Category Archives: christmas baking

Yule Log

This show piece for your Christmas table takes some time to make but the recipe isn’t hard.  Use your imagination to decorate the tree stump.  You can be traditional and make it look like a tree or you can be more abstract as in my example.  Either way the chocolate icing against the light and airy cake is delicious.

Ingredients

5 eggs( separated)

1 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup cocoa

dash of salt

1 package ricotta cheese

2 cups cranberries

1 cup water

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Easy Trifle

There are several desserts my English grandmother prepared for her family on celebrations for her family. Easy trifle is one of them. This recipe is quickly thrown together and makes a festive addition to the holiday table.

INGREDIENTS

1 boxed vanilla cake mix

custard powder

2 raspberry or cherry jelly powders

raspberry jam

whipped cream

raspberries or walnuts

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Pumpkin Pie

This pumpkin pie recipe is my mother’s and  I can’t count the number of times we’ve baked this pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The custard has the perfect balance of cinnamon and ginger and is fantastic served with vanilla whipped cream or ice cream.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup pumpkin

pumpkin pie slice

3/4 cup white sugar

1 cup milk

2 eggs beaten

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

pinch of salt

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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 recipe at Christmas and they are always the first to disappear. 

Enjoy with hot cocoa or your favourite latte.

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups flour

Freezer Shortbread

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1/3 cup icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS
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Chocolate Macaroons

Chocolate Macaroons are sweet and crunchy.  They’re great for a party platter or for a snack to beat chocolate cravings. Try on a tray with Coconut Tarts or with Carob Chip Squares.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups rolled oats

Chocolate Macaroons

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1 cup coconut

6 tbsp cocoa

1/2 cup butter

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup milk

 

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Christmas Fudge

Christmas Fudge is rich and creamy and a delectable treat. It’s easy to make and the spicy flavour can be adjusted to your taste buds. For a different seasonal flair try pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups chocolate chips

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 tin sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup butter

2 tsp vanilla

3 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

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Christmas Candy Cookies

Christmas candy cookies are simple to make and delicious. You can use most forms of Christmas candy in the batter or for a change use glazed fruits, dried cranberries or maraschino cherries. Enjoy with a hot cup of cocoa or mulled cider.

INGREDIENTS
candy cookies

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup soft butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

3 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups Christmas candy

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Coconut Macaroons

This is the first in a series of two recipes for coconut macaroons. The cookie is sweet with a tropical flair. It is filled with tasty coconut and the goodness of vanilla. For a special treat drizzle the finished cookie with chocolate or butterscotch.

Enjoy.

INGREDIENTS
coconut macaroons

2/3 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3 cups sweetened coconut

1 egg

2 egg whites

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

food colouring (optional)

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Almond Toffee

Almond toffee is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. It’s easy to make, has a satisfying crunch, and is perfect as a homemade gift to those you love. Try substituting the nuts with cashews or pumpkin seeds for a different flavour.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup butter

Almond toffee

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 tbsp corn syrup

3 tbsp of water

1 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp baking soda

almonds

sea salt

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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 carollers or 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

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