These Butter Celebrates Eggnog-less Bars are the perfect balance of creamy, crunchy, sweet and boozy and they come accompanied by a sweet little giveaway!
Rosie Daykin’s new book, Butter Celebrates!, starts with a note to the Mr. Webster of Webster’s Dictionary, suggesting that his current meaning of the word ‘celebrate’ could use the addition of a few key ingredients – family, friends, laughter, love, witty toasts, good music, general chaos and delicious food. Yes, he was most certainly schooled.
With BUTTER in the title, I was sold before the first egg could leave the safety of its shell. The book itself reads like a perpetual celebration, with ample recipes to cover all the better-known holidays, from New Year’s Day to Christmas. Bake your love for your love into little Cinnamon Hearts for Valentine’s Day. Go green for St. Patrick’s Day with Pistachio Macaroons (yes, ‘roons’, not ‘rons’). Whip up some Bunny Buns for Easter. Show mom your savoury side with some Lemon Thyme Scones for Mother’s Day. How about Apple-Stuffed Challah for Hanukkah? CHALLAH! Show Santa some love with a few Holiday Gems for Christmas. And with Thanksgiving just a few sleeps away, Sweet Potato Marshmallow Pie sounds just about right.
As I thumbed through the book upon receiving it weeks ago, my heart was set on a cake, but I had to be realistic about what I could commit to. So, I went with the Christmas section of the book and the Butter Celebrates Eggnog-less Bars presented the perfect canvas upon which I could pipe and sprinkle a little sugar art. So, Eggnog-less Bars its was!
I made the recipe just as it is laid out in the book, but topped it with a decadent homemade caramel – which I’ll share with you in a future post – and then sprinkled a graham cracker/nutmeg mixture on top for good measure. In the book, Rosie keeps the topping minimal, with only a light dusting of nutmeg. Perfectly delicious and seductive in its simplicity!
I have not gotten around to making anything else from the book, but have earmarked a number of things to add to my xmas baking list. The recipes are nicely laid out and call for readily available ingredients and equipment. The book also provides lots of practical tips, tricks and techniques for better baking and a six-page guide to entertaining. And let’s not forget the butter creams and frostings – twenty-two to be exact! Finally, I LOVE that each recipe is accompanied by a full-page photo and little snippets that provide a glimpse of the inspiration and thought process behind the recipe.
If these Butter Celebrates Eggnog-less Bars, the spectacular cover and the pretty ribbon bookmark don’t have you updating your shopping list, we may need to take a long, hard look at our relationship.
Rosie is the owner of Butter Baked Goods in Vancouver. In addition to Butter Celebrates, she also authored Butter Baked Goods, a bestseller. Her passion for baking is apparent throughout the book. I can’t wait to EAT ALL THE THINGS from her bakery on my next visit to Vancouver!
Speaking of eating all the things… Here are a few more mouth-watering treats prepared by my fellow #butterbakedbloggers from Butter Celebrates!
Amanda – Banana Pecan Caramel Cake
Christina – ‘Hostess’ Cupcakes
Gwen – Christmas Panettone
Jan – Animal Cookies
Jenny – Guinness Cake with Pretzels
Kelly – Peppermint Nanaimo Bars
Libby – Gingerbread Guys
Mardi – Champagne Cupcakes
Meg – Lemon Loaf
Robyn – Orange Gingerbread Cake
Tessa – Chocolate Gingerbread Genoise
Ready to whip up some delicious? Enter below for a chance to win a Butter Celebrates! cookbook signed by the author herself, PLUS a box of goodies from Butter Baked Goods bakery in Vancouver.
Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Prize value is approximately $125. Contest will run for one week and is open to residents of legal age in the province or territory in which they reside at the time. Void in Quebec. Winner must answer a skill-testing question. No purchase necessary. Winner will be chosen by random using Rafflecopter. Contest will run for one week starting 12:01am November 25th and ends Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:59pm.
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Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of the book, Butter Celebrates, for the purpose of a review. As always, all opinions and content are my own, unless otherwise stated. This post also contains affiliate links.