We have lots of holiday traditions at our house. Tradition runs deep at the Wilkes household and I have learned that even though my children are now young adults I can’t ignore those long standing childhood traditions. Some of our favorites include our Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Eve fondue dinner, Christmas Day traditions and others that are on my blog and I hope you will visit. Our family even made the newspaper and the nightly news when someone tried to mess with one of our family traditions a few years ago!
Today though I want to share a non-family tradition. This holiday tradition involves my friends. One of my favorite holiday traditions has always been a holiday brunch I host the first Saturday of December. For twenty years I was involved in a direct sales business and during that time I would invite the women on my team to my holiday brunch each year. It was a favorite event and one they looked forward to all year. Not only was it a chance for me to spoil them during this crazy, busy time of year but it was an opportunity to slow down just a bit, for just a few hours on a Saturday morning and enjoy each others company and some good food.
When I resigned from the company just over a year ago I decided I needed to continue the tradition of the brunch. So last year I invited a group of my friends from church. These particular ladies were not in the same congregation as I was so I didn’t see them on a regular basis. It was a wonderful morning, enjoying friends, good food and good conversation. A chance to slow down for a few hours. The tradition continued. You can see details from last year’s Breakfast with Friends here.
One menu item that is a must have for my holiday brunch is Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. It has been a family and friend favorite for over 20 years. It can easily be made the night before your event and kept in the refrigerator. This coffee cake is always the favorite holiday brunch leftover with my family! (If there is any leftover)
One thing I particularly love about this coffee cake is the almond flavor in the cake part – so yummy! The middle of the coffee cake is filled with a cream cheese mixture and then topped with raspberry jam and almonds.
You’ll be hoping for leftovers when you serve this! Just keep them stored in the refrigerator.
This post was originally shared over at The Crafting Chicks
- 10 eggs, beaten
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 2 (4 oz.) cans chopped green chilies
- 4 cups grated cheddar cheese
- ½ cup flour
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 1 pint small curd, cottage cheese
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- Add eggs, flour, baking powder and salt together
- Mix well
- Add remainder of ingredients
- Grease a 9 x 13 glass baking dish and pour mixture in
- Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes
- Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean
- Serves 8-10