 165 degrees Celsius for 1 to 1 1/4 hours.


3.Chocolate Pretzels

Ingredients :
150 grams of margarine or butter
100 grams icing sugar
1 egg
225 grams flour
25 grams cocoa
100 grams cooking chocolate

Preparation :
1. Soften the butter or margarine in a bowl and mix in the icing sugar, lightly beaten egg and salt.
2. Sift in flour and cocoa and mix together to make a stiff dough. Leave for 30 minutes.
3. Roll out pieces of dough to the shape of pretzels.
4. Place on a lightly greased tray and bake for 15-18 minutes in a moderate oven.
5. Melt cooking chocolate with water over a low heat.
6. Drop each pretzel into the hot chocolate and quickly remove. Dry each pretzel on greaseproof paper.


4. Oatcakes

Ingredients :

250 grams oatmeal
inch salt
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
2 teaspoon butter or margarine
some hot water

Preparation :
1. Mix oatmeal, salt and soda together in a bowl.
2. Make a well in the center and pour in melted butter.
3. Add a little hot water to the butter and gradually mix into a stiff paste adding water where necessary.
4. Cut into triangles and place on a floured baking tray.
5. Bake in a hot oven for 20-30 minutes until the ends curl and the cakes are crisp.


5. Cheese Puff Balls

Ingredients :
500 grams grated cheese
500 grams butter
1 cup flour
dash cayenne
dash Tabasco sauce
dash Worcestershire sauce

Preparation :
1. Mix flour, butter, cayenne and cheese with fingers & add Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco, until a dough forms.
2. Roll into balls and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.


6. Non-alcoholic Champagne


Ingredients :
1 bottle white grape juice
2 liters of Lemonade, Sprite or 7up

Preparation :
1. Mix the juice and lemonade, Sprite or 7up in equal amounts.
2. Garnish with orange slices, cherries, or strawberries.

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