Christmas: Bluebells Cakery Christmas Spiced Cookies

Christmas is one week away, so we'll be getting into the festive season by sharing with you a few of our favourite Christmas recipes and wish lists from our friends!

First up, Karla from Bluebells shares her Christmas Spiced Cookie recipe with us....

RUBY Christmas

Christmas is nearly here and what I love the most about this time of year is the gift of giving through home baked treats. When I was asked to create some Christmas themed goods for the RUBY Ponsonby store I naturally jumped at the opportunity. We’d been making Christmas spiced cookies for the shop and I thought these would be perfect for the girls at the Ponsonby store to give away to their customers. Keeping in the festive theme we covered the spiced cookies with a snowflake fondant cut out, which is really easy to do! Wrap them up in cellophane bags with a cute ribbon and give them to friends and colleagues, they’ll love you for it.

CHRISTMAS SPICED COOKIES

You will need:

  • 200g plain flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon mixed spice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 50g soft brown sugar

  • 100g unsalted butter cut into cubes

  • 50g golden syrup

For decorating:

  • Packet of white fondant

  • Snowflake cutter (I bought mine from Millys in Parnell)

  • Small amount of glucose syrup mixed with a small amount of water

Directions:

  1. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl, add the sugar and mix well to combine.

  2. Add the butter cubes and with your fingertips rub the ingredients together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Alternatively feel free to use a food processor to combine all the ingredients. Lastly add the golden syrup and knead the mixture until it comes together to form a ball.

  3. At this point I like to wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for half an hour.

  4. When you are ready to roll your dough preheat your oven to 180 degrees.

  5. Sprinkle a little flour onto your working surface and with a rolling pin roll out the dough until it is roughly 1cm thick. Using your cookie cutter of choice cut shapes out and carefully place onto a well greased and lined baking tray.

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  6. When you have cut out all you can from the flattened surface, bring the dough together to form a ball and start over again to use up the rest of the dough.

  7. Bake the cookies in the centre of your oven for 12-15 minutes, until they turn slightly golden on the edges.

  8. Remove from the oven and cool on the tray for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  9. When the cookies are cool you can start decorating them.

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  10. Start by rolling out a handful of fondant on a surface dusted lightly with icing sugar.

  11. Press out the shape using your snowflake cutter (or any other cutter shape you have). Carefully lift the shape off the table and brush the bottom lightly with some glucose syrup. Place on top of the cookie and press down lightly until the snowflake is stuck.

  12. Leave to dry on a wire rack and when completely dried package up however you please.

www.bluebellscakery.com

Ruby Loves Outdoor Cinemas

We love the idea of heading to an outdoor cinema on a summer's evening to watch our favourite classic films, so were super excited to hear about the launch of Firefly Cinemas, Wellington's first outdoor cinema, and to welcome back the Silo Cinema tonight!

Outdoor Cinemas

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We had a chat to Jonno Morrissey a self confessed film addict and the Managing Director of Firefly Cinemas to find out how it all came about...

Being a real movie enthusiast, it all stemmed from seeing outdoor pop-up cinemas in Australia and seeing the resurgence of Drive-Ins in both Australia and America. This being due to modern screen, sound & projection technology being a lot more flexible and affordable. The idea spawned from here, initially around pop up picnic style movie nights but developing into bringing Wellington its first ever Drive-In cinema.

Favourite movie genre?

I’d love to say horror but I don't exactly enjoy it, I just love the thrill! It’d probably have to be the polar opposite, comedy. Comedy brings people together and there is nothing like the pleasurable pain of your cheeks hurting because you have been laughing so much.

Favourite movie?

The Beach by Danny Boyle. The enigma and fantasy of this secret beach community actually being real along with the amazing cinematography capturing how beautiful this part of the world was really hooked me as a young teen. The sole reason I travelled to Thailand and Ko Phi Phi was in the hope that it might be...Unfortunately not.

What’s the most exciting thing that you’ve done with Firefly Cinemas so far?

We’ve had a few exciting/heart stopping moments so far, but the best would be having near full capacity for our Dirty Dancing Drive-In night. Around a hundred cars and a few hundred people, seeing a convoy of Classic Muscle Cars and Yank tanks rock up, pulling barbeques out the boot with the kids running around playing ball before the movie, just made it really authentic and had a feeling that we had done it!

Check out the Firefly & Silo Park summer line-up:

FIREFLY CINEMAS

  • 15th December: Home Alone

  • 20th December: Lion King

  • 22nd December: Love Actually

  • 5th January- The Fast & The Furious

  • 9th February: Grease

SILO CINEMA

  • 13th December: Nightmare Before Christmas

  • 20th December: The Muppet Christmas Carol

  • 10th January: Spirited Away

  • 17th January: The Human Scale

  • 24th January: The Lion King

  • 31st January: The Graduate

If you're in Wellington or Auckland, you're in for a treat this summer. You'll definitely catch us at Home Alone & The Lion King!