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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Comfort Food for the Holidays


Easy Comfort Food for the Holidays

 House guests waking to the scent of just baked cinnamon rolls and fresh coffee. A side board set for afternoon tea. An elegant dessert worthy of champagne flutes and candle light.
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Comfort food to proudly serve your guests. . . An elegant dessert to enjoy while eating right. . . 

 Three great recipes that require minimal effort yet provide maximum pleasure. Three opportunities to make your holiday  special.


Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls: The Charm of Home
Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls
If you like Southern Living, or similar magazine's you will love The Charm of Home. Beside the high quality photography (talk about eye candy) Sherry shares wonderful recipes. She recently shared her recipe for Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls. I would say this recipe falls in the category of semi-homemade because it utilizes packaged crescent rolls and jarred apple butter. I am adding the ingredients to my shopping list and the recipe to my holiday menu.  Gooey cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven with a minimum of fuss. The heavenly scent of cinnamon, apples, and yeasty dough baking in the oven. We will be having some out of town visitors around the holidays. Can you imagine how good these will smell to my guests after a day of sight seeing? Or a morning batch for early birds hungry for a little something to tide them over until brunch?
Gingerbread Scones
This great gingerbread recipe was shared by Kitty of Kitty's Kozy Kitchen. It's a good beginner recipe because they don't have to be pretty! The golden rule for scones is don't over mix. These make a nice gift for the tea lover, or the traditionalist in your family. While you are visiting Kitty make sure you check out her recipe for Colonial Pumpkin bars!

poached-pears
On the Light Side - Poached Pears 
On the Light Side - Poached Pears.   My  version of poached pears - core  and peel 6 firm pears keeping stem in place.  from the bottom. set in a cooking pot deep enough that you can use the lid. Add 2 1/2 cups ginger ale, diet or regular. Add a dash of cinnamon. Cover and simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
poached pears
David Lebovitz in poached pears
 You want the pears to be soft but not falling apart. Remove from pot. Place in a sealed container and chill. Continue to simmer liquid. Reduce liquid to a consistency of a light syrup. Chill the syrup. These can be made a day ahead. I usually warm the pears and syrup before plating. I serve with a scoop of high quality vanilla bean ice cream.
I have included links to a couple versions of poached pears including pears poached in wine. It's worth reading what David Lebovitz has to say about poaching pears.


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Susan 

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3 comments:

  1. Thanks Susan for featuring the cinnamon rolls. The recipes your shared are keepers! Off to check them out.
    Sherry

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  2. Thanks so much for visiting my Christmas blog and adding it to your sidebar! I love your blog too and look forward to following you via Google+

    Best wishes from Down Under.
    Natasha in Oz

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  3. Thank you for featuring my scones, Susan! You're putting me in the Christmas spirit already!!

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