December 2005 Issue -
It's the Holidays. Bake It Forward
Buche Noel, or Yule Log
A piece of cake, right? Read more in A Note From Marcy (alex pls link to
note from marcy), another hotel school adventure.
Sticky Toffee Hot Buttered Caramel Smoothie
Smooth as silk, this potable is a new warming trend. This one is worth
the price of the whole issue.
Julia Child’s Old-Fashioned Plum Pudding with Hard
Charles Dickens would have approved. Adapted from a classic from our
beloved Julia, updated for now.
French Chocolate Mint Biscotti
A French mint chocolate bar in a biscotti. Dark chocolate batter with a
minted white chocolate ‘over coat’.
Five Roses Sugar Cookies
The secret behind generations of Canadian grandmothers’ holiday cookies.
A gift of a recipe.
Gingerbread Men Shortbread
These are gingerbread men with shortbread complex. You can also use mini
teddy bear cutters for this. The best cutters around, btw, are
www.rochowcutters.com in upstate New York. Tell ’em BB
Fruitcake is fine but nothing is more nutty and nostalgic than a
Southern style pecan bread.
Nielsen Massey Cream Cheese Butter Cookies
The new Nielsen Massey orange, lemon and almond extracts make these
Sugar and Spice Toasted Hazelnut Biscotti
Biscotti, Round 2; biscotti with a bullet – these are tiny, spicy, good
Make it, assemble it, wrap it, give it….bake it forward in action.
Some recipes that are especially good as gifts…
World’s Best Scone Mix
Secret and perfectly ratio-ed dry ingredients just need a touch of
liquid to come to life in fresh scones, quick as can be. Preheat the
oven, open the mix and go!
Festive Holiday Orange Cranberry Spice Tea
Ye Old Tea Shoppe tea in minutes, all dolled up in a tea tin or Mason
The spice is subtle, the tea is divine.
Layered Brownie Mix in a Jar
Hope you kept some of the Mason jars from summer canning. This is
pretty, convenient, gourmet and easy. Have extras on hand as last-minute
Marcy’s Blue Ribbon Pancake& Waffle Mix
Add a can of pure maple syrup (Vermont if you are Stateside, Quebec if
you are north, a ways), along with this great dry mix. Perfect for the
holidays as a gift or to keep on hand or for yourself on those lazy
Sweet and Sassy Honey Bee Mustard
Hot, sweet, spicy, this is the condiment turn to for sandwiches. It
makes a beautiful gift if you tuck it in a basket with a dry smoked
sausage, fresh rye bread, imported beer or nippy cheddar cheese and fine
Bravo and bis: morsels of almonds and sweetness, all wrapped as mini
gifts in pretty tissue paper.
Cranberry, Sour Cherry Almond Granola
Packed in cello bags, tied with a scarlet ribbon that has someone’s
letter on it, this makes a fine gift. Add two bowls from Pier 1 and the
New York Times, tuck it in a basket and hand it over.
Gourmet Caramel Popcorn
Hey, sweet! Pack it in a tin or big Mason jar, attach a classic DVD and
you have a perfect last-minute gift for a cocooner.
Plus Chanukah Treats
Latkes and More – Happy Festival of Lights!
Famous Potato Latkes Pancakes
If you thought my Matzoh Buttercrunch was good, these will wow you
Chocolate Cream Cheese Chanukah Rugulah
Who said Chanukah was just for the kids?
Triple Chocolate Chip Chanukah Challah
More decadence, more manna. Offer this on a gelt covered bread plate for
a real statement.
Salute New Year’s Style....
New Year’s Crepe Cake
Stacks of crisp pastry crepes, pastry cream, whipped cream, a little
chill, a little compression and voila! You have the trend cake of
Our ‘OO” Flour Rustic Pizza Dough
I’m dreaming of a white pizza……a free recipe for amazing pizza dough and
a pizza, using BB’ Test Kitchen favorite, best pizza flour, Molini
Pizzuti’s ‘OO” Flour. Want that blistered, bistro style pizza toney
restaurants serve? It starts with this flour.