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‘Christmas Ancheta’: recommendations to prepare and not fail in the attempt

There are several products and for all tastes to make a Christmas ancheta.  Photo Capture: Twitter
There are several products and for all tastes to make a Christmas ancheta. Photo Capture: Twitter

One of the most common details for these dates of color, magic and flavor are the ‘Christmas Anchetas’, a mini-market where you cannot miss one or another guilty taste and some characteristic products of the family basket. These have perhaps become the easiest present to give, without running the risk of failing in detail, since several of its items are for daily use in the kitchen, which makes it an outstanding alternative.

Not all times are the same, nor are the palates the same. That is why today the offer that exists in ‘Anchetas Navideñas’ is very varied, full of usual and unusual products; from the confectioner to the lover of salt products; and of course, exclusive products for vegans.

Infobae Colombia has prepared a list of products that can accompany the ideal ancheta for these December festivities, from the common to the innovative, from the casual to the original, so that each person interested in giving or preparing their ‘Christmas Ancheta ‘ Do it in a special way and being clear who you are going to give it to.

As an alternative way to dazzle and even save, the ‘Christmas Baskets’ are details that can easily be prepared from the heart of the home, reflecting in each product to give away a symbolism of connection with that person.

To start building an ideal bag, you cannot miss those iconic products of this season, those that stand out above any other and that are to the taste of typical Colombian families:

Custard: One of the most frequent discussions among lovers of this typical Christmas dish is: with or without raisins? The usual box of custard is one of the products that cannot be missing in this symbolic basket, a delicious dish that accompanies the magic of Christmas and novena nights.

Fritters: This delicious fried food, whose preparation has passed from generation to generation; With many alternatives in its preparation and various flavors in its filling, such as: arequipe, blackberry, sandwich, cheese and chocolate, it is one of the staples of Christmas cooking.

cherries: The only and delicious color that delights cherries, is one of the representative fruits of Christmas dinners, perfect to accompany fruit bread, sweets and custard dishes.

Peaches: Peaches in syrup is perhaps one of the most common products to see in the ‘Anchetas Navideñas’, being one of the most popular and sweetest foods in these festivities.

Jam: In a jar or in its most frequent presentation (cushion), this spectacular accompaniment to cookies, toast, bread, custard, among others, is one of the delicacies that cannot be missing in this special detail. What is your favorite flavor?

arequipe: This cloying but delicious caramel is a product that is not denied to anyone. Along the same lines as the jam, this popular sweet cannot be missing from the ‘Christmas Ancheta’.

Fruit Bread or Wine Cake: One of the most common discussions at the time of giving an ancheta is to coordinate which pastry entree is the most appropriate for that person. However, both the wine cake and the fruit bread are products that spectacularly accompany the Christmas dinner for Colombian families.

Cookies: Represented by the iconic characteristic character of Christmas Santa Claus (Santa Claus, Viejito Pascuero or San Nicolás), cookies are something that cannot be missing from the ‘Christmas Ancheta’, nor any of the decembrine festivities. Baked, sweetened, powdered, accompanied by jam or chocolate; This product is ideal to accompany with a delicious drink.

Liqueur: In Colombia, the festivities and celebrations are accompanied by alcoholic beverages, these being a detail of fine coquetry for meetings and encounters. For Christmas and as a fundamental part of the ancheta what is recommended could be: the typical bottle of wine, a pina colada, rum, sabajón, vodka, whiskey, brandy or brandy.

This delicious fried, the preparation of which has been passed down from generation to generation.  Photo file
This delicious fried, the preparation of which has been passed down from generation to generation. Photo file

Among the alternatives to accompany the ‘Christmas Ancheta’, those products from the family basket stand out, which can be a perfect complement to close the year with a good market:

  • Grains: Beans, pyre corn, peas, peto corn, lentils, rice and chickpeas.
  • Pasta: Spaghetti, screws, angel hair, noodles, macaroni, shells, among others.
  • Sauces: tomato, mayonnaise, pink, BBQ, bolognese and mustard.
  • Sweets: chocolates, candies, lollipops, chewing gum, marshmallows, gums and milk.
  • Sugar and salt.
  • Brown rice toast with quinoa
  • sliced ​​sago bread
  • Chickpea chips with sea salt
  • Mini walnut and cinnamon cookies
  • peanut butter
  • Vegan chocolate quinoa flavor
  • plain guacamole
  • Coconut milk
  • pecan brownie
  • Fruits: Apples, oranges, coconut, grapefruit, mangoes, strawberries, grapes, pineapple, avocado, lemon, granadilla, watermelon, blackberry, bananas, guava, soursop, papaya, cherries, among others.
  • Vegetables and vegetables: chard, garlic, artichoke, caper, celery, sweet potato, eggplant, watercress, onions, tomatoes, mushroom, lettuce, cucumber, potato, cabbage, carrot, spinach, among others.
The administration of Bogotá and the Cundinamarca Governorate seek to promote a healthy Christmas dinner.  Photo via: bogota.gov.co
The administration of Bogotá and the Cundinamarca Governorate seek to promote a healthy Christmas dinner. Photo via: bogota.gov.co

Finally, the decoration is something important when delivering the ‘Christmas Gift Bag’, which is why it is recommended that it be decorated with cellophane paper (preferred color) and a red, green or white bow, characteristic of the Christmas.

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