Christmas recipes

December 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm 2 comments

On Sunday, five colleagues and I were on a panel at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto debating which one of our classic Canadian Sweet Treats was the best. Because I love all the sweet treats around the holiday season, I chose to defend the delicious fruitcake, and I must say many of the audience favored the cake although Alison Fryer (manager of The Cookbook Store in Toronto) won best applause for her lemon squares…not very Christmasy, but then again they didn’t have to be of holiday best. Liz Driver (a Toronto food historian) defended Carrot Pudding which is a real Canadian Christmas treat. More than one person at the Museum mentioned using my Christmas Cookbook which unfortunately is out of print. Many had the original red hardcover version and one person mourned the fact that she couldn’t buy a new one since her little book was covered with spatters. Actually, a young friend of mine tried to buy one by email; he did find one eventually….at $180.00. I did nine fruitcakes in the book as well as many other holiday cakes like Vinaterta, Medivnyk and of course, Buche de Noel or the Yule Log. Last week, a reader got in touch with me through my website saying she always makes the Yule Log which I had included in a Homemakers Magazine article in November/December 1990, but was in great distress because she had lost the last page of the recipe. I dug out the magazine from my storage and will type it out on my recipe page for Karen and anyone else who wants to make it this season.


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Light Orange Almond Fruitcake My recipe for a Yule Log

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  • 1. Vinnie Kochar  |  November 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Rose, I desperately need this Buche de Noel recipe. My first year hosting a baking party, one of my friends Jane and myself made this magnificent recipe and were up until 2am finishing it after a great day of baking, chili, friends and family. It is one of our best memories. We are getting together again Sun. Dec 12th and I really want to bring this recipe to her b/c in all of my moving, I have misplaced it. Can you PLEASE send this recipe to me. I would be so grateful. I will be happy to send you a picture of the first one created and of course the one we will hopefully make again in a few weeks.

    Many thanks


    • 2. Rose  |  November 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      Hi Vinnie,
      Just go into my website and click on the Recipe page, then scroll down. The recipe for Buche de Noel is there for you. I hope you have fun making it again with your friend. Have a great holiday season.
      Rose Murray.


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