Holiday cooking is perhaps one the grander delights of any given season. The autumn season has the highly anticipated influx of pumpkin flavoured everything; Christmas is showered in deliciously rich eggnog; and every cookie and candy is glazed in strawberry frosting, making everything have the taste of pink. It does not matter the season or the time, however, for a good dessert to grace the tables and have house guests praising for more. Here are some tasty desserts to impress even the pickiest of eaters.
Low Fat Apple Cake
As for pies, apple to pumpkin, pecan to ricotta, they are all real treats, even though they are completely expected. Impress your guests with a new lovely alternative to sink their forks in.
You will need:
• 1 dry box yellow cake mix (with ingredients)
• 2 21oz cans of apple pie mix
• 1 stick of butter
• ½ cup low fat milk or water (preference)
Next, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x12in cake pan with any non-stick cooking spray. Spread the apple slices onto the entire bottom of the pan. Make the cake mix according to the directions on the box and then layer the cake batter on top of the apple slices. Melt the stick of butter and pour it on top of the cake batter. Set the timer for approximately 70 mins, checking periodically and for preference.What comes out of the oven is nothing short of Heaven. Let it cool down. This treat can be served hot or cold. Add a dollop of whip cream with some sprinkled nutmeg for an added bonus.
Eggs Benedict with Homestyle Hollandaise Sauce
Another favorite meal that is more commonly seen during the holiday seasons is brunch. Here is a guide to a favored classic Eggs Benedict with Homestyle Hollandaise Sauce.
You will need The Basic Essentials for Eggs Benedict:
• English Muffins
• Bacon or ham
The great thing about Eggs Benedict is that you can put anything you want on top of it. Add spinach, peppers and tomatoes for some color. Poach your egg or make it over easy or hard. Toast the English Muffins to preference and add butter.
You will need:
• Eggs Yolks
• Unsalted Butter
The easiest way to make Hollandaise sauce is to mix egg yolks with water and then stirring the mixture over a stove top. Keep the burner on a lower level, do not want the mixture to heat too quickly and coagulate. Add some lemon juice, cayenne pepper, mustard, and salt, anything to your preference. Once that is your liking, you can finish preparing the Eggs Benedict and serve a delicious and creamy brunch out of this quick and easy recipe.
For a smoother and sweeter liqueur treat, an eggnog cocktail will satiate your wish. A mixture of Amaretto liqueur, eggnog, and vodka smells wonderful and is a tasty dessert. After mixing them together, add cinnamon or nutmeg sticks for a more creative look. This is a perfect after-dinner cocktail to keep you warm inside.
You will need:
• 1 oz of Hazelnut coffee syrup
• Espresso or coffee
• 6 oz of Eggnog
• 1 oz of Amaretto liqueur
• 4 oz of Vodka
Any one of these three recipes are sure to impress your house guests this coming holiday season. Bring some life to your holiday table with culinary surprises with a variety of flavors to make the event even more special. After all, one of the best products of the holidays are days and days of leftovers.