December 20, 2006

CHRISTMAS WREATH BREAD, COOKIES AND PUNCH! :)

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HANUKKAH TO ALL OF YOU!!




Okay buddies,here I am again with my Christmas Wreath Bread,cookies and non-Alcoholic Punch!I chose some of the easiest recipes but very delicious and festive! Hope you try them and enjoy.

CHRISTMAS WREATH BREAD:



How To Bake The Wreath Bread:

Pre-heat the oven at 400F.


You Need:

I tube of Ready-bake Pilsbury Pizza Crust.Open the tube,spread it on the counter top and stretch lenghtwise.Sprinkle cinnamon pd,sugar pd and any nuts you like and press down a little.



Cut this into three parts and fold each into half as shown.Join the three ends and press down to seal.Braid these as shown or just twist them around each other if you don't know how to braid.Seal the end and transfer it to non-stick baking sheet.






Place a 9" round baking pan in the middle.Curl the braid into a circle around the pan bottom and bring two ends together and seal.




Remove the round pan, brush the bread with heavy cream or egg wash and sprinkle with colorful sprinkles.Place in the oven and bake for 15-17 mins or until golden but do not over bake.That's it ,cool it on the rack and enjoy!:)
You could spread some vanilla icing on top of the Wreath too.





Your Delicious Christmas Wreath Bread is ready to impress the guests!



Red and Green Christmas Cream Wafers:(Taste of Home)
Here is a wonderfully light, not very sweet wafers with sweet, colorful and festive frosty filling! Kids would love these cookies! :)




To make Wafers you need:
(Makes about 12-16 wafers)
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
White or brown sugar crystals for sprinkling.


For Frosting or filling you need:
1/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
1-2 tsp cream
1 drop each Red and Green food color

How To:
1. Mix all the wafer ingredients to make a dough,wrap in plastic and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Preheat the oven at 375F.
2. Take the dough out,roll out to 1/4" thickness,cut out 2"rounds and place them on the baking pan.Sprinkle sugar crystals on top of half the cookies and prick all the cookies 3-4times with fork or tip of a knife.
3. Bake for 7-9mins,should be still white,take out and cool on a rack.
Filling:
1. Mix all the filling except color and divide into two bowls.Add red and green color to each and mix well.Take a unsprinkled wafer,put a dollop of red filling.
2. Take another sugared wafer, keeping with sugar sprinkle on top,press it on the frosted wafer.
3. Repeat with the color, and keep all the cookies in the fridge until frost sets.
They are ready to serve!:))


Chocolate Fudge and White Chocolate Christmas Fudge:(Taste of Home)

These are easy and delicious! It's chocolate, so how can you go wrong?!Even if you mess up,you still can eat the chocolate marbles!:D


You Need: (makes 2 pounds of Fudge)
1/4 cup butter
2 cups Confectioner's sugar
2/3 cup Milk
12 ozs white UNSWEETENED or Semi-sweet baking Chocolate chips or squares
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit or berries

How To:
1. Line a 9" square pan with foil(must do this) and spray or butter the bottom.
2. In a heavy pan,add sugar,milk and butter on medium heat,bring to boil for 5 mins.
3. Turn it down to low,add chocolate chips and vanilla essence.Cook until they all melt,stirring often until slightly thick.
4. Take off the heat,add dry chopped mixed berries,mix and immediatly add to the foiled pan.
5. Chill in the fridge for atleast for 2 hours or until firmly set.
6. Take out, using the foil,lift Fudge out of the pan.Peel foil carefully,cut the fudge into 2" squares.They must be stored in the fridge to preveny melting.
To make brown Chocolate Fudge:
Follow the same method as above with Brown Unsweetened chocolate chips and add 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or Almonds and Raisins to make chocolate fudge! Enjoy.

Pilsbury's Ready-Bake Christmas cookies I baked for my daughter's friends.Some of her friends call me "mommy" and send me messages through her to bake cookies for them every holiday!:D




Here are some Holiday Red and Green NON-ALCOHOLIC PUNCH:


Too many Cranberry recipes did you say?! Hey, it's Christmas and it's good for you too! There are some Green Punch too! Have fun making them and enjoy.I didn't make all these except some which we love but I collected some easy one's for you.These recipes would help if you have a large family gathered at home to celebrate!


Warm Cranberry Punch (From ALL RECIPES)

You Need:
4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
3 1/2 quarts water
12 whole cloves
4 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks
3/4 cup orange juice
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups sugar

How To:
1. In large pan, combine cranberries, water, cloves and cinnamon. Bring to boil,cover, reduce heat and simmer 12-15 minutes. Strain cooked juice through fine sieve or cheese cloth.Add all the other ingredients and serve warm.Makes 25 servings.

Cold Cranberry Punch: (From Reader's Digest)


You Need:

2 cups cranberry juice
2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
4 cups ginger ale, chilled or seltzer or club soda for ginger ale for less sweet.
Ice cubes


How to:
In a large glass container,combine cranberry juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, strawberries, and lime slices,chill thoroughly.Just before serving,stir in ginger ale or Club Soda and add ice cubes.Makes 12 servings.

Green Punch:(cooks.com)


You Need:

6 oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
2 (6 oz.) cans frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 c. chilled water or Club soda
Few drops green food coloring,
2 (28 oz.) bottles ginger ale, chilled
Ice cubes
Green Apple or green lime slices



How To:
1. Mix juice concentrates and water.
2. Add Green food coloring.
3. Just before serving, add ginger ale and ice.
4. Stir to blend. Garnish with few green apple slices or lemon slices if you like!
Makes about 15 servings.

Easy Kool-Aid Green Punch:(cooks.com)

You Need:
1 pkg. lime Kool-Aid
1 qt. water or Club Soda
1/2 c. sugar
1 (46 oz.) can pineapple juice
1 qt. ginger ale

How To:

1. Chill first 4 ingredients.
2. Add ginger ale. Makes about 5 quarts.

Apple-Cranberry Tea Punch: (From Taste of Home magazine)

You Need:
5 Tea bags
5 cups Boiling Water
5 cups unsweetened Apple Juice
2 cups Cranberry Juice
1/2 cup Sugar1/3 cup lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie spice( or throw in cinnamon,clove and little ginger)

How To:
1. Take a big bowl,put in tea bags ,whole spices if you are using and pour boiling water.Cover and let it steep for 5-10 mins.Discard the tea bags and spices.
2. Add all the other ingredients and stir until sugar dissolves.
3. Serve warm or chilled with ice cubes with a slice of lemon. Makes 3 quarts.


Hot Cocoa For a Crowd! ( Taste of Home)


You Need:
1 1/4 cup Baking Cocoa
3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/4 quarts water2 1/2 quarts of milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
1/4 quart Heavy whipping cream
Some whipped cream for topping
Some Cocoa or Cinnamon pd or grated Nutmeg, Chocolate gratings to garnish

How To:
1. Mix cocoa,sugar and salt,add water and bring it to boil,turn down the heat to low.
2. Whisk in the milk and cream,remove from heat and add in Vanilla.
3. Pour into mugs,put a dollop of cream and sprinkle with whatever you like.
Makes about 16 mugs of hot Cocoa.

Warm Chocolate Eggnog: (Taste of Home Magazine)

You Need:
1 quart store bought Eggnog
1/2 cup Chocolate Syrup
1/8 tsp Nutmeg pd
3 tsp Vanilla essence
Whipped cream to top.

How To:
1. Mix eggnog,syrup and nutmeg,heat through gently on low heat for 15mins,must not boil.Remove from the heat.
2. Stir in vanilla, pour into mugs and top with a dollop of whipped cream,sprinkle with nutmeg powder. Makes about 4 servings.

Apple Citrus Cider: (Taste of Home)

You Need:
2 quarts unsweetened Apple Juice
3/4 cup Pineapple Juice concentrate
3 tbsp Sugar
1 medium Lemon,thinly sliced
3 3" connamon sticks
6 whole all spice or 1/8 tsp allspice pd
6 whole cloves
4 cups or 3 12oz cans of lemon-lime soda

How To:
1. Bring all these except the last lemon-lime soda to a boil and lower the heat heat to simmer for 15 mins uncovered.
2. Fish out all the whole spices and add soda,simmer for 406mins on low heat,do not boil. Serve warm with slices of lemon as an option. Makes about 12 servings.

Enjoy!!

May Peace be with you all forever! Have a wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah with your families, laugh a lot and eat little less! ;D


We will be in Orlando,Florida from 24th for a week's vacation but I will post one on Wednesday 27th , a beautiful New Year goodie/my entry to JFI coconut which is in my draft already. See you all just before next year!!!:))

104 comments:

sra said...

hey, how did you get the pictures on the cookies?

Shaheen said...

happy hoildays to u.. i am gonna try some of ur non alcoholic ones.. thanks.

Sandeepa said...

Wow Asha, that wreath bread is absolutely beautiful. How do you come up with such new things, amazing !!!
Shall try to make the bread, let's see, I am not good at baking

rooma said...

This is super duper!!!!! I am surely gonna try the wreth bread and chocolate fugde!!!!! Thanks Asha :)

www.mykhazanaofrecipes.wordpress.com

Sanjay said...

You hava a happy holiday as well.
Loved the recipes esp the wreath bread. Nothing like some warm freshly baked goods and hot chocolate this holiday season!

Asha said...

H sra. That's how they are sold.You bake the cookies,frost them while they are still warm and stick those edible pics on them!Voila!!:D:D

You are welcome, Shaheen.Do try them, they all sound great,don't they? Enjoy.

Sandeepa,just follow the store-bought pizza crust tube instructions in the back with braided bread.Very easy.Hope you try:)

Thank you Rooma! Make some and enjoy the holidays and your Wedding Anniversary today!:))

Sanjay,you got it perfectly my friend! They are so easy too! Hope you surprise 'A' this weekend! ;D

Kishor Cariappa said...

Merry Christmas in advance and enjoy your hols. Me feels you must get into restaurant business very soon...

Lera said...

Wowwwwwww! so many goodies from The super Magician ,I am really bowled over by your expertise!Nice Pictures ! Wish I could skip hop jump to your place;) Enjoy your Holidays with lotsa fun.will catch up for more Next weekend :))

orchid said...

Now this is cooking beyond my wildest imagination!! but thanks to you I am on a cooking adventure :) Hey, I even told hubby that I want some fancy dishes for christmas..imagine that!
Enjoy your vacation!

swapna said...

WOW ASHAJI

wonderful pictures,great effort cool presentation and the last but not the least nice and colourful recipes.i wonder how much time will u take to write all these..:-)really very very nice....HAVE A BEAUTIFUL CHRIRSTMAS .....ENJOY..

Shionge said...

Thank you for the brilliant idea and what a spread :D

Have a great time, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2007.

Luv Ya
Shionge

wheresmymind said...

That xmas wreath is TOO cute!

Krithika said...

There you go again ... love you energy :-) Lovely ideas. wreath looks fantastic !

Priya S&S said...

The Wreath bread looks very festive.. very colorful !

Happy Holidays to you and your family ! Have fun on Orlando .

Asha said...

Hi Kishore.I am barely coping with a husband,two kids and this blog!
A restaurant?! Oh my! That will kill me quickly!Then there will be no 'hope' for any 'foodies'!:D Enjoy and happy holidays to you too.

Jeff!!! YAY!! You got in!:)) Great, hope gmail works on all Betas! Thanks ,it's so easy too! Merry Christmas!Enjoy your family.

Thanks Krithika.Hope you give it try too this weekend.Happy holidays.

Love you too Shinoge! Have a wonderful Christmas and a New Year!
Enjoy your family and wish you the best for 2007!

Asha said...

Hi Lera, 4 more days to go for the big day! You must be real busy right now.I miss B'lore!
Have a great Christmas with your family.Hugs!! See you next week:))

Thank you Swapna! It takes about 6 days!:) That's why I post on every wednesday so I can take time to bring you good things!Works great ,doesn't it? Enjoy ,these are all super easy too.Have a great weekend.

Hey Orchid, great choice for a gift! Get colorful assorted dishes instead of buying a whole set.It would be fun.Enjoy cooking,it can be calming to the body,mind and soul!:) Happy Holidays.
Wait until next wednesday to see my last beautiful dish for 2006,I am impressed myself!:)

Thanks Priya! Enjoy all the festivities and foods galore in all the blogs!It does feel good,doesn't it?! Happy hoidays:)

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,
Wow!Amazing receipes.ENJOY YOUR VACATION.HAPPY CHIRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.

Sri said...

Wow...Super!!!! how do you come up with this kind of recipe....loved your wreath bread will give it a try...and definitely the hot cocoa....Thanks Asha for the recipe....beautiful wreath decoration!!!!
Wishing you and your family a Holly Jolly Christmas

shilpa said...

Thats a lovely christmas spread Asha. May be with the help of all you bloggers, I might be able to bake some Xmas special goodies next year :).

Enjoy your holidays.

ChrisB said...

Asha the wreath bread looks wonderful and thank you for the punch recipes.
A very happy holiday to you and your family.

Asha said...

Thank you Usha.Enjoy and Happy Holidays to you too:)

You too have a great weekend and a jolly Christmas Sri!:) Wreath bread is easy,hope you try this weekend.

Hi Shilpa.You have already have baked some great cakes.You still have time, start baking some more goodies!:)) Have a great weekend and enjoy all the recipes.

You are welcome Chris! Enjoy all the recipes and have a great Christmas with your family too:))

Lakshmiammal said...

Dear Asha,
You have given me a wonderful gift of recipes. I am gonna surprise my family with your wreath.Thanks and happy holidays!

Vini K said...

Hi Asha,Happy Christmas,dear.Wow you made a whole lot of goodies,didn't you?The christmas wreath bread looks great.now lemme see,can you send me some pleease:)))))

jayakarthik said...

wow asha... i m drooling all over my laptop now after watching the cookies and cocoa i would like to take it frm the screen
ashaaaaa
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
HAPPY X-MAS

Deana said...

I'll take some of that hot chocolate please...we are hving a blizzard here in Denver. Already 10 inches outside and it's supposed to snow until tomorrow night! Guess I'll have plenty of time to bake!!

Asha said...

Hi Jaya.Thank you girl.Wait until you see my Jihva enrty next wednesday!:))You too have great holiday with your's!

Hey Vini,even better,why don't you come over?:D They are delicious,hope you try.Have fun this weekend.

Oh LakshmiA, that's such a nice to thing to say!:)Please do make it for your family and enjoy it.Nothing makes me happier! Have a wonderful holiday:)

Sangita said...

Everytime I come here I am left speechless..I see all the pics again and again..I am surely coming to ur place if and whenever I get a chance to be there..Wohoo u are a magic woman for me..and plzzzzzz parcel all the items here..

Merry X Mas and a very Happy New Year to you..

Seema Bhat said...

Asha:
Wooooooooooo hoooooooooo What a beautiful xmas dishes you have in here.You are the best asha... the wreath is just marvalous. I loved the fudge too. One quick question. Asha, what does fruit mix mean? (i am sorry i am nowise here)is it dry fruit mix or something else.
Thanks have to try out the fudge.
Cheers
Seema

Asha said...

Thanks.That's okay Seema,you are allowed to ask questions!:D
Well, you get small bags of dried fruit or berries mix(dried cranberries,blue berries etc) where they keep all the baking ingredients in the supermarkets.You chop,soak and use them or just use chopped in the recipe.Hope you try:)

You are very welcome Sangita to my house anytime.Or you can wait for your package to arrive!:) Have a great weekend and enjoy all the goodies.

I heard that too Deana.They are saying it could be 30" by tomorrow!
Be warm and yeah, baking and hot chocolate are a great idea! Take care and stay in if you can sweetie.Happy Holidays.

Maheswari said...

Thnaks Asha...Easy delicious recipes..will try everything soon..especially the wreath bread, once i get well.Did i tell u, i tried u'e cumin flavored rice 2 weeks back, was a hit...Have a nice vacation...

Manjula said...

wow..what a beautiful presentation!
Will save these ideas and recipes for the future..whenever I host a party

Lakshmi said...

Wow Asha,
so many delicious recipes, which should i start first.
let me start first with choclate fudge, have all those ingredients listed.
thanks for sharing with us.
HAve a nice trip and happy holidays my friend.

KrishnaArjuna said...

Wow, so many christmas treats?? Can I have some please??

gattina said...

Asha,
oh my gosh! So many wonderful X'mas goodie ideas! They're all great! Two years ago my sis-in-law made a sort of pear-based punch which I fell in love instantly! Now your hot punch brings me back the memory. I have a bag of fresh cranberry in fridge right now, you know what I'll do *wink*
My dear Asha, wish you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! And have fun at Florida! *hug*

Beccy said...

Yet more wonderful ideas for me to try.

Enjoy Orlando.

Asha said...

Thanks Beccy,we will.You too have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year with your adorable family!:))

You are a sweetheart Gattina.Enjoy the punch and have a great Christmas.Hope it doesn't snow too much to spoil the fun,but not in FL though.Sunny as usual.We will enjoy,thank you:))

Hi KA Good to see you here. You are welcome to have have as much as you want dear!:)Enjoy, have a great weekend and happy holidays..

Asha said...

Hi Maheswari,good to see you.Hope you are feeling little better now.Weather is going to get worsr.Thanks for feedback on the rice and get well first before you start cooking:)Take care.

Hello Laskshmi,glad you are trying the fudge.Little tricky, but can do it.Make sure you pour it on the greased foil,not directly into the pan.Enjoy and happy holidays to you and your's friend:)

Hi Manjula.Glad you liked them.Punch would be a great idea for a big party,do save it.Have a great weekend:)

Dilip UK said...

Ashaben, you are a gem, you know that, great stuff, simply brillant. Wreath Bread looks great, Have a fab xmas and pass on my love to the family...~smile~

Meena Kandlakuti said...

Asha ,

So Many words have become very very common for you..like so many treats, so many dishes, so many drinks....etc.:-))...But to say...I love them all.Especially,wreath bread is absoulutely gorgeous and very intresting one to cook at home.I will try this.Thanks for sharing and happy holidays in Orlando...we have been there..Ithink you know..lots of crowd at festive season..eat a lot so that can go around and enjoy all the holidays.Best wishes to u and ur family.Enjoy dear:-))

Kristen said...

Asha,
I can't believe that wreath is *that* easy! Amazing!
You've given me an arsenal of recipes to use in this single post. Thank you so much!

Manasi said...

WONDERFUL!!!!! Loved the wreath bread!! will try!!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO U ALL!!!!

Asha said...

Thanks Manasi.What a great start for the 2nd year for you?!:)Enjoy and happy Holidays.

You are welcome Kristen.I blog once a week now,might as well give you a week's worth!:D Enjoy and Merry Christmas.

Hi sweet Meena.Thank you so much.Add some icing on top on the bread and your son will love it! We are avoiding the theme parks on sunday and monday but other days will be alright I think.We love FL.It's fun,something to do always.Enjoy the bread and Happy Hoildays Meena.

Dilipbhai,as always you are wonderful!Thank you and have a great holiday this week and the next with your family.See you around!:))

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hi asha.I love to visit your blog.All the recipes looks too good.Nice pics.

rooma said...

You are a real sweetheart Asha!!!!! thanks for the wishes !!!!! :) A lot of my virtual friends remembered my anniversary but my friends whom I meet everyday didn't remember.... strage isn't it????!!!!! Thanks once again dear. :)

Keshi said...

Asha have a very Merry Christmas and a grand New Year! Enjoy ur break hun.

These goodies look yummy as usual...I love Fudge and also Punch!

HUGGGGGGGGGGZ!
Keshi.

RP said...

Happy holiays to you and family!
All of your christmas goodies look so good and yummy.
Have a nice time in Orlando. I can't wait to see your JFI coconut entry.

Deepak Gopi said...

:)Happy christmas.
Iliked the Santa in the picture.It is very cute.

Vcuisine said...

Hi Asha, Good collections to try. Very nice. Happy holidays and enjoy. Viji

samuru999 said...

Hi Asha
As always another beautiful post with wonderful recipes!
My hubby loves fudge, so he will love your recipe!
Thank you!
Have a most special time with your family in Orlando!
Many blessings to you and your family!

Happy Holidays!
God bless!

Margie

indosungod said...

Asha, wonderful looking cookies and wreath bread. Hot Cocoa my absolute favorite. Have a great time in Orlando. Happy Holidays!

Asha said...

Thanks Indo.Enjoy the all of these and have a great Christmas.We can't wait to go to FL!:)

Hi Margie.Thank you and you too have a magical Christmas with hubby and your darling girls!Glad you are feeling better in time for Xmas!)God bless.

Thank you Viji.You have a great weekend too.Have fun:)

Hey!:) Thanks for noticing the Santa there, Deepak!He seem to have disappered with his own whiteness!:D Have a great weeekend.Merry Christmas if you celebrate it:)

Asha said...

rp, thanks girl. I try my best.Enjoy and yes,JFI entry came out very good and great recipe to end 2006!Happy Holidays:)

Hi Keshi girl.You too have a great holiday and enjoy.Be happy and we will begin the new year with a BIG smile on our face and in our heart.Deal? Lots of hope and love for 2007! Hugs to you too!

You are welcome Rooma.Hope you had a great day with your hubby.Enjoy this weekend fully.
I know!People who you know everyday tends to take you for granted but us the bloggers, always keep that in mind what's goes with other bloggers lives!It is strange but true.Well, take the blessings from wherever it comes from,good for your soul!:)Happy Hoildays.

Hi Doc.Good to see another doctor here.My husband is one too:)Thanks and welcome, glad you enjoy my blog.Have a great holiday and hope to see you back here!

Lakshmik said...

Hi Asha

You are getting really innovative now. Nice recipes. Wish you a happy vacation to Orlando.

Menu Today said...

Hi Asha,
Happy Holiday!!
Step by step instruction for wreath bread. Thanks a lot for holiday treat:-)

Trupti said...

Ashaji: the recipe for the punch is wonderful and the wreath bread looks really festive! Enjoy your Vacation in Orlando...if you have time, be sure to go to this restaurant called "Memories of India"- it has great food...well, atleast it did when we used to live in Tampa a couple of years ago...we used to visit often :)
Thank you for your kind comment on my spinach enchiladas.
Take care, Trupti

Sanjay said...

Hope you surprise 'A' this weekend! ;D

I can't cos, when she hears me in the kitchen she will def come investigate. I guess it's not a surprise cos I help her out quite often and if she is busy I will cook too. Maybe I will just decide to cook this weekend.

mandira said...

Hot cocoa and cookie, it sounds perfect. All you need is a movie and a fireplace :D Have fun in Orlando. Happy Holidays and have fun. BTW, what's your favorite ride?

Nidhi said...

Wonderful Asha! That wreath bread is so perfect and that hot cup of cocoa...Oh! my God, I wanna have that right away...:)

Thanks a lot for sharing such nice recipes..

Merry Christmas!

Nidhi.

Seema said...

Wawwwwwwww....as always my feast on this page is ready !!!!
Thanx for posting my cook book(gonna use this for mah days;))...its simply awesome picture...am coming for mah Christmas lunch heheee
You have a wonderful holiday and a great new year too...take care !

Asha said...

You are welcome Seema.Enjoy the feast,cook book and have a great weekend. Happy new year!:))

Thanks NIdhi,enjoy and make some hot cocoa on the first day of winter today and have fun!:)Stay warm too.

Hi Mandira.Enjoy the cookies.Ride?! I WILL NOT sit in one those huge roller coasters.That's for the hubby and kids.I go for those Spiderman and Godzilla rides happily at Universal studios theme park.We do not go to Disney world anymore,kids HATE Mickey Mouse!:D

Yeah Sanjay.Give her a break,ask her not to come in the kitchen,say it's a surprise and bake the wreath.It's soo easy.A tube of Pizza crust,cinnamon sugar, you are done! DO IT:) Let me know.

Asha said...

Thanks Trupti.I will deftly try to find 'Memories of India".We have 7 days there,we would love to visit a Indian restaurant.I will let you know.You are great cook, be proud!:)Take care and have a great holiday with your's.

You are welcome MT. Enjoy the Wreath Bread and happy Holidays.

Thank you Lakshmi.I like to create something unusual out of usual.It gives me a great pleasure when they come out well.Glad you like them too!:)Have fun.

Little Miss Muffet said...

Hi Asha,

I'm planning to try out your chocolate fudge. Looks pretty simple :)and yummy too ...btw, what is confectioner's sugar? can I use the normal cane sugar instead? Also wanted to tell you that I end up making ur masala chai almost everyday..The Better Half loves it :)

Sai said...

Happy Holidays Asha!

The choc fudge looks lovely. It has been ages since I tried it. BTW I love White chocolate.

Asha said...

Hi Lmm. I am happy to hear that you and hubby liked Masala chai, it's my fav too.
Now,Confectioner's sugar is just a very fine sugar powder we use to sprinkle on desserts.It's easily avaiable.Cannot use granulated sugar bcos it takes little time to dissolve but you can powder the regular cane sugar in the coffee grinder to a fine powder and use it.Hope that helps.Enjoy.
Happy Holidays:)

Hi Sai,thanks.Same here.I prefer white Chocolate too!Try it ,it's very tasty.Have a great weekend!:)

Lotus Reads said...

What a beautifully festive post, Asha! I was waiting for your cookie recipe so thank you very much! My mom sent me some homemade fudge from India a few weeks ago but my kids have finished it all - time to make another batch and I'll use your recipe.

The Christmas Wreath looks out of this world - you've done a fantastic job, Asha, I'm sure your kitchen must have had a heavenly aroma as you were baking it, yum!

Enjoy your vacation in Florida - wish we were coming, too! ;)

I'll look for your post of the 27th.

Happy Holidays to you and your family, Sweet Asha!

NZ said...

OMG Ashaji ! Wow !! very festive !! loved the wreath bread - I am gonna try some of the punches with lots of ice cubes as the summer is on and temperatures are soaring here in NZ!

Have a lovely holiday, thanks for your comments on my blog - you are such a sweet person. Will see you in Jan. Ciao for now....

HariPriya said...

u r amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vaishali said...

I just love love love that Xmas wreath bread, Asha. It is *festiver* than festive. :)
Btw, you write about so many dishes/drink in one post, Girl! I mean, are you a powerhouse of energy or what? I usually start *panting* after I finish one write-up. :(

Priya Bhaskaran said...

Asha...have a happy christmas to you and your family..I am sure they are going to enjoy with those guddies and treats:)

Asha said...

Thank you sweet Lotus!Wish I could whisk you off to FL too!:)Enjoy the fudge.Happy Holidays.

HI Abha,I forgot that it's summer for you there.Yeah,lots of icecubes indeed!:D Enjoy and Happy Holidays:)

Thanks HariPriya!I saw your other blog too,you have some beautiful pics of Japan.May be one day, I will vacation in Japan!:)

Hello Poona err..Pune girl!:D Thank you Vaish and yeah, I have one whole week to do all these since I don't post often like I used to!I still get exhausted but I love the adrenaline I get when I look at my post!:D Worth it.Enjoy lovely India.We are freezing here!:)Happy Hoildays.

Hi Priya.Atlast you are free to blog!:D I am so happy,I love your recipes.Hope your exams are over now and you did well.I am sure you did.Time to have some fun now.Thanks and Happy Holidays.

Dizzy said...

You are always full of surprises Asha. Your presentation is just marvellous. Sometimes I wonder if you are a chef at a five star hotel!. I wouldnt be surprised!
Been down with a severe bout of pneumonia, will update as soon as I am a little better.
Meanwhile, have fun, enjoy your holidays and wish you and your family a merry Christmas and a happy new year:-)

Sally Lomax said...

Have a lovely holiday Asha!

Happy Christmas!

Sally

Asha said...

Oh dear! Mona, hope you are feeling better now.Flu is everywhere these days.My son's friend brought the virus in to our house and my son is sick.Next will be me!Anyway,thank you for taking time! Chef at my home if that counts!!:D I know, it doesn't.I try my best.Have a great holidays and New Year.See you next week!:)

Hello Sally.We will,you do too sweetie.Hope your daughter is better enough to eat all those Xmas goodies!:) She probably is,kids recover quicker than us "mature" people!:D
Have fun and enjoy.I will see you next week too:)

Anali said...

Have a great vacation and Merry Christmas Asha! I haven't made fudge in a while or cinnamon bread. Your spread looks so good, maybe I'll have to whip up one of these!

Asha said...

Hi Anali.Have fun making fudge and have a great Christmas and very happy new year!:)

just for fun said...

Have a great vacation and wonderful holidays. Everythign looks so festive.

happy holidays
-JJ

Priya Dilip said...

Hi Asha...
Few Wonderful eggless recipes out there.. will have to try them out..

Happy Christmas and a great new year..

Cheers.
Priya Dilip

Asha said...

Hi Jas, thank you. You too have a great hoilday and a new year.Thanks for visiting!:)

Hi Priya.You don't eat eggs I assume.Enjoy them and have a great Christmas with your family and a new year too:) Thanks.

Vani said...

Happy Holidays, dear Asha! Have loads of fun in Florida. And can you please send some of the warmth and brightness our way?! :)

Asha said...

Yes ma'am, I will!:D I have plenty sunshine in NC! I am going to get more in FL!Vani,have a great holiday and happy new year.Be warm and stay in! I will see you next week.

southpaw said...

I m taking down the details of Apple-Cranberry-Tea punch, this year it will be goodbye to green punch and welcome to Apple-Cranberry-Tea punch...:)

Merry christmas and a very happy holidays to u and ur family...:)

Deepak Gopi said...

May your xmas holidays be filled with Joy and many Happy Memories.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
:):):)

Asha said...

SP ,thanks and enjoy the Cranberry tea.Sounds good,doesn't it?Have fun,same to you too and I will see you next week!:)

Hi Deepak.Thank you and you too have a great Christmas and very productive new year.May all your dreams come true next year!:))

artizen flair said...

Asha,
I have been wanting to comment for days now, although words have seemed meaningless in comparison to the uplifting love and spirit that your family has offered mine this festive season. We are EVER grateful!

Thankyou all SOOOOO much. We truely hope you are safe, well and REALLY have a ball together these holidays and enjoy your vacation period with your husband and children! Much love to your two angels. They are beautiful!

We love you! Eat, Drink and Be Merry! <3 xoxox

Asha said...

Hi AF!Thanks for taking time! Don't worry about commenting.Take care of yourself and recover fully.We all will be here.We are in FL right now.We will have fun.We are going to avoid sunday and monday crowd at the theme park!:)
You guys have a great time and enjoy every minute of it.Take care and we love you too.

cyberkitty said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas ! lovely pics and decorations !

Rricha Nimish said...

Asha,
Happy holidays!! visit my blog when you have time. You inspired me to make a savory version of the Wreath!!.Thanks,

Rricha

@ said...

lovely wreath cookie...and merry x'mas!

Tree said...

Asha, a very Merry Christmas to you and your family! Peace and happiness in the new year, too!

Asha said...

Thanks Tree.Same to you too.Have a great Christmas and New Year!:)

@ ,thank you.You too have a wonderful New Year.

Hi Rricha.Great girl!:)) I was thinking of giving a savory version,but to keep with the sweet theme,I didn't.I will look at it.Have a great New Year celebration!:)

Hi Cyber Kitty.Have a great Christmas and new year! Thank you!:)

mommyof2 said...

Merry chirstmas and Happy new year to you & your family:-)

Sri said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours....I hope you having a great time in FL.

Asha said...

Hi MO2,Thanks. You too have a great new year celebration and a happy ,healthy 2007!:)

Hi sri,we are FL right now! It's raining and everything is closed for Xmas today.From tomorrow,it ill be fun.Thank you,have a great new year.

Reeta Skeeter said...

CHRISTMAS WREATH BREAD looks so yummyyyyy... i wanna b ur daughter's frd too!!!!! mujhe bhi cookies and lots of gud khana milega!

HAREKRISHNAJI said...

Tempting wreath cookie.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HANUKKAH TO YOU!!

Recipes – Blogcu said...

Thank you for your excellent recipes.

Asha said...

Hi Reeta,hope you had a great Christmas and wish you a great new year!:)) Chalo,aapbhi hamare beti banjao aur khalo sab ke sab cookies!:D Have fun Skeeter.

Hello HareKrishnaji!Wish a very happy and healthy New Year!))Enjoy!

Thank you and you too have a great New year and enjoy blogcu!:)

So Simple said...

Asha
Wonderful recipes yet again. Unfortunately in NZ we can't buy the ready prepared dough but I will make my own and try your bread while we are on our boat.
Once again beautiful photos delicious food.
Happy 2007 to you and your family.
Look forward to communicating in the New Year.

Cheers

Asha said...

Thanks SS! You have a great new year and yes, try the bread.ENjoy and hope I will see more of you next year!:))

Pooja said...

Hi Asha ,
a perfect and wonderful post for this season . I am flattern by watching all this nice resipes around, speacilly wreath bread...
love it. the way you took picture pf that is amazing.
have fun with family , and a merry christmas to you and a bright new year ahead.
-Pooja

vasilisa said...

So pretty! So festive!

Hope you're having great holidays, and I'm sure your family is really well fed! (They are so lucky :-) )

Asha said...

Thanks Lisa!Hope you had a great Christmas and wish you a very happy new year to you and your family!:)

Hi Pooja,hope your husband is feeilng better now.I haven't seen you in a while.Happy New Year to you and family.Have a great week!:)

Reeta Skeeter said...

hehe love u for that!

Asha said...

I mean it Skeeter!:D