Today is St. Nikolaus Day!!
It’s the day we celebrate gift-giving in our house for the holiday season. It gives us more time on Christmas Day to focus on Jesus! You can read more about our traditions here.
We woke up and did our stockings filled from “St. Nik” and got some wonderful items:
Mine are on the L: leg warmers, yummy chocolate bars, bamboo kitchen tongs, stainless steel spoons, an “I Owe You” for baking lessons at a local place, and a book called “The Half Sky” which I was curious about reading. Peter’s are on the R: “The Passage,” a new watch, “gift certificate” for music lessons, paper sunglasses because I couldn’t find the right pair, a toque, a notice that his fave magazine is renewed, a chocolate bar and his favourite gummy bears.
Then we ate our usual St. Nikolaus Day breakfast: bread with butter and chocolate sprinkles (the good European kind!) and a side of a mandarin orange (which we got in our stockings).
Based on the ingredients of this delicious breakfast we enjoy each year, I created a handy-dandy muffin recipe (because why would one orange-coloured muffin recipe be enough this week?!) for you to enjoy. They remind me a lot of this holiday tradition of ours!
St. Nikolaus Day Muffins:
- 1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 tsp. chai spice mix
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 mandarin oranges
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 350F. Mix the flour, chai spice, salt and baking powder together. Add in the butter and mix with your hands until you have the consistency of sand. In another bowl, mix together the honey, egg and milk. Add the wet mixture to the dry/butter mixture. Mix well. Separate your mandarin orange segments and cut each one in half with clean kitchen scissors. Mix 1 and a half of the orange segments into the dough, leaving the rest aside. Add in the chocolate chips. Spoon the mixture into a muffin tin and add a piece of the remaining orange to the top of each muffin cup. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Makes 8 muffins (because 6 or 12 is so overrated…).
Later today we’re having friends of ours over for a St. Nikolaus Day dinner! They’re from Saudi Arabia so it’s all pretty new to them. We’re going to enjoy a delicious dinner of…
Have a lovely day!