By Gabriella Zuardo '20
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is right around the corner which means many family get-togethers. A popular and most enjoyed holiday tradition in my family is baking. There are numerous amounts of recipes you can make for, or with your own family this Christmas. My personal favorite is struffoli which is cut up dough fried and covered in honey, sugar, lemon zest, and orange zest. There are other desserts such as lemon drop cookies, walnut balls, pecan tassies, 7 layer rainbow cookies, and sugar cookies. These are very popular with my family and may possibly be familiar to you as well. Different versions of these recipes can be found online:There are also many other Christmas desserts that I don’t make every year; however, I would like to recommend. Chocolate never fails expectations; therefore, chocolate peppermint cheesecake bites and Christmas swirl fudge are favored in my family. If you aren’t an admirer or supporter of chocolate, you can try the raspberry-cream cheese crescent danishes.
by Kori Faraj '17
We are all familiar with fried oreos or others refer to them as ‘zeppoles’. They can be a lot of work and it can especially be a hassle to make your own dough. There is now an easier way to make your dream fried oreos! Just use pancake mix! The total time to make this recipe can be a matter of just five minutes. You can make a quantity of at least 10 fried pancake oreos with this recipe.
Step 1: Grease your 9x9 pan and put it on top of a medium flame on the stove.
Step 2: Grab your bowl and pour 1 cup of pancake mix and ½ cup of water and start mixing the two together with a mixer to create your thick pancake mix.
Step 3: Grab an oreo individually each time and dip it into the pancake batter and place it on the hot pan carefully but quickly so the batter does not drip anywhere.
Step 4: Let one side of the oreo fry for a good solid minute then flip it over and fry the other side for another solid minute.
Step 5: Your pancake oreos are now ready and you can dress them up with powdered sugar (optional). Enjoy!
by Alexa Maldonado '17
Banana and walnut muffins are a quick dessert to whip up. The recipe is very simple and they taste great! The walnuts can also be switched out for pecans or pistachios, which all taste just as good as walnuts. The total time to make these muffins is about 30 minutes. This recipe makes 8 muffins.
Step 2: Mix the butter with the sugar very well, then add in the egg and the vanilla extract and beat it until it has a fluffy consistency.
Step 3: Add the bananas in and the nuts. Mix it all together.
Step 4: Pour the flour and the baking soda into a separate small bowl.
Step 5: Mix the flour and baking soda mixture into the other bowl and slowly add the milk while continuing to mix.
Step 6: Pour the mixture into a muffin pan and set in the oven to bake for about 23 minutes.
Step 7: Take them out, let them cool, and enjoy!
by Kori Faraj '17
Some people are major Oreo lovers or major chocolate chip cookie lovers. Or there is a mutual love for both. Now, cookie lovers alike can rejoice in this combination: Oreo stuffed cookie. This recipe is very simple.
by Molly Clark '16
Most people would like to think that the fastest method of cooking is the easiest, but in reality, the best method is to start making desserts in advance. No, that doesn’t mean that you should be scrambling between cookie doughs the day before Thanksgiving. Prepare to bake your desserts in the days preceding Turkey day. For this recipe, you should be taking your time and working on each piece while the rest is chilling or in oven.
Begin by preparing the dough for the cinnamon crumble topping. To do this, you will need to allow the salted butter to soften. When the butter is soft and at room temperature, blend it with an electric mixer, or by hand with a whisk, until it is smooth. At this point, combine it with confectioner sugar until both ingredients are fully incorporated. When this is achieved, add your flour in three separate parts so that it may be mixed easily. Cover your dough in plastic wrap and place it in your refrigerator to chill until it becomes firm.
Now, you will need to make the dough that will be used for your bottom crust. Use a food processor to mix the flour, salt, sugar, butter, and shortening. Continue to pulse the ingredients until each produced bit is about the size of a pea. At this point, while the food processor is still running, begin to add the water and continue to mix the ingredients until a ball of dough is formed. This dough should be left to chill for 30 minutes.
When both doughs have finished chilling, preheat your oven to 325º F. Roll out the cinnamon crumble dough and bake for 18 to 20 minutes. During the time required for it to bake, roll out the dough for the bottom crust, and place it on the pie tin.
At this point, the first dough should be finished with baking, and resemble a giant shortbread cookie. Please allow it to cool before you smash it to bits on the next part of its journey. While it cools, turn your attention toward the filling of your pie.
Begin your filling by peeling and chopping your apples into small cubes. The number of apples you will need may vary depending on their size. I tend to use larger apples when baking, but if you are using smaller ones, you may need up to eight apples.
When this is completed, melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium-low heat on the stove. After it is completely melted, add sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Next, add the flour and water. Set your stove to a low heat and allow the mixture to simmer for five minutes. Please be careful not to stir it too much at the point, or the sugars may crystalize and ruin your mom’s good saucepan.
Now, you may assemble the pieces of the pie. Alternate between adding apple chunks and cinnamon sauce to your pie crust in order to have an even spread of flavor and texture. Place your pie in the oven and allow to bake for 60 minutes.
While the pie bakes, crush your giant shortbread. Please be careful that crumbs do not spill everywhere. They are absolutely critical to creating a nice texture for the topping. Place the crumbles into a bowl along with the tablespoon of melted butter. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar. Mix thoroughly, and place the mixture on your pie during the last ten minutes of baking.
When it is finished, you will have a delicious pie filled with all of the cinnamon-apple goodness that people come to expect from the holidays. Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!
By Mariagrazia Ientile '16
Who doesn’t like candy corn? Don't miss out on this perfect Halloween-themed recipe!
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
14 drops red food coloring, or as needed - divided
22 drops yellow food coloring, or as needed - divided
6 drops green food coloring, or as needed
2 cups prepared white frosting
12 pieces of yellow, orange, and white candy corn
12 pieces of brown, orange, and white candy corn
By Mariagrazia Ientile '16
A delectable treat that’s easy to make. For individuals who like blueberries and cookies this is the recipe for you!