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The subscribers of Cooking For Fun are pleased to share the following holiday recipes with you! We hope you enjoy these gifts and will use them all-year round. May the spirit of Christmas be with you throughout the year!

Leilani Devries
Owner, Cooking For Fun

recipes

Almond-Apricot Sandwich Cookies
Broccoli & Cauliflower Casserole
Cherry Winks
Chicken (or Ham) & Broccoli Braid
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Christmas Tree Bread
Cranberry Salad
Double Chocolate Fruitcake
Easy Glazed Carrots
Horseradish & Beet Relish
Jingle Nut Wreath Salad
Lane Cake
Lone Star Five Minute Fudge
Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
Orange Pecan Creams
Rose's Crescents
Rum and Chestnut Gateau
Russian Tea Biscuits
Santa's Sleigh Cake
Sunnyside Mincemeat Pie
White-Chocolate Macadamia-Cranberry Cookies

Dough Art Recipes
Helpful Hints
Pastes & Glues
Scented Cinnamon Ornaments
Stained Candy Windows

*This recipe is made by my cousin and when I tasted it I just about sailed to heaven. They can be made anytime but to me these are especially good at Christmas. Sandy

Russian Tea Biscuits
4 1/2 cups  unsifted flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup melted margarine
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp orange rind
4 eggs (reserve 1 egg white for topping)
1 tsp vanilla
Topping glaze:
1 reserved egg white
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Filling:
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
1 1/2 cups golden seedless raisins
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp red raspberry preserves (or any flavor jam or jelly)
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 F. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into large bowl. Make a well in the center and add oil, margarine, orange juice and rind, eggs (except for the 1 reserved egg white) and vanilla. Mix well using a wooden spoon ( the dough will be heavy). Combine thoroughly; knead dough. Chill for several hours or overnight. Prepare the toppings by first combining 1/4 cup sugar with 1 tsp of
cinnamon; set aside. Lightly whisk the remaining egg white to use as a glaze. Cut dough into four parts. Roll one part on a lightly floured board to form a rectangle about 6 by 14 inches. Spread lightly with about 1 tbsp of jam; sprinkle with one quarter each of the nuts, raisins and sugar cinnamon mixture. Roll lengthwise as for a jelly roll. Brush top with some of the whisked egg white, then sprinkle with sugar cinnamon mixture.

Slice into 1 1/2 inch slices and place on lightly greased baking sheet, topping side up spaced about 1/2 inch apart. Repeat with the remaining dough, filling and topping. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove immediately to a tray dusted with powdered sugar.

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*My Aunt Betty always had these delicious cookies waiting for us when we visited her home during the holidays. I still love them and the memories I associate with their taste. Leilani

Cherry Winks
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 shortening 
2 eggs 
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries
2 1/2 cups corn flakes crushed
Extra cherries for decorating

Sift together dry ingredients; combine shortening, sugar & cream well. Add eggs, milk & vanilla.  Blend in dry ingredients; mix well. Add pecans, dates & cherries. Mix well. Shape into balls using level tbsp of dough for each cookie. Roll each ball of dough in corn flakes. Place on greased baking sheet. Top each cookie with 1/4 cherry. Bake in moderate oven 375 for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not stack or store until cold. Yield approx. 5 doz. cookies. Enjoy!

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*Christmas at our table was never complete without this delicious salad. My Mother would prepare this every holiday including Christmas and Thanksgiving. Leilani

Cranberry Salad
2 cups fresh cranberries -- ground
1 orange rind -- ground
1 cup crushed pineapple -- drained
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans
1 orange
1 cup celery -- cut fine
1 apple -- diced
2 packages raspberry jello
1 cup hot water
1 cup sugar
1 package gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
Dressing:
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour added to
2 beaten eggs
2 tbsp butter
1 cup whipped cream
1 cup pineapple juice
Juice of 1 orange

Prepare the jello by adding the 1 cup hot water, sugar, and raspberry jello. Add the prepared fruits, celery and nuts to the jello. Dissolve the gelatin in the 1/2 cup cold water, and mix into jello mixture. Pour into your favorite mold.

Dressing: Cook in double boiler the 3/4 cup sugar, flour, eggs and butter until slightly thickened. Cool. When completely cool, add the whipped cream, pineapple juice and juice of one orange. This recipe can be halved, if desired.

This makes a very large salad. Mom often made it in a 9x13" cake pan, as when cut, the squares with a dollop of the dressing made a great presentation. Wonderful cool salad for holidays or any special occasion.

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*This is a favorite during holidays around Carole's home. Thanks for sharing it with us,Carole!

Lane Cake
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 cups sifted cake flour
1 tbsp plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
8 egg whites

Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Combine flour and baking powder add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix at low speed after each addition. Stir in flavorings. Beat egg whites at high speed until peaks form; fold into batter. Pour into 3 greased and floured 9 inch round cakepans
Bake at 325 degrees for 18 minutes until wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in pans on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely.

Lane Cake Filling:
1/2 cup butter
8 egg yolks
1 1/2  cups sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped raisins
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
1/3 cup bourbon

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Add egg yolks and sugar; cook, stirring vigorously, until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens. (20 minutes) remove from heat; stir in pecans and remaining ingredients. Let cool completely before using.

Lane Cake Frosting
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup warm water
2 egg whites
1 tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine first 4 ingredients in top of a large double boiler; beat at low speed of an electric mixer 30 seconds until well blended. Place over boiling water; beat constantly at high speed 7 to 9 minutes until stiff peaks form and temperature reaches 160 degrees. Remove from heat. Add vanilla; beat 2 minutes until frosting is spreading consistency.

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*And another from Carole :-)

Santa’s Sleigh Cake
1 batch brownies (your choice)
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
2 candy canes (optional)
1 pint heavy cream
coconut
Holly leaves
Purchased Santa and Sleigh decoration

Using your favorite recipe or mix, prepare brownies and cook in a well-greased 8 inch round pan. Remove from pan in one piece. Cool. Spoon ice cream (if you have a large bowl, use more ice cream) sprinkle with crushed peppermint stick into aluminum bowl that has a diameter of 8 inches at the top. Pack the ice cream into this mold and freeze until hard. Unmold the ice cream by wrapping a warm towel around the bowl, and Invert it onto the circular brownie, Frost this “mountain” with heavy cream, whipped until stiff. Refreeze the cake. When the cream is frozen hard, loosely cover the cake with foil and return to the freezer. Transfer it to a serving plate, sprinkle it lightly with coconut, and decorate it with holly and the Santa.

NOTE: The cake base and ice cream can be any flavor you wish. The cake can also be served with a desert chocolate or fruit sauce, but for children the cake is sweet and rich enough without the sauce.

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*This recipe was published in Sunset Magazine many, many years ago, at least 30. Our family enjoys the bread as often as possible at Christmas Time.

Christmas Tree Bread
2 pkgs yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tbsp sugar
4 slightly beaten eggs
1-2/3 cups undiluted evaporated milk
Saffron, about the size of grain of rice (more if desired)
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups sugar
4-1/2 cups flour
1 cup melted butter
Approx 4 cups flour
2 eggs beaten
Green and red glace cherries

In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and 1 tablespoon sugar.
Add 4 slightly beaten eggs, 1-2/3 cups evaporated milk (at room
temperature), saffron threads, ground, 1 teaspoon salt, 1-1/2 cups sugar. Beat until saffron is completely diffused. Gradually add 4-1/2 cups flour, beating until dough is smooth and elastic. Stir in 1 cup melted, and cooled butter, until mixture is well blended. Add 4 more cups flour until stiff dough forms.

Sprinkle bread board with an additional 1/2 cup flour. Turn dough out onto board; cover and let rest 15 minutes. Knead until smooth and elastic. Put dough into greased bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Cut dough into three equal parts. Each one is enough for 1 loaf bread.
Shape trees by rolling small pieces of dough into "snakes" arrange the
"snakes" on a greased cookie sheet to form the boughs of a tree, braid three snakes and lay them down the center of the bread to form a trunk. 
as well as are the bough ends or any other shape desired. Decorate the tree With glace cherries. Cover and let rise 25 minutes.

Brush with beaten egg before baking, and again after 15 minutes of baking. Bake at 400 F for 25 to 30 minutes or until is golden brown.

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*This has become a favorite on our holiday table. The presentation is very pretty!

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Jingle Nut Wreath Salad
2 (3 oz) pkgs lime jello (or 1 6 oz pkg)
2 cups boiling water
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple in juice
2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 pear, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
1/4 cup maraschino cherries -- well drained

Dissolve jello in boiling water. Drain pineapple, reserve juice. Add water to juice to make 1 cup, add to gelatin. Chill until slightly thickened. Measure 1 1/2 cups, pour into 6 cup fluted round mold. (looks like a wreath when unmolded), Chill until set but not firm. Combine sour cream and mayonnaise, blend in remaining jello. Chill until thickened. Add pear, pineapple, nuts and cherries. Spoon into mold. Chill at least 4 hours. Unmold. This can be made with sugar free jello. You can use mint leaves and half slices of maraschino cherries to make holly on the wreath after it is unmolded. Very pretty!

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*From: Pampered Chef Spring/Summer 1999 Season's Best Recipe Collection. Here is a recipe I tried for this Christmas and it makes a great looking (and tasting) table food.  With the red and green in it, it is very festive.  It looks complicated, but it is really easy to do.  I substituted the ham after Christmas and made one and it was excellent!

Chicken (or Ham) & Broccoli Braid
12 oz. cooked chicken, chopped (2 cups - about 3 cooked boneless skinless chicken breast halves) 
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, pressed
4 oz sharp cheddar chess, shredded (1 cup)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp All-purpose Dill Mix (or 1 tsp dill weed)
1/4 tsp salt
2 pkgs (8 oz ea) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 tbsp slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 375. Chop chicken and broccoli and place in bowl. Add chopped red bell pepper. Press garlic over mixture and shred cheese over mixture. Add mayonnaise, dill mix and salt. Mix well. 

Unroll package of crescent rolls. Do not separate. Arrange longest sides of dough across width of 12 x 15" pan (I use a baking stone) and repeat with remaining package of dough. Roll out dough to seal perforations. On long side of pan, cut dough into strips 1 1/2 inches apart, 3 inches deep leaving approximately 6" in the center of dough for filling. Spread filling evenly over middle of dough. 

To braid: Lift strips of dough across mixture to meet in center, twisting each strip one turn. Continue alternating strips to form braid. Tuck ends under to seal at ends. 

Brush egg white over dough and sprinkle with almonds. Bake 25-28 minutes or until deep golden brown. 

Substitute: One 10 oz. package of cooked chicken by Tyson. 

Yield: 10 servings. 

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*Now don't get excited . . . I just found this recipe and it sounds so good.  Saw it made on the TV before Christmas but did not have time to do it.  But, I saved the recipe and will try it.

Chocolate Mousse Cake
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
12 oz semi-sweet or bitter chocolate (melted)
6 eggs
1/4 cup dark rum, or liqueur of choice, or O.J. or coffee, etc.

Mix sugar and water.  Melt chocolate and add to sugar and water.  Lightly whisk eggs into mixture one at a time.

Pour batter into an 8" pan lined with parchment paper.  Place pan in another pan with a little water.  Bake for 45 minutes at 325 degrees. 

Cool.  Dopple whipped cream (whipped with a little sugar) over cake.  Garnish plate with chocolate covered strawberries or garnish of choice, surrounding cake. Yummy! 

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*This recipe is from the collection of Marion McLinden, who was in charge of the family kitchen at Sunnyside, the New York home of Washington Irving. It is delicious!

Sunnyside Mincemeat Pie
2 lbs lean beef, ground
1 lb suet, ground
2 lbs sugar
5 lbs tart apples, peeled, cored & chopped
2 lbs muscat raisins
1 lb currants
1 lb sultana raisins
1/2 lb candied citron, chopped
1/2 lb candied orange peel, chopped
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground mace
1 quart boiled apple cider, approximately
Brandy

Mix beef, suet, sugar, fruit, salt, spices and cider in a large kettle. Cover and simmer, stirring frequently, for 2 hours, adding more cider if needed.

Stir in brandy to taste. Pack into sterilized 1-quart jars, seal securely, let cool, then store in refrigerator and allow to mellow at least 1 month before using. Makes 5 jars.

To make a pie: Line a 9-inch pie pan with pastry. Spoon in enough mincemeat to fill the pan.

Cover filling with remaining pastry, rolled thin. Seal securely and slash top to vent steam. Bake at 400 F for 45 minutes. Serve warm.

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*These 3 cookie recipes are from the 1998 Holiday Cookie Contest conducted by the Dallas Morning News. 

Almond-Apricot Sandwich Cookies
3/4 cup whole almonds, lightly toasted
1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/4 cup brandy or flavored liqueur
Chocolate Glaze:
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp half-and-half
2 tsp light corn syrup

Heat oven to 350 F. Finely grind the almonds in a food processor or blender. Measure flour, butter and sugar into a large bowl. Add almonds and knead with your hands (the dough will be very dry). 

Roll half the dough between 2 sheets of wax paper or parchment paper to a thickness of 1/8-inch. Cut into circles with a 2-1/2-inch cookie cutter.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheets 8 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool. 

Combine preserves and brandy. Spread 1 tsp of the mixture onto half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies. 

Prepare Chocolate Glaze. Place the glaze in a squirt bottle and drizzle over the cookies in random patterns. Store cookies in the refrigerator. For best flavor, bring to room temperature before serving. Makes 1 dozen.

Glaze: Melt together in a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water the glaze ingredients.

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*Orange Pecan Creams
2-3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup margarine, softened
2 eggs
2 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
Grated peel of 2 oranges
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
40 pecan halves
Orange Cream Icing:
1/2 cup margarine
1 lb confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Grated peel of 1 orange
2 tbsp thawed orange juice concentrate

Heat oven to 375 F. In a small bowl, combine flour, soda, ream of tartar and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat together sugar, margarine, eggs, orange juice concentrate, orange peel and vanilla. Beat at low speed with an electric mixer, scraping bowl often, until well-mixed, about 2-3 minutes.

Beat in dry ingredients and stir just until mixed. Stir in the chopped nuts. Drop by heaping teaspoons about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven immediately and cool on wire rack. 

Frost the cooled cookeis with Orange Cream Icing. Top each cookie with a pecan half. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Orange Cream Icing: Cream together margarine (at room temperature), confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and the orange peel, gradually ading up to 2 tbsp of thawed orange juice concentrate to achieve a spreadable consistency.

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*White-Chocolate Macadamia-Cranberry Cookies
1 pkg (18 oz) white chocolate chunk refrigerated cookie dough
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup dried sweetened cranberries, such as Craisins
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp orange extract

Heat oven to 350 F. In a large mixing bowl, crumble the cookie dough. Add macadamias, cranberries, vanilla and orange extract. Mix well with an electric mixer. Spoon cookie dough by teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and let cool. Makes 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

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*Laura G. sends the following two recipes our way with this note: "Here are 2 recipes that I must make during the holidays or I will be sent to the dog house. :)"

*Horsesradish and Beet Relish
2 cups beets
1/2 cup sugar
1 small onion
4 oz horseradish -- B&D
1/2 cup vinegar

Grind beets and onions, stir in remaining ingredients. Refrigerate overnight. 

NOTE: Keeps for about 3 months covered in the refrigerator.

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*Rose's Crescents
10 oz sliced almonds -- blanched
1 cup sugar
3 cups butter
5 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
Topping:
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon

Place almonds in a food processor until ground fine. Mix together all cookie ingredients until well blended. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. 

Preheat oven to 325°

Shape cookies in crescent moon shape and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 14 minutes until set but not brown. 

Mix together cinnamon and sugar, dredge cookies in sugar immediately after removing from oven and cool completely. 

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*This is very delicious and also very easy. It calls for making it in the microwave, but I don't see any reason why it can't be done on top of the stove. The original recipe is from the Texas Peanut Producers Board. I made this as a house gift when I was visiting over the holidays. If you put the fudge on an attractive serving dish, it makes a wonderful gift. Tie the dish and fudge up in plastic wrap, put an attractive bow around it, and there you are...a gift on 2 levels. The fudge can be eaten, and the dish can be reused by the recipient on 
other occasions....a gift that keeps on giving :-)

Lone Star Five Minute Fudge
1 (12 oz) bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 (12 oz) jar peanut butter, either smooth or chunky
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

In a 1 1/2 quart bowl, melt chocolate and peanut butter in a microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove and stir well. Add milk, stirring until well blended. Pour mixture into an 8x8-inch pan lined with wax paper. 
Refrigerate. Cut into 1 inch pieces. Makes 64 squares. 

Bev's Note: You can also add chopped peanut pieces to the fudge after melting, and put a whole peanut on top of each square for decoration.  I like to "gild the lilly."

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*Rum and Chestnut Gateau
Sponge:
50 g unsalted butter
125 g plain flour
125 g castor sugar
Few drops vanilla essence
4 large egg yolks
1 level tsp baking powder
3 tbsp milk
Meringue:
4 egg whites
225 g golden castor sugar
50 g flaked amlonds
300 ml whipping/double cream
4 tbsp sweetened chestnut puree and 4 tbsp rum
3 tbsp plain grated chocolate
Decoration:
5 to 8 Marrons glacé
Rosettes of whipped cream
Shavings of plain chocolate

Oven gas mark 4/180/350. Grease and line two 8-inch round cake tins with non-stick parchment. Leave about 2.5-1 inch collar of paper above rim. 

Next make the sponge: cream together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and vanilla essence. Sift the flour and baking powder into the egg mixture, alternating with the milk. Divide the mixture between the tins and smooth with a spatula. 

Next, make the meringue: In a clean grease-free bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Whisk in half the castor sugar and beat well. It should look glossy. Gradually fold in the remaining sugar.
Divide the mixture between the two tins, spreading evenly over the cake
mixture to eliminate any air pockets.

Bake for 45-50 mins until golden brown. Remove from tins and cool on a wire rack. Place the whipping cream in a large bowl. Whisk until it just holds its shape. Soften the chestnut puree in another bowl. Fold the cream into the chestnut puree. Sprinkle in the chocolate and stir gently. Fold in the rum. Pile the chestnut mixture onto the meringue surface of one of the cakes. Smooth the surface. Place the second cake on top. Press down gently. Pipe swirls of whipped cream on the cake, and decorate each swirl with a Marrons glacé. Pipe in to the centre of the cake with shavings of chocolate. Use a potato peeler to do this.
Dust lightly with unrefined golden icing sugar (optional).

Note: Marrons glacé are chestnuts preserved in sugar.

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*Double Chocolate Fruitcake
(Chatelaine Magazine Dec. 1999)

3/4 cup whole cranberries
1/2 cup golden raisins 
1/2 cup rum, preferably dark
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt 
4 oz. unsweetened dark chocolate chopped
1/2 cup butter, at room temp.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla 
1 cup white or dark chocolate chips or chopped squares
3/4 cup halved nuts, such as pecans or walnuts
Molten White Chocolate Drizzle 
1 cup whipping cream 
1/2 tsp instant coffee granules or vanilla extract
12oz finely chopped white chocolate

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly butter a 9 inch round spring form pan. Measure out cranberries, then slice in half. Place in a small bowl with raisins. Add rum and stir to combine. Leave at room temperature for at least 4 hours or heat in microwave on high power for 3 minutes, stirring part way
through. Then let cool to room temperature at least 20 min.

2. In a bowl, using a fork, stir flour with baking powder and salt. Melt dark chocolate in top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring often, or in a microwavable dish on medium power for about 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let cool.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating constantly. Then beat in milk, vanilla and melted chocolate. Drain off any rum that has not been absorbed by fruit and beat it into butter mixture, beating on low speed. Stir in reserved fruit white chocolate, and nuts. Using a spatula, turn batter into buttered pan and smooth top. Gently
bang pan on counter a few times to eliminate any air pockets.

4. Bake in center of a 325 F oven until a tester inserted into center of cake comes out with no batter clinging to it, from 70 to80 minutes. Place pan on a rack to cool. Brush top of cake with a little rum, if you like. Cool to room temperature. Cover. Store at room temperature up to 2 days or refrigerate
up to 2 weeks.

5. To make drizzle topping, warm cream in a small saucepan set over medium heat until bubbles start to form around edges of pan. Or heat in microwave on medium high power for 2 minutes. Stir in coffee until dissolved or stir in vanilla. (Coffee cuts the sweetness of chocolate). Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Pour in half the warm cream mixture and stir to melt chocolate. Stir in remaining cream mixture and stir until very smooth. Sauce can be used immediately or covered and refrigerated for up to 5 days. Then just before serving, heat chocolate sauce on medium power in microwave for 2 1/2 minutes, stirring halfway through, until sauce is warm and viscous. Drizzle over individual wedges of cake just before serving.

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*Easy Glazed Carrots
(Chatelaine, Dec. 1999)
2 (1lb bags) of baby carrots
2 tbsp butter 
1/4 cup maple syrup
Generous pinches of salt and freshly ground black or white pepper.

1. Place carrots in a saucepan and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water until cool. Drain well, then place in a resealable plastic bag, a plastic storage container or a bowl sealed with plastic wrap. Refrigerate up to 2 days.

2. Just before serving, melt butter in a large frying pan or wide saucepan set over medium heat. Add maple syrup and toss in carrots. Stir fry until carrots are glazed and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Then season as you like with salt and pepper.

Pretty Extras: although these glazed carrots are delicious as is, you can garnish them with chopped chives, fresh dill, parsley or coriander. A light sprinkilng of fresh rosemary is also nice. 

I make this every Christmas.  It saves time Christmas day, and reduces the number of pots on the stove.  I heat it once the turkey is out of the oven and I am making gravy.

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*Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
in the Canadian Living Christmas Book
10 potatoes
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup butter 
1 cup green onions
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
pinch dried marjoram
pinch salt and pepper
1/2 cup coarse fresh bread crumbs

In large pot of boiling water, cook potatoes for 20 minutes or until tender but not mushy.  drain and let cool slightly; peel. With potato masher, mash until smooth; blend in cream cheese and butter until
melted.  Mix in onions, sour cream,  parsley, marjoram, salt and pepper . Transfer to 8 in 2L) baking dish; smooth top.  Sprinkle with crumbs.  (Casserole can be prepared to this point, covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 week.  Let thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours.  Add
10 minutes to baking time.) Bake in 400 F oven for about 20 minutes or until heated through and top is
lightly golden. Makes about 10 servings.

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This is another casserole we make for Christmas dinner.

*Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole
2 eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 chopped onion
1 tin mushroom soup
1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated 
1/2 cup butter melted
croutons crushed 
1/ cup cheddar cheese grated
2 cups broccoli
2 cups cauliflower

1. Cook the broccoli and cauliflower for 5 minutes and then drain.
2. Mix eggs, onion, mayonnaise, soup and 1/2 cup grated cheese.
3. Combine with vegetables and place in casserole dish.
4. Mix the butter croutons and cheese.
5. Sprinkle over the top of the vegetables.
6. Bake at 350 F for 50 minutes. 

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This is part of a collection of craft recipes. These are simple doughs. Some of them will make fairly permanent ornaments, others will deteriorate. It is best with all dough ornaments to dip them in some sort of sealer such as acrylic or polymer coatings. Next best preservative treatment would be to spray the ornament with sealer. This is a very important step; I lost many precious and irreplaceable ornaments one year because they were not sealed and they got damp. Have fun! Judy 

*Dough Art Recipes

This is the preferred recipe for permanent ornaments.

7 tablespoons hot water
1/4 cup salt
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup flour

Mix previous ingredients well and add:

Tempera paint
1/2 cup flour

Knead well and shape as desired. Dry in 325 F oven (cooler oven is fine but will take longer to dry. You can also air dry.) Dip dry ornaments in varnish or varathane. Ornaments can be sprayed but they will not be as well sealed.

Baking time: Bake in a 325 F oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Baking may take longer depending on the size of piece. Test for doneness by gently tapping each piece with the handle of a knife. A hollow sound tells you the piece is done.

Storage: Store completed pieces away from dampness. A zip-lock bag or tupperware box makes a good storage container. Should a piece get soft it can be re-baked. Bake the piece in a 200 F oven for 12 to 24 hours. The varnish will smell, but is not harmful. Touch up the paint if necessary and dip in varnish.

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*Recipe #2

Full Amount
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup hot water

Half Amount 
1 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup hot water

Quarter Amount
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup hot water

Always mix salt and hot water first. Stir a while to allow some of the salt to dissolve. Stir in flour. Knead until dough has consistency of smooth play dough. Store dough in a sealed plastic bag. Dough can be kept for 24 hours, however it will become sticky. More flour can be added, but the texture will never return to its original consistency. If you wish to keep the dough for the 24 hours, store it in the refrigerator. This dough is not edible.

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*Recipe #3

Full Amount 
4 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups hot water

Half Amount
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup salt
3/4 cup hot water

Quarter Amount
1 cup plain flour
1/4 cup salt
1/3 cup hot water

To add paint to either recipe 2 or 3 always put the paint in your measuring cup first and then add all the correct amount of water. Should your dough feel tacky, add more flour. If it is so dry that it will not stick together use a spray bottle to add more water.

Cut ornaments with holes and fill the holes with candy below.

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*Stained Candy Windows

To make candy, mix:

2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water in saucepan

Stir to blend well: cook over highest heat until candy thermometer reads 300 F; remove at once from heat.

Have a small pan and stirrer ready for each color you plan to use. Pour some syrup into small pan and add liquid food coloring drop by drop. Start with red, yellow, and blue then vary the hues as desired by following package directions. Stir as little as possible while blending, trapped air bubbles can make the candy opaque.

To maintain pouring consistency you will need to rewarm the syrup occasionally over moderate heat, stirring gently. (However, you can set aside the syrup for a few hours, then return to the project.) The very hot syrup may be too thin: let it stand a few minutes to thicken. Pour the syrup into frames made from the dough. The candy will harden in about 15 minutes.

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*Recipe #4

3 cups flour
1/2 to 1 cup water
1 cup salt
Food coloring

1. Mix flour and salt together in mixing bowl.

2. Add food coloring to water.

3. Add colored water a little at a time, to the flour and salt mixture. Stir together each time you add water.

4. Stop adding water when the dough will stay together without crumbling. If the dough is sticky, you have added too much water, and you will have to add a little more flour and salt.

This dough is soft and easy to mode. It can be used again if you keep the dough in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Products made from the dough will harden in a few days if left out to dry.

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*Recipe #5

1 cup salt 
3/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup cornstarch 
Food coloring

1. Stir together salt, cornstarch and water in top of double boiler. Add enough food coloring to tint the dough to desired color.

2. Put some hot water in bottom of double boiler and place top part over it. Heat over low heat stirring constantly until all of the mixture gets stiff and hangs to the spoon.

3. Remove from heat and put mixture on waxed paper or aluminum foil to cool.

This dough is a little more rubbery than the other. It can be used again if kept in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Products made from the dough will harden in a few days if left out to dry.

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*Recipe #6 (Baked)

4 cups flour (unsifted) 
1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups water
1 cup salt

1. Mix all ingredients together, knead until smooth.

2. Roll out dough and cut with cookie cutter or form objects by hand.

3. Bake objects at 300 F for 3 hours. (There will be some browning.)

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*Recipe #7

3 slices of white bread, sans crusts
3 tbsp white glue

Variations:
1 tsp glycerin
1 tbsp white shoe polish
1 tbsp titanian white paint
3 drops lemon juice

Remove crusts from bread and tear bread into small pieces in bowl. Mix bread and glue; add one of the variations if desired. Knead until smooth and dough no longer sticks to fingers.

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*Recipe #8

Place 1/4 cup white glue in glass or stainless steel bowl. Add flour and knead until dough is smooth and no longer sticks to your fingers. The amount Of flour will vary greatly according to the moisture in the air.

Use the variations from recipe #7 if desired.

Both recipes #7 and #8 may be kept in a zip-lock bag in the refrigerator for weeks.

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*Recipe #9

First Playdough: This first playdough recipe is good for very young children because it is very soft.

Mix:
3 cups flour
1/2 cup salad oil
Water, approximately 1/2 cup, just enough to bind

Knead well. If you like, add a bit of food coloring. Allow your toddler to push, poke, prod, bang, and manipulate his playdough. There's no harm if he eats a bit of it, but it won't taste very good.

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*Recipe #10

Heavenly Playdough
1/2 cup salt
2 cups water

Boil until salt dissolves. Add:

Food coloring, tempera powder, or water crayons for color. Add:

2 tablespoons salad oil
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
2 tablespoons alum (available at drugstore or in spice section supermarket)

Knead or process until an even consistency results. Keep in an airtight container or a plastic bag. The dough will last two months or longer.

Note: You can substitute cornmeal or whole wheat flour for the all purpose flour to achieve a different consistency.

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*Helpful Hints

1. Never use self-rising flour

2. Always store all dough except the piece you are working with in a sealed bag.

3. All shapes used in dough figures start from a round smooth ball shape.

4. Knead and roll dough so no cracks appear. Should you form a piece with even a hairline crack it will split when baked.

5. The consistency of your dough will vary with the humidity.

6. Wash hands frequently, especially between color changes.

7. When you form flat pieces, prick them with a pin to avoid swelling during baking.

8. Tempera, either liquid or dry, is the preferred colorant. Acrylic and watercolors may also be used to color the dough. Paste food color can be used, but the color will be very pale pastel.

9. Fine tip magic markers may also be used, especially for faces or other fine markings

10. Always shape pieces on a small piece of aluminum foil.

11. Always join sections of pieces with a drop of water.

12. Bake pieces on cookie sheets.

13. Lower baking temperatures will give a whiter finish to the dough. Using lower temperatures will increase the baking time.

14. Test for doneness by gently tapping the figure with the handle of a knife. A hollow sound tells you it is done. Check the back side of each piece too.

15. For browned highlights - brush on egg white before baking.

16. Some areas may brown too quickly. Cover these with small pieces of foil.

17. Ornaments may also be air dried. It takes 3 weeks in a perfectly dry area for a piece to totally dry.

18. The best brush for painting fine details is a fine point artist brush - size 00 or smaller.

19. Let paint dry fully before dipping in sealer.

20. For a hard finish use varathane varnish either glossy or satin finish. There is a new varnish out by Deft that dries in 30 minutes. Spray varnish may be used, but dipping the pieces in a bucket of varnish gives a nicer longer lasting finish.

21. After dipping find an out of the way area where the pieces can hang for at least 3 days

22. Dip three times for a good seal. Let pieces dry to a slightly tacky finish between dips.

23. Some brands of varnish will melt the dough and make the paint run.

24. To clean hands after varnishing use vaseline. Wash hands in hot soapy water.

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Pastes and Glues

*Recipe #1 (Simple Paste)

1/3 cup flour 
1/4 cup water approximately

1. Mix water into flour, a little at a time, until the mixture is the consistency you desire.

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*Recipe #2 (Cooked Paste)

1/2 cup sugar 
2 cups water
1/2 cup flour 
15 drops oil of cloves, wintergreen or peppermint*
1/2 teaspoon powdered alum

1. Mix sugar, flour, alum, and water. Cook until thick.

2. Remove from heat, and add oil of cloves, wintergreen or peppermint.

3. When cool, put in covered container, and store in refrigerator.

Note: the oils of cloves, or wintergreen, or peppermint are used to keep the paste from spoiling. They may be omitted if paste is stored in the refrigerator.

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*Recipe #3 Glue

Bring to a full, rolling boil:
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 teaspoon white vinegar

Mix together separately:
1/2 cup cornstarch mixed with
3/4 cup cold water

Stirring constantly add cornstarch mix slowly to the hot mixture. Let stand overnight before using.

Craft Recipes CFF Shared by Judy

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*Scented Cinnamon Ornaments
1 cup ground cinnamon -- (4 oz)
1 tbsp ground cloves
1 tbsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup applesauce
2 tbsp white glue

NOTE: These are not edible!

In a medium bowl, mix cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add applesauce and glue. Work mixture with hands for 2-3 minutes, until dough is smooth. Divide into 4 portions. Roll out each portion to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with cookie cutters and make a small hole in the top of each with a toothpick.

Place cutouts on a wire rack to dry at room temperature for several days, turning once each day for even drying. Thread string or ribbons through the hole in each ornament. Makes about 32 ornaments depending on size.

The cinnamon smell from these will last for years!

CFF Shared by Leilani 

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