This new year, Buddha’s Herbs decided to bring you a family treat and share our very special recipes with you. They have become a part of our yearly winter rituals and now we want them to become yours.

Read on for very special surprises.

Let the cooking begin!

1). Gingerbread Man

The one thing that makes Christmas special is the excitement of kids. The kids love the family time spent on Christmas, the presents, Santa and most of all the Christmas baking. There is no doubt that gingerbread cookies are on the top lists of baking. So this year, we brought you a new healthy gingerbread man recipe that you can try with your kids!

Ingredients

Method

  1. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  3. Lightly beat the egg and the golden syrup together, add it to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together.
  4. Take the dough out. Knead it until it becomes smooth. Wrap it in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  6. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  7. Use cutters to cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place them on the baking tray, with a gap between them.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave them on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. When they cool down decorate them with the icing and cake decorations.

The Christmas cookies are good to go!

2). Mint Tea Infused with Truffle Chocolate

Chocolate is a huge part of celebrations, this year we suggest a combo of chocolate and green tea for your sweet tooth! The mint tea infused chocolate truffles are going to be an absolute delight! They are velvety, super chocolaty and the delicious aroma of mint tea makes it even more delicious!

Ingredients (Makes up to 20 Truffles)

  • 250 ml double cream
  • 20 gm butter
  • 3 tsp lose gunpowder green tea leaves
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 20 gm dark chocolate (70%)(chopped)
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup cocoa powder (to coat the truffles)

Fun Fact: Peppermint tea is high in antioxidants and helps eliminate free radicals from the body, lowering the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Method

  1. In a deep skillet transfer the cream and the butter and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the green tea and mint leaves. Leave it to steep for 30 min.
  2. Strain the cream and transfer it back into the deep skillet. Place over medium heat and add the chocolate, honey and vanilla. Stir until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate has melted. This will take approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Once the mixture has melted transfer it into a bowl and place in the fridge until the ganache firms up, about 1 hour.
  4. Spoon up the ganache in teaspoons and roll them in balls.
  5. Transfer the cocoa into a bowl and place several balls at a time and turn to coat with cocoa.

Enjoy chilled or at room temperature with your mint tea!

3). Eggnog

This Eggnog recipe uses cooked eggs and you can use more or less rum according to your taste. The best part of this recipe is that you will never want to buy readymade eggnogs from your store, because after trying this easy eggnog recipe, we never did!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups milk
  • 5 whole cloves
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 12 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 2 ½ cup light rum
  • 4 cups light cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg

Method

  1. Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until they are fluffy. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, while stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until it is thick. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about an hour.
  3. Stir in rum, cream, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

Try these 3 recipes this year and we guarantee they will become your new traditions!

We wish you a happy and healthy new year ahead!