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November 17, 2012

Culinary Conversation: Reader offers Christmas morning recipes

NEW CASTLE — Call it an early Christmas present of sorts.

Opening the email from New Castle resident Martha Boothe revealed not only a very nice note, but also four wonderful-sounding recipes for Christmas breakfast or brunch.

What’s great about all of them is that they are made the night before and finished in the morning.

Martha admits that with the hectic nature of the holidays, it might be difficult to find the time to do extra cooking on Christmas Eve. After reading through, though, I concluded it’s just a bit more effort that results in something to look forward to before or after presents are opened.

“I hope that you like these and that they can make your holidays easier and gives you more time with your family,” Martha wrote.

She described Santa’s eggs as super on Christmas morning.

Martha also noted that making the egg soufflé “is a bit messy to do, but good.”

And if there is an endorsement for making the caramel rolls, it might come from Martha’s mailman, who said that when he walks down her street, it is filled with the aroma of baking and foods.

Thanks, Martha, for all four contributions.

Culinary Conversation is for you — our readers — and we love receiving your recipes any time of year.

Keep ‘em comin’.

Easy Caramel Rolls

  • Butter
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 24-count package frozen yeast dinner rolls
  • 1, 3-oz. package butterscotch pudding mix
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter, cut into small cubes

 Generously butter a bundt pan. Spread it thickly everywhere. Sprinkle nuts in bottom of pan; place rolls on tops of nuts, narrow end down, closely and touching side by side; but do not stack them. There will be an inner and outer ring. Combine the pudding and sugar; sprinkle over the rolls. Top with butter cubes. Cover with a towel; allow to rise overnight. In the morning, bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes. Turn out of pan onto a plate; serve warm.

*Note: When cold, you can spread it with a little butter and microwave for 30 seconds.

Easy Overnight French Toast

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