12.12.2016

Tis’ the Season for Baking (and Looking) Good | Whiskey Brown Sugar Glazed Ham + French Country Rye Bread with Slow Cooker Brandy Apple Butter

Tis’ the Season for Baking (and Looking) Good | Whiskey Brown Sugar Glazed Ham + French Country Rye Bread with Slow Cooker Brandy Apple Butter | TermiNatetor Kitchen Tis’ the Season for Baking (and Looking) Good | Whiskey Brown Sugar Glazed Ham + French Country Rye Bread with Slow Cooker Brandy Apple Butter | TermiNatetor Kitchen Tis’ the Season for Baking (and Looking) Good | Whiskey Brown Sugar Glazed Ham + French Country Rye Bread with Slow Cooker Brandy Apple Butter | TermiNatetor Kitchen

Hello, friends.

So, Christmas is now dangerously close. Unfortunately, final exams are even closer which seriously bums me out. I’m tired of being a student of higher education. I just want to bake and sleep through my responsibilities. Ugh! Why is being an adult so hard?! Okay, rant over. That’s right, today marks the start of final exam week for me. Luckily, I don’t have any tests until later in the week which gives me ample time to study as well as procrastinate by baking. During final exam week, I enjoy gathering together with friends, getting in the kitchen and making some delicious food, and sitting down together to eat, converse (and study). For the holidays or a weekend night study session, one of the great lessons of hosting I’ve learned from Momma Crawford is to make it simple. You want a dish that tastes delicious but doesn’t take an arm and a leg to make, especially during this stressful time of the year. Luckily, I’ve teamed up with JORD Wood Watches to share with you some of my culinary tips for hosting and/or attending a holiday gathering this season (and how to look good while doing it!)

P.s. Be sure to the read to the end of this post for an exclusive $25 e-giftcard you can use to get either my watch or any other style of watch from JORD. 
Photos by Sarah Elizabeth Huff
Photo by Sarah Elizabeth Huff

Tis’ the Season for Baking (and Looking) Good | Whiskey Brown Sugar Glazed Ham + French Country Rye Bread with Slow Cooker Brandy Apple Butter | TermiNatetor Kitchen

Photos by Adrianne Harold Photo by Adrianne Herold

Photos by Adrianne Harold
 Photo by Adrianne Herold

Photos by Sarah Elizabeth HuffPhoto by Sarah Elizabeth Huff

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Tis’ the Season for Baking (and Looking) Good | Whiskey Brown Sugar Glazed Ham + French Country Rye Bread with Brandy Apple Butter

Hosting a Holiday Gathering


So, you’ve been given the task of hosting Christmas dinner…and that means making the ham. Stop hyperventilating in the corner and listen up because I have a delicious and incredibly easy glazed ham recipe that is going to blow your mind. When hosting any sized gathering, it is important to plan, plan, PLAN! I’m a visual person, so what I like to do is draw out a little “map” of times and steps I have to take to get the dinner on the table. For example, I always make my dessert first, then prep the entrée, then work on the sides and appetizers. Efficient use of time is of the essence. I would go into more depth on hosting with tips and tricks, but I have a collaboration coming out in 2017 with Momma Crawford about hosting a dinner party (so stay tuned for that!).

Around Christmas time, I am a fan of the ham. It’s easy to work with and with minimal effort it’s going to taste and look amazing. I stand by the people who glaze their hams. If you are one of those crazy human beings who don’t, I have no words for you. You need to glaze your ham! The number of flavors and complex tastes you are going to get from spreading on a simple glaze over the ham is going to leave your speechless and heading back for seconds. When developing this glaze, I wanted to incorporate whiskey into the mix. I just think whiskey baked does something amazing to food. I’ve used it before in a pie and now a ham and both are fabulous. You get this smoky, sweet, and slightly spicy taste from the glaze. It’s this trio of flavors coming together and creating this beautiful catalytic symphony of flavors. 

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Whiskey Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
Recipe adapted from Food Wishes

Ingredients

A bunch of whole allspice
7 to 9-pound bone-in ham
1 cup light brown sugar, tightly packed
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons whiskey
Pinch of paprika
1 ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2-3 dashes of aromatic bitters


Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 F. In the bottom of a roasting pan with a rack, add in the water (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan completely) and the whole allspice. Place the ham on top of the rack and pat it dry with a paper towel. Take a chef’s knife and make horizontal and vertical cuts, ¼ inch deep and ½ inch apart, all around the ham. This will help the glaze penetrate deep into the meat. Bake the ham for 20 minutes before glazing.

In a medium mixing bowl, add in the brown sugar, honey, Dijon, whiskey, paprika, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and aromatic bitters and mix until combined. This is going to be a super thick glaze, so don’t be startled by that!

Take the ham out of the oven and begin to evenly glaze the entire ham. Bake for another 20 minutes, glazing each time until you reach an internal temperature of 135 F. Note: Mine took about 80 minutes in total.


My personal ham roasting breakdown

20 minutes’ bake (no glaze)
Glaze 1
20 minutes’ bake
Glaze 2 (covered top loosely with aluminum foil to prevent burning)
20 minutes’ bake
Glaze 3 (still covered with foil)
20 minutes’ bake, until finished



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Attending a Holiday Gathering 


From office parties to an ugly sweater party with friends, holiday get-togethers are fun, enjoyable events. When I attend a Christmas party, I want to bring a baked good to show my appreciation and to share my food with the people I love. I tend to go in either two directions: cookies or bread. I usually lean more towards bread due to its versatile factor (much like my JORD watch! Was that a killer segway or what?!). There is something so special about bringing a loaf of freshly baked bread to the party. With your loaf of bread, you have endless options of toppings and spreads. You could go traditional bread and butter, make a savory pesto spread, perhaps break out the cookie butter, or even present a jar of sweet spiced apple butter. The options are endless, much like what you can wear with this watch! With this watch, you can wear anything from a casual look (ie. a festive plaid shirt) to a more formal look (ie. a super warm, festive sweater). The wood finish is stunning yet subtle with colors you can wear with practically anything.

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Photos by Sarah Elizabeth Huff

Photos by Adrianne Harold
 Photo by Adrianne Herold

Photos by Adrianne Harold
 Photo by Adrianne Herold

Photos by Adrianne Harold
 Photo by Adrianne Herold

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French Country Rye Bread
            Recipe adapted from All Recipes


Ingredients

            For the starter
¼ teaspoon active dry yeast
½ cup warm water
¾ cup bread flour

            For the bread
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
½ cup rye flour
1 ½ cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt


Directions

For the starter. Note: you want to do this step the night before you are going to be baking the bread. In a medium sized non-metal mixing bowl, dissolve the active dry yeast into the warm water. Add the bread flour and mix well (it’s being to be thick). Cover and allow to sit overnight at room temperature.

For the bread. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add the starter mixture, the rye flour, bread flour and the salt, stirring until well combined. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a slightly damp cloth and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Grease one 9x5 inch loaf pans. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a loaf. Place the loaf into the prepared pans. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes. With 10 minutes before the dough is done proofing, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Allow to cool slightly before slicing.




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Last weekend, fellow photographers and good friends Sarah and Adrianne joined me for a snowy afternoon photo shoot at Allerton Park. When we arrived, the snow had been falling for a little over an hour so the entire park was covered in a beautiful blanket of white. We trudged all throughout the park’s grounds, taking photos of the winter wonderland before us, and laughing all way. Once our feet were chilled to the bone, we made our way inside the parks visitors center where a quaint little wooden table with two chairs sat next to an open window. We decided to warm up with some coffee, rye bread, and apple butter. It was such an enjoyable time. I love being able to work, collaborate, and be friends with such talented creatives. We photographed all afternoon in the snow and being that this watch is water resistant it held up beautifully in the elements. I was really impressed! Before I knew it, I looked down to check the time and it had been four hours. Time really does fly when you're having fun! 

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Photos by Adrianne Harold
 Photo by Adrianne Herold


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Slow Cooker Brandy Apple Butter
            Recipe adapted from All Recipes

Ingredients

6 pounds Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
¾ cup apple cider
¼ cup brandy
1 ½ cups white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ tablespoon + ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom


Directions

Place the apples, apple cider, and brandy into a large slow cooker and place the lid on top. Set slow cooker to high and cook for 8 hours, then turn it to low, and continue cooking for 10 hours more. Note: I started mine at night before I went to bed so when I woke up I just turned it down to low.


After 18 hours, stir in white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom, and cook 4 hours more until done. Transfer into airtight containers and store in the fridge before serving. 


Photos by Adrianne Harold
 Photo by Adrianne Herold


Tis’ the Season for Baking (and Looking) Good | Whiskey Brown Sugar Glazed Ham + French Country Rye Bread with Slow Cooker Brandy Apple Butter | TermiNatetor Kitchen

Huge thanks to JORD Watches for sponsoring this post and for the beautiful watch. Be sure to share your baking creations with the hashtag #TKbakes. And as always, all opinions, ramblings, stories, and recipe/adaptations are my own.




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