Christmas Fruitcake

Christmas Fruitcake Recipe By:Karen Uffelman “It’s a shame that fruitcake as a species gets such a bad rap. With its two key ingredients–rum and butter–it ought to be a hit. This recipe includes dried fruit, instead of the glowing, candied stuff we’ve all learned to associate with fruitcake, and is less dense and more cake-like than many fruitcake recipes. It has become a favorite of my friends and family around the holidays (even the skeptical ones), and is delicious by itself, or covered with a layer of almond paste.” Ingredients 1/8 cup chopped dried cherries 1/8 cup chopped dried mango … Continue reading Christmas Fruitcake

English Walnut Date Cake

English Walnut Date Cake Recipe By:HoneeBee “This has been a favorite of my husband’s since I can long remember. His mother always manages to bake him one every year (she’s 75) for Christmas…though she claims it’s always his last.” Ingredients 2 pounds dates, pitted and chopped 2 pounds English walnuts, coarsely chopped 1 cup white sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 4 egg yolks 4 egg whites Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan. In a large bowl, combine dates, walnuts, sugar, baking powder and … Continue reading English Walnut Date Cake

Gluten-Free Fruitcake

Gluten-Free Fruitcake Recipe By:Buckwheat Queen “A dense cake filled with dried nuts and fruits and spiked with spiced rum that just happens to be gluten free. It will change your mind on fruitcakes. No re-gifting here!” Ingredients 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup golden raisins 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup dried cherries 5 1/2 fluid ounces spiced rum 1 orange, zested and juiced 1/2 cup brown rice flour 1/2 cup almond meal 1/3 cup potato starch 1/4 cup tapioca starch 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger … Continue reading Gluten-Free Fruitcake

Irish Barmbrack

Irish Barmbrack Recipe By:Brooke Elizabeth “Barmbrack is a traditional Irish cake eaten on holidays. After pouring into the prepared pan, it is tradition to add objects to the barmbrack which symbolize certain things for the person who receives each in their slice. Thoroughly clean objects before adding them to the barmbrack. These objects can be pressed into the bottom of the loaf after baking instead: coin-wealth or good fortune; ring-will marry within the year; bean-poverty; pea-will not marry within the year; matchstick-unhappy marriage; thimble-single for life.” Ingredients 2 1/2 cups chopped dried mixed fruit 1 1/2 cups hot brewed tea … Continue reading Irish Barmbrack

Christmas Plum Pudding

Christmas Plum Pudding Recipe By:HEATHER.WRAY “This is a fairly basic British Christmas plum pudding recipe but unlike other recipes it can actually have plums in it. Unfortunately the ingredient list is so long it isn’t easy to make it in less than industrial quantities! You can substitute a mixture of fresh and dried apricots, peaches, etc. for the plums and milk for the ale if you wish. Serve with brandy or rum butter.” Ingredients 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs 4 ounces shredded suet 3 eggs, beaten 1 small carrot, grated 1 apple – peeled, … Continue reading Christmas Plum Pudding

Sweet and Simple Lemon Tart

Sweet and Simple Lemon Tart “‘A taste you’ll never forget.’” Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan. Combine butter with 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar in a bowl until smooth; stir in 1 cup flour. Press dough into prepared baking pan; pierce crust with fork in several … Continue reading Sweet and Simple Lemon Tart

Tart Lemon Triangles

Tart Lemon Triangles Recipe By:Melissa “This is a lovely conclusion to an elegant spring dinner! I garnish them with whipped cream, a strawberry fan and a sprig of mint.” Ingredients 3/8 cup butter 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 3 eggs 1 cup white sugar 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 1/4 cup lemon juice 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar for dusting Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Process butter, 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and 1 cup flour in food processor 10 seconds, or blend with pastry blender. Pat dough evenly into … Continue reading Tart Lemon Triangles

Grandma’s Lemon Meringue Pie

Grandma’s Lemon Meringue Pie “This is a very fun recipe to follow, because Grandma makes it sweet and simple. This pie is thickened with cornstarch and flour in addition to egg yolks, and contains no milk.” Ingredients 1 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups water 2 lemons, juiced and zested 2 tablespoons butter 4 egg yolks, beaten 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked 4 egg whites 6 tablespoons white sugar Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). To Make Lemon Filling: In a medium saucepan, whisk together … Continue reading Grandma’s Lemon Meringue Pie

Figgy Pudding

Figgy Pudding Recipe By:meghanmacrae “Dense, moist cake reminiscent of the Victorian dessert, this figgy pudding was the perfect finale to a chestnut-stuffed, Christmas goose dinner. Serve warm with whipped cream flavored with liqueur.” Ingredients 1 3/4 cups buttermilk 12 ounces dried Calimyrna figs, coarsely chopped 1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour (such as King Arthur(R)) 1 cup white sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups dry bread crumbs 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 (2.45 ounce) package sliced almonds 3 tablespoons orange marmalade 1 tablespoon grated … Continue reading Figgy Pudding

Best Carrot Cake Ever

Best Carrot Cake Ever Recipe By:Nan “A moist and flavorful recipe that makes a large quantity of cake. I have been hounded to make this cake time and time again.” Ingredients 6 cups grated carrots 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup raisins 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions In a medium bowl, combine grated carrots and brown sugar. Set aside for 60 minutes, then stir … Continue reading Best Carrot Cake Ever