Why is it that celebrations and special food go together? I imagine it hearkens back to when an abundance of food was a sign of prosperity. This week on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop, Jenna Da Sie asks:
Do you do a holiday cookie exchange? If so, what cookies do you make? If you don’t, what treats do you and your family make for the holidays?
If you joined me from Elizabeth Schechter, welcome!
This topic came at a particularly opportune time. I had already planned to do baking this weekend (which is when I write and prep my blog). So I can share a photo with you of my endeavours!
First off – I am not much of a baker, so holiday cookie exchanges are not in my plans. But that being said, the only time of year my family can depend on me to do any baking at all is Christmas.
I have two main traditions - butter tarts and what we call chocolate haystacks. Both of these are traditional recipes from my dad’s side of the family. Butter tarts is actually a misnomer – they should be called margarine tarts. 😊 But the one time I made them with butter I didn’t like them as much. Chocolate haystacks are a coconut/oatmeal macaroon-style no-bake treat (so right in my wheelhouse!)
A couple of years ago I adventured in the world of using yeast, and attempted a Portuguese sweet bread made traditionally only at Easter and Christmas called massa. That Christmas my mother-in-law was having health issues and didn’t think she’d be able to make it, so I googled the recipe and baked a couple of loaves without letting her know (in case it was a total bust). It actually turned out quite well, and I have made it since. But I’m just the backup plan – if my mother-in-law can, she still makes it for everyone. 😊
How about you? Do you have holiday baking traditions? Share your recipe in the comments below if you like, then hop over to A.S. Fenichel for her Christmas treat plans.