Holiday Ambrosia – A Divine Dessert

A Sure Sign of Christmastime

From the time I was a young girl, one sure sign to me that Christmastime was approaching was when I saw my mother in the kitchen sectioning oranges. That was a sure sign that she was making Holiday Ambrosia, one of my Dad’s favorite holiday dishes.  As long as Mom would keep making Holiday Ambrosia, my Dad would keep bringing home those wonderful Florida oranges. Dad could eat Holiday Ambrosia almost as fast as Mom could make it!  I take after my Dad in that respect as I love Holiday Ambrosia too! (Fortunately for me, none of my brothers liked coconut!)

How to Peel and Section Oranges

The most tedious work in making Holiday Ambrosia is the peeling and sectioning of the oranges.  I’ve found that a really sharp knife is essential to prevent frustration in completing this task.  Much care must be taken in cutting out the orange sections as the escaping juice makes the process that much more slippery and difficult.  Below is a good video showing how to peel and section an orange.

My family’s version of Holiday Ambrosia contains only 4 ingredients – fresh orange sections, flaked coconut, powdered or confectioner’s sugar and maraschino cherries.  Navel oranges are my preference as they are larger and therefore easier for me to peel and handle.  The oranges are peeled, taking off as much of the white pith as possible, and sectioned.  All the ingredients are placed in a bowl, tossing the mixture a few times to distribute the coconut and powdered sugar, covered and then placed in the refrigerator overnight for all the flavors to properly mingle.

Variations to this basic recipe include adding pineapple chunks, bananas, and other fruits, whipped cream and miniature marshmallows. The maraschino cherries probably started out as a garnish but it’s nice to have enough cherries in the recipe to have more than one in a serving. The confectioner’s sugar may be omitted, especially if the oranges are really sweet naturally. A little cherry juice may be added to the mixture to add a little more sweetness and some beautiful color as well. Orange zest could be added to emphasize the orange flavor. An “adult” version” of Holiday Ambrosia could be made by adding some Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur to the fruit mixture. I prefer the basic recipe –  I guess I’m a purist when it comes to Holiday Ambrosia!  My husband is from St. Louis and he likes to add in pineapple, bananas and whipped cream to ambrosia as his preferences.  

Holiday Ambrosia
Serves 6
A wonderful mixture of fresh orange sections, flaked coconut, powdered sugar and maraschino cherries, great for a holiday dessert!
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Ingredients
  1. 6-8 Oranges (preferably Navel)
  2. 1/4 - 1/2 cup Powdered or Confectioner's Sugar
  3. 1 cup flaked Coconut
  4. 1 small jar Maraschino Cherries
Instructions
  1. Carefully peel and section oranges. Place in a bowl.
  2. Add confectioner's sugar, coconut and maraschino cherries to the oranges and toss gently to combine all the ingredients.
  3. Cover bowl and place in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight to allow flavors time to mingle. Serve in an attractive dish and garnish with fresh mint, if desired.
Notes
  1. Powdered sugar may be omitted if oranges are really sweet naturally. Experiment to find out your preference for the amount of powdered sugar needed.
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Holiday Ambrosia – A Divine Dessert

No matter which way you prepare Holiday Ambrosia, it is a divine dessert.  I was surprised to see it described recently as a “fruit salad” because I’ve always thought of ambrosia as a dessert.  In mythology, the consumption of ambrosia was typically reserved only for the gods.  Ambrosia was thought to cleanse all defilement from the flesh of the gods.  Ambrosia means “immortality” in the Greek, as it was often depicted as conferring longevity to whoever consumed it. Doves supposedly carried ambrosia to the gods in Olympus.  (Just a myth!)

Thankfully, us mortals can partake of wonderful Holiday Ambrosia after just a trip to the store for some oranges, coconut, powdered sugar and maraschino cherries!  Holiday Ambrosia is a great dessert for times when you want a lighter dessert than cake, pie or cookies.  

Create some delicious holiday memories of your own by making some Holiday Ambrosia soon!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Butterscotch Blondies – Quick and Easy!

A Time for Baking

It’s time for holiday baking to begin!  In today’s post I’d like to share with you my recipe for Butterscotch Blondies.  These are so delicious!

A Brief Background

Back about 2003 I was a member of the “Roundtuits” Chapter of the Red Hat Society.  Let me say I’ve never been fond of wearing hats (even when the weather is freezing outside!) but I have to admit that it was fun wearing red and purple clothing with a hat to top it off when I was participating in the Red Hat Society’s events.  Dressed in those clothes and running with a group of other women similarly attired, one couldn’t help but have fun!  

Of course a horde of women dressed in purple and red wearing hats attracted the attention of others.  People always came up to us wanting to know “what” we were! The Roundtuits participated in some interesting activities such as visiting the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens (located in nearby Belmont, NC), going to a concert for Christian women, participating in a class at a local scrapbook supply store and best of all, from a foodie viewpoint, having a Christmas Cookie Exchange party!

You’re probably familiar with the concept of a Christmas Cookie Exchange. Everyone brings a batch of cookies with their recipes and everyone gets to swap cookies with everyone else. My favorite cookie from this party was a Butterscotch Blondie.  I immediately thought they were so delicious and flavorful!  Whenever I prepare them at home now I have a very difficult time limiting myself to just one!  (You know the type – these cookies call your name!) My husband, who is a cookie monster, also loves these cookies.  So without further ado, here’s how to make them.

Butterscotch Blondies

Butterscotch Blondies are easy to make and don’t take hours in the kitchen. First, butter is melted and brown sugar is stirred into the butter.

The flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla and nuts are mixed together.  The butter and brown sugar mixture is added to the flour mixture and stirred until well combined.  The batter is then poured into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan.


Smooth the top of the batter to make it even in the pan.  Bake at 350° F. for 30 minutes.  Let them cool, then cut into squares.  

By the way, if you like antiques, this 3-tier tidbit server is in the Petal pattern from the Federal Glass Company, which was made from 1954 to 1979. It is a pressed design with exaggerated points with overlapping grooves arranged in a petal pattern; the bottoms are rayed. This pattern was very popular in sun gold in the 1960’s, according to my research. The petal pattern also came in a variety of colors including crystal, carnival glass, smoke, Aegean blue and sun gold.

Below is the complete recipe with measurements that you may print if you desire.

Butterscotch Blondies
Yields 25
A wonderful blondie flavored with vanilla, brown sugar and nuts. Bet you can't eat just one!
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 16 oz. brown sugar
  2. 1 + 1/2 sticks butter
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  5. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1 cup nuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Melt butter and stir in brown sugar. Cool. Add eggs.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla and nuts together. Add to other mixture. Mix well.
  3. Bake in greased 9" x 13" pan at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. Check carefully to make sure blondies are done in the middle before removing from the oven.
  2. Butterscotch Blondies are quick and easy to make!
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In Butterscotch Blondies, much flavor is derived from the brown sugar, vanilla and nuts.  In the batch I made for the above photos, almonds were the nut I chose to use but I’ve also made them with pecans.  Choose your favorite nut to put in these wonderful blondies and adjust your schedule to make them soon! You won’t regret it – of course, the cookies may start calling your name!

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Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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