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It is still possible to enjoy Christmas without stressing too much, thanks to these five recipes that are simple and delicious. Try them out this holiday season!
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Here are 5 Recipes to try out this christmas:-
1. Chocolate Truffles
Yield: 20 truffles
Ingredients: ½ cup heavy cream, ½ cup milk, 1 tablespoon butter, 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped, 2 tablespoons Kahlua or coffee liqueur (optional), 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Steps: 1. In a medium saucepan, cook and stir cream, milk and butter over low heat until just hot. Remove from the heat and add chocolate. Let stand until chocolate is melted then stir until smooth. Add Kahlua or coffee liqueur, if desired. Stir in vanilla extract.
Step:2. With a small ice-cream scoop or melon baller, form mixture into balls about 1/2 inch in diameter and place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Step:3. Freeze truffles until firm.
2. Candy Canes
Yields: 1 pound of candy canes
Ingredients: 1 pound butter, 12 ounces pure cane sugar, ¾ cup light corn syrup, ½ teaspoon salt, flavoring of your choice (optional), 1 teaspoon citric acid, powdered gum arabic.
Steps: 1. Place butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Stir in sugar gradually, then add corn syrup and salt. Cook until mixture is smooth and thickens slightly, stirring constantly. Place pan on the stove top over low heat and cook for about 10 minutes more to evaporate water from the sides of the pan.
Step:2. (If the mixture gets too cool and starts to separate, add a teaspoon or two of hot water and stir carefully.)
Step:3. Gradually add citric acid and blend well. Add flavoring and mix in salt evenly. Pour into a decorative mold, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or up to 3 weeks).
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3. Mocha Stout Cupcakes
Yield: 12 cupcakes
Ingredients: 1.5 cups all purpose flour, ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2/3 cups Guinness Extra Stout Beer (or another stout made from a lighter colored beer), 1 cup water, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil.
Steps: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners and set aside. In a large bowl add flour, cocoa powder , baking soda and salt. Whisk together.
Step:2. Add stout to the bowl and mix until combined. Whisk until smooth (you may need to use a stand mixer) This is the wet mixture, make sure not to over incorporate any of the wet ingredients or it will make your cakes dense.
Step:3. Add water until the mixture forms a dough like consistency, you should be able to easily roll out with your hands. If it is too stiff, add more water .
Step:4. Pour batter into muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes or until bubbles form on top of each cupcake and they begin to turn golden brown around the edges but are still nice and moist in the center.
4. Easy Eggnog
For this recipe, you’ll need to let the mixture cool at room temperature for a single day before using it. The longer the mixture cools, the better your eggnog will taste. You can also bake eggnog into Christmas cookies that are egg-shaped!
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
0.75 cups bourbon (or rye whiskey)
Food coloring if desired (I didn’t use any.)
Steps: 1. Combine cream, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat until stiff peaks form. Reserve some of the whipped cream mixture for decorating purposes .
Step:2. Add bourbon and eggs to the remaining whipped cream. Mix until well combined.
Step:3. Transfer the mixture into a pitcher, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours or more if you have the time.
Step:4. Serve chilled with a splash of heavy cream, nutmeg powder and cinnamon sticks .
5. Cranberry-Orange French Toast
This french toast has a wonderful touch of orange and cranberry flavor. You can also make the orange and cranberry sauce to spread over the top of the french toast.
Ingredients: 1 loaf of whole wheat or white bread, 4 eggs, 2 cups milk, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon grated orange peel, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon , 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg , 1/2 cup fresh cranberries , confectioners’ sugar for garnish.
Steps: 1. Cut your bread into 4 thick slices then cut each slice into four triangles .
Step:2. Beat the eggs together in a shallow dish.
Step:3. Combine milk, honey, orange peel, vanilla extract cinnamon and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium-low heat until warm but not hot enough to boil. Keep warm over low heat.
Step:4. Dip bread into egg mixture then into milk mixture . Let stand until bread is completely covered . Using your hands , fry bread in about 2 teaspoons of butter at a time . Cook each side for approximately 1 minute .
Transfer french toast to the serving platter and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving drizzled with cranberries-orange sauce recipe below .
Happy holidays everyone! It is time for you to get ready for Christmas, the most exciting time of the year. Christmas is all about spending quality time with your family and spending quality time with business associates.