Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Treats !

   For my Dear friends !
    Hubby  ....
My husband Rick was first in line
 to get his cookies made! 
Sugar M & M Cookies for my hubby !

 Christmas Cookies 

This year I made Decorated Chocolate covered 
Oreo cookies 
Decorated Chocolate covered pretzels
Holiday buttons
 for my work's Holiday Party . 
All wrapped up!  

They were a Hit ! 

 Christmas Gift 
Boxes & Bags full of goodies !
Are headed to my friends !
Goodies included :
 Peppermint Bark Fudge
More Chocolate covered decorative pretzels,
 Oreo cookies & Holiday Buttons

 Italian Treat ~Buon Natale!

Panettone Bread Pudding
Pairs great in the morning with coffee!
This coffee is so yummy all the flavors of a Panettone Christmas cake!

Here is how I made The bread pudding!

1 loaf panettone,  any variety, available in Italian specialty stores, cut in half 
(enough for about 5 cups, diced)
3 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
3/4 cups sugar
2 cups half-and-half
1/4 cup SPICED rum
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Vegetable cooking spray
Optional accompaniments:
Vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream


Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.

Place a tea-kettle of water on to boil for a water bath.

With a serrated knife, remove the side crusts from the half piece of the panettone. Cut into 3/4 to 1-inch dice. You should have 5 cups. 
Reserve the cubed panettone in a large mixing bowl.  

For the eggnog custard, in another bowl thoroughly whisk together the eggs, yolks, sugar, half and half, rum, vanilla extract, and a healthy grating of fresh nutmeg.

                                             Pour this over the bread cubes.

Spray a 12 hole muffin tin with vegetable cooking spray. Ladle the bread/eggnog mixture gently and evenly into the muffin tins. The big cubes sticking up look nice. Place the filled muffin tin in a tall sided cookie sheet or roasting pan. Transfer to the preheated oven and carefully pour the hot water from kettle onto sheet pan, creating a water bath for the muffin tin to sit in.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes until the tops are nicely browned,
 and a toothpick comes clean from the center.

Boy do they smell so good right out the oven !
Cool for 5-10 mins then ready to wrap!
 My husband helped decorate the butter whipped icing
 sugar cookies with M&M's...
wonder why he volunteered with!
Cut the Fudge into bite size samples...

Assembly line started!

Fill the boxes & bags!

This one is for my
 Pastor at our church !

 I hope my friends like their 
Christmas Treats ...
My friends are so Very special !
I also hope they like another lil gift I made for them too!

merry christmas photo: Merry Christmas gingerbread man gingerbread_man_waving_behind_si-1.gif

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