Not only is required, as there are definitely required and requested holiday treats, but it helps me find my focus. My husband doesn't bake. My kids don't bake. And, those sweet treats aren't going to make themselves. Its me. Mom that has the obligation to make them, and I don't mind one bit! Its one of the rare times I can kick everyone out of the kitchen, sport my pretty apron and sift, stir and mix to my own holiday tunes.
This year I'm determined to keep up with the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats! Its a fresh new treat every week from today until December 11, 2013. That should give us plenty of treats for school, parties and mid-night snacks. ;)
Ice Cream BreadI first saw this on Pinterest by Brit+Co. It sounded great and so super easy, so I gave it a shot! I read about six or seven other blogs about Ice Cream Bread before I settled on the recipe. Brit+Co's looked amazing! I just wanted something I little more simplistic. It was more dense than I like, so I think I'll add a few mix-ins next time and a nice glaze. This was my modification.
Ingredients:2 cups premium ice cream, softened (We used Blue Bell, like every good Southern Gal would!)
11/2 cups self rising flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 81/2 x 41/2 loaf pan with baking spray.
2. In large bowl, stir ice cream until smooth; stir in flour until just blended. Scoop into prepared pan. Bake 43 to 48 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
3. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes; invert loaf onto cooling rack. Serve warm or cool completely.
For the first go around, i kept it simple. But you can add many things to give the bread crunch, texture or additional flavor. What would you add to your Ice Cream Bread?
Add-ins: Mix and match up to 1 cup of add-ins
1 Chopped banana (about 2/3 cup)
1/2 cup chocolate chips, chopped peanut butter cups, or other candy bar
1/2 cup raisins, dates, dried cranberries or other dried fruit
1 Tsp. grated lemon, orange, or lime zest
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries or cranberries
1 large apple, cored and chopped and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (about 1 cup)
12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Blog Hop
Want to join the fun? Read on for details:
- Put them in the freezer (most cookies freeze well for up to three months)
- Link up each week using the link code She provides via email
- Link back to her blog and use the Blog Hop graphic she'll provide.
- Interested but not sure you can commit to ALL 12 Weeks? That’s ok. Go ahead and fill out the form anyway so you’re in the loop on the weeks you CAN participate! Try to do a minimum of six weeks though!
- That’s it!
Oh and don’t forget to have fun too! At the end, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing you’ll be prepared for all those parties, cookie exchanges and hostess gifts you’ll need treats for throughout the holiday season.
READERS AND FOLLOWERS
Fill out the form here and she'll send you more details with all the link codes, graphic, etc. But the guidelines are simple: –Each week, on Wednesdays (starting September 25th), make a different Christmas treat and blog about it. It can be a cookie or perhaps something (like spiced nuts) that you might serve at a holiday gathering.
Bake along with us! Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration to get some baking done early and in the freezer. And I’ve set up a 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats Pinterest board to follow just for many of the treats you’ll find on the hop! Or you can subscribe to receive emails or blog reader updates by clicking here, following my page on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter (use the hashtag #12wksxmastreats). Hope you’ll join in the fun!
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