Christmas Coal Candy (Carbón dulce/Charbon sucré)

Now if I were a typical food  blogger, I’d start this post by telling everyone how excited I was that Christmas was coming  and how stressed I was that I hadn’t bought enough stuffing for the turkey, had only baked 1000 odd cookies for my wonderful friends and family and how fast the days were going by and how worried I was that my handmade Christmas tablecloth hadn’t arrived.

But the thing is, I’m not worried in the slightest…

simply because…

I don’t buy Christmas presents,

I don’t cook Christmas dinner

and I only bake when I feel like it (which incidentally is pretty often but anyway) what I mean is, I don’t let all that stuff get to me, I prefer , instead to create a different kind of Christmas list, one where I think of all the nasty people who don’t deserve Christmas gifts and what kind of present I’d like to give them! You know who I’m talking about, the annoying self obsessed friend, the nasty boss. HMRC!

Now before you start screaming Scrooge at me, I’m cool with Christmas cheer but not so cool with Christmas queues and unnecessarily high credit card bills.

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Salted Caramel Cupcakes/Cupcakes au caramel au beurre salé

Recently a colleague (Ana) and I had a,…..shall we say ‘animated’ conversation about the unimportance of salt in baking.

It all started when she asked me to pick up some butter for a cake she wanted to bake with the kids and I asked her if she wanted salted or unsalted.

At this point she looked at me with a mixture of astonishment and disgust, as if I’d suggested we add a dead rat to the mixture.

Ana: “Salted Butter?” She exclaimed “What on earth would I need salt for?” She then threw her head back and gave a lovely impression of a Disney witch’s cackle

Me: “er, I dunno for it to like rise or something?” (I know! The type of answer you look back on and slap your palm to your forehead thinking did I really say that)

Ana: “That’s what the baking powder is for Curi, you don’t need salt!”

Me: “No, you do”, I said, “for the taste, it’s very important in baking”.

Ana: “Trust me Curi, I’ve been baking for a very long time and you don’t need salt in any baked recipe”.

This is where I ripped off my uniform to show the words CB emblazoned on my chest.

“DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?” I screamed

She circled the letters CB in mid air with her finger and a worried look replaced the self assured cackle of a few moments ago

“Yes I am non other than The Curious Baker, the writer/baker extraordinaire of the blog of the same name, with two hundred and forty nine, no two hundred and FIFTY Facebook fans” (thanks extra fan, your ‘Like’ gave me some clout, plus 250 looks so much nicer than 249, anyway I digress)…

She then whimpered “Oh! I’m so sorry  had no idea”.

O.K.. so this is what really happened…

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