As part of the ongoing Log Cabin Christmas Blog Hop, this week's Friday Five is:
Five Minnesota Christmas Recipes.
1. Gingerbread Cookies (as made by my heroine, Beth Sorensen, in Christmas Service)
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup molasses
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon; set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, until they are completely absorbed. Divide dough into 3 pieces, pat down to 1 1/2 inch thickness, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. When the cookies are done, they will look dry, but still be soft to the touch. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on wire racks. When cool, the cookies can be frosted with the icing of your choice.
2. Krumkake - A Norwegian Cookie - You need a special Krumkake iron to make these.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon butter flavoring, optional
Heat krumkake iron on stove over medium heat. You can also use an electric krumkake or pizzelle iron.
Cream together the butter and sugar in a bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well using a spoon. Pour in the milk, flour, vanilla, and butter flavoring; mix well.
Place a teaspoon of the batter on the preheated iron, and press together. Cook until browned, about 30 seconds per side, depending on the heat. Remove from the iron and quickly roll up around a stick or around a cone before they harden.
3. Lefse - Norwegian Potato Pancake that is soooo Yummy! (Note, this recipe calls for a potato ricer. You can also use a Lefse rolling pin, pictured on the left here.)
10 pounds potatoes, peeled
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Cover potatoes with water and cook until tender. Run hot potatoes through a potato ricer. Place into a large bowl. Beat butter, cream, salt, and sugar into the hot riced potatoes. Let cool to room temperature.
Stir flour into the potato mixture. Pull off pieces of the dough and form into walnut size balls. Lightly flour a pastry cloth and roll out lefse balls to 1/8 inch thickness.
Cook on a hot (400 degree F/200 C) griddle until bubbles form and each side has browned. Place on a damp towel to cool slightly and then cover with damp towel until ready to serve.
4. Fruit Cake It CAN be yummy, if done right.
1 1/2 cups candied pineapple chunks
3 cups golden raisins
1 1/2 cups candied cherries
1 cup dried currants
2 ounces candied orange peel
2 ounces candied citron peel
1/2 cup orange juice
2 cups butter
4 cups confectioners' sugar
8 eggs, separated
4 cups pecans, chopped
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Chop pineapple, raisins, and cherries. Combine chopped fruit with currants, orange peel, and citron; soak in orange juice overnight.
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Place a small pan of water in the oven. Line one 5x9 inch loaf pan and two 3x8 inch loaf pans with parchment or doubled waxed paper.
In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioner's sugar. Stir in beaten egg yolks. Stir in fruit, juice, and pecans. Mix in sifted flour.
In a clean bowl, beat the egg whites to peaks. Fold into batter. Fill pans 2/3 full.
Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until golden brown, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
5. Wassail I love this hot, spicy drink on a cold December evening.
2 quarts apple cider
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
12 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1 pinch ground ginger
1 pinch ground nutmeg
In a slow-cooker or a large pot over low heat, combine apple cider, orange juice and lemon juice. Season with cloves, ginger and nutmeg. Bring to a simmer. If using a slow cooker, allow to simmer all day. Serve hot.
I like to mellow this out by adding a dollop of vanilla ice cream. :)
Please join the Blog Tour Hop for Log Cabin Christmas with Kelly Eileen Hake tomorrow. Remember, comments enter you to win a copy of Log Cabin Christmas, autographed by all NINE of the contributing authors. Details about the contest can be found HERE. There are only a couple of days left to the blog tour, so don't delay if you want to be entered in the drawing!
Do you have a favorite Christmas recipe or food tradition?