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Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: Stephanie
Date: December 18, 2005 11:45AM
I'm baking a few things to hand out at the office. This year, the main baked good will be lemon bread. I asked my mom for her recipe, but she said she'd have to find it - knowing her, this is no easy task!

I found a recipe online & I confirmed (with my mom) that it is the right recipe.

If you're looking for something simple & tasty, look no further: [www.cdkitchen.com]


My mom usually lines the loaf pans with tin foil. This makes it easier when giving this as a gift.


This is more like pound cake as opposed to bread.
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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: December 18, 2005 12:41PM
I have a great one for office parties.

NEEDED:

Two Flavors of Jello (green/Lime and lemon/Yellow are best
1 jar of minced garlic


Prepare jello as demanded on box

Pour into mold HALF of the total - in this case, 1/2 green
-allow to gel

Pour minced garlic into mold on top of hardened jello, and add remaining green. Allow to gel in fridge.

Finally, pour remaining unchilled yellow on top of green for the "parfait" look


Create this masterpiece in a mold of some sort - and serve on disposable dishware.


That's it! Sit back and watch the fun, and never take credit for it! Bring a box of store bought junk and say that's all you had time for.

BE SURE TO BRING A CAMERA! The photos of that first bite will become classics.



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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: vicrock
Date: December 18, 2005 12:52PM
Pumpkin Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees - makes 1 large or two small loaves

1 stick butter
1 c sugar

cream together
beat in 2 eggs

add 1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup canned pumpkin

stir in
3/4 c nuts (I use either pecans or walnuts)
3/4 c chocolate chips

pour into greased pan - bake 65-75 minutes

I make LOTS of these for holiday gifts for people we do buisness with and neighbors - I've made 15 so far and will make 10 more today! I triple the recipe (the Kitchenaide mixer handes this amount) which makes 5 medium foil pans.
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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: Stephanie
Date: December 18, 2005 02:46PM
I'll pass, jimmypoo!


vicrock, that sounds like a good recipe. Maybe I'll make some mini loaves of both lemon & pumpkin bread!
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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: bangman
Date: December 18, 2005 05:13PM
Check out recipes for madeleines. I'd give you my French girlfriend's recipe but she'd never speak to me again.

BTW requires a madeleine pan which you can get at places like specialty cooking stores.



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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: December 18, 2005 05:34PM
Nuthin' beats Poo's jello....

('cept maybe "poo pudding")
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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: Stephanie
Date: December 18, 2005 05:36PM
bangman, I'll keep that in mind for next season. I can tell I'm going to be all baked out pretty soon!



jimmypoo, jello & pudding...remind me never to invite you to a party ;)
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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: rgG
Date: December 18, 2005 05:40PM
I'm not eating anything called poo-pudding, ever. That just sounds nasty, and not in a good nasty way. If you know what I mean.







Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: December 18, 2005 05:50PM
There is ABSOLUTELY nothing good about 'poo puddin' . . . NO WAY... NO HOW...

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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: December 18, 2005 06:33PM
Gene's favorite Sugar Cookie recipe (the result of years of experimenting with hundreds of recipes)

Preheat oven to 350ºF. (see notes below for my tips on the preparation - proportions in parenthesis are 4x the regular recipe)

* 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter*, room temperature (1 lb)
* 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour (9 cups)
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil (Mazola Right Blend) (2 cups)
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (2tsp)
* 1 egg (4 eggs)
* 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar (2tsp)
* 1 teaspoon (Cook's Cookie Vanilla) extract (4tsp)
* 1/2 teaspoon salt (2tsp)
* 1/2 cup sugar (2 cups) *
Additional sugar for pressing cookies
* 1/2 cup powdered sugar (2 cups)
* Optional (I consider necessary!) - 1 cup pecan pieces or experiment with other additions

This recipe makes about 3 dozen (Quantities in parentheses will give you around 12 dozen cookies which you will need if you are giving them as gifts and of course you must taste test each batch as they come out of the oven! )

1. Using electric mixer beat butter, oil, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in large bowl until well blended, then mix in egg and vanilla. (I mix by hand when I make the smaller recipe - it's really easy when the butter is completely softened)
2. Sift flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar and mix in.
3. Mix in pecan pieces
4. Cover mixture and chill until firm, about 30 minutes or up to 1 day. (The dough keeps well if sealed and refrigerated and it can be frozen as well.)
5. Butter 2 large baking sheets or use parchment paper for easy cleanup and no need to butter the sheets - I just started using silicone baking sheets)
6. Roll 1 tablespoon dough into ball.** Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing balls evenly on sheets.
7. Dip flat-bottomed glass into water to moisten, then dip into sugar and press dough to 1/4-inch thick round. Repeat with remaining dough balls, dipping bottom of glass into sugar before pressing each cookie.***
8. Bake cookies until light brown, about 12 -15 minutes. (12 1/2 - 13 minutes in my oven)
Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.

Gene's notes:
* Make sure you use sweet butter.
** I use a small (3 tsp) size ice cream scoop to drop the dough.
*** My last tip is that I use an old bud vase that has a starburst pattern on the bottom to flatten the cookie dough.
It's much more interesting if you can find something with a suitable pattern to use. You will also find that in the
step where you flatten the cookies the sugar may cake on the glass. This is always the case with me, but I feel it is very important to the final texture and taste to get a good coating of sugar on each cookie. I often sprinkle a little extra sugar
after pressing to ensure the texture.

I hope you enjoy these cookies. If you make them please let me know your results -
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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: December 18, 2005 06:38PM
Poo's recipe for 2005 Sugar Cookies

1. Go to local grocery store dairy case
2. Pick out long roll of Pillsbury Sugar Cookies
3. Go to store bakery
4. See already cooked Sugar Cookies
5. Toss Pillsbury thing in fridge with donuts
6. Proceed to checkout

Time to make - ZERO.
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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: Stephanie
Date: December 18, 2005 07:34PM
ya know jimmypoo, I just spent all afternoon baking lemon bread.

but hey, at least I now have 20 loaves of assorted sizes to show for my effort.

I'm now inclined to think that your sugar cookie recipe may be the best idea yet!


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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 18, 2005 07:47PM
<I'm now inclined to think that your sugar cookie recipe may be the best idea yet!

Yes, that idea always sounds best AFTER spending all afternoon doing it the "old fashioned" way!

Much the same as when you spend all afternoon making chili from scratch... and then you think "geez... I could have bought a couple cans of chilli for $3...."


But it's worth it!






Paul F.
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Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: December 18, 2005 09:03PM
I am finishing up my Christmas baking. I baked seven dozen pecan balls, which were my mother's specialty and a real family favorite, and when I started to fill the tins to ship them to various siblings and nephews, it was like the miracle of the loaves and the fishes in reverse. No matter how many cookies I put in the tins, they didn't fill up. So now I am making more, and remembering why my mother always dreaded making them. They're delicious, but a pain to make and they disappear fast.
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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: Stephanie
Date: December 18, 2005 10:33PM
I have a sad ending for this thread...

we taste tested the lemon bread.




The flour my friend used was old.

The dogs will be having a lemon bread feast for weeks.
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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: rgG
Date: December 18, 2005 10:46PM
Plan 2: Do like the Poo-just not as regards the jello or pudding, just the sugar cookies.

Sorry to hear all that work went to waste, except for the dogs, that is.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Holiday baking - any good recipes?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 18, 2005 10:50PM
<The dogs will be having a lemon bread feast for weeks.


Look at the bright side Stephanie...
After a few days, those dogs will be your best friends forever... they'd take a bullet for you, jump in front of a speeding bus to save your life... etc.
Your own personal secret service.. only dogs..


smiling smiley








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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
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Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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