Pumpkin Bread is another fall favorite at my house. I make this from the first leaf falling off the trees and all the way through the holidays. You might find it hanging out up until Easter. This gets made a lot. This another recipe of mine that is well used, and stained.
I make it in large loaves, small loaves, and mini loaves. I give it away and I also freeze it for later. Small loaves make great food gifts to appointments during the holidays. Wrap completely cooled loaves in holiday colored plastic wrap, and add a bow. When doing this I like to add a small container of whipped butter and perhaps a plastic knife since most places don’t stock serveware like we do at home.
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Cinnamon Vanilla Candied Peanuts are another recipe that make great hostess gifts for all those holiday gatherings you’re invited to. Pecans can be substituted, but unless you find a special deal on pecan halves, you might blow through your entire holiday cooking budget on them.
As these cook you might feel like you have done something wrong. The glaze will start to look gummy or stringy. It’s all good, just keep cooking and stirring.
It will be difficult to stir near the end and might feel like it’s just too gooey. That’s OK too. Just keep stirring and cooking until it is dried up.
The peanuts will separate and become more sugar coated. Eventually there will be no liquid left on the bottom of the pan. This is the time to turn off the heat and get it onto your baking sheet.
If you decide to taste one now, expect it to still be kind of soft. Everything will come together in the oven. They will be crispy and delicious once they cool after this final cooking step.
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The recipe I use for Pecan Tassies is old. It was given to me by my mom who got it from my grandmother or an aunt. It is one of the very first “complicated” recipes I attempted to make after I had a few years of cooking experience. I was still pretty inexperienced at this point. I remember being so careful and cautious, and they turned out. But it took me all day the first time. Times have changed, I am more about speed and taste these days!
I used to make these for my grandpa. He never asked for much, so anytime he had a request for Pecan Tassies, I made them. I was one of the few in the family that would make them for him. They are time consuming to make. I always felt like they were a labor of love.
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