It may be snowing out today, but I know spring is on the way. It’s been a long winter here! Easter will be here soon, and it never seems right without some Hot Cross Buns. I will make these again on Easter! Every year I get into the mood for Hot Cross Buns and this year is no different. I have tried various recipes and the one I made this year really hit the mark. The blend of spices is just right for what I like. Like so many other foods, what you grew up eating and liking, sets the bar for something tasting “right” when you get older.
For the last few years I’ve been making some kind of biscotti at Christmas time. I usually go for the sweet cookies but decided to try it, I loved it…dunked in a cup of hot, good coffee. I’ve been making it every year since. This recipe with almonds and dried cherries is my favorite.
This Date and Walnut Loaf is totally delicious! It is moist and full of dates. I added a caramel sauce over it, as it really is more of a dessert that it is a quick bread. It is not overly sweet without the caramel sauce and since I am really into sweets, it just seemed perfect! And it is!
If you like things not so sweet, this is also terrific with some cream cheese smeared on top of a slice. That’s what my friend Ann does and it’s her recipe.
Are you planning a holiday party? Do you have friends and family that like to drop over? Would you like to have something to offer with that glass of wine or whatever the drink of the day is? If so, then this may be the perfect recipe! Make this now, stash it in the fridge, ready to pull out and spoon over warmed brie or cream cheese… I’d go with brie, just because I love it.
Recipe titles can be hard. I couldn’t think of any other way to describe this recipe, because I wanted to emphasize that there are options on how you bake it. I was in the mood to experiment, wanting to see what would work best. I’ve made this recipe as regular fruitcake in the past, but for many, fruitcake seems to have become a dirty word… there’s just too many jokes about it. Besides that, I am not sure that this really is a fruitcake. It has plenty of fruit, nuts and rum, but it also has plenty of cake, and the cake is nice and soft. Such a dilemma…what to call it? First, let me show you what I ended up with:
Fudge! I grew up eating it and now I live in Northern Michigan, an area known for the fudge shops in almost every town. I’d rather eat fudge than any other type of candy, so watch out, I have other fudge recipes to share on this blog, after all, I am not just a foodie, I’m also a fudgie!
I made this fudge a few years ago, loved it, but put it out of my mind because I loved it a little too much. So, the other day I’m thinking about the blog and I remember this fudge and how great it is. It calls to you at the oddest times, like in the middle of the night or in the morning with a cup of coffee…. and worst of all, it call’s to you when it’s at home and you’re not. Wednesday I had to do some shopping and get my snow tires put on, I sat at the tire place and all I could think about was this fudge waiting at home. I should have put a couple of pieces in a baggie….