They say man (and woman) cannot live by bread alone, and at Recruiter Rx and PhysEmp, we firmly agree-especially around the holiday season. You need a few extra carbs to keep warm! To aid you in this endeavor, we’d like to share a few favorite company recipes with you. From our kitchens to yours, here are some sweets to reward yourself for a year of hard work recruiting physicians.
Elizabeth’s Stylin’ Holiday Stollen
Makes 4-6 mini loaves.
This holiday favorite offers a lighter, airier alternative to traditional fruitcake. Here’s the recipe that Elizabeth Bender, PhysEmp’s Marketing Assistant, whips up each year.
1 Pkg Yeast
3/4 C Warm Water
3-4 C Bread Flour
1 C Sugar
3/4 C Butter, Softened
1/4 t Salt
1/2 t Grated Lemon or Orange Rind
2 T Rum or Brandy
3.5 oz Marzipan, Crumbled
1 C Dried Fruit (cranberries, raisins, pineapple…)
4 Greased loaf pans
Powdered Sugar (for dusting)
Dissolve yeast in warm water for 5-10 minutes. Add 1 cup flour and let rise 1 hour. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, salt, rind, rum, and dried fruit. Combine with the sponge (the bubbly mixture of yeast, flour, and milk).
Add the remaining flour, and knead—with your hands, a mixer, or a bread machine—until the dough is smooth. Set the mixture aside, cover it, and allow to rise until it doubles in bulk (1-2 hours).
Next, transfer the dough to a clean, lightly greased work surface. Knead the dough again, until it is supple.
Divide into 4 ovals, and place each one in greased loaf pans. You can also braid it, if you want a more traditional (read: fancy!) look. Do this by dividing each of the four ovals into three and braiding the lengths together. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Allow loaves to cool. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve to friends and family and receive wild applause.
Caroline’s Bodacious Christmas Bundt Cake
Sometimes, you need to break out the va va voom when you’re entertaining. Don’t worry: PhysEmp Account Manager Caroline Fonvielle’s got you covered.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started. The ingredients list is fairly simple (hooray for easy!).
2 3/4 Cup flour, sifted
2 Cups granulated sugar
1/2 Cup cocoa powder
1 Tsp baking powder
1/2 Cup sour cream
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
1/2 Cup water
1 Package chocolate pudding
1 Cup chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients well and pour batter into bundt cake mold. Cook at 350 for 1 hour.
Dust with powdered sugar, drizzle with melted chocolate, or decorate as desired.
And with that, we wish you a very happy holiday season, from our kitchens to yours.