Since we're heading out of town my husband and I celebrated Christmas with our boys yesterday and today. They loved all their gifts and all of the special things that go along with Christmas. One of my favorite traditions is to make a birthday cake for Jesus (which the boys helped with this year!) just to keep the focus on what's really important this time of year . . . The birth of our Savior. The birthday cake tradition is one I grew up with, and I love sharing that with the boys. It's a wonderful feeling to keep a tradition like that going, and thinking that maybe someday the boys will be doing the same with their families, too!
This last goody is a quick bread, and it's perfect if you have leftover eggnog from a party or family gathering . . . Or if you're the only one who likes eggnog but can't drink the entire thing yourself. Even if you don't like eggnog, I think you'll enjoy this bread - the eggnog doesn't stand out as a flavor (although you could certainly use it to make a glaze with some powdered sugar), but just adds a delicious, rich, background flavor. It's perfect for breakfast or to have on your cookie tray.
Eggnog Quick Bread (original recipe found here)
1/2 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 c. sugar
2 c. eggnog
2 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbls. Southern Comfort (optional)
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
4 c. flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 9x5 pans, or 1 9x5 pan and 4 mini pans.
2. Whisk together all ingredients but the flour until thoroughly combined.
3. Stir in flour until just combined.
4. Evenly distribute batter among the pans and bake larger loaves 45-50 minutes, and smaller loaves 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes in pan before turning out onto a cooling rack.
Hugs and cookies and merry Christmas!