Friday, November 25, 2011

Divinity Kisses

I love making homemade candy for holiday gifts. Divinity Kisses would make a delicious gift for any age. Place in airtight container and dress with a beautiful bow and you have a quick and yummy gift.

2 ½ cups sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup water
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cups pecans, chopped
30 milk chocolate kisses

Step 1: Combine corn syrup, sugar, water and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan.
Step 2: Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat; stir until sugar dissolves.
Step 3: Cook, covered, over high heat until steam washes sugar crystals from side of the pan.
Step 4: Cook, uncovered, to 260 degree on candy thermometer or hard-ball stage; do not stir.
Step 5: Beat egg whites in mixing bowl until very stiff peaks form.
Step 6: Add hot syrup to egg whites; beating constantly until stiff.
Step 7: Beat in vanilla extract.
Step 8: Mix in pecans.
Step 9: Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper.
Step 10: Press a chocolate kiss into center of each candy.
Step 11: Let stand until cool and firm.
Step 12: Store in airtight container.
Yield: 2 ½ dozen.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hot Butter Rum Drink Mix

Hot Butter Rum Mix will keep several months in the refrigerator. Great mix for the holidays for drop in guests.

1 pound butter
1 pound brown sugar
1 pound powdered sugar
1 quart vanilla ice cream
Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

Melt all ingredients together in a large skillet.
To make Hot Buttered Rum drink, put 1 to 2 tablespoon s of mix in a mug.
Add 1 jigger of rum.
Fill mug with boiling water, and stir.
Mix will keep in refrigerator several months.
Yields: 12 cups

Note: One jigger typically is 1.5 ounces.

Image by Terwilliger911

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday Wassail

Wassail is a delicious drink on a cold winter day. Wassail is made with sweet apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice and spices of cinnamon and cloves and sweetened with raw honey. This hot spiced punch makes a great party drink for the holidays.

2 to 3 quarts sweet apple cider
3 cups orange juice
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup pineapple juice
1 stick cinnamon
Whole cloves
Raw honey to taste

Simmer together all ingredients for two minutes and serve hot.
Wassail may be place in a Crockpot on low to keep hot.

Image by Amy McGibbon Lang