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One of the best known of Syrian pastries, ba’lawa (better known as baklava; the Syrian pronunciation omits the k sound) has suffered at the hands of many a poor baker. As a kid, my mother recalls skimming off the crunchy tops and leaving the nuts in the middle for the adults to eat. “You knew that was true love when my grandmother Esther let me get away with that!” When you taste the light, crisp dough and sweet pistachio filling, you’ll understand the fame that ba’lawa rightfully deserves. A pastry brush makes it much easier to put this pastry together. Because the Rose Water Syrup should be ice-cold when served over Syrian pastries, it must be prepared five to six hours ahead of time or the night before to allow enough time to chill in the refrigerator.
You’ll be amazed by how much fresh spinach goes into this spanakopita. Choose spinach with bright, full leaves because that’s the flavor underlying the fresh dill, fresh parsley, and feta cheese.
A holiday favorite, mincemeat pie recipe with optional rum and chopped pecans or walnuts, prepared mincemeat, and other ingredients.
Like the smell of freshly baked bread? How about freshly baked bread with a taste of mincemeat!
Christmas and British food means mince pies filled with delicious home made mincemeat. Christmas mincemeat is not, as the name suggests, meat, if you look at the Christmas mincemeat recipe you will see it is sugar, fruits both fresh and dried, Brandy and suet. It is remarkably easy to make as you can see in this mincemeat recipe plus home-made mincemeat is such a treat it is worth doing. Make your mincemeat ahead of time to give it time to mature but don't worry if you are last-minute, it still tastes good.
Instead of fixing a traditional pie, I gussied up mincemeat by creating this fancy trifle. The recipe's a time-saver, since it can be prepared a day ahead.
For years my grandmother and I would have a contest to see whose mincemeat coffee cake was the best (our families voted). After years of losses, I modified my original recipe and finally won. I share my winning recipe with you. -Ed Layton, Absecon, New Jersey
Mincemeat has such a wonderful flavor so I came up with this sauce for ice cream. It also highlights cranberries so it is perfect for the holiday season.—Mavis Hauser, Wallaceburg, Ontario
What would the holidays be without mincemeat for dessert? Even people who say they don't care for the taste will love these moist chocolate bars.—Darlene Berndt, South Bend, Indiana
I love serving this recipe at fall gatherings, especially Thanksgiving. After a bountiful meal, a refreshing dessert like this one is always appreciated. —Donna Gonda, North Canton, Ohio
Ssh! "Don't reveal the 'secret ingredient' in this tender, chewy old-time cookie until after they take a taste," suggests Lucie Fitzgerald of Spring Hill, Florida. Her recipe will win over even those who think they don't like mincemeat.
This is wonderful, I found it in a Sunday paper that was lining the paint table at the school where I work, i took it, photocopied it, then put it back;-) I'm so glad I did, it a great tea loaf that keeps moist, well wrapped for 4-5 days
Meet the Cook: As a cold and tasty finishing touch, my husband and I usually put a dip of ice cream on top of this pie. The recipe's from my mother - each year, I make it for Christmas, and then for my sister-in-law's New Year's party besides. -Laverne Kamp, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
WE CALL these "Santa's cookies" because they're what we put out for Santa instead of the usual decorated Christmas cutouts. These cookies remain a traditional part of my holiday baking. Besides a plate for Santa, they fill gift plates for family and friends. I'm often told they're the first to disappear. -Evelyn Wadey, Blackfalds, Alberta
For a traditional pie at the holidays, this pie is perfect as a gift for friends and family. It is so sweet and the texture is wonderful.—Gay Nell Nicholas, Henderson, Texas
Instead of serving separate pumpkin and mincemeat pies one Thanksgiving, I served this one pie that combines those wonderful flavors. It was a hit!
This apple crisp is loaded with goodies.
Easy Mincemeat Pie is made with store-bought mincemeat.
This isn't your grandmother's mincemeat recipe. This recipe is made with fresh apples and lemoncello.
From a friend of my mothers:
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Cherries and orange marmalade give a nice twist to traditional mincemeat pie. It's sure to add some old-fashioned flavor to your yuletide festivities.
Subscriber Brenda Wood, Egbert, Ontario, says that her favorite cherry recipe (below) can be prepared during cherry season, then frozen for later use in pies, tarts and cookies. She even serves it as ice cream topping!
You can taste the spirit of Christmases past in these chewy old-fashioned cookies with their sweet caramel frosting. One batch makes 9 dozen cookies that freeze well for the holidays!
A layer of lemon custard brings a fresh touch to mincemeat in this holiday pie. If making up to 1 day ahead, cover and chill.
For a festive touch, Priscilla Gilbert of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida suggests, 'Glaze the cake top and decorate with red and green candied cherries.'
Here's a tasty twist on the more traditional mincemeat pie. This one's sweeter, creamier, easier to make and so yummy!
I used to be old-school about mincemeat, preferring the sort that is really no more than dried fruits stirred up with some brandy, grated apple and suet and stuffed into a jar. It’s certainly easy, since no cooking is involved, but Hettie (who’s had more than a walk-on part in every one of my books since How to Eat), introduced me to the notion of suet-free mincemeat, a recipe I used gratefully in How to be a Domestic Goddess, and which I’ve adapted here to make it garnet-glinting and tartly fruity with cranberries.
This is great served on a cold, wintry day. Use any kind of mincemeat, purchased or homemade, and serve with butter or cream cheese.
Easy, fairly quick bread that has a mincemeat taste to it. This is a recipe I got off the web by Linda Stradley.
For a festive touch, Priscilla Gilbert of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida suggests, "Glaze the cake top and decorate with red and green candied cherries."
In the United States, mincemeat pies tend to be the size of regular pies, but this recipe yields the more diminutive British-style tartlets. If desired, top them with a dab of hard sauce, made by mixing softened butter with powdered sugar and a little brandy.
This is an excellent, festive twist on an old favorite!
Traditional mincemeat is too heavy for me, but this fruity version hits the spot. Other agree— few folks who've tried it stop at just one slice!
Use pecans or walnuts in this apple mincemeat crisp recipe.
You'll find mincemeat in the canned fruit section of some supermarkets. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
Old fashioned green tomato mincemeat recipe.
Don't be nervous about making meatless mincemeat if you've never tried it before—it's a knockout combination of dried fruits and spices that adds wonderfully deep flavor to baked goods. Here, chunks of sweet pear and a handful of tart fruit create a pie that's fantastic with vanilla ice cream.
Any filling can be baked inside this easy, basic strudel dough!
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