It’s December first so now I can officially talk about Christmas. I have a rule not to think about Christmas until December (Christmas presents for family in Canada aside). I did kind of break my rule two days ago when I suddenly remembered that I wanted to download a copy of the Huron Tale from Itunes. I kept forgetting to download it when my account was charged and had to settle with the youtube version. If you were wondering, I downloaded this one by Heather Dale. I’ve been perusing pinterest for some good looking Christmas recipes. I’m planning on having two Christmas parties at my house and will probably need a few more recipies than usual. All of the ingredients are relatively easy to source in Japan.
My goto recipes
I make this gingerbread (cake) recipe every Christmas dinner and at least a couple of times before that. While I make pumpkin pie the night before this baby goes in the oven just as we sit down to eat so the house smells amazing right when you are finishing up the turkey. Top with custard. You can sometimes find molasses and corn syrup at Kaldi Coffee or import stores. The one I buy is here on Amazon.
I make this pumpkin pie (with kabocha) every Christmas and Thanksgiving. It makes a great breakfast the next day. I always make two to ensure there is enough for breakfast. I kid you not.
Strawberry tree brownie bites from Erica’s Sweet Tooth – these are sure to impress and I will be making them as soon as strawberries return to stores.
Holiday Spruce Cookies from Taste of Home – this would be great for kids and you could use vanilla extract and rice flakes if you can’t find corn flakes and almond extract.
Fill strawberries with cheesecake filling for a great snack (link is picture only) I would use this recipe for the filling.
These poinsettia cookies are a cute idea. Use that recipe or your favorite rolled white cookies.
These Christmas sugar cookies are a nice colorful addition to a cookie plate.
This stuffed Italian loaf looks amazing. Have it at home or assemble and bake right at a party you are attending. Poppy seeds can be found in stores with big spice selections (in a little spice bottle). You could easily skip them for this recipe.
This avocado humus looks divine. Serve with cherry tomatoes and you have a healthy Christmas party stack.
This snowman pizza would be great for a kids party.
These mini frittatas would be great on Christmas morning or at a party. I often make them with soy milk instead of cream.
Crispy edamame look like a great snack for Christmas movie night.
If you are on pinterest follow me, I pin a lot of Japan-friendly recipes there and my Christmas collection will continue to grow.
If you are having problems sourcing ingredients please let me know by leaving a comment here or my Facebook page. I’ll do my best to find a way to get what you are looking for.