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.

Coconut Lime Snowball Cookies

Cook Time 30 min |

Ingredients

8 oz unsalted butter, softened

½ cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp lime juice

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ tbsp lime zest

½ tsp salt

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted

1 ½ cups powdered sugar for rolling

Dark Chocolate Salted Peanut Butter Truffles

Cook Time 30 min |

Ingredients

1 cup 100% natural smooth peanut butter

4 tablespoons pure maple syrup

½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt

6 tablespoons crisp rice cereal

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon flaked sea salt

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