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Christmas Alphabet: F is for Frankincense

December 1, 2011

F is for Frankincense, one of the gifts given to the Christ Child & is still used today, though not as often for a gift, at least, not in our part of the world.

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# 1 Son brought a gift of frankincense, myrrh & nard from his year in Israel. I have used all the frankincense which had a citrusy, piney aroma. I added it to my little oil lamp which he also brought.

Frankincense is still widely used in traditional medications as well as aroma therapy.

Ginger Waffles

Spices were valuable commodities at the time of the first Christmas & are still so today. No need for fake air fresheners when cinnamon, ginger & allspice are being baked into cookies & cakes regularly.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour (I prefer sprouted grain flours.)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Molasses
  • 1/3 cup Unsalted Butter or Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg, beaten

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat waffle iron.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl & set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine remaining ingredients until well blended.
  4. Add dry ingredients, stirring until they are moistened.
  5. Lightly oil waffle iron, pour on batter.

Serve with

Lemon Sauce

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated Lemon Zest
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
  1. Cream butter & zest in a small bowl with an electric mixer.
  2. Gradually add sugar & juice, until light & fluffy.

Store extra waffles in a zip-lock bag in the freezer.
Pop into the toaster to heat.

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