Baking for the Christmas Season

One of the best parts of the Holidays is easily the food.  In the spirit of all the great food surrounding the holidays we’ve asked some of our agents to provide some of their holiday favorites.  Here are some less common but equally delicious things to bake that are perfect for the holidays!

Eva Marie’s Peppered Cranberry Breakfast Buns With Orange, Honey & Vanilla Syrup

What better way to get cozy with your loved ones than to bake some delicious breakfast buns and sit around the fire. They’re perfect to wake up to on Christmas morning

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Photo Courtesy of EpicureanEva.com

 

Ingredients: Milk, Active Dry Yeast, Granulated Sugar, Unsalted Butter, Egg, Flour, Salt, Cranberry Sauce, Cinnamon, Pepper, Orange Juice, Honey and Vanilla

For full recipe click HERE

For more recipes by Eva check out her blog at epicureaneva.com.  I especially love her recipe for Norwegian Apple Cake!

Sybil Zikmund’s Almond Pound Cake

Sybil has had many years experience baking and catering and she shared a great pound cake recipe with me.  This is a great recipe for breakfast or anytime during your holiday festivities.

Photo Courtesy of SouthernLiving.com

Photo Courtesy of SouthernLiving.com

 

Ingredients:
Cake: thinly sliced almonds, ½ cup of butter, ½ cup of Crisco, 2 cups of sugar, 6 eggs, 2 cups of flour, 2 tsp of almond extract
Glaze: 1 cup sugar, ¼ cup of water, 2 tbsp almond extract

Procedure: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease a bundt pan. Press almonds onto sides and bottom and set aside.  Using mixer, cream together butter, Crisco, and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, continuing to beat. Gradually add flour and almond extract. Beat at high speed until batter is fluffy.  Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour. For the glaze, boil sugar and water for 1 minute then remove from heat and add almond extract.  Pour over warm cake. Leave cake in pan for about ½ hour.

Jeannie Belomy’s Asparagus appetizer

This delicious dish combines the best sweet and savory!  It also has the added bonus of being one of the most simple dishes to make!

Ingredients: Asparagus spears, preschuitto, equal parts butter and brown sugar, and a tablespoon of minced garlic.

Procedure: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Trim the end of the asparagus spears, cut preschuitto into strips and wrap them around the asparagus spears.  Mix the equal parts melted butter and brown and the minced garlic. Lay spears with on a baking sheet and cover with the butter sugar mixture.  Bake in the over for about 30 minutes.

Ty Hart’s Homemade Snickers

Keep the candy for Halloween and make this delicious homemade treat for Christmas! Homemade snickers are perfect to satisfy your candy craving while baking.

Photo Courtesy of therecipecritic.com

Photo Courtesy of therecipecritic.com

 

Ingredients: Milk Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter, Unsalted Butter, Granulated Sugar, Evaporated Milk, Marshmallow Fluff, Salted Peanuts, Vanilla Extract, Caramels, and Heavy Whipping Cream.

For full Recipe click HERE

Julie Bergoff’s Oat Meal Jam Bars

If you’re looking for something quick, simple, and delicious these oat meal jam bars are exactly what you’re looking for.

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Ingredients: 1 Cup Butter, 2 Cups Powdered Sugar, 2tsp cup Margarine, 1 Cup Raspberry Jam, and 1 tablespoon Water.

Procedure: Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9″×13″ inch pan. In a large bowl, mix together oats, cake mix, and melted margarine so that it makes nice clumps and there is no dry mix left. Press 1/2 of the oats mixture evenly into the bottom the prepared pan. In a separate bowl, mix jam with water, and spread over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture evenly over the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 23 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars.

For Full Recipe click HERE

For more baking fun Julie also recommends: Mexican Wedding Cake, Magic Cookie Bars, Peanut Butter Blossoms with Hershey Kisses, Peanut Butter Balls Rolled in Chocolate, Forgotten Cookies, and Shortbread Christmas Cookies

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