It's hard to imagine a festive winter holiday without the aroma of baking wafting through our homes. Certain spices — such as allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla — claim the holidays as their own.
"Baking is an integral part of the holidays, and there are certain spices that are integral to the holiday baker," says Ellen Bouchard, Bulk Herb & Spice Manager at Frontier Natural Products Co-op. "Many of the most popular recipes use the same types of spices, and these spices most certainly take the cake, so to speak."
These spices can be used independently, or as a complement to each other to produce rich and interesting flavors. The key is to buy high-quality spices that contain robust flavors and aromas.
Honey Spice Cake
1/2 cup butter
1 cup honey
3/4 cup buttermilk or yogurt
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon Frontier baking soda
1 teaspoon Frontier baking powder
1 teaspoon Frontier cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Frontier cloves
1/4 teaspoon Frontier nutmeg
1 cup raisins that have been softened by soaking, drained
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter, honey and eggs together. Add buttermilk, mix well. Sift dry ingredients together, and add to the butter mixture. Mix well. Stir in the raisins. Bake for 30 minutes or until done. Frost with this delicious cream cheese recipe.
1/2 lb. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp. Frontier Vanilla Extract
3 cups powdered sugar
Make cream cheese frosting by combining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar and continue beating until smooth. Spread frosting over top and sides of cake.
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