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Christmas Pudding with Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup butter, frozen and grated
  • 4 cups raisins, a mixture of dark and golden
  • 1 cup chopped figs
  • 1 1/2 cup mixed peel, put through a food processor
  • 1 cup red cherries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda, dissolved in 3 tsp warm water

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into a very large mixing bowl and mix together well.
  2. Christmas pudding is often made in a mold or large bowl, but grandma filled 3 wide mouth mason jars with this mixture. Dividing it to fill the jars 3/4 full. Seal loosely with new canning lids.
  3. To avoid scorching the bottom of the pudding while streaming, place small Pyrex bowls, or other heat proof dishes or extra canning jar lids in the bottom of the pot to set jars on top of. Place jars on top of the Pyrex bowls in a large pot of hot water on the stove top. The water should sit about half way up the jars. Steam pudding in jars for 3 hours adding boiling water to the pot as needed during steaming.
  4. Once the pudding has steamed, remove from heat and tighten lids. Lids will snap shut as the pudding cools, and pudding will be sealed. Store in a dark cool place or in the refrigerator. Pudding is best if it has a few weeks to sit. Because this pudding is sealed once steamed, it will keep well for up to a year stored in a cool dark place. 
  5. When ready to serve. Remove lid. Place jar or pudding in a pot, again setting the jars onto a Pyrex or heat proof bowl to avoid scorching the pudding while re steaming. Add water about 1/2 way up the jar. Steam pudding for at least an hour to re heat. Serve warm with Christmas Pudding Sauce. Recipe follows.

Christmas Tiramisu Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 shots espresso, or a four-cup cafetiere of strong coffee
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 50ml/2fl oz amaretto liqueur, or to taste
  • 1 ready-made panettone, cut into1cm/½in thick slices
  • 500g/1lb 2oz mascarpone
  • 1 vanilla pod, split, seeds scraped out
  • 150g/5oz icing sugar
  • 200ml/7fl oz double cream, whipped until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed
  • cocoa power, for dusting
  • dark chocolate, grated, to garnish

Directions

  1. Mix the espresso, caster sugar and amaretto, to taste, in a large bowl. Add the panettone slices to the coffee mixture and set aside.
  2. Place the mascarpone, vanilla seeds and icing sugar into a separate bowl and mix together. Fold in the whipped double cream.
  3. Place pieces of soaked panettone into a large serving dish to line the bottom. Spread half the mascarpone and cream mixture across the soaked panettone slices, then place another layer of panettone slices on top.
  4. Spoon more cream over the top and sprinkle with the cocoa powder. Transfer to the fridge to chill for up to 2 hours. To serve, sprinkle with gratings of dark chocolate.

Norwegian Christmas Pudding Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb butter
  • 2 c water
  • 6 tb flour
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 6 c milk
  • 1/2 ts salt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 ts sugar
  • Cinnamon

Directions

  1.   Melt butter & water, bring to a boil for 5 minutes, add 6 tablespoons flour, stir in with a whisk. 
  2. Wait a few minutes & remove the fat that comes out (this is used later). 
  3. Add 1 1/4 cups flour & stir again, add milk which has been heated, use electric mixer to keep it from getting lumpy.  while beating, add salt, egg & sugar. 
  4. Put in crock pot to keep warm with the skimmed fat poured over pudding & add sugar & cinnamon.

Classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 can (398 mL) pure pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) 35% cream, divided
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) maple syrup, divided
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) toasted pecans (optional)

Pumplin Pie Recipe

Directions

  1. To make pastry, in large bowl, whisk flour with salt. Cut in butter with a pastry-blender or rub with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Use fork to stir 3 tbsp (45 mL) cold water into flour mixture until dough comes together. Stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) more water if needed. Form dough into a ball and flatten into a large disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hr. before rolling. 
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Roll dough to fit into 9-in. (23- cm) pie plate, trimming excess pastry at edge of plate. Press edge with fork or flute with fingers. Chill 15 min. Using fork, prick bottom of pie shell all over, then line shell with foil. Fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake 15 min. to “blind bake”. Remove foil and weights. Continue to bake another 5 to 10 min. until pastry is lightly golden and crisp. Cool completely. 
  3. Meanwhile, to make pumpkin pie filling, whisk pumpkin puree with brown sugar, 3/4 cup (175 mL) 35% cream, eggs, 2 tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Pour filling into blind-baked pie shell. Bake in preheated 350ºF (180ºC). for 55 to 65 min. or until filling is set around the edges but centre jiggles slightly. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. 
  4. To serve, whip remaining cream with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in remaining maple syrup. Serve each slice with dollop of cream, sprinkled with toasted pecans (if using).

Tip: Substitute homemade pastry with store-bought pie shell, proofed according to package directions.

Classic Butter Tarts Recipe

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 cup (250 mL) corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

Pastry

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) white vinegar
  • 3 to 4 tbsp (45 to 60 mL) ice cold water

Classic Butter Tarts Recipe

Directions

  1. In large bowl, whisk flour with salt. Cut in butter with pastry blender or rub through fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. In small bowl, whisk egg yolk with vinegar and 3 tbsp (45 mL) water. Stir into the flour mixture until dough just comes together. Do not overwork. Stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) more water if needed. Form dough into a flattened disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hr. 
  2. Roll dough on lightly floured work surface. Using 4-in. (10-cm) round cutter, cut into 12 rounds, rerolling scraps as needed. Fit each round into standard muffin tins. Chill 10 min. in freezer. 
  3. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Set rack to lowest position. To make filling, in bowl, whisk corn syrup, brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, vinegar and salt until blended. Spoon filling into pastry shells 3/4 full. Place muffin tin on baking sheet lined with parchment or foil to catch drips.
  4. Bake 18 to 20 min. or until filling is puffed and bubbly and pastry is golden brown. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack. Let stand 5 min. Run paring knife around tarts to loosen. Carefully slide metal spatula under tarts to remove. Transfer tarts to rack to cool completely.

Apple Pie Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) all-purpose flour, plus 2 tbsp (30 mL) for filling and more for dusting
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) ground cinnamon, divided
  • 3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt, divided
  • 1 cup (250 mL) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 4 cups (1 L) peeled, cored, finely diced apples (about 4 apples)
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

  1. In food processor, combine 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) flour, sugar, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt. Pulse until blended. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1/4 cup (60 mL) cold water and pulse just until dough forms and holds together when squeezed between fingers. If mixture is too crumbly, pulse in 1 tbsp (15 mL) cold water at a time to moisten. Transfer to lightly floured work surface. Shape into two large discs; wrap in plastic. Chill 30 min.
  2. Meanwhile, in large saucepan, combine apples, 2 tbsp (30 mL) flour, 1/4 cup (60 mL) water, brown sugar, lemon juice, 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 min. until apples are tender and juices are thickened. Transfer mixture into bowl; cool slightly, cover and chill.
  3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On lightly floured surface, roll out 1 disc of dough to 1/8-in. (3-mm) thickness. Using 2 1/2-in. (6.5-cm) round cutter, cut 16 dough rounds. Place on prepared baking sheets. Cover and chill. Roll out second dough disc into 1/8-in. (3-mm) thick rectangle. Using sharp knife or pizza cutter, slice 96 strips of dough, each 4 in. X 1/4 in. (10 cm X 5 mm) — each cookie requires 6 strips. Remove dough rounds from fridge; brush edges with beaten egg. Top each round with 1 tbsp (15 mL) chilled apple mixture, leaving thin border around edges. Press ends of 3 dough strips along “left” edge of dough round (fold strips away from filling). Press ends of another 3 strips along “bottom” edge of dough round (at 90 degrees from first 3 strips), also fold off filling. To weave lattice, lay middle strip from “left” edge onto filling, then lay “bottom” edge strip farthest on left onto filling. Next, lay top and bottom “left” edge strips onto filling. Continue weaving strips under and over each other to create lattice. Firmly press down strips at edges of cookie. Trim off excess dough. Make 16 cookies.
  4. Brush remaining egg wash over lattice tops. Cover and refrigerate cookies 30 min. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake 25 to 30 min., until cookies are golden brown and filling is bubbling. Cool completely on wire rack.

Gouda Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients

    For the Gouda Smashed Potatoes:

  • 1 ½ pound bag Side Delights® Steamables™ Golden Potatoes, steamed to package directions
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup gouda cheese, shredded

    Garnish:

  • Fresh parsley

Gouda Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Directions

  1. Turn your oven to broil.
  2. Steam the potatoes according to the package directions.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. In a small mixing bowl combine the olive oil, salt, pepper and the minced garlic.
  5. Once the potatoes are done steaming place them on the baking sheet. Using a potato masher or the back or a spoon gently press the potatoes until flat.
  6. Using a spoon drizzle the olive oil mixture of the potatoes. Broil for 8-10 minutes, or until the potatoes are crispy.
  7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the gouda cheese on the potatoes. Return to the oven for 2 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!

Notes

You can use any cheese you like for these potatoes-try sharp cheddar or mozzarella.