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.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Holiday Entertaining

A favorite way to entertain
especially during the holiday season
is to meet friends for dinner
And then come back to Linderhof
for dessert and coffee

Dessert service set up in the dining room

(de-caf, please)
And, of course, we use the Christmas china,
Royal Dolton Tartan

And dessert 

An pear cranberry pie
Lenox Holiday dessert plates
(all bought after Christmas for pennies on the dollar --
I have twenty-four of them which I find the perfect number)

It's festive, it's Christmas

A pear and cranberry pie
Because I had both pears and cranberries
And I love the subtle flavor of pears
And the tartness of cranberries coordinate perfectly.

It's a simple pie to make
And I will make it again!


2 T. flour
1/2 c. maple syrup
2 T. butter, melted
5 c. sliced pears
1 c. cranberries

Combine flour, syrup and butter and mix until smooth.   Add pears and cranberries and toss to coat fruit.   Pour into pie shell.


1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/3 c. butter
1/2 c. walnuts or pecans

Combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.    Cut in butter until the size of small peas.     Add nuts.    Sprinkle over filling.    Bake at 400 for 15 minutes then turn the heat to 350 and bake an additional 45 to 40 minutes.    NOTE:   I covered my pie crust with foil for the initial baking period so it wouldn't get too brown.

1 comment:

Bernideen said...

Dear Martha:
Thank you for all your lovely blog postings we have enjoyed all year. Your home looks lovely and so does this pie. The tree is lovely!