Slightly soften vanilla ice cream and stir in a nice spice mixture (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger) or powdered espresso or some caramelized nuts then re-freeze before serving.
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Another way to hurry along your holiday dessert plans is to make bread pudding with those rich panettone cakes that are so popular at Christmas. Here's an easy recipe from Real Simple - just add a few eggs, some milk and sugar and bake and you have a special holiday dessert.
What sort of food hacks do you employ around the holidays to keep everyone fed, warm, and happy?