“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
My favorite Christmas memory is the one when my children were 3 and 4 years old. My husband and I were lying in bed when our little 4 year old daughter came into our bedroom and crawled into bed with us. “It’s Christmas,” she said. “It is!” I replied. “You should go and see if Santa left you anything under the tree.” I could hear her little feet walking down the hall then her quick steps as she came running back into the room. “He did!”
Her eyes were as big as plates, so full pure joy! My husband and I had wrapped and placed all the presents under the tree on Christmas Eve after the kids went to bed. The miracle of seeing all those presents in morning showed itself in each child’s face. It was the perfect Christmas morning.
That was my favorite Christmas so imagine how happy I was to learn that my son had written of that same Christmas morning in a little essay when he was in 2nd grade or so. Here is that Christmas in his words. This is still one of my most cherished items.
I want to wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas! God bless us, everyone!
*Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour
- Oil for frying
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1 2 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Beat the egg in a bowl, then add milk and melted butter and mix together.
- In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar.
- Add the milk mixture and stir until a smooth dough forms.
- Heat at least 2" of oil in a deep pot to 350ºF. (Should be big enough to fry 4 beignets at a time)
- When oil is hot, drop dough by rounded tablespoons into hot oil. I used a small ice cream scoop which worked well and help to make beignets consistent in size and shape.
- Fry until beignets are dark golden brown. This should take about 2 minutes to insure that the dough is cooked through. Check one out of the first batch to make sure your oil is at the correct temperature.
- When they are all done, roll in a generous amount of powder sugar.
- These are best warm, but can be eaten at room temperature until later in the day.
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