Christmas Recipes

Recipes for Christmas – Holiday Recipes

Holiday Bread Pudding with Warm Berry Sauce April 30, 2009

Holiday Bread Pudding with Warm Berry Sauce

2 eggs
3/4 c. sugar
3 c. low-fat milk
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp. vanilla
3/4 c. dried currants
1 tsp. nutmeg
8 oz. stale French bread, sliced 1/2 inch thick

2 c. frozen raspberries
2 c. frozen strawberries
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. fresh squeezed orange juice
3 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
Powdered sugar for dusting*
Raspberries & strawberries for garnish*

PUDDING: Combine eggs, sugar, milk, cream, melted butter, vanilla,
currants and nutmeg in a bowl; whisk to blend well. Pour the mixture over bread slices and let stand, turning bread as necessary, until bread is soft and saturated, about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Arrange the bread slices in a lightly greased 4-quart baking dish and pour any unabsorbed custard mixture over the bread. Bake uncovered until the custard is set and top is lightly browned, about 45 minutes.

SAUCE: Combine berries, sugar and orange and lemon juices in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly until the fruit begins to break up, about 5 minutes. Puree in a food processor or blender, return to same pan and heat until warm. To serve, dust the top with powdered sugar. Pass the warm sauce and fresh berries at the table. Serves 8.


Christmas Cherry Ham Sauce April 20, 2009

Christmas Cherry Ham Sauce

1 c. crushed pineapple, undrained
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
1/2 tsp. red food coloring
1/8 tsp. salt
1 c. canned, drained, pitted red sour
cherries (save juice)
2 tbsp. corn starch
1/2 c. cherry juice

Into a saucepan mix together pineapple, sugar, butter, lemon juice, lemon rind, food coloring and salt. Heat slowly. In small bowl mix 1/2 cup canned cherry juice and corn starch, stir until smooth. Add to the fruit mixture. Stir constantly until sauce thickens. Lower heat and simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Serve hot over baked ham or broiled ham slices. Makes about 2 1/2 cups sauce.


Christmas Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake April 6, 2009

Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake

2 pounds sweet potatoes
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, washed
3/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider
1/2 cup pecan or walnut halves or other nut

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Combine sweet
potatoes, cranberries, apples, and raisins in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, and spices. Add to sweet potatoes and toss to coat.

Place sweet potatoes in a shallow 2-quart casserole dish. Pour apple juice over top.

Cover, bake at 350 degrees, stirring occasionally, for 50 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are almost soft. Add nuts and bake, uncovered for 10 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.