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    Entries in holiday baking (12)


    SDLiving Christmas Show! Thursday! 

    This Thursday! SDLiving Live at 9am on the CW6.

    Cheese Balls and Yule Logs! Bringing back the retro! Tune in to see how to make these 1960s Favorites! 

    Rum PaPa Pum Drink

    Party Herb Cheese Ball

    Nutella Buche de Noel Cake (Christmas Log Cake)

    I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


    Rose Meringues

    What do you do with the left-over egg whites? Here is a fast and easy recipe to make. You can make these last in your holiday baking so you can put them in the oven to dry out overnight. I made mine with rose water and light pink coloring. 



    Fruit Cake and Onion Jam

    We ALL know the horrible dreaded fruitcake. I really hate it. Now if it was dipped in chocolate or not made of fruit that sticks to your teeth.. Maybe.

    One of my first jobs was at The Cake Walk on 3rd street in Los Angeles. It truly was one of my favorite jobs. Biill and Bill owned it. Christmas time was a mad house we did crazy things for the industry (Media) since we were only block away from Paramount and so many other production places. One job I had (since I had the best writing) An industry person would give us their entire LA area holiday card list. We would take that and sign their names and deliver a cake (Mostly Lemon, Pistachio, Fruitcake or Chocolate Cherry) with the holiday card. Gladice and David Beagleman (former producer and agent) had the longest list, over 300. Funny I would sign the cards and David was arrested only a few years prior for embezzling.

    Our fruit cake at the Cake Walk had the candied oranges and Grand Marnier (really cheep triple sec), And golden raisins. This recipe is from 1980 when I was in pastry school. I created it and I still use it today. Its great.. That is if you love Fruit Cake.. I have my fruits right now soaking and Sunday is when I am baking mine for my father. Its his favorite!

    Fruit Cake

    Onion Jam  This is a very useful Jam. Take a little and place it on a toast point, Add cheese on top and place under the boiler until bubbling. 



    Pecan Cake with Pecan Praline Glaze

    Its Monday. Thursday is "Feast" day! The last few weeks I was teaching in the Midwest (Ohio, IL and IN) fall pastry classes and a few donut classes too. Today I made 3 pumpkin pecan cheesecakes for the Thursday feast. I am going to drive to Napa area to have dinner with some friends and their family. Fall in Napa is a crisp time of year... Maybe I will bring some apples home!

    Here is a Pecan Cake with the richest glaze. Next week be looking for my huge newsletter packed with holiday goodness!

    Have a great Thanksgiving! 

    Pecan Cake 


    Hallmark's Home and Family Show Oct 23rd, 2012

    Here is the recipe from the Hallmark Home and Famly Show from Tuesday October 23rd, 2012

    Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake 

    Savory Taco Cheesecake

    Here is the link to purchase books and the featured Cheesecake Pans from the show.

    Pans and Books. 

    Here is the site if you missed the show: Hallmarks: Home and Family Show. 

    Thank you so much!