12 Days of Christmas Treats, Double recipe day!

Thursday , 22, December 2011 Leave a comment

Today’s recipes are brought to you by local mama Brandy!  I had the good fortune to meet Brandy and her beautiful girls at the park one day.  She took some time out of a jam packed holiday schedule to get these ready for us!   Thank you!  – Maggie

About Brandy:
I’m the mother of 2 wonderful little girls! I currently work from home as a real estate agent, but have recently started another business making specialty bows (Beauty and a Bow). I mostly enjoy spending time with my family at home, watching movies or playing games. You can visit my family blog at http://thefieldsfamilyx3.blogspot.com/ or my Etsy shop at www.beautyandabow.etsy.com.

Plaza Squares
This wonderful baked good is my favorite dessert this time of year. I always remember my mom and two of her sisters getting together at least one Saturday during the Christmas season and they would bake all day long. I can still smell the wonderful scent of cookies, fudge, divinity, buckeyes, martha washingtons, & plaza squares. For some reason, my mom only made plaza squares around Christmas-I have no idea why, but that’s the way it’s always been (and still is). It’s funny, because even though I’m old enough to make them anytime I want, I still only make them around Christmas too. I hope that you enjoy them as much I do!

Plaza Squares
1 box butter recipe cake mix                      1 box confectioners’ sugar
1/2 C of butter, softened                              8oz cream cheese, softened
1 C chopped pecans (optional)
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease large bar pan (or cookie pan w/ tall sides). In medium bowl, blend together cake mix, butter, & 1 egg. Add pecans and stir in by hand. Press mixture into pan and set aside. In another bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, & 2 eggs well with mixer. Pour into pan over cake mixture. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until top becomes golden and flaky. Let cool, then cut into squares. Enjoy!

This is not THE quiche...but it looks good enough to eat! Right?

When I was younger, I hated the very idea and look of quiche. I thought it was so gross and would never try it. I mean, who puts eggs and bacon into a pie?! (Did I mention that I’ve always been a picky eater?) Well, I finally decided to try it as a teenager and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m a little ashamed to admit that even though I love this soooo much, I only make it around Christmas time. I have no idea why…I’m thinking maybe I should change that next year. Anyhow, this is by no means the fancy type of little quiche that you get at cute tea rooms, but it is rich and wonderful still. So, without futher ado…here is the recipe:

9in deep dish pie shell
1/2 pt heavy whipping cream
1/2 C milk
3 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 C grated cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 lb sausage or 7 strips of bacon (cooked and drained)

Preheat oven to 400F. Poke holes (with fork) into defrosted pie shell & cook for 5 minutes-let cool. Crumble bacon (or sausage) into pie shell then cover with cheese. In a medium bowl, pour whipping cream, milk, eggs, salt, mustard, & pepper. Whisk together until well blended and pour over meat and cheese. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until eggs are set.

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