This year I had a small Christmas Party with some friends. I served Cranberry Orange bread, Sugar cookies, my Mom's famous Christmas Pudding, Hot Fudge Sundae's, and fruit.
|Here's the Cranberry Orange bread. It was pretty easy to make, but I wasn't crazy about it. I got the recipe from America's Test Kitchen: The Baking Edition.|
|I didn't make these. Being 8 1/2 months pregnant, I was trying to lighten up my load. I got these cute cookies at Kneaders. Sadly, they looked better than they tasted.|
|Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce|
|And that's me....cooking away.|
Mom’s Own Christmas Pudding
1 ½ cup boiling water
1 ½ cup chopped craisins
¾ cup molasses
3 tablespoons butter
2 ¼ cup flour
¾ cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon salt
Creamy Sauce or Hard Sauce (below)
Pour boiling water on craisins; stir in butter and let stand for 5 minutes.
Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
Stir cranberry mixture, molasses and eggs into flour mixture.
Pour into well-greased 8-cup mold. Cover tightly with a lid.
Place the mold into a large pot; pour boiling water into the pot until it is
half way up the mold. Cover the pot.
Keep water boiling over low heat until a wooden pick inserted into the
center of the pudding comes out clean, about 2 hours.
Remove the mold from the pot and let stand 5 minutes; unmold. Serve warm
with Creamy Sauce or Hard Sauce.
Beat 1 ½ cups of powdered sugar and 1 ½ cups of softened butter in a medium
saucepan until smooth and creamy. Stir in 1 ½ cup whipping cream. Heat to
boiling, stirring occasionally. Note: This can boil over so watch it!
Beat 1 ½ cup softened butter in a medium mixing bowl on high speed until
smooth, about 5 minutes. Gradually beat in 3 cups of powdered sugar and 2
teaspoons of vanilla. Refrigerate 1 hour.