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Betty’s Holiday Drinks with Ice Balls Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make ice balls and shows how they can be used in Betty’s Christmas Cherry-Pineapple Punch (already in bettyskitchen), and in a new recipe, Betty’s Whisky Sour. The use of ice balls in the place of ice cubes was inspired by Maker’s Mark distillery. I uploaded a video last year of our trip to Maker’s Mark Distillery, in which I explained the Maker’s Mark Ambassador program. You can become a Maker’s Mark ambassador, just by going to Maker’s Mark web site and signing up. (You must be of age.) Maker’s Mark will then place your name on a barrel of their fine bourbon whisky whenever it is ready to cure. It will take about 15 or 16 years for your barrel of whiskey to be cured. It is taste tested by a professional taster, and you will be informed of the progress of your barrel. When your barrel is ready to be bottled, you are given the opportunity to buy whisky from your barrel of whisky. Maker’s Mark sends all of its ambassadors Christmas gifts, and I have shown you a few of them. This year they sent out ice trays for making ice balls. They call them “bourbon balls,” not to be confused with the candy of the same name. (If you are interested in Bourbon Ball Candy, I have Maker’s Mark’s recipe demonstrated in bettyskitchen.) I thought some of your might have received your ice trays, and in this video, I show you how they look with Christmas Cherry-Pineapple Punch, and also with my own Whisky Sours. One great thing about the ice balls is that they keep your drink cold without diluting it like ice chips do. If you don’t have ice ball trays, you can experiment with matching small cups for half-circles of ice. Ice balls can be made ahead and frozen in a zip lock plastic bag for later use. The recipe for my Whisky Sours is below:

Whiskey Sours

Ingredients (for 1 drink):

1 ice ball (If can’t make ice balls, you may use crushed ice.)
2 oz. bourbon whisky
1 oz. lemon juice, chilled
1 oz. lime juice, chilled
2 oz. simple syrup (You can make simple syrup by placing ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water in a small pot and warming it on the stove until the sugar is dissolved. Then cool it in the refrigerator before adding it to the mix.)
½ orange slice, chilled
1 stemmed maraschino cherry, chilled
1 cocktail pick (optional)

Place an ice ball in an Old Fashioned glass. In a measuring cup, mix together 2 oz. bourbon whisky, 1 oz. lemon juice, 1 oz. lime juice, and 2 oz. simple syrup. (If you are not using an ice ball, also add ice chips.) Pour mixture into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. (If you don’t have a shaker, use a mixer or blender to blend well.) Immediately pour over ice ball, and place a cocktail pick containing ½ of an orange slice and 1 stemmed maraschino cherry on top of the drink. Enjoy!

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Betty’s Clove-Studded Red Cinnamon Pears

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make a gorgeous and luscious condiment for your holiday table—Clove-Studded Red Cinnamon Pears. These are super easy, because you can use canned pears and just add a few spices for an awesome addition to your dinner!

Ingredients:

29-oz. can pear halves, drained (with syrup reserved) and sliced down the middle to make pear quarters
whole cloves
1 cup sugar
¼ cup (heaping) of red cinnamon drops (red hots)
Red food coloring, optional

Stud each pear quarter with a few whole cloves. Put into sterilized 1 quart glass jar with screw lid. Combine reserved pear syrup, sugar, and cinnamon drops in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a few drops of red food coloring, if deeper red color is desired. Let cool for about ½ hour, and then pour over studded pear quarters and seal. Refrigerate. Serve as a condiment for ham or other meats, or as a topping for ice cream. This makes about 10 pear quarters and will keep in the refrigerator about 1 week. Note: You must make this addition to your holiday table at least one day ahead, in order to get the pears to absorb the clove and cinnamon flavor and the bright red color. This will be a dramatic addition to your meal! Enjoy! –Betty 

 

 
 

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Betty’s Never Fail White Icing Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Never Fail White Icing. This is made with a boiled sugar syrup beaten into egg whites and is a dramatic and tasty icing for cakes, cupcakes, and other sweets.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 egg whites
¼ cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup chopped pecans

In a heavy pot, combine 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, and 2 tablespoons light corn syrup. This mixture will have a “white” look. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until clear. Then cook, without stirring, until 232 degrees (F) on a candy thermometer. In a large mixing bowl, beat 2 egg whites until soft peaks form. Continue to beat, slowly adding hot syrup mixture. Add ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Continue beating until stiff peaks form and frosting is of spreading consistency. Gently stir in ½ cup of pecans. Immediately spread on cooled cake. After cake is spread, allow icing to set up. (It may be helpful to place the frosted cake in the refrigerator to speed up this process.) Enjoy!!! –Betty

 
 

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Betty’s Original WOW! Peanut Butter Milkshake

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make her original WOW! Peanut Butter Milkshake. I think this is YouTube‘s Best Peanut Butter Milkshake!

Ingredients (for 1 large milkshake, with some peanut butter sauce leftover):

¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/8 cup milk (You may add more milk, if you like your milkshake thinner.)
Smoothie straws and/or iced tea spoons

In a small pot, combine ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water. Place over medium-high heat and stir constantly, until the sugar melts, forming a simple syrup. When you see bubbles forming around the edge of the pot, remove it from the heat. Allow the simple syrup to cool at room temperature for awhile, and then refrigerate until cool. Add ½ cup peanut butter and 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar to the simple syrup. Stir until smooth, making a peanut butter sauce. (This sauce may be used as a sundae topping as well.) Place 2 cups vanilla ice cream in a blender. Add 1/8 cup milk and ½ cup of the peanut butter sauce. Set blender to liquefy, and blend until smooth. (I like to leave some strands of peanut butter sauce in the blended milkshake. Pour immediately into a tall dessert glass (or two small dessert glasses). Insert a smoothie straw or iced tea spoon, and voila! The BEST Peanut Butter Milkshake you will find! Enjoy!!! –Betty 

 
 

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Betty’s Old Standby Chewy Peanut Squares

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make her Old Standby Chewy Peanut Squares. These are made by pouring a tasty peanut butter sauce over cereal flakes, then cutting them into individual serving pieces once they are set up.

Ingredients:

½ cup butter
¾ cup white syrup or Karo‘s light corn syrup
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
4 cups Special K or cornflakes cereal (I used Special K with chocolate pieces.)

Place ½ cup butter, ¾ cup white syrup or light corn syrup, and ¾ cup sugar in a medium to large pot. Place over medium heat, and bring to a boil. Boil 2 ½ minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon vanilla and ¾ cup creamy peanut butter. In a large bowl, place 4 cups of Special K or cornflakes cereal. Pour the peanut butter sauce mixture over the cereal and mix thoroughly. Press into a 9-inch square pan. Let sit at room temperature for about half an hour, and then refrigerate for another half-hour. Cut into 16 squares and place on a nice serving dish. These keep well at room temperature throughout the day, but for longer storage, you may refrigerate or freeze them. This is a great pick-up dessert for your Super Bowl party! I hope you love it! –Betty ♥

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