Wednesday, November 5, 2008

More Christmas Recipes

Peanut Brittle

2 C Sugar
1 C light corn syrup

1/2 C water

2 t baking soda

1 heaping Tablespoon margarine

2 C raw peanuts

Cook sugar, corn syrup and water on medium hig until temperature reaches 230 degrees on a candy thermometer. Add peanuts and continue cooking and stirring frequently until thermometer reaches 298 to 300 degrees. Remove from stove at once, add baking soda and margarine. Stir just enough to melt margarine and dissolve soda. At once pour on a large, well greased tray. Do not spread out. Let it go where it wants. Cool outside, then break in pieces. temperature outside should be freezing or colder and clear. (humidity can make a difference - we always have humidity in Washington state! lol but I have had success with this)

Cinnamon Pecans
1 egg white
1 lb pecans

1 t salt
1 t water

1 t sugar
1 t cinnamon

Combine egg white and water. Beat until stiff. Add pecans, coating them with the egg mixture. Add sugar, salt and cinnamon, coating well. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes. Stir after 15 minutes and move cookie sheet to top rack.

Out of this World Snack - If you haven't tried this you really must. It is very, very good. There is enough to serve to your family and share with friends!

Cinnamon Ornaments
1 1/2 C cinnamon

1 C applesauce

Mix ingredients and place on a piece of waxed paper. Spread the mixture out and cut with a cookie cutter (small ones are best.) Using a straw, make a tiny hole at the top of ornament. Put a ribbon through after the ornament has set.

Christmas Centerpiece

Using a vase sized brandy snifter, center a candle in ssde. The candle should be about 3" in diameter and about 2/3 the height of the snifter. Fill the container with fresh whole cranberries, leaving about 1/2 of the candle exposed. Tie Christmas ribbon around the stem and make a decorative bow. You can add holly or pine greens to the bowl. Small ball ornaments could also be used in place of the cranberries. Even try decorative potpourri!

Cran-Apple Jelly

1 1/2 C cranapple drink
3 1/2 C sugar
1/2 C apple juice
1/8 t cinnamon
1/8 t cloves, ground
3 oz pkg liquid pectin

combine sugar, cranapple drink, apple juice, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a full rolling boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Let boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in pectin. Pour into 4 - 8 oz jars. Cool slightly and tighten lids. Let sit at room temperature until set. Keeps in refrigerator 3 weeks or in freezer for 3 months.

Mulling Spice Bags with cider as gift

4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
8 whole allspice
4 T grated orange peel
Cheesecloth and twine

Cut cheesecloth in double thickness into 4" x 6" squares. Place onto each square 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 2 allspice and 1 T orange peel. Tie up with the twine. Buy 1 gallon of cider and place in a basket along with mulling spice and top off with Christmas bow or decoration.

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Amber said...

I have never made peanut brittle before, I will have to try this! The pecans sound so good!

We were at a festival a couple of weeks ago and Ryan ate his weight in the cinnamon pecans. I will have to surprise him with these! TFS!!