Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category

Apple Cranberry Bread

December 15, 2009

This one is going in my permanent holiday rotation and may even make it to the neighbors for their Christmas treat.

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped, peeled tart apples
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and oil. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; add to egg mixture just until combined (batter will be very thick). Stir in the apples, cranberries and walnuts.
  2. Transfer to an 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

Elisa’s Amazing Stuffing

November 24, 2008

**This recipe is always a hit.  My mom said she thought it was a little to greasy so this time I was more careful with what I was adding and I am editing to reflect that.

**I like to make this in an electric skillet to free up stove space and to give it a place to stay warm.

1 1/2 to 2 loaves of bread (I used a mixture of sourdough and french bread)
cubed and toasted in the  oven at 350 for 10-15 min until slightly golden
and crisp/dried out like a crouton

1/4 c.  butter
1 large yellow or white onion chopped
1 package Jimmy Dean reduced fat sausage
1 stalk celery chopped
1 package craisins
1 Tablespoon Poultry Seasoning(or to taste)
2 teaspoons salt
1 box chicken broth

In a large pan heat the butter and chopped onion and celery until the onion is translucent. Add sausage and cook until crumbled into small pieces.  Add craisins, poultry seasoning, and salt–cook for another 5 min. Add croutons and stir constantly for about 3 mins or until coated with all pan juices.  Add chicken broth a little at a time and stirring in to coating all croutons.  Continue adding chicken broth and letting croutons absorb liquid.  Turn heat to low and rest for atleast 10 minutes.

Cranberry Bread

October 14, 2008

2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. bp
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. shortening
3/4 c. orange juice
1 Tbsp. grated orange rind
1 egg, well – beaten
1/2 c. chopped nuts
2 C. cranberries, chopped

Sift dry ingredients.  Cut into shortening until mixture ressembles coarse cornmeal.  Combine orange
juice and grated rind with egg.  Pour into dry ingredients , mix ingredients just enough to dampen.
Carefully fold in chopped nuts cranberrie.  Spoon into reased loaf pan (9X5X3)  Spread corners and sides
slightly higher than center.  Bake 350/ 1 hr…until crust is golden brown. (Tooth pick in center) Remover
from pan.  Store overnight for easy slicing.
Keep under refrigeration – freeze for later use.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

October 14, 2008

1 cup oil
4 square unsweetened choc, melted
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla
* tsp salt
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix oil, choc and sugar. Blend in 1 egg at a time. Add vanilla. Stir in salt, flour, and baking powder. Chill several hours. Drop tsp fuls in powdered sugar. Shape into balls. Place 2″ a part on baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Yield: 50