One way to save time, money and effort is to start out by picking the right recipes for your holiday baking. You want to ensure that you make something for everyone, so that everyone has fond memories of the wonderful food, the smells, and the joy. But, you also want to make sure that you choose recipes that make it easier to get the baking done. Picking recipes with these things in mind will make your holiday baking so much more enjoyable.
7 Tips to Help Choose the Perfect Recipes for Your Holiday Baking
1. Make items that are freezable
If you can make it ahead of time and freeze it and still get a good result, consider the recipe a winner. Even if you can’t freeze the entire finished product, even just freezing the dough will help tremendously. It will free up more time closer to the hectic holiday season and ensure that you have enough time to make your family’s favourite holiday treats.
2. Make baked goods with similar ingredients
Most baked goods actually do have very similar ingredients, just in different amounts, mixed in different ways. You know you’re going to need sugar, butter, flour and then a variety of different spices and additions to make each recipe complete.
3. Revisit baking memories from the past
Gingerbread, sugar cookies, bread pudding and fudge might come to mind as holiday favourites you grew up with. If you have a childhood favourite, don’t skip it. It’s always great to share those things with your children. It is part of the wonderful traditions that make up the holidays.
4. Ask your family and friends what they want
Everyone has something that makes the holiday special for them. For some it’s pumpkin pie, for others it’s their grandma’s Christmas pudding or Aunt Mary’s English Trifle. Whatever it is that is special to them, try to accommodate them if they’re coming to your house over the holidays.
5. Consider any allergies
If you have family and friends with allergies, be sure to find out what is seriously an issue for them. For example, if someone is allergic to nuts and they are coming to your house for a holiday dinner, you will want to ensure that absolutely no nuts are anywhere to be found.
6. Consider food preferences
Do you have someone who has a dietary preference who is going to be around for the holidays? If you do, try to make at least one baked item they can enjoy. For example, if you have a guest who is on Weight Watchers, you can go to the Weight Watchers website and find recipes that will fit their diet. Perhaps your aunt is a vegan; you can easily find some suitable vegan recipes online. Taking the extra time to include them won’t be that difficult and they will be very appreciative. You will probably find that everyone can enjoy that item, not just the person with the dietary need.
7. Acknowledge your limitations
We all have issues that prevent us from being the perfect Betty Crocker, but don’t let that stop you! If you only have so much time, or space, no one is ever really going to mind that your sugar cookies were store bought from the refrigerator section, or that you made bread or a cake from a box. As long as the flavours are there and you get to experience the joy of baking with your family, they will love it.
Don’t worry; you can get it all done if you’re prepared, organized, and create a holiday baking schedule. Creating your schedule will depend on how much time you have left before the holidays and which holidays you’ll be responsible for in your home. You can do a lot of baking in one day, then freeze, and thaw later. Or, you can do some baking each night until you’ve filled your freezer. Alternatively, you can do it all the day before. It’s all up to you and depends greatly on the time and space you have available.