Thursday, January 28, 2010

{Chocolate Cake Day}

Yesterday (January 27th) was Chocolate Cake Day!

(Need I say more?)

Chocolate Cake Day is a a chocolate lovers delight, and a day to eat cake. Why this a day to "bake your chocolate cake....and eat it, too!"

On this day, a white or yellow cake will not do. Nor, will part chocolate, part white suffice. It must be chocolate, all chocolate. You can make milk chocolate, dark chocolate, fudge, or any other type of chocolate cake.

There are three objectives of Chocolate Cake Day: To bake a chocolate cake. To decorate a chocolate cake. And, to eat a chocolate cake. Of course, if you are to busy to bake or decorate a cake, then just eating a chocolate cake will certainly do!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

{ABC's of Pie}

Today (January 23rd) is National Pie Day!


What's a girl to do.  How do I choose?
There's so many to select, so here's what I'll do...

A is for Apple
B is for Banana
and C is for Chocolate!


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Apple Crumble Pie

* 1 Basic 9" Pie Crust (unbaked)
* 5 cups apples (peeled, cored, and thinly sliced)
* 1/2 cup white sugar

For the topping:

* 3/4 tsp cinnamon
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 3/4 cup flour
* 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp butter

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Arrange apples in unbaked crust
3. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over apples.
4. Mix 1/3 cup sugar with flour and cut in butter until crumbly. Spoon mixture over apples.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until apples are soft and top is lightly browned.

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Banana Cream Pie

* 1 graham cracker crust
* large box instant banana pudding (for a fuller pie, use 2)
* 2 1/2 cups milk
* whipped cream
* 1 or 2 ripe bananas

1. Mix pudding and milk. Slice banana(s) into 1/4" slices.
2. Line bottom of pie crust with banana slices.
3. Pour pudding into pie crust.
4. Top with whipped cream.
5. Gently lay banana slices on top in an appetizing pattern.

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Chocolate Cream Pie

* 1 large box instant chocolate pudding
* 2 1/2 cups milk
* 1 chocolate or graham cracker crust
* whipped cream
* chocolate chips or shavings (optional, but suggested)

1. Mix pudding and milk. Stir in chocolate chips.
2. Pour into pie crust.
3. Top with whipped cream.
4. Sprinkle with chocolate chips/shavings, or any other garnish you prefer.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

{Pretzel Cookies}

Today, some Yummy Goodness arrived to my door!  Our neighbor made us the most wonderful, twisted & not too sugary little rope-looking/twisted pretzel-type cookies! 

I've yet to try the following recipe, but am hoping that it's the possible exact match, to what I just experienced!

Basically, if this recipe is in fact, one in the same, then your cookie should end up tasting pretty much just like the ones that come in those mixed Christmas Butter Cookie tins!

Pretzel Cookies

* 1 egg
* 1 cup butter or margarine
* 1 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup milk
* 3 1/2 cups flour
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* cinnamon sugar


Cream together egg, butter or margarine, sugar and milk.

Dump flour over egg mixture. Sprinkle cinnamon and baking powder evenly over flour.

With a fork, blend cinnamon and baking powder into flour and then continue blending until all ingredients are combined.

Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Divide dough into four equal parts.

Return three parts to the refrigerator and divide remaining dough into twelve equal parts.

Sprinkle bread board with cinnamon sugar. Roll each piece of dough into a 10-inch strip while coating with cinnamon sugar.

Twist into a pretzel shape and place on cooking sheet. Bake in oven until lightly golden.

Repeat with remaining dough.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

{Apple Pear Sauce}


* 2 apples
* 3 pounds of pears
* 2 Tbs. juice (apple, cranberry, lemon, or grape)


Peel, core and chop apples into 1 inch pieces. Cut off each end of pear. Cut in half and using a melon baller or spoon, scrape out the vein and seeds. Leave the peel on the pears.

Your pile should have peel-on pear halves and peeled and chopped apples.

Now, place your fruit in a medium saucepan with the juice. The pears are mostly water so you don't need any more than 2 Tbs. of juice. It's really just in there to get you started.

Cover and cook on the lowest setting on your stove.

After about 20-25 minutes, lift the lid and check your fruit. You should be able to chop the pears in half with a wooden spoon and there should be a lot of liquid at the bottom of the pan. Cook for another 15-20 minutes on low or increase the heat to medium and cook another 10-15 minutes but you'll need to watch it closely.

When the pears easily break apart with a wooden spoon, turn off the heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
Using an imersion blender, blender, food mill or food processor blend the mixtures until it is smooth. The pear peel will disappear. Serve cold or at room temperature. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

{New Year's Almond Butter Cake}

New Year's Almond Butter Cake


* 3 cup - Cake Flour (sifted)
* 3 tsp - Baking Powder
* ½ tsp - Salt
* ¾ cup - Butter or shortening
* 1 ½ cup - Sugar
* 3 - Eggs
* ½ cup - Almonds (finely chopped)
* ½ cup - Raisins (finely cut)
* 1 cup - Milk
* 1 tsp - Vanilla
* Lemon Butter Frosting
* Things to decorate with


Sift flour once.

Add baking powder and salt to it and sift together thrice.

Cream butter thoroughly while adding sugar gradually until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly.

Add nuts and raisins and beat well.

Add flour, alternately with small amount of milk, beating after each addition until smooth.

Add vanilla.

Bake in two greased 9-inch layer pans at 375 oF for 25 minutes.

Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.

Optional: (choose between a Christmas or New Year's theme!)

Decorate top of cake with wreath of holly, maraschino cherries or red cinnamon candies can be used as berries and slices of angelica or citron can be used as leaves and stems.

Alternatively, decorate with poinsettias made of candied cherries. Slice cherries in rings, cut rings in half, and arrange to form petals of poinsettias.