It’s the time of year for warm, winter comfort foods. The dark is oppressing, the cold is aggressive, and the snow just won’t shovel itself. So when you’ve earned an extra treat by cleaning off your driveway, sidewalk, or doorstep again, try one of these tasty treats.
Garlic Bread Knots
We don’t care what anyone says — rolls are one of the best parts of dinner. Although, yes, it’s just bread and a few seasonings, that’s why it’s amazing!
Take a pound of fresh dough and flatten it out on a cutting board. Garlic bread knots work for just about any type of bread, so you can use whatever bread dough recipe is your favorite.
Split the dough to make ten equally-sized balls. Now, roll each ball out into long ropes, which you will tie into knots. Next, melt some butter, salt, and garlic in a pot or skillet and then drizzle the delicious result over the knots. Finally, throw them into the oven at 350°F until they’re a nice golden brown, and you’ve got yourself some tasty treats!
Homemade honey-glazed ham is delicious. It’s also fantastic for leftovers. There’s nothing like a week of ham sandwiches with homemade ham for your work lunches.
Ham is surprisingly easy to make, considering it comes out so delicious. First, get the ham on a foil-covered pan. Pour some maple syrup all over it, and then pour a mixture of whatever other ingredients you’d like to use over it. We recommend maple syrup, brown sugar, and bread crumbs. Bake it all in a 350°F oven for an hour and a half, then spread butter on the ham and put it back in the oven for another half hour.
You may have gorged on turkey during December, but it makes a great January comfort food as well. Like the ham, you can make a month of sandwiches from the leftover meat, enjoying it again and again.
Let the turkey thaw, and preheat the oven to 325°F. While it’s preheating, start making an herb butter by mixing up butter, salt and pepper, garlic, rosemary, and thyme of your choice. Stuff the turkey with sweet apples and pears, then rub the herb butter mix into every inch of the turkey skin you can reach. Then bake the turkey for a few hours until the inside of the turkey is a steamy 165°F, then let it cool for about 15 minutes before you carve it up.
Who can forget these delicious little things? Certainly not you and your tastebuds. Plus, they’re super simple to make, making them even more enticing as a comfort food this season!
Get a big bowl, pour one cup of packed brown sugar and 3/4 of a cup of shortening in it, then mix it all up with one large egg and 1/4 cup molasses. Then, in another bowl, pour two teaspoons cinnamon (a must!), two teaspoons baking soda, and two 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix those up and pour the concoction into the first bowl. Then, guess what? You’re going to wanna mix those all up too. Roll the result into 1-inch balls, then roll them in sugar, and bake them all in a 350°F oven until the cookies are set and the tops are cracked.
And to top things off, let’s settle back down with a somewhat healthier delicacy. If you’re not feeling up to making your own, the good news is that there are many store-bought options for you to choose from, so you can start comfort-eating right away.
But in case you’ve got some extra vanilla extract lying around, take a saucepan, and bring a mix of 2 1/4 cups of whole milk, 1/3 a cup of sugar, and a pinch of salt to a nice simmer. Then, pour half of it into a bowl of two whisked eggs and keep whisking them. Then, pour that back into the warmed saucepan mixture, followed by a mix of three tablespoons cornstarch and just enough milk to whisk the cornstarch until the lumps are gone. Mix it all up, take it off the heat, add one and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and one tablespoon unsalted butter, and mix thoroughly. Allow to cool until it’s nice and thick. Voila! Vanilla pudding.