December 24, 2012 by kkeerr
The last few days around our house have been spent partaking in the three Bs; baking, beer, and board-games. Most of the time this is what our kitchen looked like….
I cut down my baking list significantly making it possible for more games and general lazying about. I ended up baking traditional sugar cookies with almond icing, molasses cookies (Easiest soft molasses cookies ever – I even ran out of molasses and substituted brown sugar for the rest and they turned out great), apple peanut butter cookies (These were requested by Austin. I just think they are “eh, whatever” but he really likes them.), chocolate fudge (ran out of evaporated milk for the peanut butter fudge – oops), and peanut butter chocolate biscotta.
This was my first attempt at biscotti and it turned out really well. I feared that I mucked it up when I took the “loaves” out of the oven to cool and I looked over and saw the peanut butter chips I was supposed to have folded into the batter. I ended up just melting them and dipping each biscotti in that and chocolate (instead of just chocolate) and it worked perfectly and they look nice.
My dad’s sugar-free eggnog also turned out way better than I expected. I used this recipe from DashingDish.com (Unfortunately, many recipes on that site require a monthly membership.
There is too much free info out there for me to pay $5/month). I thought I might have to try two or three recipes to find something that was drink able and reminiscent of eggnog but this one did the trick. The only made slight changes when I doubled this recipes. First, I left out the rum extract – only because I don’t know how my dad feels about it and it would be easy enough from him to add to his taste. The only other thing was I only used 4 packets of Splenda for a double recipe. Again, I figured this was something he could add more of if he wanted, but I don’t believe he will.
While I baked we enjoyed some seasonal local beers. We had Bells Winter White and Bells Christmas Ale. Both were fine beers. The Christmas Ale was a little malty, but not at malty as I would expect from a scotch ale and the Winter White was slightly cirtrusy. Neither were overly (or noticeably) holiday spiced.
So the baking is done and delivered, the presents are wrapped and under the tree, and all that is left to do is to eat, drink, and be merry.
Happy Christmas Eve!