Here are some recipes from “Rose Murray’s Christmas Cooking: The Classic Guide to Holiday Feasts.”
Brie and Prosciutto Bread Pudding
This recipe is one of the new additions to the book. “It’s easy. It’s the kind of thing that’s great for a brunch,” whether for Christmas Day or anytime during the year you have overnight guests, Murray says.
TORONTO — If you’re making the time and effort to bake for the holidays you want to have success on your side. A few simple steps can go a long way to ensuring family and friends will be clamouring for more of your delectable goodies.
Here are some delicious treats to inspire you to try your hand at holiday baking.
Original Scottish Shortbread
Who doesn’t love melt-in-your-mouth shortbread during the holidays? Here is an easy recipe.
250 ml (1 cup) softened butter
175 ml (3/4 cup) granulated or fruit sugar
625 ml (2 1/2 cups) sifted all-purpose flour
Heat oven to 150 C (300 F).
“Ottolenghi: The Cookbook,” now available in North America, captures the essence of the London restaurants of chef Yotam Ottolenghi and his co-chef and business partner Sami Tamimi.
With holiday parties around the corner, many hosts are looking for easy-to-make recipes to add to their festive repertoire.
Here are three recipes that can be prepared on an indoor grill and would make wonderful additions to an appetizer tray or sandwich board. They were created by Ilana Simon, author of “125 Best Indoor Grill Recipes.”
These tiny tarts — named for the small cup or goblet they resemble — could be filled with any chopped dried fruit, but we loved the idea of beautiful golden apricots spiked with honey and amaretto. But feel free to substitute an equal amount of another dried fruit. Golden raisins, dried figs, dried cherries, or even dried cranberries would all be delicious.
We’ve seen all manner of ways to make brownies a holiday treat, everything from burying peppermint candies in them to topping them with candy canes. But we prefer the delicious simplicity of this recipe, which swirls lime marmalade and cherry jam over a rich brownie base studded with chocolate chunks and dried cherries.
Everyone loves a basic oatmeal cookie. But these are no ordinary oatmeal cookies. In addition to studding them with chewy, sweet dried blueberries, we’ve also given them a sugary-and-salty topping. The result is a deeply flavoured, addictive combination that elevates an otherwise simple treat.
OATMEAL BLUES DROP COOKIES
Start to finish: 45 minutes
Makes 3 dozen cookies
Freeze-dried strawberries add a potent blast of flavour to these cookies without watering down the dough. You’ll find them in the grocer’s natural foods section, or sometimes in the toddler food aisle. To crush them, either pulse them in a food processor or place them in a plastic bag and run a rolling pin over them.
For anyone who loves macaroon’s, these chewy, cranberry-speckled no-bake cookies should help you satisfy your coconut cravings.