Posted on December 16, 2010
Let The Baking Begin
The annual Christmas baking battle is set to begin in my kitchen in a matter of hours and I can safely say that, this year, I’m well-armed and ready to tackle my long list of must-makes. Much in thanks to a most excellent birthday gift from John Biehler, it all begins with one adorably covet-worthy apron. Did I mention that I love that it has pockets and bows? I suspect my newest toy will come in handy also.
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After a trip last night to Superstore, my kitchen is stocked with five pounds of butter plus flour, white sugar, brown sugar, icing sugar, berry sugar, white chocolate, milk chocolate, almonds, cream cheese, peanuts, eggs, mini Reese peanut butter cups, marshmallows, peanut butter and a truckload of ingredients necessary to whip up insanely good batches of nuts n’ bolts. My wallet is $103.72 lighter.
Round 1 kicks off tonight with a batch of homemade caramel popcorn and luscious red velvet cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting. Friday sets the stage for Round 2 with nuts n’ bolts and marbled almond bark with toasted almond chunks. The final round wraps up on Saturday with peanut butter cup cookies and buttery Scottish shortbread. To celebrate my triumphant win in the kitchen, the guy and I are toasting with rum and eggnog and a viewing à deux of Home Alone 2: Lost In New York that evening by the Christmas tree. There may be sampling involved.
Over the last several years, the responsibility of baking has been passed on to me from my mom and aunt, along with the epic turkey dinner
we I make each year. To be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Something tells me I’ll have a hard time sleeping tonight, filled with excitement over the baking and cooking that awaits me in the coming week.
You tell me: what are some of your favourite baked Christmas treats? Which holiday traditions are you responsible for in your family?