Friday, November 29, 2013

Holiday Recipes: Pepper Anthony's Hot Buttered Rum Batter

A good friend gave me this recipe about thirty years ago. I’ve passed it on to family members and friends over the years, but I still keep the original piece of paper folded up in my recipe box. Every year when I make a batch, I pull out that paper and remember my friend. The holidays are all about making memories. You’re bound to make a few fun ones with this recipe. Hint: skip the rum and add the cold batter mix to hot milk or hot cider for kids—it will make them feel like part of the party.


1 lb. powdered sugar
1 lb. brown sugar
1 lb. butter, softened
1 quart vanilla ice cream
2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice

In a large mixer bowl, using a heavy duty mixer, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the ice cream and mix again until smooth. Mix in the spices. (You may want to adjust the spices if you like more.)  Put into a covered container and store in the freezer. Mixture remains soft enough to scoop easily as needed. Add two heaping spoons to a mug of very hot water and a shot of rum. Will keep all winter. Yum!

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About Pepper Anthony

Like most writers, I've worn quite a collection of hats over the years—voice actor, artist, bookkeeper, retail sales—but I've always wanted to be a writer. My biggest dream was to see my name on a book cover. Now, with the advent of e-publishing, the covers may be virtual, but the thrill of seeing my name on them is real. I am so humbled by the idea that my stories might draw in a reader and provide her an hour or two of entertainment.

I've been married to my best friend Tom for thirty years. Together we've raised two amazing sons, and recently welcomed our first granddaughter, Leona Mae. Most days you can find me at our family's computer repair shop in a small town outside Portland, Oregon. At night I go home to my rambling fixer-upper in the woods and toil at my writing, assisted by a small menagerie of furry assistants.

I love it when a reader takes a moment to reach out and let me know what she thinks of my stories. I hope you'll feel free to email me or leave a comment on my website.


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