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Schinken im Teig

Schinken im Teig

Schinken im Teig just means ham in dough.

The Swiss love wrapping their meat in dough, whether it be a light, flaky pastry or a thick, chewy bread crust. Sometimes the pork is first studded with dried fruit and carefully wrapped with bacon.

This impressive, golden encrusted meat is often served for special occasions or Sunday dinner.

Boozy Balls

Boozy Balls

These boozy balls are ones you'll actually want to eat.

Often rum balls are made with leftovers—stale cake and cookies—but these are purpose built, using ground nuts as the base. And why ever limit yourself to just rum?

You can make them gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, even booze-free—the variety is endless.

Vin Blanc Chaud

Vin Blanc Chaud

In mid December, I took in the Strasbourg Christmas market with my buddies Lauren and Emily. The highlight was lovely steaming cups of warm, spiced white wine that went right to our heads. 

A couple of sips and our eyes got glassy, our speech emotional, and the cobblestones became difficult to negotiate.

It was some good mulled wine. 

Spitzbuben

Spitzbuben

The jewel of the Swiss Christmas cookie tray is surely the Spitzbuben, with its elegant dusting of powdered sugar and bright ruby centre. According to the Kulinarisches Erbe, Spitzbuben are a relatively modern cookie in Switzerland, and were likely developed and named in the 20th century. The term Spitzbub refers to a mischievous boy, and the cookies may be so named because jammy faces were originally cut into the dough.  

Brunsli Bears

Brunsli Bears

There is no one standard Brunsli recipe. Historically, the most luxurious and expensive part of the cookie was the ground nuts. It was only during lean times that the nuts were replaced with flour. There is debate over which nuts to use, whether almonds, hazelnuts, or even walnuts. Some recipes call for grated or melted chocolate, while others depend on cocoa (and some use both). Finally, some recipes suggest the cookies are baked low in the oven and some forego baking completely and just leave them out to dry.