Okay, it’s official. Christmas is here. We’re all ready to relax, put our hair up in a pony tail and open presents after we cook and prep. Today was the first day of the season for me. I got up, made 12 bags of reindeer food, and 8 cute mini-loaves of eggnog loaves. Yummy! Then I wrapped a present for the Heart of Dixie Christmas party and took a shower to attend the said party.
Yay! I got to spend time with all my fellow writer comrades and eat and open weird presents (tho’ I think I do win the weirdest gag gift award–in fact I believe I forgot it at the host’s house–no loss). After a perilous drive through some strange parts of town, a stop to buy ice and cokes (my lame contribution), I finally arrived at the host’s house.
Yay! Party! We crammed a lot of food and fun into a house. Good times!
I didn’t write today, but I got to be with writers and that’s almost the same. More about this group later, I promise!! But not writing one day is not a problem. The goal is half an hour per day, but some days I write over an hour and other times only a half an hour. Over the course of the week, I manage to get my time in.
Now is the season to relax, regroup and enjoy our friends and family. Part of that means sharing recipes. Today’s recipe comes from my best friend, Lori. I’ve known her for 35 plus years! That’s saying a lot considering I’m only 32 (LOL). She is a great friend, keeper of all my secrets, and a fabulous cook (you’ll see another one of her recipes here soon).
Lori’s Eggnog Mini Loaves
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup sugar
1 cup eggnog
1/2 cup melted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp rum extract (I couldn’t find any so I used imitation and it was fine)
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. In another bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, eggnog, butter and extracts. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until moistened. Pour into three greased 5 3/4 by 3 inch by 2 inch loaf pans (I used eight smaller cute pans with neat Christmas imprints at the bottom–and they turned out great!–planning cupcakes next). Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes till a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing and putting on wire racks.
Yield’s 3 loaves, or 8 mini mini loaves or… stay tuned for cupcakes.
Turned out super yummy! Can’t wait to make more.
Do you have any recipes you enjoy? Tried and true? Any new ideas? Share!