At the stroke of 2:00pm on Christmas Eve, my holiday began. Secure in the knowledge that I would not have to endure one more Christmas carol, I headed home to blast non-denominational tunes in my kitchen. I was seeking an appropriate dessert recipe that would be both celebratory and expedient. Page 142 of the Macrina Bakery and Café cookbook offered exactly that in the Chocolate and Brandied Cherry Tart.
A holiday dessert is incomplete without freshly whipped cream and a bit of bubbly. Check and check. Next on the agenda, packing my fleeciest winter gear and an extensive list of the best cafes to explore in Vienna. Researching strudels and schlag is a challenge, but somebody has to do it.
Happy, Healthy New Year.