I love putting a new spin on old recipes for the holidays. Gingersnaps can seem a little ho-hum compared to other holiday cookies. But with a healthy dose of candied ginger and a little orange glaze, these are cookies you’ll be proud to serve to Santa! This is also the third and final post in a series using King Arthur Flour. For these cookies I used King Arthur’s Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour. Non-yeast recipes are a great way to swap out regular flour for a gluten-free one. And the punch of ginger in this recipe from both ground and candied works really well, since we all know gluten-free baked goods need a little extra help in the flavor department.
Saffron buns are traditionally baked around Christmastime in Sweden, especially in celebration of St. Lucia Day on December 13th. Delicately perfumed with saffron, with an adorable “S” shape and a traditional topping of raisins or decorative sugar; these buns certainly have a holiday vibe. While I am not Swedish, and had actually never tasted a saffron bun until I started testing out this recipe, I hope you enjoy my adaptation of them. This is also the second in a three part series using one of our favorite flours, King Arthur Flour. King Arthur All-Purpose Flour helps keep these buns fluffy despite rich ingredients like ricotta and butter.
From time to time we like to feature products on the blog that we personally enjoy using. This is the first of three posts for the holidays featuring King Arthur Flour. My first introduction to this company was in the form of a baking catalogue that arrived in our mailbox when I was a teenager. You know when you flip through a toy catalogue as a kid and circle things you really want, and then circle AND put a star by the stuff you really, really want? That was me with this catalogue. Grocery stores in Buford, GA certainly did not carry these kind of ingredients in the nineties. I was in mail order heaven! And while I live on the west coast now, and grocery stores across the USA carry King Arthur Flour today; I still flip through that catalogue every time it comes and might even circle a few things.
Focaccia is a tasty alternative to plain rolls for your Thanksgiving spread. It also makes fantastic sandwiches with all those turkey leftovers. I used King Arthur’s all-purpose flour as well as some of their bread flour in this recipe to give it a nice chewy texture.