Yummy Holiday Treats to Kick Off the 12 Days of Christmas
Posted by Tawny Weber Dec 14 2011, 1:46 am
I adore baking. I delight in candy making. Clearly, I’m a fan of the yumminess of the holidays. So much so, that when I found that SEX, LIES AND MISTLETOE would be a December release, I decided that my heroine, Pandora, would use her experience as a baker to turn the family business around. A gift for creating delicious yumminess combined with her grammy’s old *magic* recipe books give her the idea to open a café in Moonspun Dreams, the new age store she’s inherited. But she won’t serve just any food in her café. Thanks to those recipes, she’s stirring in a little something extra to each dish. The town of Black Oak is thrilled, since that something extra has added a whole lot of heat to their libidos! Talk about adding a little spice to the holidays! Pretty soon, the sex lives of her customers are as great as her sales!
This was such a fun thing for me to bring into the story, not only because, well, hey what’s not fun about turning up the heat on a whole lot of love lives? But also because it let me combine two of my favorite things. Baking, and writing (you thought I was gonna say sex, didn’t you?!) Using the yummy aphrodisiac inspired food as a challenge between Pandora and the hottie badboy, Caleb, was even more fun. He especially liked her chocolate cake.
Thankfully, since baking at the holidays is something I love to do, my family all loves to eat the goodies as well. Many a’year, they will request food instead of gifts. Well, the adults. My kids want toys. Lots of toys.
My family has a list of favorites they request. My favorite is my mom’s Pecan Caramels. My dad and my FIL both love my Almond Toffee, and my mother’s favorite is my Cranberry Bread. My husband loves it all, and my girls both want fudge.
My Mom’s Favorite Cranberry Bread
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease 1 large loaf pan or 3 mini loaf pans.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan.
Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on rack for 15 minutes before taking out of pan to cool completely.
Mmmm, it’s so yummy. I can’t wait to make my first batch this evening! How about you? What’s your favorite treat this time of year? Does your family all have special requests that you bake for the holidays? And the big question… would you try a dessert purported to be an aphrodisiac?
Ho! Ho! HO! Happy ChrismaHannaKwanzaYulicah! No matter how you celebrate the holidays in December, come join the Romance Bandits for the 12 Days of Christmas! We have prizes and prezzies and recipes every day, along with bigger presents on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Commenters go in the drawing to win….so make sure you speak up!
In December of 2011 Tawny launched her Undercover Ops series with SEX, LIES AND MISTLETOE. The second book in the series, SEX, LIES & MIDNIGHT is on shelves in January 2012, quickly followed in February by SEX, LIES & VALENTINES. Be sure to follow her Holiday Survival Tour as she celebrates these three books with contests, giveaways and lots of fun. You can read the first chapter of SEX, LIES & MISTLETOE on her website, all you have to do is join the Reader LoveFest!
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