5 Great Cruise Line Holiday Dessert Recipes

5 Great Cruise Line Holiday Dessert Recipes
The holidays are a magical time of year to celebrate the festive season and indulge in delicious treats. Some of the best holiday cookies and desserts are those created by top cruise line chefs. These culinary geniuses know how to create special treats to delight any palate.

If you'd like to make something sweet to delight your family and friends, check out these five great cruise line holiday cookie and dessert recipes:

Warm Chocolate Melting Cake - Carnival Cruise Line

6 oz. dark chocolate
6 oz. butter
4 eggs, room temperature
3 oz. sugar
2 oz. flour

1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl.
3. Mix the eggs and sugar separately and whisk for a few minutes, then add the flour.
4. Add the egg mix to the melted chocolate and butter. Mix well.
5. Pour the mixture into a greased mold or 4 individual ramekins.
6. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 14 minutes.
7. Serve with a scoop of ice cream, fruit garnish and chocolate shavings if desired.

Grandma’s Vanillekipferl Cookies - Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Holland America Line

5 oz butter
7.4 oz flour
2.8 oz ground hazelnuts or almonds
2.8 oz powdered sugar
1 egg

2 oz powdered sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla sugar*
*To make your own vanilla sugar: Place 1 1/2 to 2 cups of sugar in pint jar. Put a clean vanilla bean in the jar, cover and shake well. Let stand for a few days, shaking the jar occasionally, before using the sugar. As you use the sugar, replace with fresh sugar.

1. Sieve the flour into a heap on a pastry board or into a large bowl.
2. Cut the cold butter into small pieces and mix with the flour.
3. Add powdered sugar, ground almonds or hazelnuts and the egg.
4. Rinse hands with cold water and quickly knead mixture into a crisp dough.
5. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
6. Form thumb-thick size rolls from the dough.
7. Cut roll into 1 cm wide pieces, roll and form crescents.
8. Bake crescents at 350° Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, or until very light-gold in color.
9. Roll the crescents in a mixture of powdered sugar and vanilla sugar while still hot.

Warm Apple Strudel À La Crystal Serenity– Executive Pastry Chef Johannes Ferreira, Crystal Cruises

Ingredients for the dough:
1¾ cups + 2 tbsp (300g) All-purpose flour
¼ tsp Salt
2 tbsp (30ml) Neutral oil
¾ cup + 4 tsp (200ml) Lukewarm water

Ingredients for the apple filling:
8 Granny Smith Apples (peeled, cored and sliced thin)
1/2 (100g) Cup Raisins
3 tbsp Dark Rum
2 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
2/3 Cup (80g) White Sugar
4.5 tsp (20g) Vanilla Sugar – OR – 3 tsp (15ml) Vanilla Extract
1 Cup (120g) Chopped and toasted Walnuts

Roast Breadcrumbs:
5 1/2 Tbsp (90g) Butter
2/3 (150g) Bread Crumbs
1/2 Cup (100g) Sugar

Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix with a spoon until it comes together. Turn out on a floured surface and knead the dough with your hands for several minutes until smooth and elastic. Place in an oiled bowl and rest for an hour.
For the filling, start by soaking the raisins in the rum and let sit for about 30 minutes. Peel, core and slice the apples thinly. In a bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar, walnuts, and raisins. Set Aside.
For the roasted breadcrumbs, sprinkle the breadcrumbs evenly on a baking tray and top with the sugar. Put the cubes of butter on top of the breadcrumbs randomly and roast in a 350-degree (180C) preheated oven, stirring occasionally to get an even golden brown color.
Lay a table with a tablecloth and dust with flour. Roll the dough out as thin as you can, then use your hands to stretch it until your hands become visible through the stretched dough. Brush gently with the melted butter. Starting on one side of the table sprinkle with the breadcrumbs. Top with the apple filling. Starting one end roll up the strudel. Carefully transfer to a baking tray. Brush with melted butter and bake in a 350-degree to 375-degree (180-200C) oven for about 40-50 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Powder sugar and serve warm.

Pavlova – Royal Caribbean International

Strawberry Syrup:
1 cup strawberries, quartered
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons water

4 egg whites, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Whipped cream
6 strawberries, halved
Mint sprigs
6 chocolate cigarettes
1 ounce pistachio, chopped
18 strawberries

1. Preheat the oven to 300 F
2. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients for the strawberry syrup and bring to a boil over medium heat.
3. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until the berries are soft and the syrup is thickened.
4. Remove from heat and strain through a fine strainer into a clean container.
5. Let cool, cover and refrigerate.
6. To make the meringues, place the egg whites in a stainless steel or glass bowl and using a hand-held mixer, beat on medium speed until soft peaks form.
7. Gradually add the sugar a little at a time until stiff peaks form.
8. Fold in cornstarch and lemon juice.
9. Using an ice cream scoop, create 6 balls of meringue and delicately transfer onto a pre-greased baking sheet
10. Gently tap the top of each meringue to create a flat surface.
11. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool on a wire rack.
12. To serve, place each meringue on a chilled dessert plate.
13. Top each meringue with a scoop of whipped cream, a couple half strawberries, a mint sprig and a chocolate cigarette.
14. Finish each one with a drizzle of strawberry syrup.
15. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and garnish with strawberries.

Linzer Short Cookies - Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, Holland America Line

1 cup of almonds, toasted and grounded
2 cups of flour, sieved
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 sticks of butter, softened
2/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 lemon, fine zest
2 cups of raspberry preserve

1. In the bowl using the paddle, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy approximately 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract, egg yolks and lemon zest. Beat in the ground nuts. Add the flour cinnamon and salt just until incorporated. Divide the dough in half and shape into two rectangles about 1/2 inch thick. Wrap the two rectangles of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.
2. Remove one rectangle of dough from the refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough until its about 1/4 inch thick. Using a 2- to 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out the dough. Place the cookies about 1 inch apart on a lined baking sheet. Use a smaller cookie cutter, 3/4 to 1 inch, to cut out the centers of half of the cookies on the baking sheet. You will be sandwiching two cookies together and there will be a small ‘window or cut out’ on the top cookie so you can see the jam underneath.
3. Reroll any scraps and cut out the cookies. Remove the other half of dough from the refrigerator and roll and cut out the rest of the cookies. Back the cookies at 350 F for 12-14 minutes or until they are very lightly browned. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
4. While the cookies are cooling, place the raspberry preserve in a small saucepan and heat gently until it has thickened slightly and cool down.
5. To assemble cookies: Place the cookies with the cut-outs on a wire rack and lightly dust the tops with the confection sugar.
6. On the surface of the full cookie spread with about a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of jam. Place the cut-out cookie on top and gently sandwich them together. Using a small spoon, fill the cut-out with a little more jam.

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