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Virtual: Czech up Your Christmas with a Family Recipe – Vanilla Crescents

Get Your Ingredients Ready and Bake Along!

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‘Tis the season… and Czechs simply love Christmas! It might be the smell of cut pine, grandma’s cookies, candlelight, or all of the above – so forget all the worries about gift-shopping and join us on this family-friendly Christmas experience! We’ll show you how to Czech up your holidays with a simple vanilla crescents recipe that you can do together with your kids. To balance up this sweetness overload, we’ll show you how we traditionally cut apples on Christmas Eve and throw in other curious traditions for good measure. Get ready for a unique hands-on experience, and learn all the useful tricks that will make your family’s holiday season truly magical!

Highlights:

  • New baking skill: Learn to prepare yummy vanilla crescents to enrich your holiday season
  • A delicious treat: Share this typical kind of Czech Christmas cookies with your whole family
  • Cultural lesson: Discover who brings presents in the Czech Republic and other Christmas traditions
  • Fun facts: Find out why Czechs have live carp in their bathtubs at Christmastime
  • The spirit of Christmas: Delve into the festive mood with the smell of vanilla across your whole household

Recipe:

For the dough:

  • 1/2 cup or 60g all-purpose white flour
  • 8 tsp or 20g powdered or confectioners’ sugar
  • 9 tsp or 20g ground wall-nuts (please grind before the start of the tour in your food processor)
  • 3 1/2 tbsp or 50g butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • cinnamon
  • salt

Final touches:

  • a bowl of powdered sugar
  • vanilla sugar

 

Place all of the dough ingredients in a large bowl and knead until thoroughly combined. The dough will be fairly dry and flaky. Shape the dough into a log and wrap with plastic wrap. Let in chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Cut off pieces of the dough to shape them into crescents. It’s usually easiest to shape them into crescents on a baking sheet but some people find it easier to shape them in their hands. Do whichever works for you.

Place the cookies on a non-stick or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake on the middle rack for 12-15 minutes (depending on the size of the crescents) or until the edges begin to turn golden. Let the cookies sit for 2-3 minutes and then use a sifter to dust them with the vanilla-powdered sugar while they’re still hot. Let the cookies cool completely and then give them a second dusting.

Stored in an airtight (important!) container in a cool place, these cookies will last for several weeks. Dobrou chuť!

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What Else You Should Know

  • If you want to bake along, make sure to have the dough ready before the start of the experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the process!
  • One booking is for one household – there’s no need to pay for more people who are in the same room.
  • We’ll send you a ZOOM link after you book your virtual experience.
  • This is a live-streamed virtual experience where the guide does the cooking/baking at the same time as you’re watching in the comfort of your home.