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December 2005 Issue - It's the Holidays. Bake It Forward

!!!FREE!!! 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 Sauce
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 in upstate New York. Tell ’em BB sent you.

Praline Bread
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 uniquely festive.

Sugar and Spice Toasted Hazelnut Biscotti
Biscotti, Round 2; biscotti with a bullet – these are tiny, spicy, good nutcrackers sweets.

Gift Baking
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 jar.
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 gifts.

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 breakfasts.

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 water crackers.

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!

!!!FREE!!! Famous Potato Latkes Pancakes
If you thought my Matzoh Buttercrunch was good, these will wow you again.

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 2005/6.

Bonus !!!FREE!!! Our ‘OO” Flour Rustic Pizza Dough
Pizza Blanca
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.


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