Spending Christmas with your Baskets


Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Holidays | Posted on 21-12-2010

Spending Christmas with your Baskets


            This is the only word everyone could easily utter everytime they tear the November page out of the calendar and start marking with December one. With the cold breeze coming coupled with the atmosphere of fun and bonding, many household people out there are now thinking of what would be in the list for grocery this yuletide season. Aside from long rolls of Christmas gift grantees, everyone would be thinking: What could be the best design and foods to be served for the venue of the party?
            The answer also goes with a question: Why would we mind spending Christmas inside when we could have it just right out of our doorsteps?! As we said, Christmas spirit is everywhere, and there’s no other way to enjoy it than to let ourselves breathe within the outdoor sceneries or just let the kids roll around the grasses and have them leisurely play with themselves and with nature! And what’s the best gift to complete the outdoor Christmas picnic activity? It’s simple, just let yourself be the Santa Claus of their tastebuds through these special and easy-to-make picnic recipes that would surely let them savor the holiday merriment.

Tangy Gingerbreads: A New Way to Tickle Taste and Creativity

            Gingerbread? More than the usual, gone are the days of human-shaped brittle stuffs out of the oven! This upgraded version of the Gingerbread cookies now comes with a more sophisticated taste, and squeezes a new twist – the tangy taste of oranges! Perfect for those having rushed-time preparations, this recipe could be prepared within 15 minutes and would be cooked after 10 minutes! Here is the recipe:


            A cup of softened butter
            An egg
            1 ½ cups white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup (molasses could serve as an alternative)
3 cups all-purpose flour (two sheets of wax paper will do)
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt



The Mixture

. Mix the softened butter and white sugar until the initial mixture becomes creamy. Then slowly add the egg and continue with gradual stirring. After careful mixing, add the orange zest as well as the dark corn syrup (you may use molasses as alternative to dark corn syrup). Sum up all the remaining ingredients spontaneously onto the mixture and continue with the mixing process until the mixture is well combined, making a dough. Let the dough chill for at least two hours (TIP: You may want to chill the dough overnight to have better results!).

Preparing the Gingerbread Figures

. First you must grease the cookie sheets while pre-heating the oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly flour a surface – for this dough rolling step you may also use two sheets of wax paper as alternative – and roll the dough out to a quarter inch thickness or to how will you desire the thickness would be. After rolling the dough in the surface, you may create figures out of the dough through cookie design cutters. Observe one inch gap between cookie figures while placing the cookies in the cookie sheets.

  Baking the Tangy Surprise

. Place the cookie sheets in the preheated oven until the cookies achieve its compaction and edges show lightly toasted parts. The whole baking process may last for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies be served immediately or cooled down first.

            The whole process was so easy and before you know it, you had your own tangy gingerbreads right in your picnic basket! Surely, the tangy twist on its taste (not to mention its light orientation into the mouth) would surely make all of them grab and ask for more! One good thing is the gingerbreads could be designed with your icings or chips melt that would surely become a fun activity for the children and kids at heart!

Ham and Cheese now on your Buns!

            Who says ham could not be served out of the long dining table?! Well, think again for Christmas favorites ham and cheese now go served even in your buns! Now more sophisticated than before, you’ll lose out of your conscience for not taking a big bite on this bunwich present! This is how this mouth-watering sandwich appetizer is prepared:


      1 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 onion, grated
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons prepared Dijon-style mustard
2 (12 ounce) packages white party rolls
1/2 pound chopped cooked ham
5 ounces shredded cheese (quick-to-melt cheese is recommended)



The mixture and preparation

. Set the heat of the oven to 350°F (175°C). Find a bowl and create a mixture of butter, poppy seeds, grated onions, Worcestershire sauce and the mustard. Set aside the mixture and prepare the buns.


Preparing buns

. Slice the rolls in horizontal manner. Set aside the top half of the buns for a while as the lower part is to be spread with the current mixture. The generosity of the mixture to the buns still depends on you. After the spread, place the chopped ham meat together with the cheese as toppings of the spread mixture. (TIP: You may also use different kinds of meat aside from ham, just like tuna flakes or shredded chicken.) Close the buns using the top halves set aside earlier.


Baking the Christmas Present.

Bake the prepared buns in the preheated oven, each placed in a single layer group arrangement, for about 10 to 12 minutes. Some of the signs to indicate if the bunwiches were cooked is through its melted cheese and its lightly brownish bun layers. These could be served immediately or after a cool-down period.

       A five-star in terms to ease of preparation, these bunwiches promise to bring the Merry Christmas taste to everyone through its oozing cheesy melt and delicious ham chunks toast! One more thing, many more meat could serve as add-ons to the original bunwich recipe to enhance taste. This recipe would surely be the star of your picnic presents this holiday season!

Have a Very Merry Cheese-mas!

            Finally, to complete the trio, here comes the yummiest on-the-go treat this Christmas – the Mini Cheesecakes! As stated, this is “mini”, which provides everybody their own prerogative to indulge within without thinking of the quota for their stomachs! These miniature pastries also are very good to the eyes and tongues of your two-year old even your teenagers, for them having it just a big bite away! Here is the recipe which brings up the Christmariffic design and taste to your picnic party:


1/3 cup vanilla wafer crumbs (graham cracker crumbs could serve as alternative)
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon margarine, melted
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg



Baking the crust.

Preheat of the oven to 325°F (165°C) while greasing your six-muffin pan. On a bowl, mix the vanilla wafer crumbs (or graham cracker crumbs) together with vanilla extract and margarine. Mix gradually until they combine into a mixture. Pour the mixture evenly into each holes of the muffin pan and press tightly. Bake the mixture into the pre-heat oven for up to five minutes, then remove to cool, but don’t turn off your oven yet.

Making the fluffy layers.

Beat the cheese, sugar, lemon juice and the zest together with the vanilla extract until the mixture turns out fluffy. Finally, put the egg into the mixture and mix them until combined. Pour the mixture evenly again into the cooled muffin pan slots, approximately filling out ¾ of each section. Bake into the oven for about 25 minutes and let it cool into the pan before transferring them to the platter. Refrigerate until they are ready to be served. Could be served upside down with chocolate syrup and white chips or with cherry and strawberry syrup, or could be presented in a regular manner.

      There are endless styles of cooking these cheesecakes. Aside from crumbs of vanilla wafer or graham crackers, you could even use your own delicious cookies as crumbs to have that heavenly sweetened taste and texture. What’s more interesting is that you could even have oranges as substitute for your lemon extract and zest that would surely bring out that bursting sensation all over your mouth! For the toppings, you could consult your children for that, much more bringing out their excitement of cooking and eating. Absolutely these cheesecakes would never go out of your picnic tables every year!

            Possibilities are infinite, all you have to do is to have the tongue to taste and a mind to twist and experiment. This Christmas season have a new perspective, take out those cloths and lay them down on the park or to the grass fields or to the shores, and sing Christmas carols together with your family. With these recipes you’ll surely have the ease of burden from waiting long hours of cooking usual foods with your kitchen apron on, and have longer hours of welcoming this holiday season. So, what are you waiting for? Have your car engines on, lock the house out and bring with your family your picnic baskets that would surely let you savor Christmas outside… in a way your stomachs would always remember!


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