12.21.2010

Last minute Holiday snack ideas

Well, not too last minute. I think I'm getting this one out to you just in time actually :-)

Over the summer, my parents threw their annual Summer Party and it was my job to bring brownies. So, I scoured the Internet for some recipes and I came across this amazing brownie recipe from the Domestic Goddess. The second recipe I got from a really great cook book I found at an estate sale. It's an at-home substitute for those candied nuts you get at a baseball game or the fair.
Try both recipes at your next Holiday Party!

Baileys Cheesecake Brownies

Picture from Domestic Goddess in Training

Brownie mixture
110 g dark chocolate (min 70% cocoa) - somewhere between 7/8 and 1 cup
110 g butter - a little less than 1 stick
120 g vanilla sugar (or caster sugar) - little more than a 1/2 cup of baker's sugar
60 g plain flour - about 1/2 cup
2 eggs
Glug of Baileys - To taste :-)

Cheesecake mixture
225 g cream cheese - 1 block
40 g caster sugar - between 1/8 & 1/4 cup
1 egg
Generous glug of Baileys
  • Preheat the oven to 300F
  • Line a 9x8" square cake tin with baking parchment
  • Melt the chocolate with the butter in a bain marie (double boiler)
  • Remove from the heat
  • Add the sugar and stir then leave to cool slightly (if you don't do this you may end up with scrambled egg brownies)
  • Beat the eggs one at a time into the brownie mixture, beating until it is glossy.
  • Stir in the Baileys until combined
  • Gradually fold in the flour then pour into the cake tin
  • For the cheesecake mixture beat the cream cheese and sugar together in a separate bowl
  • Add the egg then stir in the Baileys until all is well combined
  • Top the leveled brownie mixture with the cheesecake mixture and using a knife, gently swirl it into the chocolate mixture
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until just set in the middle
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 15-20 minutes before cutting into squares and serving

Sweet and Spicy Walnuts
From The Recipe Encyclopedia - the complete illustrated guide to cooking

1/4 cup butter
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamon
2 cups walnut halves - I got the ready to eat kind from the baking isle
1/4 cup sugar

  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Melt butter in a pan; remove from heat
  • Add cinnamon and cardamon - stir until combined
  • Add walnuts - stir until coated
  • Spread evenly on a baking pan
  • Bake for 8 min or until lightly browned
  • Meanwhile place sugar in a bowl
  • Place hot walnuts in the sugar bowl and coat well
  • Serve warm

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