I started Christmas baking yesteday (Sunday). I made seven dozen mini butter pecan tarts and a 10 by 13 inch pan of dark rum brownies. I love, love rolling pastry on my granite counter top. It is so smooth and cold, just a real pleasure to work on.
Butter, raisins, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla and pecans.
My cookie cutter makes such cute little tart shells.
Dark chocolate rum brownies.
- 6 squares unsweetened chocolate
- 1 cup butter
- 6 eggs
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup dark rum or orange juice
- 2 and 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups walnuts or pecans
- 6 squares dark bittersweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
Bon a pétite! Still to bake are petite cherry cheesecakes and perhaps a Créme de menthe cheese cake. Also on the menu for my vegetarian son and daughter-in-law are cabbage rolls and brocoli quiche.
Dear readers, do you make special yummy treats for Christmas? Any favourite recipes you are willing to share?