Here are a few tried-and-true recipes from my collection...
This yummy recipe is from my friend Melissa. It wasn't originally a Christmas recipe really, but with the cinnamon, it really is rather cozy-tasting. :)
2 cups flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups soy milk
1 mashed banana
1 tsp. vanilla
Combine dry ingredients. In another bowl combine wet ingredients. Add wet to dry and stir well. Makes about 10 pancakes.
This recipe from the Fountainview Flavors cookbook has become a winter classic. I have yet to make it in Asia but I should definitely give it a try this season since I actually do have an oven!
Makes 12-16 rolls.
2 cups very warm water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup oil
3 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups unbleached white flour
Cinnamon or coriander
Chopped walnuts or pecans
1. Mix water, sugar and yeast together and let sit for 5 minutes.
2. Add the remaining dough ingredients, and knead for 4 minutes. Let rise until double (about 25 minutes).
3. While it is rising, preheat oven to 350.
4. Roll out the dough on an oiled surface, 1/3"-1/2" thick into a rectangular shape.
5. Spread a thin layer of applesauce and sugar, and sprinkle cinnamon/coriander, nuts, and raisins.
6. Roll it up lengthwise. Slice into 3/4"-1" thick pieces.
7. Place on baking sheet and let rise for 10 minutes.
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Hot Mulled Cider
This is a concoction that shows up at nearly every winter event of my Inchelium home church. It's warm and festive!
Mix in large kettle:
2 12-ounce cans apple juice concentrate
2 12-ounce cans white grape-peach juice concentrate
10 cans water
Blend and add to juice mixture:
1 cup water
1 tsp. coriander
Heat to boiling. Turn down heat and simmer about ½ hour. Makes 30 6-ounce servings; 22 8-ounce servings.
12 days till Christmas!