Baking for the holidays
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How much do you bake for the holidays? Thanksgiving is my big bake-off, I acutally take a day off work.
I've done 2 cheesecakes, 24 cupcakes (DD's birthday celebration for school), 10 pumpkin rolls, 3 pumpkin pies and today I have to make 4 apple pies. Whoo! I actually have some pumpkin left over so I'll probably make two more pumpkin rolls. Oh and a birthday cake.
As the official dessert baker for both sides of the family, its a whole mess of baking. And of course, I have to bring some to the office--they insist on it.
What do you bake for the holidays?
For Christmas, I am cutting back, seriously, really, no I mean it this time!
I don't do alot of baking for Thanksgiving. I do like to make Pumpkin Bread, which is my favorite. I made cookies this year because I got some new cookie cutters. But for Christmas there is at least 5 or 6 different types of cookies that I like to make. I use to do more, but just got to be so time consuming.
Thanksgiving is the day I do the most baking. This year I am making 2 apple pies, pumpkin cheesecake, key lime pie and a chocolate and strawberry tart. Usually at Christmas I will bring one or two pies, this year I think it will probably be peach cobbler...
I started baking cookies when my first son was an infant 25 years ago and I was working very part time. Over the years my cookies have become expected but I really love doing it. Tons of butter and eggs and lots of chocolate. I have a large box of cookie recipes and add more each year. I do a dozen or so old favorites and add several new varieties. I usually find about half the new ones work out well and about half end up as rejects.
My dad is insisting on bringing some pie, so I will just make a pumpkin pie this year. (We always have so much left over and it rarely gets finished off, so I'm cutting back).
For Christmas we'll be away, but my dad is the cookie master. Ever since he retired, he becomes this cookie making machine and gives away trays of cookies to nearly everyone he knows! He was telling me tonight that he's already baking. Today's cookie was an oatmeal variety with dried cranberries. It's actually very funny to listen to him.
I'm baking a couple of pies and defrosting one apple pie I bought last week at the farmer's market. We usually do most of our baking around Christmas.
For Christmas I make 2-3 different kinds of cookies in huge quantities for simple plates for friends, school, and neighbors. I also make homemade caramels and almond joy candies. My last treat is Polish paska bread (a sweet raisin bread) that is our family treat.
I'll start the first weekend of December and bake our favorite 5 kinds of cookies. Usually this includes cream cheese spritz, sugar cookie cut-outs, andes mint chocolate cookies, snickerdoodles, molasses cookies, and cherry almond shortbread cookies.
The kids and I bake scads of cookies during the Christmas holidays. some stay at home with us but the rest go on cookie platters to share with folks that work on Christmas Eve, military folks working shiftwork, police, firefighters; folks like that who would so much rather e at home with their families. The local Constabulary here knows me as the Cookie Lady. heehee! It floors them that an American lady walks into the office every 23-24th of December to bring them cookies. What are they gonna do when I move to a new assignment?