Thursday, December 1, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Baking! Day 1: Church Windows

Welcome to Let Them Eat Cake's 12 Days of Christmas Baking!

Christmas is coming — don't you smell the chestnuts roasting?


No need to panic. As my Christmas gift to you, I will post a new Christmas baking treat every day for the next 12 days. Coming up: cookies, candies, bars and lots of chocolate! I hope you will find a recipe to share with your family and friends, and become part of your holiday baking repertoire.

My mother loved Christmas. As children, my sister and I would be her helper elves. We would be her baking assistants in the kitchen, cutting and decorating cookies or stirring fudge; we would sit together at the kitchen table making hand-made ornaments for the tree; and she would help us make hand-made gifts for each other. We would listen to Christmas music albums: Bing Crosby and Harry Belafonte crooned while we drank hot cocoa with tiny marshmallows. Some of the ornaments we made still exist and now grace my Christmas tree each December.

We lost our Mom to cancer 18 years ago, but we still continue her traditions as much as we can today. She taught us that the season is about sharing and family and making do with what you have. May you find warm moments of peace and friendship, no matter how hectic and stressful life can get.

Much love,

Churchy church windows are churchy. Delicious, without the pesky broken glass and lead poisoning. You're welcome.

Day 1: Church Windows

Chocolatey slices of colorful marshmallows resemble stained-glass windows, and the coating of shredded coconut is reminiscent of a light dusting of Christmas snow. This no-bake slice is one of my favourite Christmas treats, and is something that my Mom, my sister and I would make together every year.

Church Windows
by Barbara Rogalsky

4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg, beaten lightly
1 cup icing sugar
4 cups miniature coloured (fruit-flavoured) marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

  1. Melt chocolate with butter, cool slightly. Mix in beaten egg, stir until combined. Stir in icing sugar and vanilla until combined. Fold in marshmallows and nuts (if using).
  2. Spread mixture on a large piece of parchment or wax paper. Using the wax paper, form mixture into a rolled log about 4" thick. Coat with coconut.
  3. Freeze log for about an hour. Remove from freezer and slice into 1/2" thick slices. Keep church windows in a sealed container and refrigerated. 
Makes about 2 dozen slices.

Special thanks to Lesa, Mimi and Cam for being my kitchen assistants; and to Robin, ÜberHusband, for taking such brilliant photographs and being generally awesome.


Simply Complicated said...

Is there not a problem with the egg being unbaked/cooked? These look and sound amazing, but that is my concern.

lulu said...

I've never had a problem with raw eggs, but I do understand that many people can't take the chance eating them. I would suggest that instead of raw egg, you use pasteurized liquid egg (not egg whites), following the directions on the container for the equivalent of one egg. Pasteurized liquid egg has been treated with heat to kill bacteria, making it safe to eat. Good luck! =)

Anonymous said...

Ooh, this is really interesting to me! See, I'm totally into language and etymology, and in New Zealand (where this originated) it's called a lolly cake, since "lolly" is a bit of candy or anything small and sweet. "Church Windows" is a clever name for it, too, and I see why a name change was perhaps in order for the linguistic discourse of a particular region! :D

lulu said...

Coolest. Comment. Ever! Thanks Christine =)

reginag said...

It must be really delicious. Preparation took a while though.