Kick Off Your Holiday Baking

Happy Holidays! One of the main reasons why I love this time of year so much is because of all the fun baking I get to do. Here are my favorite holiday recipes I want to share with you all!


Christmas Morning Pancakes

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup 2% milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Maple syrup

STEPS:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the milk, egg, oil and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  3. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles form on top; cook until second side is golden brown.
  4. Serve with syrup! (Makes 8 pancakes).

Peppermint Bark

INGREDIENTS:

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
8 ounces white chocolate, broken into pieces
25 peppermint candies, crushed
2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, divided

STEPS:

  1. Lightly grease a 9×9 inch pan, line with waxed paper and set it aside.
  2. Place the semisweet chocolate and 1 teaspoon of the canola oil in the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring frequently.
  3. When the chocolate is melted, stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the peppermint extract. Pour the melted chocolate into the prepared pan and spread evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  4. Sprinkle half of the crushed peppermints over the chocolate layer. Refrigerate until completely hardened (about 1 hour).
  5. Place the white chocolate and 1 teaspoon of the canola oil in the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring frequently.
  6. When the chocolate is melted, stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract.
  7. Pour the white chocolate directly over the semisweet chocolate layer; spread evenly.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining crushed candy over the top. Refrigerate until completely hardened. Remove from pan; break into small pieces to serve.