Category Archives: Christmas Food Ideas

Spicy nuts, a Christmas gift or appetizer

THE COFFEE CAKE OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON . . . CRANBERRY ORANGE WITH STREUSEL CRUMB TOPPING

This is not your quiet, little every day coffee cake.  This is a coffee cake with attitude.  The cake is rich with sour cream and enhanced with the brilliant, tart flavour of cranberries.  There is the important streusel crumb topping.  … Continue reading

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RHUBARB CRUMB CAKE WITH SUMAC CRUMB . . . THE PERFECT SNACKING CAKE

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I walk to the garden past hedges heavy with fragrant with wild roses and awash with cow parsley. Blackbirds, wrens, robins and song thrushes fill the air with glorious song. The early morning sun catches glittering drops of dew suspended … Continue reading

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THE UBIQUITOUS ITALIAN TART . . . SPICED BLUE BERRY CROSTATA

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If I could make only one type of pie a crostata would be my choice. It is spectacular in presentation with a sublime choice of fillings. Its professional appearance belies the simplicity of its construction. A dessert to swoon over … Continue reading

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WALNUT BUTTER CAKE WITH MAPLE BUTTER FROSTING

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This gloriously simple cake can be made with the usual pantry items,  a good sized bowl and a whisk – if that is your desire.    Or you can whip it up with  hand held electric beaters or a stand mixer.  … Continue reading

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SPICED PUMPKIN AND WALNUT TART . . .AROMATIC SPICES AND A SWEET WALNUT PASTRY

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Spiced pumpkin and walnut tart. The perfect Thanksgiving dinner always ends with pumpkin pie. The delicious aroma of aromatic spices fill your kitchen as you take this delicate creamy textured tart out of the oven. Pumpkin is one of those … Continue reading

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THE COMPATIBILITY OF CAKES . . IN THIS EASILY MADE CHOCOLATE YOGURT CAKE

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This is a cake recipe that is compatibility with the baker. I have two sisters. My older sister is 91 years old. She is a fabulous baker but she find the time it requires very tiring. My younger sister’s health … Continue reading

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JELLY ROLL TO THE RESCUE

If there ever was a time we needed comfort food it is today.     Something sweet to sooth the soul and have you smiling with delight.  A jelly roll to the rescue.    What a delightful idea.  Bake a cake.   … Continue reading

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RHUBARB UPSIDE-DOWN BROWN SUGAR CAKE

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RHUBARB UPSIDE-DOWN BROWN SUGAR CAKE This unprepossessing plant.  This long awaited harbinger of spring type of plant.  This new darling of avant-garde young chefs.  This wonderful rhubarb is the upside-down topping on the most delicious of brown sugar cakes. It … Continue reading

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WARM SOFT-CENTERED CHOCOLATE CAKES

This is the epitome of decadent desserts.  Deeply dark, warm chocolate cake served right out of the oven.  Warm chocolate cake has an edgy  reputation for being a difficult production.  Many  recipes have you making the cake,  baking the cake, … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE … make it, bake it, and enjoy it the same day!

Last December I baked  this rich fruit cake  in a loaf tin.    This year I adjusted the recipe slightly and baked it as a traditional Christmas cake.   You have lee way as to the size of cake tin you use … Continue reading

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