Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gosselin Inspired Holiday Recipes! (Sweets Edition) Watch Gosselin Family Christmas HERE!

Merry Christmas everyone! Boy I am so blessed and have so much to be thankful for! (Of course I say this as I'm yelling at my kids to go to bed lol) This year has been such a roller coaster for me. But not nearly as crazy as its been for Kate Gosselin. Many sites are doing end of the year lists. I thought this site would veer off a bit FINALLY get our Holiday Recipes together. A Gosselin Inspired Holiday Recipe fest! Thank you for all your donations. I hope each of you will try to add at least one or more of these yummy feasts! Which one will I attempt to make? Well we shall see on Christmas Day! xoxox

Caramel Corn Popcorn Twists "From Fascinated"
1/2 lb butter (do not substitute margarine) 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 (175 g) bag popcorn, twists

1. Set oven to 250°F.  2. Place popcorn twists into a roasting pan. 3. Cook together butter, brown sugar and corn syrup for 2 minutes after butter has melted and it starts to gently boil in a large saucepan. 4. Add baking soda to mixture. 5. Allow foam to cook down slightly. 6. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn twists and stir until mixed. 7. Place in oven for 35-45 minutes, (35 for chewy corn, 45 for crunchy), stirring at least every 10-15 minutes. 8.  Remove from oven and pour on wax paper. 9. Allow to cool slightly , break apart.

Skor Apple Dip "From Momsby"
1 pkg Cream Cheese /3/4 Cup Brown Sugar /1/2 tsp Vanilla /1 can Caramel Sauce(ice-cream topping works) /1 Pkg Skor bits(you can find them in the baking isle) /5-6 Green apples Sliced into bite sized pieces.
Beat Cheese, sugar & vanilla with mixer. /Spread onto a serving plate./Layer with Caramel.
Sprinkle Skor bits & garnish with apple slices.

Cranberry Hootycreeks "From Corrina"
(Prep Time:  25 min, Ready In: 25 Min) 1. Layer the following indredients in a 1 quart jar in the order listed:
5/8 cup all purpose flour/ 1/2 cups rolled oats/ 1/2 cup all purpose flour/ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt/ 1/3 cup packed brown sugar/ 1/3 cup white sugar/ 1/2 cup dried cranberries/ 1/2 cup white chocolate chips/ 1/2 cup chopped pecans

(Attach a tag with the following instructions:) 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. 2. In medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy. Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended.  Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges start to brown.  Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes then remove to wire racks.

Baked Banana Pudding "From Linda Original"
8-10 Servings/Ingredients/3-4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced (rounds about 1/4" thick)/ 1 tablespoon lemon juice/3/4 cup granulated sugar/2 tablespoons granulated sugar (keep separate)/ 1/3 cup all-purpose flour/1/4 teaspoon kosher salt/4 large eggs, separate yolks & whites/ 2 cups half-and-half/1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract/45-50 vanilla wafers (I buy 2boxes, kids eat leftovers)/ 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.Put the banana slices in a bowl with lemon juice and set aside. This helps bananas from turning brown. Stir 3/4 cup of the sugar, salt, and flour in a 3-quart pot. Add the egg yolks and whisk to mix. Whisk in the half-and-half to mix. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly about 5 to 10 minutes (about 175 degrees F.) Keep stirring, don't walk away. Pudding will get thicker and bubble around the edges. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract. Spread a small amount (1/4 c) of the pudding in the bottom of 9x9 glass baking dish. Cover with a layer of vanilla wafers, followed by a layer of banana slices. Pour 1/3 of the remaining pudding on top of the bananas and repeat, ending with a layer of pudding.
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar with stand mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Spoon the meringue over the warm pudding, being sure to cover all the way to the edges. (If you dont seal the pudding with meringue to edges, it will weep when baking.) Bake until the meringue is evenly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 15-20 minutes before serving. Cool completely before refrigerating. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Watch My Absolute Favorite Jon & Kate Plus 8 Episode: Gosselin Family Christmas