Christmas Traditions and Gluten Free Desserts From Around The World

Everyday until Christmas, I will post a Christmas tradition from around the world and recipe for a gluten free dessert.In France, the Christmas tree is put up and decorated on the morning of December 24th, and the day ends with an elaborate dinner.  In Damascus, the same is done, most likely reflecting the fact that France had colonized Syria earlier in the 20thCentury.  Ornament on the tree are usually bags of candy rather than simply decorations.  When a child visits a home, he or she is asked to take one of the tree ornaments with them.  As well, there, the tree is not taken down until January 15th.Coffee Raspberry Browniesmakes 24 brownies1/2     cup unsalted butter, room temperature4         ounces bitter chocolate, coarsely chopped2         large eggs1         cup sugar1/4    cup orange marmalade1/4     cup raspberry preserves1         cup hazelnut flour1/2    teaspoon baking powder1/4   teaspoon salt1        cup chocolate covered espresso beans, coarsely ground-Grease and lightly flour a 9-inch square baking pan.-In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter, add the chocolate and melt over low heat.  Whisk until a smooth paste.  Remove from heat.-Whisk the eggs and sugar.  Add the marmalade and the raspberry jam.  Whisk well.  Add the melted chocolate.-Mix the flour with the baking powder, salt and chocolate espresso beans.  Add flour mixture into he chocolate batter and beat well.-Spread the batter evenly in a pan and bake in the middle of a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, or until a tester comes out with crumbs.-Cool brownies completely in the pan on a rack before cutting into 24 squares.