I love making new and fun things for the holidays for people! I went out on a limb a little this year with some creations, but I think they worked out well! For our neighbors I made s'more marshmallows! I love making homemade marshmallows! They taste so much better than store bought ones! I used Ina Garten's recipe, but I wanted to spruce it up and make it fun for the kids. Plus, what adult doesn't like s'mores?? I like making the individual marshmallows, but it is way messier this way. First I used mini muffin cups with foil liners (don't use paper because the marshmallows will never come out!). I sprayed baking spray in them and dusted them with powdered sugar so the marshmallows would come out easily.
I then filled the bottom of the cups with graham cracker crumbs and put a baking sheet on top and shook the muffin tray so the crumbs would stick to the sides of the foil.
Then I made the yummy marshmallows! It's like fluff before it sets.
You have to scoop out the marshmallow quickly because it sets fast. Then I wanted the marshmallows to have that toastiness about them, so I put them under the broiler for a few minutes.
Lastly, I broke the Hershey bar into pieces and put them in the sides. I wanted to put them on the top of the marshmallow, but of course I would really have to break the top of the toasty marshmallow to put the chocolate on top. I think next time I will press the chocolate inside the marshmallow before I broil it. They came out so cute and so good!! I think these would be good all year round!
I have been hearing awesome things about the chocolate and bacon craze. I was dying to try it out, so when I was invited to a Cookie Exchange I thought it was the perfect time to test it. Hey, if it flopped then there were hundreds of other cookies to munch on!(Also, I was told to bring 3 dozen cookies- I barely have time to bathe, much less make 3 dozen cookies.) Chocolate bark takes no time to make and even less effort. I baked a package of bacon on cookie cooling racks with a cookie sheet under it, so I could get nice crispy bacon and the fat dripped off. I chopped the bacon in small pieces. Then I melted a bag of dark chocolate morsels in a double boiler. I mixed 2/3 of the bacon and some slivered almonds in the chocolate, spread it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkled the rest of the bacon on top. I put that in the fridge to harden. I did the same thing with a bag of milk chocolate morsels. I think the dark chocolate tasted the best. I loved the sweet, salty and smokey flavors. I think next time I will cut the bacon in bigger pieces and just sprinkle it on top instead of mixing it in. It was so good!
|Dark chocolate Almond and Bacon Bark! Yum!|
My last new creation for the holiday was an Eggnog Cheesecake for my dad. He loves eggnog with bourbon, and I thought a cheesecake would pair perfectly with the sweet, smooth eggnog. I found a recipe with great reviews and it turned out heavenly! It wasn't a dense mouthful of baked cream cheese. It was so creamy, almost like a pudding. I added 3 tbsp of bourbon into the cake, but you couldn't taste it. Next time I'll add more:) I decorated with nutmeg on top. I also added cinnamon and nutmeg to the crust. I think it would be awesome with some spiked whipped cream! I baked it in a water bath as well and no cracking! It was so good that my dad made sure he gave me back my spring form pan before I left so next time I see him I can bring another cheesecake!
|(This is not my picture, but it looked exactly like this!)|