Holiday Breads and Extras
Complete your table with these indispensable condiments and baked goods.
There's nothing about these sweet treats that's not absolutely wonderful. From the chewy dates and crunchy pecans inside to the buttery and yeasty dough to the maple glaze on top, they make a delicious breakfast with a hot cup of coffee. They're a worthy splurge, with just 226 calories and less than 5 grams of fat apiece.
This beautifully braided, chewy egg bread is a mainstay of the Jewish Sabbath table, but few have time to make one from scratch every week. The holidays are a great time to put in the extra effort and give this wonderful recipe a try―you won't regret it. It's a large loaf, but don't worry; leftovers make some of the best French toast you've ever had.
That gelatinous stuff that comes from a can? It should be banned, when real cranberry sauce is this easy to make from scratch. Sugar, orange juice, cranberries, spices, and 12 minutes are all it takes. Try adding a dash of cayenne, too: It won't make the sauce spicy per se but it adds a subtle kick that's very tasty.
If you've been to a traditional Italian-style bakery at Christmastime, you may already know the joy of these beloved fruit-and-nut studded sweet breads. Our version uses muffin cups to make panettones that are the perfect size to give as gifts. This is an easy recipe to experiment with, too―try substituting other nuts and dried fruits to make your own creations.
The traditional yeasted egg bread is enriched even more by adding cheese to the dough. We love the flavor of fontina, but Gruyère or another Swiss cheese would also work.
Citrusy sweet, these rolls won't take away from the main show, but they sure will add to it! Pull them from the oven just a few minutes before you serve to allow them to cool slighly.
Traditional spiced muffins suddenly seem stylish when made with seasonal persimmons. There are two distinct types: Creamy-fleshed Hachiya is mashed to keep the muffins moist, while firmer Fuyu is diced for fruity bits with some bite.
Fruit preserves make a great gift because they let your loved ones enjoy the flavor of fresh fruit long after the holidays are over. This particular recipe, which adds spice and tart lemon to the fall fruit favorite, will keep up to six weeks in the fridge.
This bread comes together in less than 30 minutes and is best served warm from the oven. Substitute an equal amount of chopped pistachios or walnuts for the almonds, if you prefer.
Pleasantly sharp and vibrantly green—with just a few bright red peppers—these are a choice garnish for a cocktail buffet. If you’re making the recipe for a gift, the beans look gorgeous in tall glass jars.
Have this deep red sauce ready to pair with your roast before the guests begin rolling into town by making it up to two weeks ahead. If you prefer, frozen cranberries also work in this recipe.
This recipe yields two loaves, which means you can make one for yourself and give one away with preserves as a tasty gift. Serve any leftovers toasted with a spot of butter and jam.
A light hand with the dough will help to ensure tender biscuits. This method of folding the dough creates irresistible flaky layers. To maximize the number of biscuits you get from the recipe, gather the dough scraps after cutting and gently pat or reroll to a 3/4-inch thinkness. This dough can also be used as a base for Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits, Parmesan-Pepper Biscuits, Pistachio-Cranberry Scones.
With its sweet apricot and pineapple flavors and pepper-jelly kick, this spicy Southern condiment pairs marvelously with cheese and crackers or roasted meats. It's a snap to make, so keep its simple ingredients on hand just in case unexpected company arrives.
Mashed potatoes give these unique biscuits density and body, but they're still crisp and buttery. Their texture and tangy flavor makes them a great choice for your holiday table―or for making a leftover-turkey-and-cranberry sauce sandwich.
Though it's called jam and is full of onion and tomato sweetness, this spread is not just for breakfast toast. Try it with goat cheese, as a main-dish sauce, or on pizza. The recipe makes four cups, so keep half and give the rest as a gift, or double the recipe and bring cheer to lots of coworkers and friends.
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Drizzling butter over top of this quick bread twice during baking gives it a wonderfully brown and crisp crust, and a great rich flavor, accentuating the cheese spread throughout the loaf. The bread is endlessly variable; by changing the type of beer, cheese, and extra ingredients you can make a whole new dish. Check the recipe for apple-cheddar, manchego-jalapeño, and sopressata-asiago variations.
Most holiday recipes are made for dinner, but these playful muffins are perfect for a breakfast or brunch. Bite into an enchantingly peanutty whole wheat muffin and you'll find a pocket of sweet, fruity jam hiding inside. They're great warm or cool.
This essential trimming can be made up to a week ahead. Cassis is black currant–flavored liqueur. If you can’t find it, substitute orange liqueur.
In place of traditional cranberry sauce, try a faster relish. The flavor is bright, crisp, not too sweet, and ideal with turkey and trimmings. Make up to 3 days ahead.