We're out in California visiting my family for the Holidays. Already, we've done a fair amount of cooking: a blow-out tamale party, warm bowls of polenta and greens by the fire, and a plum pie (still in season at the Hollywood Farmers' Market). So yesterday morning, already weary with nary a present wrapped, we sat down and made a list of all the Christmas day cooking promises that had been uttered this week and started crossing things off. Bye-bye, carrot ring.
One important Christmas tradition was preserved: the Holiday Wreath. I don't normally have such a sweet-tooth, but this is a confection I cannot imagine leaving out of a Christmas Day in LA.
The Wreath, which I adapted from a 1978 Sunset Magazine clipping, is yeasty with a cranberry almond filling and drizzled with a sweet glaze. It's really something special and if you happen to have the ingredients on hand and not much left on your list for today, I think you should make it.
No matter what holidays you celebrate, I hope this weekend you're taking it easy, and also staying well-fed.
Hey, the presents might be wrapped in newsprint, but the spirit will be thick and full of color and song.
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