Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Holiday Trends 2011

 Merry Christmas, right about now, you’re probably gearing up for a wonderful Christmas filled with great family, great friends, and of course, great food.

Thankfully, Betty Crocker is here to help make cooking and entertaining easier than ever with Betty Crocker’s Red Hot Holiday Trends 2011! The food experts at Betty Crocker have selected trends that will be red hot this holiday season, and have created delicious recipes to bring each one to life. These fun and delicious recipes are sure to fire up any holiday event, and keep you toasty and warm for the New Year ahead.

Trend: Double Desserts

Taking two desserts and mixing and mashing them together is one of our favorite trends. Things like pie shakes, cookie stuffed cookies, and pie-filled cupcakes deliver a whole new kind of delicious. It’s a 1+1=3 kind of thing.

Pie, meet cookie. Cookie, say hello to pie. When two all-time favorites come together, you get Pumpkin Pie Cookies, the star at your next holiday cookie exchange.

I can say that I tried this recipe and it was delicious.  They went so fast that I didn't have  time to take a photo of them.  I love pumpkin so I added a little more pumpkin to each of the cupcakes.  I think you can never have to much pumpkin.  

This is a great recipe to show off you culinary skills to your friends and family.  

Trend: Better Than Bought

From canning to candy making, there’s a renewed interest in handcrafted foods. This season, homemade food gifts are just the right thing to show your care and creativity.

Create the perfect combination of flavor and crunch with this homemade candy. Rich chocolate fudge layered with cajeta caramel, cashews and a sprinkle of sea salt—a recipe to impress.

I do like to can my own fresh fruit Click Here to learn more about canning.  Right now black berries are a  great price at our local H.E.B grocery store.  If I can spare the time I am going to try to can some of the black berries.  So far I have made three pies with all the black berries, they did not make it out of our house.

You can always make Reindeer Feed to giveaway as gifts.  It is easy and inexpensive to make.