I’m not a fan of New Year’s Eve.
I’m all for parties and especially fizzy wine but that whole transition from December 31st to January 1st can be a little forced. Actually, I’m usually so tired out from celebrating Christmas that I rarely stay awake until midnight.
This year was an exception. We were hosting my family and before we knew it the momentum of the evening had carried us right to midnight. We sang a quick Klezmer version of Auld Lang Syne and moved onto Proud Mary before anyone got too reflective.
I’m all for reflecting on the past year though and January gives us lots of time to do that.
So what was noteworthy in our world in 2012?
Top 5 blog posts on Molasses and More:
Cranberry molasses apple crisp – This tasty twist on a classic apple crisp was pretty to boot, studded with fresh cranberries. Want to make it a little healthier for 2013? Use whole grain flour in the topping and sprinkle it with 1/2 cup walnut pieces.
Molasses brown bread – This is a classic recipe that some of you amped up by adding flax seed. Try adding 1/2 cup ground flax or 1/2 cup flax seeds to the flour before mixing.
Our Gingerbread Family Favourites e-book was a big hit with molasses lovers young and old. With more than a dozen recipes for gingerbread and tasty toppings to go with it, we consider this book gingerbread nirvana.
Gingerbread spiced nuts – These were a quick and easy hostess gift for holiday parties but a nice treat for nibbling at home too. For variety try using different kinds of nuts.
Chocolate gingerbread cookies – Dipped in white chocolate to dress them up a bit these cookies were my final post of 2012. The recipe was a last minute discovery sent to me by molasses fan Emily (she’s been making them for years to rave reviews.) Want to make these a little healthier for 2013? Use whole grain flour (try spelt) and replace the chocolate chips with the darkest chocolate you can find (at least 70%). Save the dipping for special occasions.
What were your favourite new recipes of 2012?