Published Thursday, November 29, 2012
From Special Reports
Need a gift to give this season?
Try one of these “What’s Cooking” recipes.
Share one of your own holiday recipes and you could be the winner of the book, “2012 Christmas with Southern Living.” Send your recipes by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Each recipe entry counts as one contest submission, and the deadline for entering is Dec. 5. Be sure to include your name and contact number with the recipe submission.
Honey Butter Hostess Gift
By Barbara Wetherington
1 cup real butter, softened to room temperature
2 Tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Stir all ingredients together and put into a pretty jelly jar. Tie on a ribbon and take it with you when you get invited to a friend’s home over the holidays. (Make one for yourself while you’re at it!).
Honey Butter Hostess Gift #2
By Barbara Wetherington
1/4 pound real butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
Beat butter in a 1 1/2-quart bowl with electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy.
Gradually, on reduced speed, beat in honey and bacon, continuing to beat until thoroughly combined and smooth.
Place in a pretty container and keep refrigerated.
This is incredible on hot, fresh biscuits.
Ginger-Cardamon Pear Butter
From Christmas with Southern Living 2012
Makes 7 (1/2 pint) jars
12 lb ripe Anjou, Bartlett or Comice pears, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 cups sugar
1/4 fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Process pear, in batches, in a food processor or blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
Stir together the pear puree, sugar and remaining ingredients in a large stockpot.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and maintain a light simmer for 7 hours or until very thick, stirring occasionally.
(Pear mixture should cling to an inverted spoon.)
Spoon butter into hot jars, filing to 1/4 inch from top; remove air bubbles and wipe jar rims.
Cover at once with metal lids and screw on bands.
Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
This Southern Living hardback cookbook features Canning 101 tips, and other gift ideas as well as recipes, a holiday planner, menus, and ideas for decorating.
Other “jars of joy” recipes featured in the book include Red or Green Pepper Jelly, Pickled Red Onions, and Satsuma Marmalade with Star Anise.