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Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/22/2011 10:27 AM EST
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Well I made the Red Raspberry Bars. I did make a few changes.  I used a Jam that I found at Aldi's in place of the Raspberry.  It is Called Fruits of the Forest.  Lower sugar jam.  And it has Cherries, Blackberries, Raspberries in it.  I tried a bar and it is a keeper recipe! I think it would be better using the Dark Chocolate Chips.

I also decided that I would make a Date Bar.  So this morning I simmered my dates.  Did not have enough dates so I added some dried figs.  Very good mixture.  They are in the oven now.  Pretty much like the Red Raspberry Bars and I just may keep this crust mixture as the base of the Raspberry Bar.  It has Oatmeal in it so I can delude myself into thinking they are a bit healthier than the others.

I also decided that the bark I made just wasn't quite right.  The smoked almonds were not staying on even though I sort of pressed them in.  So I melted the whole batch down, added more almonds and dropped them by little spoonfuls onto parchment.  I now have a whole container of chocolate covered almond mounds. About 2 or 3 almonds to a drop. So it is just a little bite.

I had to do a quality control check and the almond drops are also a keeper recipe and I think I like the drops rather than the bark.  Easier to package and it is just the perfect bite.

Will have to "report" on the date/fig bars later as I just now took them out of the oven. 

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/23/2011 4:10 AM EST
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Thursday, I made 2 batches of almond bars, holiday snowball cookies, white
divinity, black cherry divinity, Nestle's yuletide layer bars, no bake cookies
with coconut, butternut toffee, and fantasy fudge.  Didn't get finished until
after midnight.  Need to make at least 5 batches on Fri.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/23/2011 7:06 AM EST
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I made the oumpkin cheese cake just last night and they are ready.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/23/2011 7:29 AM EST
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I hope, hope, hope I can find time today to make two batches of low sugar chocolate chip cookies using sugar-free chips and Splenda sugar.  I have two friends with diabetes and they love these.
Today is going to be a busy day.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/23/2011 8:08 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Christmas baking:
Well I made the Red Raspberry Bars. I did make a few changes.  I used a Jam that I found at Aldi's in place of the Raspberry.  It is Called Fruits of the Forest.  Lower sugar jam.  And it has Cherries, Blackberries, Raspberries in it.  I tried a bar and it is a keeper recipe! I think it would be better using the Dark Chocolate Chips. I also decided that I would make a Date Bar.  So this morning I simmered my dates.  Did not have enough dates so I added some dried figs.  Very good mixture.  They are in the oven now.  Pretty much like the Red Raspberry Bars and I just may keep this crust mixture as the base of the Raspberry Bar.  It has Oatmeal in it so I can delude myself into thinking they are a bit healthier than the others. I also decided that the bark I made just wasn't quite right.  The smoked almonds were not staying on even though I sort of pressed them in.  So I melted the whole batch down, added more almonds and dropped them by little spoonfuls onto parchment.  I now have a whole container of chocolate covered almond mounds. About 2 or 3 almonds to a drop. So it is just a little bite. I had to do a quality control check and the almond drops are also a keeper recipe and I think I like the drops rather than the bark.  Easier to package and it is just the perfect bite. Will have to "report" on the date/fig bars later as I just now took them out of the oven. 
Posted by nikki p


Thanks for the info Nikki.  I'll have to check Aldi's for the jam.  They used to have raspberry but I haven't been able to find it for a while.  Your substitute sounds good.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/23/2011 8:11 AM EST
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Tomorrow will be my marathon Christmas bread baking.  I have 2 neighbors that will get some.  We live out in the country so I dont' have many close neighbors, that's why only 2.
Last night I made bread in my machine for a lunch at work today.  It is cheese/onion and is very good.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/23/2011 8:26 AM EST
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I baked all my cookies last weekend....today and tomorrow are desserts for after the Christmas dinner!  Pumpkin cheesecake and apple pie.   

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/24/2011 2:02 AM EST
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I made Spiced Nuts and P-nut Butter Candy. Instead of melting a Hersey candy bar
for the topping to the candy, I used Nestle's Dark Choc. Chips. Then I made 1 batch
of no bake cookies without the coconut for my stepson. Then I made a batch of
Fantasy Fudge and no bake cookies with coconut for my daughter-in-law. They are
spoiled, they get whold batches!!! They also get a half pan with all the goodies that
I make. I can get 4 layers of goodies in a half pan.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/24/2011 7:44 AM EST
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Now that the sweet rolls are out of the oven, I think I am finally done with baking goodies for this special season.   I need some down time to think about what Christmas really means to me.  Merry Christmas everyone and may you have time to sit quietly and think about the meaning of Christmas.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/24/2011 11:17 PM EST
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I just finished assembling my pumpkin trifle for tomorrow night's dessert.It looks so nice and it tastes wonderful,especially when it gets real cold over night.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/25/2011 1:43 AM EST
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Made another batch of no bake cookies and spiced nuts!! Packed all
9 care packages and gave them out. Well that's over until next year!
I am so glad that I made it thru!!

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/25/2011 7:48 AM EST
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Good Christmas morning to everyone.
I'm not baking .... I'm assembling 40-48 chicken salad sandwiches.  
Why am I on the computer?  I have to be at church in two hours!

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/25/2011 10:59 PM EST
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It's almost 11:00pm and I finally sat down to enjoy my dessert.I saved the best for last, pumpkin trifle.I can honestly say that is one of the best desserts I have ever eaten.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/26/2011 3:21 AM EST
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GRANA  here;TO JUDY O;
" won't you be my neighbor?"Wink

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/26/2011 5:50 AM EST
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Now that Christmas Day is over, everyone is enjoying the eating of all the cookies and breads. We have a lot to go, but with New Year's Eve coming and friends visiting...

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/26/2011 7:26 AM EST
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I made the cookies and the pies for the holiday and it was very nice.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/26/2011 7:54 AM EST
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Nothing today getting ready for round two.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/26/2011 8:00 AM EST
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Since it's the day after Christmas the baking is of course finished.  However we may do some candy making.

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/26/2011 8:03 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Christmas baking:
GRANA  here;TO JUDY O ; " ♪ • ♫ • won't you be my neighbor?" ♪ • ♫ •
Posted by ann h


Ann, I'd love to be your neighborl  NH would be a nice place to live

Re: Christmas baking

posted at 12/26/2011 8:05 AM EST
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My chocolate pecan pie came out wonderful.  One can only eat a small piece because it is so rich and yummy.  Pumpkin also was good. I use my mother's recipe called Pensylvania pumpkin pie.  It comes out fluffy beacuse more milk is used and egg whites are beaten and folded in just before pouring into the crust.
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