Holiday baking with christina tosi

When you are looking for a holiday baking advice, who better to ask for holiday baking advice than the accomplished and busy pastry chef/founder/owner of Momofuku Milk Bar Christina Tosi?

Tosi, who won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef earlier this year, is known for her whimsically-styled playful desserts and sometimes unusual list of ingredients, which have included corn flakes, coffee grounds, and potato chips, to name a few.

This year, Tosi has been busy judging MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, launching a Milk Bar pop-up in Madison Square Park, expanding her Milk Bar empire to D.C., and releasing her second cookbook Milk Bar Life.

We took a minute to catch up with Tosi to find out what her all-time favorite holiday recipes are, some much needed baking hacks for working under a time crunch, and how to create her signature “naked cake” look with her latest creation, Tosi’s Baileys cake(perfect for wowing at holiday parties if you can keep from immediately slicing into it).

Christina Tosi: It’s not a holiday without cookies! My favorites this time of year are all hilariously enough in my second cookbook Milk Bar Life— a batch of cut-out cookies, frosted and decorated; the Greta, my mom’s recipe for sugar cookie bars shared with the world; or my grandma’s oatmeal cookies.

If I’m with my little nieces, any kind of cereal bound with marshmallow, colored green, shaped like a doughnut, and adorned festively with red hots, makes the most yummy Wreath Krispie Treats!

For as much and as hard as I like to work, I set myself up by doing as much as possible in advance. Homemade chicken fingers fried There are a lot of cookies that you can make the dough or scoop the dough ahead of time, which makes it really easy to get the job done.

One of my favorite cookie tricks came from my grandma.

Homemade chicken strips batter In storing your cookies, put a slice of bread into the container with your cookies. Homemade chicken strips fried That’s the best way to keep your cookies nice and moist. Homemade chicken plucker fingers It will breathe new life into your cookies for three or four days.

Make a huge batch of cinnamon buns and portion them individually unbaked. Zaxby’s chicken fingers calories Send your guests home with them and instructions to bake and frost the next morning. Fried chicken fingers calories It’s a baller parting gift that keeps giving.

For a more cocktail-esque party, I love to triple the recipe for Rosemary Nuts, from Milk Bar Life and pack them into little mason jars with a ribbon and nametag for each guest! I put a few bowls of the leftovers out so folks can snack while they drink and get excited about what they take home!

A fun holiday treat that I can’t get enough of are candy canes! I eat them straight, fold them into nearly any recipe, and love mixing them into hot chocolate with a splash of Baileys Irish Cream as an after dinner treat. Chicken fingers nutrition facts This is always a cozy crowd pleaser!

If you want to really pump up the volume as a host, make little recipe cards for the hot chocolate and send folks home with their own little bottles of Baileys to recreate on another fun winter’s night!

Knowing that you’re not going to hide the fillings and fun of a cake behind a sheath of fondant or frosting means you can really play with color and texture within the flavor profile of a cake! Anything spreadable or textural can be a cake filling. Applebees chicken tenders calories Just be sure you have a good structure to build your cake in: We use a 6” or 10” cake ring and a strip of acetate to allow us to build the cake up and then unwrap it once it’s been layered and set in the freezer overnight!

When we assemble our layer cakes at Milk Bar, we use a bent spoon to spread frosting and fillings between each layer, with a close attention to texture, temperature, and timing!

Passion fruit, chocolate, and Baileys Irish Cream is one of my favorite flavor trios. Batter for chicken fingers Though the combo sounds a little out there, it’s a mind blowingly perfect fit! (Trust me, I know a thing or two…)

It’s chocolate chip cake, soaked with Baileys, then layered with passion fruit curd, chocolate crumbs, and a coffee spiked Baileys Irish Cream Frosting. Crispy baked chicken fingers It’s a fun, bright, festive new tradition to fold into this holiday season!