"This recipe has been handed down through the years in my family, so I scaled it down for this contest," writes Robert Logan of Clayton, California. The result is a delightful bread chock-full of dried fruits and nuts.
Our home economists liked these fruit-and-nut muffins from Marianne Clarke of Crystal Lake, Illinois so much, they modified the recipe to layer the dry ingredients in a jar. TIP: Print the directions for preparing the muffins and spiced butter on a holiday postcard and attach to the jar with a festive ribbon.
"Cranberries add a delightful tartness to this coffee cake that is a Christmas morning tradition for my family," writes Anne Keenan from Nevada City, California. "I make my own almond paste to use when making this treat." (You can find Anne's recipe by searching for "Homemade Almond Paste" in the Recipe Finder)
New Jersey is known for its cranberries and this cake is a delicious way to use them. The marshmallows melt and seep through the cake, making it moist and very tasty. It's great for brunch, or just with a cup of coffee!
When you want a little something extra for breakfast, serve these muffins - you'll get requests for seconds. I store them in the freezer and reheat them when we want them.—Suzanne McKinley, Lyons, Georgia