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Kalashus Med Choklad (Chocolate Cottage)

Cooking time: 20-25 mins.
Preparation time: 30-35 mins.
Main cooking utensils: 2 6- to 7-in. Square cake pans
Oven temperature: 375°F
Oven position: toward top

For 8-10 servings you need:
¾ cup butter
¾ cup sugar
3 eggs
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

Chocolate butter frosting

¾ cup butter
3 cups sifted confectioners sugar
2 1-oz. squares semisweet chocolate, melted
2 eating apples
little lemon juice
1 marshmallow

  1. Cream together butter and sugar until soft and light.
  2. Gradually beat in eggs.
  3. Fold in sifted flour, baking powder, and cocoa.
  4. Put in the two greased and lined pans and bake until firm to the touch.
  5. When cool, cut a 2-inch slice from each square for the roof.
  6. Cream the butter and beat in the confectioners’ sugar.
  7. Take 1/4 cup of frosting for the piping.
  8. Add melted chocolate to the remainder and beat well.
  9. Sandwich cakes together with some of the frosting to form the house.
  10. Place smaller pieces together on top to form roof.
  11. Cover entire cake with chocolate frosting.
  12. Pie the reserved white frosting in the shape of a door and window. Any left over may be used to pipe a border around the bottom of the house.
  13. Place sliced apple dipped in lemon juice on roof to form slates. Top with a marshmallow chimney.

PRINTED IN CANADA. © Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd. 1967

Grandmother’s Egg Nog

Preparation time: 30 min.

This delectable concoction has been served in Southern families for over 100 years to toast in the New Year. It is delicious served plain or with toasted pecans and cheese straws.

For 18 to 24 punch cups of eggnog you will need:
13 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups (12 oz) brandy, rum or bourbon
2 cups whipping cream, whipped
Freshly ground nutmeg

1. Separate eggs. Place in 2 mixing bowls. Add 6 Tbsp sugar to each bowl.

2. Beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and deep yellow in color. Add brandy, stirring well.

3. Beat egg whites and sugar until stiff but not dry. Fold beaten whites into yolk mixture. Fold in whipped cream.

4. Spoon eggnog into punch cups. Lightly sprinkle top of each with nutmeg.

© MCMLXXXIV My Great Recipes. All Rights Reserved. Printed in Holland.

Christmas Candle Salad


1 1/2 envelopes ( 1 1/2 tablespoons) unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup cold water
2 cups canned cranberry juice cocktail
4 ripe bananas
8 salted almonds
Salad greens

Soften gelatin in cold water. Heat cranberry cocktail to boiling; add to gelatin and stir to dissolve gelatin. Pour into 8 small, star-shaped molds. Chill until firm; unmold. Cut out and remove a small circle from center of each star the same diameter as the bananas. Peel bananas; cut in halves, crosswise. Insert 1/2 banana in center of each of each star as shown. Top each “cancdle” with a salted almond for a “flame”. Add a little mayonnaise to look like melted wax. Serve on salad greens with mayonnaise. Makes 8 servings.

Cherry and Banana Mold

Dissolve the contents of 1 package (3 ounces) lemon-flavored gelatin in 1 cup of boiling water; add and stir in 1 cup cold water. Chill gelatin, stirring often, until thick but not set. Fold in 1/2 cup well-drained, halved, canned pitted black cherries and 1 cup sliced ripe banana. Turn into 1-quart mold; chill until firm. Unmold, garnish with salad greens and serve. Makes 4 to servings.

Published by – COOKINDEX – Division of H.S. Stuttman Co., Inc. New York ©Copyright 1958 Tested Recipe Institute, Inc. New York



6 cups apple cider or juice
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon eel
1 can (18 ounces) unsweetened pineapple juice (2 1/4 cups)
Orange Stars (below)
Cinnamon sticks

IN large saucepan, heat cider and one cinnamon stick to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer 5 minutes. Uncover; stir in remaining ingredients except Orange Stars and cinnamon sticks and simmer 5 minutes longer. Serve in punch bowl; float Orange Stars in bowl. Use cinnamon sticks as individual stirrers. 16 servings (about 1/2 cup each).

Orange Stars: Cut an orange into 1/4-inch slices. Insert 5 whole cloves at equal intervals in edge of each slice. Cut out a wedge peel and pulp between each 2 cloves.

Floating Cloved Oranges can be used instead or Orange Stars: Heat oven to 325°. Insert whole cloves about 1/2 inch apart in 3 oranges. Place in baking pan with just enough water to cover bottom of pan. Bake uncovered 30 minutes.

These oranges can be baked a day ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

©Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Christmas Roast Pork


10-to-12-lb bone-in fresh ham
1 cup pitted dried prunes
1 cup dried apricots
2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
2 cans (13 3/4 oz size) clear chicken broth
6 spiced crab apples
Parsley sprigs

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Wipe ham with damp paper towels. Trim fat to about 1/4 inch thickness, leaving any skin. Score fat into 1-inch diamonds.

2. With long, sharp knife, make deep slits to the bone, 2 to 3 inches apart, all over surface. Using fingers, push prunes and apricots alternately into slits. Rub surface with salt and pepper. Insert meat thermometer into thickest part of meat, being careful to avoid slits. Place roast, fat side up, on rack in shallow, open roasting pan.

3. Roast, uncovered, 2 hours. Drain off fat, and discard. Pour 1 cup water over roast; roast 1/2 hour longer. Pour 1 cup water over roast; repeat every 1/2 hour until meat thermometer registers 180F. (Total roasting time is approximately 6 hours.) If roast is getting too brown, place sheet of foil loosely over top. Remove roast to heated platter; keep warm.

4. Pour drippigns into 2-cup measure; let stand a few minutes. Skim off fat, and discard.

5. In small bowl, stir flour and 1 cup broth until smooth.

6. In medium saucepan, combine remaining broth and drippings. heat to boiling. Slowly add flour mixture, stirring constantly until mixture returns to boiling and thickens; reduce heat, simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt to taste.

7 To serve roast: Skewer 2 apples on each of 3 wooden sewers. Insert skewers in bone end of ham. Garnish wish parsley. Pass gravy. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

©Copyright 1973 by The McCall Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Canberra Christmas Cracker


This is a new way to present a rich fruit cake. Use a large loaf pan.

Cream 1 1/4 cups butter, 1 1/4 cups moist brown sugar, 1 tablespoon molasses, 1 tablespoon honey, and the grated rind of 1 lemon. Gradually beat in 6 large eggs mixed with 1/3 cup brandy or sherry. Stir in 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted with 1/2 teaspoon each grated nutmeg, mixed spice and ground cinnamon. Add 3/4 lb. seedless white raisins, 1 1/4 lb. currants, 1/2 lb. seedless raisins, 2/3 cup chopped prunes, 2/3 cup chopped dates, 2/3 cup chopped candied peel, 1 1/2 cups chopped blanched almonds and 1/2 cup halved candied cherries. Line the loaf pan with wax paper, put in the mixture, stand on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour in the center of a 275-300°F. oven for 1 hour, then lower the heat to 250-275°F. for afurther 3 hours until the cake no longer ‘hums’ when tested. Cool in the pan.

Make almond paste with 3 cups ground almonds, 1 1/3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar, 3/4 cup sugar, few drops almond extract, and 3 egg yolks, Color a quarter a bright color.

Trim the loaf-shaped cake to make a more rounded shape. Brush the cake with egg white or apricot jame and wrap in the plain almond paste; make sure this is very neat. Decorate with colored almond paste, ribbon or gay paper as the picture.

Serves about 30.

Printed in Canada. ©Copyright The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1972

Peppermint Pie


1 1/4 cups fine graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons Instant cocoa mix
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
1 envelope gelatin, unflavored
4 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon peppermint flavoring
2/3 cup peppermint candy, broken in pieces
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped

Heat oven to 375°. Mix together crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, instant cocoa mix and butter. Press firmly into a 9-inch pie plated and bake – 6 to 8 minutes, until edges are browned. Cool. In top of a double boiler, beat egg yolks; add sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is custard-like. Cool 5 minutes. Meanwhile, sprinkle gelatin over 1 tablespoon cold water, then add 23 tablespoons boiling water to dissolve. Add dissolved gelatin and peppermint flavoring to custard. Beat egg whites until very stiff. Fold egg whites, candy and nuts into custard. Fold in whipped cream. Pour into baked pie shell and chill.

Serves 6
Preparation time 1 hr.
Approximate calories per serving… 460

Helpful Hint: Omitting instant cocoa mix, pie crust can also be made of zwieback, vanilla wafers, chocolate wafers, or gingersnap crumbs.

From the Kitchens of Dorothy Taylor

©1973 Curtin Publications, Inc., New York, NY Printed in U.S.A.

Christmas Snowballs


Cooking time: 45 mins
Preparation time: 20 mins
Main cooking utensil: ovenproof dish
Oven temperature: 375°F
Oven position: above center

For 6 servings you need:
6 medium baking apples, cored
1/2 cup mincemeat

Butter icing:
Scant 1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon

2 cups shredded coconut
holly sprigs
small candles

1. Slit apple skins to prevent their breaking.

2. Stand apples in a little water in dish

3. fill centers with mincemeat

4. Bake until cooked but still slightly firm

5. Remove and cool

6. Cream butter, sugar, lemon rind, and juice.

7. Cover each apple with butter icing and decorate with coconut.

TO SERVE: Decorate each apple with holly sprig and candle just before serving

TO VARY: Fill with jam or bramble jelly instead of mincemeat

Printed in Canada. © Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd. 1967




2 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
Pinch salt
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Whole walnut meats

Combine first 5 ingredients in a deep saucepan. Place over low heat; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Then cook, without stirring, to 238° on a candy thermometer or until a little of the syrup forms a soft ball when dropped in cold water. Remove from heat; cool mixture at room temperature, without stirring, to 110° or until the bottom of the pan feels lukewarm to the inside of the wrist.

Add vanilla to the mixture and beat with a wooden spoon until it holds its shape. Turn into a greased pan 8 x 8 inches. Mark the top in 1-inch squares and press a walnut in each square. Cut when cool. Makes about 1 pound.

Marshmallow Puffs

Heat light cream about 3/4 inch deep in the top of a double boiler. Add vanilla to taste. Dip marshmallows, a few at a time, into the cream until outsides are coated with cream and softened. Then roll marshmallows in finely ground pecans or shredded coconut. Flatten slightly and chill.

Published by – COOKINDEX – Division of H.S. Stuttman Co., Inc., New York ©Copyright 1958 Tested Recipe Institute, Inc., New York

Holiday Glögg and Easy Holiday Smorgasbord


Glögg is a popular hot punch served throughout Scandinavia on cold winter evenings. During the holiday season it is a refreshing change from the omni-present eggnog. The ingredients for the smorgasboard listed below have been selected from convenience foods (canned and deli foods) easily found at supermarkets.

Select from the following list according to number of guests expected; arrange food on plates or platters and place on buffet table, or, for small parties, arrange dishes on large platter or antipasto tray. SErve a variety of homemade or bakery-fresh dark breads and dinner rolls, along with side dishes of mustard, mayonnaise, and horseradish.

Marinated herring
Herring in sour cream
Deli potato salad mixed with sliced or Harvard beets
Smoke salmon fillets
Canned or fresh (cooked) lobster, crabmeat, or shrimp salad
Picked Eggs
Canned reindeer meatballs (heated)
Canned Scandinavian fish balls (heated)
Egg salad
Sliced ham
Sliced turkey
Sliced tongue
Sliced smoked eel
Cheese (Brie, blue, and assorted Scandinavian cheeses available at delis)
Cucumber Salad
Pickles (dill, gherkins, bread-and-butter)
Sliced tomatoes

Copyright© 1977 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.