Hot Cross Buns

Buns and small cakes have long been tied to holidays and religious festivals.  According to The Oxford Companion to Food, the Egyptians honored the goddess of the moon with tiny round cakes and the Saxons celebrated Eostre, the goddess of light, (from whom Easter gets its name) by eating buns marked with a cross.  In England, eating hot cross buns on Good Friday became popular in Tudor times.  It was thought that bread baked on Good Friday would never go bad, and that hanging up a cross bun would protect one from bad luck.  Often served hot by street vendors, the little buns decorated with the shape of a cross were eventually called “Hot Cross Buns”.

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Holiday Baking Series Part 3: Cheese Straws

Looking for a little savory relief from all the sweets?  These cheese straws are perfect for parties, gifts or just sitting down and enjoying at the end of a long day.  I was able to really put the Ankarsrum to work with this recipe, utilizing the grater attachment, the whisking bowl and the cookie press.  This recipe is very easy and quick to throw together; perfect for this busy holiday season!

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Holiday Baking Series Part 2: Almond Wedding Cookie

The holidays are finally here and I am beyond excited! The smell of freshly baked cookies permeating my entire house brings such comfort. I love sitting down at the beginning of December and making a list of recipes that will end up in my holiday gift baskets. I can attest to Carmi’s love of baking during the holidays. I believe she and I were 12 or 13 years old when I was lucky enough to receive an amazing basket full of delicious treats as my Christmas gift that year. YUM!!

Last week Carmi started off our Holiday Baking Series with a cookie recipe dedicated to her daughter. This week I will share one of my son JJ’s favorite cookies.

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