December 29, 2010

Brazilian Christmas and Rabanada Receipe

I am posting some pictures of fun things from a typicall Brazilian Christmas cellebration.

Singing bear at the vitrine of a jeaulery store.

Huge Christmas porcelain Ball. I have no idea where my mom keeps this balls throughtout the year. I just know that it suddenly APPEARS during X-mas.
Go figure!

For your afternoon coffee time, you can choose Santa, an Angel, Santa´s wife or a SnowMan for stir your coffee in a lovely hearted cup.

These are pastry or cheese knifes for you to serve your
appetizers at home.

Santa bowl for snakcs and table decoration.

If your guest wants to poo or pee after that bunch of food and drinks he digested,
show him the way to the Santa + Deer toilet paper. It will for sure clean his but dearestly and say Ho-Ho-Ho at the end.
I am warning!!!


Rabanada (Brazilian-Style French Toast) Recipe

Rabanada usually makes an appearance on the Brazilian breakfast table around Christmastime, but it’s so delicious we whip it up all year long. Most recipes call for the bread to be soaked briefly, fried, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Our version sits overnight before frying to allow the custard to really soak in. Then, like a churro, we completely cover it in a cinnamon-cocoa-sugar mixture. Team this with a Marinated Mango or Grapefruit Spike, and you’re set for Sunday brunch.

What to buy: Use unsweetened cocoa powder in this recipe.

We prefer the custardy texture that results from using a narrow (about 2 inches wide) baguette rather than a thicker one; however any size baguette will work.

Game plan: Frying the bread for 8 to 10 minutes makes for a crispy outside and a custardy interior, but go ahead and adjust the cooking time to your French toast preferences.


1 medium sweet or sourdough baguette
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
6 tablespoons whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Vegetable oil, for frying


1 - Cut baguette on the bias into 1-inch-thick slices (you should have about 16 slices).

2 - Place eggs, condensed milk, whole milk, vanilla extract, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until evenly combined. Pour mixture into a shallow dish that will snugly hold all of the bread (such as a glass baking dish or a large pie plate) and add baguette slices. Turn slices to coat well in the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until egg mixture is almost completely absorbed, at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

3 - Place sugar, cocoa powder, and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix until evenly distributed; set aside.

4 - When the bread has finished soaking, fill a medium pot with oil to a depth of 2 inches. Heat over medium heat until the oil registers 330°F on a deep-fat thermometer. Place reserved cinnamon-cocoa mixture on a plate and set aside. Line another plate with paper towels and set aside.

5 - Remove bread slices from the egg mixture, allowing any excess to drip off. Place 4 to 6 pieces of bread in the hot oil (being sure not to overcrowd the pot). Fry until bread slices are dark golden brown on one side, about 4 to 5 minutes. (You’ll want the oil to maintain a temperature of 325°F while the bread is frying; adjust the heat as necessary to achieve this.) Flip and fry another 4 to 5 minutes. Remove to the paper-towel-lined plate to drain.

6 - While still hot, dredge French toast in the cinnamon-cocoa mixture and shake off any excess. Repeat the frying process with the remaining bread slices and serve.

Voila! Enjoy!


X-mas cake!

X-mas specially decorated cake!!!

Cherries are traditionla here! You´ve got eat them.

This is Rabanada´s Cousin called Golden Slices. Instead of being
fried they go in the owven. But this is a family tradition, no receipes here.

My X-mas present, James Joyce´s book A portrait of a young artist.
I will come back and tell you guys if I liked it. So far it is crazy!!!

Appricot Cake!

Strawberry Pie hearted shape!

Mickey Santa at the door!

My mom´s shot glasses collection.
Mickey and Minie drink licour!
We always have all kinds of licour the famous ones are: Amarula, Bailley´s,
Lemoncello, Lemoncino, Dramboue, ...

Me smiling with this X-mas Collection plate from a nice
store from Brazil called Roberto Simões.

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