I found this pretty little cook book in the gallery this afternoon, Best of the Holidays, by Dot Gibson. It’s a best-of collection from three other volumes, and it’s all about sweets and treats for holiday celebrations and gift giving. No main dishes here, just great choices for parties and snacking, heavy on the appetizers, cookies, and candies, with beverages, breads, cakes, pies, and muffins for good measure. Have you ever had “Better Than Robert Redford”? It’s in here, under an assumed name, of course.
Many of the recipes are quite easy and elegant, and this would really be a go-to cook book if you like to entertain – even year round. Why use all those pans only in November and December?
I thought I’d share two recipes, one because I’ve never heard of the idea; the other, because it’s one of my favorite sweet treats.
1 C self-rising flour
1/2 C milk
1 T mayonnaise
2 T butter, divided
Put 1/2 teaspoon of butter in each muffin tin. Place in oven until melted. Mix flour, mayonnaise, and milk; pour into tins. Bake at 450 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.
Have you ever heard of such a thing? Sounds so easy and kind of interesting ~ I really wonder what shape and texture they have.
The next recipe requires a candy thermometer ~ luckily I happen to have one ~ to go along with my sweet tooth .. like this new elf from Mark Roberts’ collection.
1-1/2 C granulated sugar
1-1/2 C light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 C corn syrup
1/8 t salt
1 C evaporated milk
4 T margarine
1 t vanilla
1-1/2 C pecan pieces
Combine the sugars, corn syrup, salt, milk, and margarine in a large, heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Stir frequently until mixture reaches 236 degrees on candy thermometer or until it forms a soft ball when dropped in cold water. Remove from heat and cool for 2 or 3 minutes. Add vanilla and nuts and beat with wooden spoon until mixture begins to thicken. Quickly drop by spoonfuls onto greased foil. Allow to cool.
Yuuuummmmmmm .. I have nothing more to say. I once took a pralines tour of all the sweet shops in downtown New Orleans. That was a great day!
C = Cup; T = Tablespoon; t = teaspoon
We’re looking at some really sweet weekend weather here – hope you are, too. Spring is coming!
~Janet @ The Christmas Place