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Rosemary Parmesan Bread Machine Buns

Bread is always best baked at home especially when special flavours are used.  Rosemary Parmesan Bread Machine Buns are great by themselves or excellent alongside a salad.  Serve warm with melted butter.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/3 cups milk

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugarPARMESAN ROSEMARY BREAD MACHINE BUNS

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp ground garlic

3 1/4 cups flour

1 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast.

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1/4 cup chopped rosemary

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients except Parmesan and rosemary to the bread machine pan.  Work on dough cycle.  At indicator add Parmesan and rosemary.

Remove dough from pan and let rise for 15 minutes.

Cut dough into 12 pieces and form into long logs.  Twist logs to make knots.

Let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.

Bathe the tops of the buns with a mixture of butter and garlic.  Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 20 minutes.

Lemon Cranberry Muffins

There’s no reason to go to the local coffee shop for a muffin when you have this recipe.  This muffins have the classic paring of lemon and cranberries together.  They’re tangy yet sweet and are sure to tempt your taste buds.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flourLemon Cranberry Muffins

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup melted butter

1/2 cup sugar

2 beaten eggs Continue reading Lemon Cranberry Muffins

Pumpkin Cinnamon Muffins

Pumpkin Cinnamon muffins are fresh and fragrant.  When baking they fill the room with the scents of the holidays.  For  a special treat walnuts can be added to the batter.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups pumpkinpumpkin cinnamon muffins

2 cups sugar

1 cup oil

4 eggs beaten

1 cup wheat bran

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

2tsp baking powder

3 tsp cinnamon Continue reading Pumpkin Cinnamon Muffins

Christmas Chip Cookies

Christmas chip cookies use rainbow Christmas chips for a unique flavour.  They’re a little sweeter than your average chocolate chip cookie and the dough is soft and tender.  They’re great with hot cocoa or cider.

INGREDIENTSChristmas Chip Cookies

3 cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup veggie shortening

1/2 cup salted butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups rainbow Christmas chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Continue reading Christmas Chip Cookies

Freezer Shortbread

Freezer shortbread are easy to make and delicious.  They crisp texture goes well with tea and coffee.

I make several batches of this freezer shortbreads at Christmas and they are always the first to disappear.

IngredientsFreezer Shortbread

1 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1/3 cup icing sugar Continue reading Freezer Shortbread

Luscious Lemon Bread

Luscious lemon bread has a subtle lemon flavor which comes from the lemon zest.  The glaze amps up the flavor. 

Enjoy this recipe with tea or as a light dessert.

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup butter

luscious lemon bread1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

2 beaten eggs

1 lemon rind grated

1 cup sugar

1  1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

Continue reading Luscious Lemon Bread

Sugar Cookies

I always make sugar cookies for Christmas.  I have fond memories of rolling dough and cutting intricate shapes. I use this recipe for Easter and Halloween cookies as well simply changing the shapes of the cookies.  They can be decorated intricately if desired but I take the more rustic approach.  I top with coloured sugar, mints, sprinkles or royal icing.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

Decorated Sugar Cookies1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar Continue reading Sugar Cookies

Crystallized Ginger Cookies

This cookie has a bold flavor. The crystallized ginger  spices up the flavor of the molasses and brown sugar. 

If you don’t like crystallized ginger it can be left out easily.  The ginger cookie itself has a good flavor.

Ingredients

3 1/4 cups flour

Crystallized Ginger Cookies1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger

1/2 cup melted butter

3/4 cup packed brown sugar Continue reading Crystallized Ginger Cookies

Royal Icing for Christmas Cookies

This simple royal icing recipe is perfect for icing sugar cookies, ginger cookies or gingerbread houses.  Colour with your favourite shades of red and green for a festive alternative.

INGREDIENTS

4 cups icing sugarRoyal Icing

2 tbsp meringue powder

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 cup water Continue reading Royal Icing for Christmas Cookies

Caramel Corn

This time of year I think about my grandmother.  She passed away many years ago but I have many fond memories of visiting her house every weekend.  On special occasions she would pull out her tattered recipe book and make some special treats.  Caramel corn was one of those recipes and I carry on the tradition of making it at Halloween and Christmas.  Sweet and crunchy this recipe is sure to please trick or treaters.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup popcornCaranel Corn

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup golden corn syrup

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pop 1 cup of popcorn.  Remove unpopped kernels and put it in a buttered roast pan.

Melt 1 cup of butter in a saucepan.  Stir in 2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup golden corn syrup and 1 tsp salt.

Bring mixture to a full boil stirring constantly.  Let mixture boil for 5 minutes and remove from heat.  Do Not Stir.

Stir in 1/2 tsp soda and 1 tsp vanilla. Pour over popcorn and mix together well.

Bake for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.  Spread out onto parchment paper to cool.

Peanuts can be added to this recipe.

For another sweet treat try Chili Cereal Brittle