Brighten Your Holiday with Complex Flavors
The holidays are for enjoying the small pleasures that come once a year, and there are none sweeter than homemade goodies, baked or brewed. By using a multitude of flavors in your Christmas recipes, you’ll wow your friends, family and co-workers alike.
Fruitcake, the French Way
Fruitcakes are traditional gifts around the holidays, but so often get overlooked and go stale on your kitchen counter. To spice things up, try pain d'epices, fruitcake's sophisticated French cousin. The holiday spice bread marries gingerbread, dried fruit and toasted nuts for an elegant, yet rustic take on the classic.
Warm Up with Mulled Wine
A mug of mulled wine makes for a warm blend of sweetness, spice and citrus, perfect to snuggle up with as you watch the snow fall outside. Combine red or white wine, cider, cinnamon, citrus, cloves, star anise and honey (or another sweetener of your choice) in a saucepan on your range or cooktop, then boil, serve and enjoy.
Big Flavor in Small Bites
Since the holidays are full of big meals and heavy dishes, bite sized treats are always a nice way to explore new, unexpected flavor combinations. For results that are anything but cookie cutter, try these tray-served delicacies.