Recipes for Your Christmas Tradition

Dec 20, 2022

Almond coffee cake
BREAKFAST FAVORITE

Georgia’s Almond Coffee Cake 

When Georgia isn't spending her days at Heyday, as a key member on both our merchandising and administrative teams, she loves to be at home baking. This almond coffee cake recipe is one of her favorites and will surely get you into the holiday spirit. Enjoy it with your morning coffee, or add it to your Christmas breakfast spread. It will be a guaranteed hit!

Georgia making her almond coffee cake

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
4 oz (1/3 cup) almond paste
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sliced almonds
Powdered sugar
Fresh berries

Almond coffee cake ingredients

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350o F. Line a 8-inch square pan with foil, leaving 1 inch of the foil overhanging at 2 opposite sides of pan. Spray foil with cooking spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, granulated sugar, and almond paste. Mix on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Add almond extract and eggs, mix until blended.

3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir together until blended. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until blended.

4. Spread batter in prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with almonds.

5. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan, on a cooling rack, for about 1 hour. Use foil to lift cake out of pan.

6. Cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Garnish with berries.

Spreading almond coffee cake batter
Almond coffee cake with powdered sugar and fresh berries
Signature Cocktail

Cranberry Fizz Cocktails with Annie

If you’ve been in our store there’s a good chance you were greeted by Annie. Our token hostess, who brings us her favorite cocktail, the Cranberry Fizz. This beverage is a bubbly hit and a perfect signature cocktail for holiday parties.

Cranberry Fix Signature Cocktail

Ingredients:

FOR THE CRANBERRY SYRUP: 
approximately 8 cocktails
1/2 cup cranberries
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
2-4 springs fresh thyme

FOR THE COCKTAIL:
makes 2 cocktails
2 oz. gin
3/4 oz cranberry syrup (from recipe above)
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice 
1/2 oz elderflower liquor
Ice
Club soda
Fresh cranberries (for garnish)
8 springs fresh thyme (1 for each cocktail)

Cranberry Fix Signature Cocktail with St Germane Elderflower liquor and Aviation Gin

Directions:

1. Simmer cranberries, granulated sugar, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves and cranberries break down, approximately 10-12 minutes.

Annie making the cranberry syrup

2. Stir in 2-4 sprigs of fresh thyme. Cool syrup to room temperature. Strain and discard solids.

Cranberry cocktail syrup

3. Combine gin, cranberry syrup, fresh lemon juice, elderflower liquor, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled.

Annie mixing cranberry fizz cocktail

4. Strain into 2 glasses. Top with ice and club soda. Garnish each drink with fresh cranberries and 1 spring of thyme.

Pouring cranberry fizz cocktail
Cheers with cranberry fizz cocktail

Cheers and Happy Holidays! 

xo Heyday