Christmas Treats

 

Christmas Treats

By Merrillee Whren

Christmas is my favorite time of year. It's a time for giving and sharing. I'm going to share a couple of my favorite Christmas treats with you. The first recipe came from my grandmother who cooked over a wood stove, thus the phrase, "take from the fire." My mother passed this recipe down to me, and I have passed it down to my daughters.

CHOCOLATE NUT CARAMELS

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups white corn syrup

2 cups cream

3 squares bitter chocolate

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

1 cup butter (not margarine)

2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions: Put sugar, syrup, butter and one cup cream in a kettle and bring to a boil. When it is boiling briskly, add the other cup of cream a little at a time so mixture keeps boiling. Boil until a thread of the mixture is brittle in cold water. Take from the fire and add chocolate pieces and nuts. Beat until chocolate is all melted. Stir in vanilla. Pour into a shallow, buttered pan to cool. After cooling, remove from pan and cut into one-inch squares.

This second recipe came from my husband's side of the family. He makes this special nut roll every year. The recipe came from his father's Slavic family.

ROZAK

Ingredients:

Filling:

1 pound light brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1 large can evaporated milk

1 stick butter

1 teaspoon maple flavor

4 cups finely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup coconut

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Mix sugar, flour, milk and butter and cook until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Fold in remainder of ingredients. Let mixture cool slightly before spreading on the rolled-out dough.

Make hot roll mix or use dairy case bread dough. Roll out dough on floured board in shape of a rectangle approximately 14 by 10 inches. (Dough will be about 1/4 inch thick.) Spread filling over dough and roll up like a jellyroll. Pinch ends to hold filling. Place on a cookie sheet (two per sheet) with greased aluminum foil strips between loaves to keep them from running into each other. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter as soon as removed from the oven.

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