Fruit Cobbler

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

Filling:
5 cups mixed berries
1 tbsp cornstarch
¼ cup sugar

Dough:
1 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup butter, cut into small cubes
1/3 cup milk

Preparation Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a 9 x 9” baking pan mix together berries, cornstarch and sugar.
3. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut butter into flour mixture and rub in using fingertips until small chunks remain. Pour in milk and mix until just combined. Dollop batter over top of fruit mixture in pan.
4. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbling. Serve with ice cream.

Orange Chiffon Cake from Burlapkitchen.com

Thanks to our friend Emily over at Burlap Kitchen for sharing her Grandmothers famous Orange Chiffon Cake. It’s a classic recipe that dates back to the 1940s and we think is worthy of a comeback!
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Ingredients:

2 1/4 Cups flour (sifted)
1 1/2 Cups sugar
3 Teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup oil
7 egg yolks
3 medium oranges (for the zest and juice)
3/4 Cup orange juice or water Juice 3 oranges in a 3/4 measuring cup, then add water till you get 3/4 cups of liquid
2 teaspoons vanilla
7 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter (beat egg whites and cream of tarter together on high speed for 4 minutes)
2 teaspoons orange zest ( fold into egg whites)

Preparation Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Zest and juice oranges and set aside. In a mixing bowl add dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix well. In a separate bowl add wet ingredients: oil, egg yolks, juice and water, vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until it looks like cake batter. In a third bowl add egg whites and cream of tartar, beat on high for 4 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Gently add the egg white mixture to the bowl of batter. Pour batter into a greased angel food cake pan or chiffon pan ( do NOT use a bundt cake pan, trust me!). Take center rack out of oven and position the other oven rack two up from the bottom. Bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes. Let cake cool for 10-15 minutes. Use a knife to loosen the cake from the edges of the pan and carefully turn out onto a tea cloth. Let cake cool completely. Ice cake and enjoy.

Thick Glaze:

Ingredients:

1 orange (zest and juice)
3 cups 10 X Sugar (powdered sugar, icing sugar)
1/2 stick butter (room temp.)
2 tablespoons juice from orange (may be just under 2 tablespoons, if so add milk to make a full 2 Tablespoons
1 tablespoon milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Preparation Instructions:

In a mixing bowl add 10x sugar, butter, juice from orange, milk, and vanilla. Use a hand mixer and beat until smooth. Fold in orange zest, saving a little to sprinkle on top of the cake.

“Better-than-sex” cake

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Prep Time: 10 min.
Total Time: 40 min, plus cake cooling time.

Ingredients

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 cup 35% whipping cream
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup toffee pieces
1 cup desiccated coconut flakes

Preparation Instructions

1. Cook chocolate cake in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan according to package directions. Let cool completely.
2. Whip cream with an electric hand mixer until stiff. Mix in sugar and vanilla. Spread whipped cream over top of cooled chocolate cake. Top with toffee pieces and coconut flakes.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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Prep Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 4 to 5 hours

Ingredients

Bottom Layer:

2 cups finely crushed pretzels
¼ cup sugar
½ cup butter, melted

Middle Layer:

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese
1 pkg (8 oz) cool whip
¼ cup sugar

Top Layer:

1 pkg (6 oz) Strawberry Jello
2 cups boiling water
1 ½ cups cold water
4 cups sliced strawberries

Preparation Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
2. Mix crushed pretzels with sugar and butter. Press mixture evenly into prepared baking dish. Press with the back of a spoon or measuring cup. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool.
3. With an electric mixer beat together cream cheese, cool whip and sugar until well combined and smooth. Spread mixture evenly over cooled pretzel base. Refrigerate while you make the top layer.
4. In a large bowl mix together Jello powder with boiling water. Whisk well to combine and have powder completely dissolve. Whisk in cold water. Refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until thickened slightly. Stir in sliced strawberries. Pour over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until completely set, about 3 to 4 hours. Slice into squares to serve.

Honey Apple Cake

With Rosh Hashanah coming up, I turned to our friend Norene Gilletz from Gourmania.com for a great holiday recipe. She suggested her Apple Honey cake from “The NEW Food Processor Bible” (whitecap books). You won’t be disappointed by this recipe – it’s a moist and delicious treat that’s perfect any time!
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Ingredients

3 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
2 medium apples, peeled and cut in chunks
3 eggs plus 2 egg whites (or 4 eggs)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup liquid honey
3/4 cup cold tea
1/4 cup brandy

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 325°F.
Steel Blade: Process flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger for 10 seconds, until blended. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Process apples until finely minced, 8 to 10 seconds. Measure 1 cup firmly packed and set aside.
Process eggs and egg whites, sugar, oil and honey for 2 to 3 minutes, until light. Do not insert pusher in feed tube. Add dry ingredients to batter alternately with tea and brandy. Process with quick on/off pulses, just until blended. Do not over-process. Add apples and process with quick on/off pulses, just until mixed.

Pour batter into sprayed 12-cup fluted tube pan (Bundt pan). Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, until cake tests done. A wooden skewer inserted into the center should come out dry. If necessary, cover top of cake with foil to prevent over-browning. Let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes. Carefully loosen with a flexible spatula; invert cake onto a serving plate.
Yield: 15 servings. Freezes well.
Note: If you don’t have a large processor, add beaten egg mixture to dry ingredients in mixing bowl alternately with tea and brandy. Mix with a wooden spoon until blended, about 45 seconds. Stir in apples.
Additional Comments: If you don’t have brandy on hand, you can substitute Grand Marnier, orange juice or peach brandy. Apple juice can replace half of the tea for a delicious taste.

Decadent molten chocolate cake

I grew up knowing this cake as Flourless Chocolate Cake, so was amused as an adult to learn that it actually does have flour in it! It’s a rich, thick cake that’s almost like a brownie, delicious served with custard sauce, raspberries, whipped cream, or just plain.
A glass of bubbly is always nice on the side too!
Decadent chocolate cake

Ingredients

6 oz good quality baking chocolate (dark, not milk)
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter
3 eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 320. Grease and flour an 8 or 9″ pan.
Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Add butter and stir until melted. Beat egg yolks with sugar until soft ribbon forms. Add to chocolate mix and stir. Add flour and mix.
Beat egg whites until smooth. Gently fold egg whites into chocolate mixture.
Bake 40 minutes, or until just set.

Madeleines

These buttery treats are half way between a cake and a cookie. They were made famous by the french writer Proust, who is whisked away to his childhood by the their heavenly taste. In the “madeleine incident”, as it’s known to the literati, they are remembered as being dunked in linden tea, although I think coffee would work just as well! If you can’t get your hands on a madeleine pan, the bottom of a muffin tin makes tiny little cakes that are just as good!
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Ingredients

2 eggs
10 tbsp melted butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup flour
grated zest from half a lemon
pinch of salt

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375.
Whisk the egg in a bowl. Slowly add the melted butter and whisk until blended. Add the sugar and mix for about a minute.
Add the vanilla and lemon zest. Mix.
Add the flour and pinch of salt and mix until smooth.
Bake 12-15 minutes, depending on which pan you are using.

Thank you to my friend Nancy Wigston for sharing her recipe!

Strawberry shortcake

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

6 c. fresh strawberries, sliced
1/4 c. sugar
2 c. flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preparation instructions

Stir together stawberries and 1/4 c. sugar; set aside. For shortcake, thoroughly stir together flour, 2 tbsp sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the 1/2 c. butter or margarine till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine beaten egg and milk; add all at once to dry ingredients and stir just to moisten. Spread dough in a greased 8×1 1/2 -inch round baking pan, building up edges slightly. Bake in a 450° oven for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then remove from pan. Split into 2 layers; lift top off carefully. If desired, spread bottom layer with the softened butter or margarine. Whip cream with 2 tbsp sugar just to soft peaks. Spoon berries and whipped cream between layers and over top. Serve warm.

Blueberry Shortcake:
Prepare strawberry shortcake as above, except omit the strawberries and 1/4 c. sugar. Mash 2 c. whole blueberries; stir in 1/4 c. sugar. Stir in 2 c. whole blueberries; set aside. Spoon berry mixture and whipped cream between layers and on top.

Peach Shortcake:
Prepare strawberry shortcake as above, except omit the strawberries and 1/4 c. sugar. Stir together 4 c. peeled sliced peaches and 1/3 c. sugar; set aside. Spoon peach mixture and whipped cream between layers and over top.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Lady baltimore cake

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

CAKE:
3 c. Swans Down Cake Flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 c. butter or shortening
1/2 c. milk
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 c. water
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs whites, stiffly beaten

Preparation instructions

Sift flour once, measure, add baking powder and salt, and sift together three times. Cream butter thoroughly, add sugar gradually, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add flour, alternately with liquid, a small amount at a time. Beat after each addition until smooth. Add flavoring; fold in egg whites. Bake in two greased 9-inch layer pans in 375° oven for 20 minutes. (double recipe makes three 10 inch layers)

Spread lady Baltimore filling between layers and frosting on top:
Combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Bring quickly to a boil, stirring only ntil sugar is dissolved. Boil rapidly, without stirring, until a small amount of syrup forms a soft ball in cold water, or spins in fine stream over egg whites, beating constantly. Add vanilla. Continue beating with a rotary egg beater 10-15 minutes, or until frosting is cool and of right consistency to spread. Use wooden spoon when too stiff for beater. For filling add enough frosting to fruit and nuts to make a filling that will spread easily. Spread between layers. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides of cake.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Dark fruitcake

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

3 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
16 oz (2 1/2 c.) diced, mixed candied fruits and peels
1 (15 oz pkg) (3 c.) raisins
1 (8 oz pkg) (1 1/3 c.) pitted whole dates, snipped

Preparation instructions

Grease three 8x4x2 loaf pans or two 10x 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pans. Line bottom and sides of pans with brown paper. (Brown paper prevents over browning); grease paper. Stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Add fruits and peels, raisins, dates, cherries, almonds, pecans and pineapple; mix till well coated. Beat eggs till foamy. Add brown sugar, orange juice, butter or margarine, and molasses; beat till combined. Stir into fruit mixture. Turn batter into pans, filling each about 3/4 full.
Bake in oven 300° for 2 hours or till cakes test done. (cover all pans loosely with foil after 1 hour of baking to prevent over baking)
Place cakes in pans on wire racks; cool thoroughly. Remove from pans.
Wrap in wine. brandy, or fruit juice-moistened cheese cloth. Over wrap with foil. Store in refrigerator. (Store 3 to 4 weeks for a blended and mellow flavor) Re-moisten cheese cloth as needed after 1 week.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

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