Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Bethlehem Candle

Sunday was the
Second Sunday in Advent 
The Sunday we light the
Bethlehem Candle

Which we did on Sunday at tea

In the breakfast room
With the Lenox Holiday plates
and the Royal Doulton cups and saucers.
It's Sunday, so a silver teapot!

The nosh?

Spirited Eggnog Bread
found on friend Mary's blog

I'm one of those rare people --
that loves eggnog
(and fruitcake)
so this seemed like a great bread for this time of year!

It's an easy bread
Makes one loaf
But as so often at Christmastime,
I made four small ones.
Perfect for Christmas gifts.

And since it was Sunday, 
I gilded the lily --
I made a glaze of eggnog, powdered sugar and a pinch of nutmeg
and poured over the top.

Mary's recipe --

Spirited Eggnog Bread

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
3/4 cup eggnog
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup dark rum 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1) Grease an 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 2-1/2 inch loaf pan. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper and grease again. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs, eggnog, rum, sugar, butter and vanilla extract. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened.
3) Pour into prepared pans and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool to room temperature. To store, wrap loaf in plastic wrap. Yield: 1 loaf.

It's Tuesday and I'm joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage,  for Tea Time Tuesday, Marty at A Stroll Thru Life, for Inspire Me Tuesday, and Bernideen for Christmas Thyme Tea.


Tea in Texas said...

Hope you are having a wonderful season of celebrating Advent. We came through your town a couple of years ago and shopped at the antique stores. It was very cold that day as it is here in North Texas. I love your tea time table with the lighting of the candles. I hope you visit my blog this week for I have set a table for Christmas using Blue Transferware and I thought you would enjoy it!
Have a warm tea time!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
I always enjoyed the Advent services we have at church. I oftentimes have Advent candles at my home too but alas, not this year. I am one of those rare folks that loves fruit cake and egg nog too. I made my Sultana fruit cake just this morning. A little late, but at least, it's made. I usually make a dark fruit cake too but again, not this year. Your tea setting is lovely and it's always a pleasure to have to join me for Tea Time. Have a beautiful week, my friend.

Christmas blessings,

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Sorry, I made a boo-boo in my comment. I meant to say- it's always a pleasure to have you join me. *smiles*

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Love the Lennox dishes. Beautiful as always. Blessings, Martha

Snap said...

What a lovely Advent tea! I like how you've mixed your lovely china. Lennox is one of my favorites. I like eggnog and sometimes, I like fruitcake. Thank you for the recipe. Merry Tea Day!

Bernideen said...

What a lovely bread! Your table and setting are delightful or should I say "Tea-lightful". Very nice posting!