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Our Christmas Brunch

:: Menu ::

Savory

Fried Eggs

Sautéed Vegetables

Sausages

Sweet

Stollen

Poppy seed Cake

Rommegrot

Beverages

Eggnogg

Coffee

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We sautéed mushrooms, onions, and green peppers to go with our eggs and sausages.

Every year on Christmas Eve, our Grandma sends home a loaf of her homemade Stollen. We like to toast it and smother it in butter.

I was browsing around, trying to find something utterly scrumptious to make, and found this recipe.

My litte neice enjoyed her first Christmas.

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This Wednesday was Dad’s birthday. Finding I didn’t have a present, I decided to bake him some biscotti. I was a little concerned he wouldn’t like them. Twice before I have made biscotti – and failed miserably. However, this batch turned our quite well (perhaps due to the fact that I actually followed the recipe).

“Those were good,” he said the next day. “Those are good.”

I am pleased and satisfied.

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:: Chocolate & Almond Biscotti ::

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole almonds, toasted and chopped coarse
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons softened butter, divided
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (120z) bag of chocolate chips

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 325° F. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup of butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.

2) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter mixture with the mixer on low and beat until well combined. Stir in the almonds. If the dough is too wet to handle, stir in an additional 1/2 cup of flour.

3) Butter 2 large baking sheets. Divide the dough into 3-4 portions and shape into long, flattened logs on the baking sheets, about 5 inches wide and 5/8 inches thick.

4) Bake the logs in preheated oven for 27-30 minutes, or until firm and slightly browned. Transfer logs one at a time to a cutting board and cut diaganally into 1/2 inch thick slices. Arrange sliced back on the baking sheets and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

5) Line two large baking sheets with wax paper. Melt the chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons butter in a double boiler. Place in a rectangular baking pan and dip the bottoms of the biscotti in the chocolate. Place the dipped biscotti onto the wax paper lined baking sheets and place in the freezer to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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P.S. This is my entry for Eat Christmas Cookies 2. Stop by and see the roundup of delicious Christmas cookies!

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Gifts from the Kitchen 2008

————~:: Make It ::~————

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cranberry

Apple & Cranberry Chutney

blueberry Blueberry Syrup

muffin

Jam Jar Muffins

cookiescone

Cookie Scones

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies

————~:: Wrap It ::~————

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Goodie Bags

Gift Adornments

Cookie Compotes

Quick Bread Wraping

Printable Gift Tags(pdf)

Cookie Gift Sleeves

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