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Practically Perfect Party Pairings

By November 16, 2018 No Comments

Not to sound too enthusiastic, but we are READY for Thanksgiving! November and December are our busy season, so taking a few moments to spend time with our loved ones, reflect on our blessings, and prepare for the month ahead will be a welcome reprieve after a month of heavy fruitcaking and cookie baking. We each have our own plans, but they almost all involve grabbing a last minute dessert out of the bakery to bring to our holiday gatherings (I told you, we’re busy!) And of course, along with our Thanksgiving treats there will undoubtedly be some delicious libations to enjoy as we sit by the fire, in front of the football game, or at the dinner table! In this week’s blog, I bring you some of our Baker Maid’s most popular and traditional desserts and their perfect holiday pairing.

 

White Petit Four &  Irish Coffee
Our delightfully sweet Almond Petit Four would be the perfect match to go with a sharp coffee drink. Pick the evening up in just the right way with a hot mix of coffee and whiskey.


IRISH COFFEE
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons)
Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Chocolate Petit Four & Brandy Alexander Shake
Our Chocolate Petit Fours are known for being fabulously fudgey. When the chocolate bug comes a knocking, why not go all in? The Brandy Alexander Shake is a boozy milkshake made to top off that filling holiday meal. A petit four and a boozy milkshake is too much, you say? Pfft, not during the holidays. Indulge a little! 


BRANDY ALEXANDER SHAKE
1 1/2 cups softened vanilla ice cream
2 ounces (1/4 cup) brandy, or to taste
2 ounces (1/4 cup) crème de cacao, or to taste
Garnish: freshly grated nutmeg

Creole Royale Fruitcake — Grapes and Strawberries in Grappa
With something as rich and riveting as fruitcake, party goers are going to be looking for that tart and refreshing drink to cut through the candied fruit and deep flavors. Grappa is delicious on it’s own, but create a stunningly beautiful beverage with this simple recipe.


GRAPES AND STRAWBERRIES IN GRAPPA
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup grappa
¼ cup lemon juice
1 pint strawberries, hulled and halved or sliced
1½ cups red seedless grapes, halved lengthwise
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

Lemon Cooler Cookie — Madeira and Lemon Cocktail
Our Lemon Cooler Cookies are just one of the incredible cookie flavors offered by our sister brand; Love, Cookie. If you’re feeling a bit heavy after the sweet spiciness of your holiday feast, try a refreshing and light dessert!


MADEIRA WINE & LEMON COCKTAIL
2 ounces Madeira
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh juice from 1 lemon
Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish

Tarte a La Bouille — Mulled Wine
Sweet, creamy, and oh so Louisianian, the Tarte a la Bouille is one holiday staple everyone wants to get their hands on! Pairing its mild flavor with a spicy mulled wine is about as perfect of a pair as you can get during the hoidays.


MULLED WINE
1 bottle of dry red wine
1 orange, sliced into rounds
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise