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Egg Nog Mini Loaves

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Egg Nog is one of those foods that signal the beginning of the holiday season. I first noticed it this year in the grocery store about three weeks before Thanksgiving. I usually buy a few cartons during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and pretty much always have some left over after Christmas. Which is great, because it gives me an excuse to bake some egg nog goodies! Like these Egg Nog Mini Loaves, for example.

After having lots of super-sweet holiday treats, I was wanting something just a little sweet, and these little loaves turned out to be just the thing! They’re moist, slightly sweet, and have a mild egg nog flavor, so even those who aren’t crazy about egg nog may like them. These mini loaves rise really nicely, too (Note: I also tried making this recipe as a 9 x 5″ loaf, but since it sunk a little in the middle, I think it works best for mini loaves, and probably muffins, too).

If you’d like to sweeten these loaves up a little more, sprinkle on a dusting of powdered sugar after they’ve cooled or add an egg nog glaze on top (try the glaze that I used on these Egg Nog Muffins).

EGG NOG MINI LOAVES by NancyC

Makes three 5 x 3″ mini loaves

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup egg nog
  • 1/3 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • Optional: Egg Nog Glaze

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour three 5 x 3″ mini loaf pans; set aside.

In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In medium bowl, beat eggs, egg nog, yogurt, sugar, butter, and vanilla and rum extracts, blending well. Add this mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just enough to moisten.

Pour into prepared mini loaf pans. Bake at 350˚F for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (I baked mine for 32 minutes).

Cool loaves for 10 minutes in pans, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. If desired, glaze with Egg Nog Glaze (click here for the recipe–I’ve used it before on some egg nog muffins).

As the holidays wind down, these Egg Nog Mini Loaves are the perfect treat with some coffee or tea. Hope you had an enjoyable holiday and wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!

Vanilla Spice Coffee

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I’m not a heavy coffee drinker but there’s something comforting about a hot cup of coffee on a cold morning. And we’ve had very cold mornings this week, so I’ve been drinking more coffee than usual! Most of the time, I just drink my coffee with cream, but it’s a nice change to have this Vanilla Spice Coffee every now and then. It’s not a super-sweet coffee drink, so if you prefer it sweeter you can add more sugar. The vanilla-cinnamon-nutmeg flavors are great together and if you add some whipped cream on top, you just may feel like you’re at your favorite coffeehouse! 🙂

VANILLA SPICE COFFEE by NancyC, adapted from Gooseberry Patch

Makes 2 servings

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup light cream (Half & Half)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar (or a little more, to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) of hot, strong brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream and ground cinnamon for garnish

Combine milk, light cream, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a saucepan and stir well. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, or until sugar dissolves (or you can heat in the microwave, in a medium size microwave-safe bowl with a lip, for 45 to 60 seconds). Remove from heat and stir in hot coffee and vanilla (you can taste it at this point and if you’d like it sweeter, add more sugar). Pour into coffee mugs; garnish with whipped cream and a light sprinkling of ground cinnamon, and serve.

You may notice that the cinnamon and nutmeg won’t totally dissolve in the coffee as you’re making this, but that’s okay–just blend it as well as you can. I think the whipped cream topping with the additional sprinkle of cinnamon really makes this special–and you can use light whipped cream if you’re watching calories.

What’s your favorite flavored coffee drink? Do you make it yourself or get it from a coffee shop?

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread or Dip

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After I made my Pumpkin Hummus, I had half of a can of pumpkin left over. What to do with it? I thought some of it might be good in a cream cheese spread. I was inspired by this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. I wanted to sweeten the spread with honey instead of sugar (although you could use brown sugar instead if you want to have a thicker spread) and made some other changes, and this is what I ended up with!

It’s a lightly sweet and spicy spread with a very creamy texture that’s great on bagels or pumpkin bread for breakfast. Or, use as an appetizer spread on crackers or as a dip for fruit. It’s very soft and creamy when you mix it up so it does need to be refrigerated for at least an hour or two after mixing. Even after it’s refrigerated, it’s more creamy than other cream cheese spreads I’ve made–so if you want a thicker spread, use brown sugar instead of honey and omit the vanilla. If you don’t have all the spices I used in this, you can use 1 1/4 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.

PUMPKIN SPICE CREAM  CHEESE SPREAD by NancyCreative, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Makes 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese or light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3 Tablespoons honey (or substitute brown sugar for a thicker spread)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In medium bowl, blend all ingredients together until smooth (if using an electric mixer, blend on medium speed). Pour mixture into a small serving bowl, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of spread. Serve on bagels or pumpkin bread for breakfast. Or, serve as an appetizer with crackers or apple and pear slices.

If you like pumpkin-flavored things, you’ll need to try this out! What other ways do you like to use leftover canned pumpkin?

Egg Nog Muffins

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I had some extra egg nog again this year, so I decided to try out an egg nog muffin recipe of my own. These muffins rise very nicely, with wonderfully rounded tops. They’re not overly sweet, so they’re great spread with butter, jam, or even some cranberry chutney…and the Egg Nog Glaze adds a nice touch of sweetness on top. If you like your muffins sweeter, you can add in some chocolate chips, dried cranberries, or golden raisins, which I’ve noted in the recipe below. The muffins have a very subtle egg nog flavor, so they’ll also appeal to non-egg nog lovers.

EGG NOG MUFFINS with EGG NOG GLAZE by NancyC

Makes 18 muffins

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups egg nog
  • optional add-ins: 3/4 cup of dried cranberries, golden raisins, or white, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chips
  • Egg Nog Glaze (see recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line 18 muffins cups with paper liners; set aside.

In large bowl, blend flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon; set aside.

In medium bowl, combine canola oil, sugar, sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and egg nog, blending well. Add these wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir until all ingredients are moistened.

Spoon batter into lined muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake at 350˚F for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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Let muffins cool completely, then top with the glaze…

EGG NOG GLAZE

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • dash of nutmeg (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1/3 cup egg nog
  • additional nutmeg for garnish

Mix all ingredients together until well blended. When muffins have cooled, spoon the glaze over each muffin or dip the tops of each muffin into the glaze, then sprinkle each muffin top with a dash of nutmeg before the glaze sets.

You’ll probably have some glaze left over, so you can save it to use on other things you’re baking.

Note: You can serve these muffins warm, too, if you want…let them cool about 5 minutes, then drizzle with glaze and sprinkle with nutmeg (the glaze will sink into the muffins a little because they’re still warm, but that’s OK 🙂 ) Serve with butter, jam, or cranberry chutney if desired.

It’s hard to believe the holidays are just about over! Wishing all of you a wonderful New Year!

Egg Nog Blondies

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I mentioned a few posts ago that I had finally purchased some egg nog this season and was wanting to try some new egg nog recipes. And this is the first one I decided to try…Egg Nog Blondies. I really didn’t know what to expect…but after tasting them, I can tell you they are really yummy and moist, and even if you aren’t crazy about egg nog, the egg nog flavor is so subtle that I’m sure you would like these! In addition to egg nog, these blondies also have white chocolate (or vanilla) chips and dark chocolate chips, which both add to the yumminess. I found the recipe at Mother Thyme and just made a few small changes. They are definitely worth trying out!

EGG NOG BLONDIES slightly adapted from Mother Thyme

Makes an 8×8″ pan

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup egg nog, light or regular (I used light)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (or vanilla baking chips)
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (or you can substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease an 8 x 8 x 2″ baking pan; set aside.

In medium bowl sift flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon; set aside (I blended these ingredients with a whisk instead of sifting).

In large bowl (or bowl of an electric mixer), cream butter and sugar. Stir in egg and egg nog until ingredients are combined and then add the flour mixture, mixing until blended. Stir in chopped walnuts, white chocolate or vanilla chips, and dark chocolate chips.

Pour batter into your greased 8 x 8″ pan and bake 30 to 34 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (my baking time was 32 minutes).

Let pan of blondies cool completely on wire rack before cutting and removing from pan.

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I cut mine into 9 larger squares, but you can cut these into smaller bars, too.

Warning: these are hard to stop eating! I ate a large square after I cut them and another large square after I took my photos! 🙂

Have you tried making any egg nog recipes this season?