Christmas Sweets
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These Traditional East Indian Christmas Sweets

Typical Aunty conversations from jokes and movies, wasn’t that Though now I’m not sure whether it sounded more Goenkar than Eastya . Anyway, I tried that recipe too, but I don’t like it. It tastes normal and the mass pav will last almost for 2 weeks. But it’s not the real mass pav if it’s got milk in it. I prefer the real mass pav a lot more, no matter how many hours we spend slaving over a stove. Anyways, since we’re not going to be selling Christmas sweets this year because of dad’s injury, I figured I could at least make a list of the delicious East Indian sweets I’ll miss eating for Christmas. Let find out These Traditional East Indian Christmas Sweets below.

These Traditional East Indian Christmas Sweets

Mass Pav Or Marzipan

Now everyone knows that mass pav or marzipan is made of a paste of almonds or cashews cooked with sugar, egg whites and rose water on a slow fire stirring continuously till it forms a waxy mass. And then starts the real work of kneading it, putting it into moulds and forming all these amazing shapes. That’s the best part, especially having to hit out all the pieces from the marzipan forms.
On a side note, when I spent those 2 years in the UK studying for my Masters, I tried to find marzipan forms one Christmas. I went to about 7 or 8 stores before finally giving up on it. The only question they kept asking me was, you mean you actually mould the marzipan. It seemed like a very strange notion to them. They’re just more used to buttercream and fondant.

These Traditional East Indian Christmas Sweets

Vanilla Cream Or Milk Cream

Pure drops of heaven, that’s what they are. At least some of them anyway. Made of dried milk, sugar and a tad of butter, these bite sized dreams just melt in your mouth, making you always reach for the next one. The competition amongst most aunties is always to make the whitest vanilla cream. I’ve also heard of some aunties adding cashew nut powder or peanut powder to the mixture.
What men, How you can do that men, So wrong men, Anyways, I’ve learned that the best and whitest vanilla cream is made by stirring over the slowest fire so fast that your hand feels like a drill and blender. No time to get lax with vanilla cream. If you want heaven, you must work for it. And I don’t know how the coconut cordial landed up next to the milk cream in the picture on the left.

Walnut Fudge

Whoever thought fudge could be molded. That’s the common thought or comment from strangers to our cuisine. And then you start that whole explanation about how to make Walnut fudge, quiet funny and enjoyable. So any way, walnut fudge follows the vanilla cream recipe, stir till you grow muscles on your arms. Only add grated walnut to the mix. The mouth waters just thinking about them.

Light Fruit Cakes, Dark Fruit Cakes, And Other Cakes

Now everyone loves a great cake. But don’t our brandy and rum soaked raisin and dry fruit cakes taste so much better than anything you could ever buy in a store. Proud to be East Indian, aren’t we. The cake in this pic was used for testing, since it got a bit lopsided in the oven. The joys of things not turning out right, I tell you. But anyways, the links to recipes are at the bottom of this post.

Light Fruit Cakes, Dark Fruit Cakes, And Other Cakes

Date Rolls

My sis makes the perfect date rolls, so buttery, they melt in your mouth. And when she’s in the mood, she also makes her one of a kind date balls. Haha! They’re never the same size in my house, and it’s so much fun. You never know if you’re getting more walnut or date or pure buttery goodness. It’s like having these perfect bite sized superb buttery Shrewsbury biscuits encasing a sweet lush date and crunchy walnut. To die for! Literally. If our East Indian foods didn’t kill us, the rich sugar and fat in them definitely would, don’t you think. If you want to try making the date rolls one of these days, hopefully before Christmas, here’s the date roll recipe.

These Traditional East Indian Christmas Sweets : Date Rolls