Browsing Category Holiday Desserts

Colcannon

          “Cabbage, potatoes, leeks, and kale together make colcannon, that delicious traditional Irish dish people love around St. Patrick’s Day, or any day!  It goes really well with lamb chops or anything lamb, and corned beef.  I think the leeks make it so-o good!  There are many variations for colcannon.   You can also make it a complete one-dish meal with chunks…

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Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad, that simple mixture of apples, raisins, walnuts, and celery, with a  slightly sweet, sour cream dressing has been a favorite for generations!  It originated at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York in 1893.   Waldorf Salad shouldn’t be swimming in a lot of dressing, and this recipe doesn’t do that.  I like the using different color apples and dark raisins for contrast.  It is…

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Rum Raisin Apple Pie

Servings: 8 “If you are one of those die-hard rum raisin fans you have to try this adults only, kicked-up-a-notch, gourmet apple pie that is not hard to make at all. I adapted this recipe from Epicurious so you know it has to be great! For an even stronger rum taste you can keep the cooked rum raisin mixture at room temperature in a covered…

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Pumpkin Cheesecake~8-inch

This is AWESOME ! A delicious pumpkin cheesecake with the sour cream topping got rave reviews all around the table!  Its pumpkin flavor is just perfect, not overwhelming, and the texture is light and creamy. I found this excellent recipe from Joy of Baking’s Stephanie Jaworski, a favorite pastry Chef of mine. The only thing I changed was the crust. I have tried several other…

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Old-Fashioned Penuche

“This buttery rich, creamy, caramel-y praline soft fudge recipe is so delicious! Bill’s mother made this old-fashioned penuche recipe which she got from HER mother.  I date this back to the 1950’s or maybe the 1940’s.  It was a hit back then and is still amazing now!     There are so many variations of Penuche Fudge!  It is very popular in the southern United States…

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Struffoli

          STRUFFOLI, also known as HONEY BALLS, has to appear in our house sometime during the Christmas holiday, or someone will complain! These little fried nuggets of dough, sweetened with honey are in many bakeries in December. But we don’t like the bakery kind! LOL Our family’s homemade version has a sweetened dough, the honey mixture is softer, and the little nugget balls are made smaller compared to…

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Pumpkin Raisin Date Nut Bundt Cake

“If you love pumpkin loaf bread, this is pretty much the same except it is larger and baked in a bundt or tube pan. It is so moist and really, really good!     Enjoy!” Servings: 16 INGREDIENTS: 2 1/4 cups sugar 1 cup canola oil 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 can (15 ounces)solid-packed pure pumpkin 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda…

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Raisin Sauce

“A sweet and tangy blend of raisins, pineapple, lemon juice and maraschino cherries.  It wouldn’t be a complete ham dinner in our family without the appearance of this raisin sauce! It is delicious!   This makes a lot, so divide it in half, or quarters if  you need a smaller amount.  It is my favorite raisin sauce recipe.   Enjoy!” Servings: 18 2 cups brown sugar…

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Strawberry Blueberry Hand Pies

HAND PIES, TURNOVERS, PIES-TO-GO, whatever you want to call these, they are delicious! A pie in your hand to eat neatly! They are even easier to make when you use refrigerated pie crust rolls. You need to get some hand pie molds. You can easily find many shapes to buy in Amazon. Substitute any other fruit or use canned pie filling you wish. I have…

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Chocolate Macaroons

These fudgy delicious macaroons get rave reviews from so many people when I make them!   They actually have no flour in them!   Be careful with the bake time, there is a wide variance in the time.   Macaroons are a delicate cookie and they don’t harden much while in the oven but they  harden more after they come out of the oven.  Every…

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Hamantaschen

“Nothing but the homemade version of Hamantaschen will do! You will not want to eat store bought ones again. These are the traditional Jewish cookies for Purim. Some say they represent the little triangular-shaped hats the defeated King Haman wore. The story is in the book of Esther, where the Jewish Queen saved her people from slaughter. There are two kinds of flour used in…

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Opera Fudge

  If you like white chocolate, try Opera Fudge! Typically Opera Fudge has just candied red cherries in it.  I added walnuts which you can leave out if you prefer. Yes, I serve Opera Fudge on an Opera Plate! That plate is a scene from Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”.   This fudge is worthy of its name. It is exquisite! Like opera is! Enjoy!”

Italian Easter Egg Bread

An Italian Easter tradition is this very festive and impressive Easter Bread with colored eggs on top! It is definitely worth the effort and comes out perfectly every time. I don’t color the entire hard-boiled eggs on top of the bread because I don’t like the coloring to get onto the bread.  Just rubbing the egg with food coloring after the bread has cooled works…

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