Sunday, December 22, 2013

Family Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner!

Christmas Eve my family (my parents, siblings and their families and my family) all get together at my parent's house for a meal and white elephant gifts! It is a fun time together! I'm bringing my home-made squash rolls, deli meat, pigs-in-the-blanket and peanutbutter-oatmeal cookies (all dairy-free)! I made non-dairy chocolate lollipops for my brothers and their families and will be making homemade orange lollipops tomorrow for them as well. I'll add in a melted snowman ornament for a gift for each of my brothers and their families!

Christmas day my daughter, son and his family will all be here - we will exchange gifts and have dinner together; I'm fixing a ham, baked potatoes, more squash rolls, corn-on-the-cob and chocolate cake . . . thank you Constance Waid for the non-dairy chocolate cake recipe (I'm sharing it below)!

So, how are you celebrating Christmas? Do you get together with your family? What does your Christmas menu look like? 

Chocolate Crazy Cake
Cake recipe originated during the rationing of WWII (milk and eggs were hard to come by)
Dairy free Dry ngredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups cold water

Put all dry ingredients into mixing bowl, blend with a fork to mix, set aside. Add all wet ingredients together in measuring pitcher or bowl. Pour them into dry ingredients and blend until well mixed. Pour into greased 9x13 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cake tests done.

Note: I felt this was too much oil so tried it with 1/2 cup applesauce (prepackaged serving) and 1/3 cup oil and it turned out well.

Dairy free topping choices:
Can add streusel topping made with oil instead of butter or margarine before baking
Dusting of powdered sugar
German Chocolate Frosting with nuts and coconut

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