Saturday, December 22, 2007
Well, Christmas is just around the corner and I'm doing my last minute Christmas baking... I have a wonderful list of Christmas things that I make only now and the boys always ask for them. I only have time to make their favorites (oh, and mine!) this year... I've been a little busy, promoting a certain book... I've made up my list of Christmas baking from an eclectic group of resources: some come from my Mom's list of traditional German baking like Berliner Brod; others come from friends and cookbooks I've run across over the years. Here's a favorite of mine:
Christmas Tequila Cookies:
1 cup dark brown sugar 1 cup (two sticks) butter 1 cup granulated sugar 4 large eggs 2 cups dried fruit (dried cranberries or raisins) 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans 2 cups all purpose flour 1 bottle Jose Cuervo Tequila (silver or gold, as desired)
First, sample the Cuervo to check quality. Take a large bowl. Check the Cuervo to be sure it is of the highest quality. Pour another 4 ounces in a measuring cup and drink. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of the butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon sugar. Beat again.
At this point, it is best to make sure the Cuervo is sti ll OK. Try another 4 ounces, just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break two leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit, picking the friggingfruit off the floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a screwdriver.
Sample the Cuervo to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift 2 cups of salt or something. Check the Jose Cuervo. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table.Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven.Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Finally, throw the bowl through t he window, finish the Cose Juervo and make sure to put the stove in the dishwasher.