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Peach Cobbler

12 Feb

About 8 cups sliced fresh peaches

2 cups sugar

4 TBSP all-purpose flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup butter, melted

Pie Pastry

 

Preheat oven to 450

Combine peaches, sugar, flour, and cinnamon; set aside until syrup forms. Meanwhile make pastry. Mix together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp salt, and 2 tsp sugar. Cut in 2/3 cup shortening with pastry blender until it resembles course meal. Sprinkle 6 Tablespoons ice water over mixture, stirring with a fork; mix with a firm stirring motion. Add more ice water if needed. Pastry is ready when it forms clumps and clings together when lightly squeezed with hands. Form into a ball; it will will be necessary to use pressure, and work quickly so as to not soften the shortening. Divide dough in half and roll out on a floured surface to 1/8 inch thick.

Bring peach mixture to a boil and cook over low heat 10 minutes or until fruit is tender. Cut pastry into a 10 x 8 inch rectangle. Spoon half of peach mixture into a 10 x 8 buttered baking dish; top with pastry. Bake  for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon remaining peaches over baked crust. Roll out remaining pastry and cut into 1/2 inch strips; arrange in a lattace design over fruit. Return to oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

 

 

Kentucky Jam Cake

12 Feb

This is a old Southern cake recipe. A favorite of families from Kentucky and Tennessee.

 

 

3/4 cup butter

1 cup sugar

4 eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground allspice

1-1/2 cups buttermilk

1 cup thick fruit jam (any flavor)

Fruit Frosting

 

Cream butter and  sugar in a large mixing bowl; add eggs and beat well. Sift dry ingredients together three times; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Fold in jam. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on racks completely. Spread warm frosting between layers and on top and sides.

 

Fruit Frosting:

1 cup dried pitted dates

1 cup dried figs

1 cup raisins

1 orange, peeled

1 lemon, peeled

1/3 cup sugar

Chop dates, figs, and raisins in a blender or food processor. Cut orange and lemon in quarters; remove seeds, chop. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Spread warm on cake. Let cool before serving.

 

Apple Dapple Cake

9 Feb
English: Bundt Pan

Image via Wikipedia

3 large eggs

1-1/4 cups vegetable oil

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups sugar

3 cups all-purpose flour, divided

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

3 cups apples, peeled and diced

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

 

Preheat oven to 350

Grease a  9 inch Bundt pan; set aside. In a large bowl beat eggs on medium speed; add oil, vanilla, and sugar beating well. In another bowl, sift together 2-3/4 cups flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add to egg mixture. Combine remaining 1/4 cup flour,  with apples, nuts, and coconut; fold into cake batter. pour into prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Remove from pan to a cooling rack.

Combine 1/3 cup butter, 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, 1/4 cup milk, and 1 tsp vanilla in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes. Pour over warm cake.

***** This cake may be baked in a 13 x 9 x 2 pan and a 9 x 5 loaf pan. There is too much batter for a 13 x 9 pan only. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

 

Almond Cream Cheese Bread Pudding with Amaretto Cream Sauce

8 Feb
Bread

Bread (Photo credit: ulterior epicure)

1 loaf of each–French bread, diced into 1 inch cubes

1 loaf Shallah bread, diced into 1 inch cubes

1 package Keiser rolls, diced into 1 inch cubes

1 ( 8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

9 large eggs, room temperature

1/4 cup sugar

3 tsp vanilla extract, divided

3 cans Solo Almond Filling

1 cup butter, melted and divided

2-1/2 cups heavy cream

Dash of salt

2 TBSP Almond filling

2 TBSP sugar

1 egg yolk

1/4 slivered almonds

Amaretto Cream Sauce

Preheat oven to 325

Coat a 13x9x2 baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange one third of bread cubes in baking dish. Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla with mixer until smooth. Spread half of mixture over bread. Whisk together 1-1/4 cups almond filling and 1/2 cup melted butter. Spread half of mixture over cream cheese mixture on bread. Repeat layers once, using bread and remaining cream cheese mixture and almond mixture; put remaining bread cubes on top. Whisk together 8 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla, heavy cream, and salt. Pour over bread mixture. Cover and chill 30 minutes or until most of egg mixture is absorbed. Whisk together 1/2 cup melted butter, 2 TBSP almond filling, 2 TBSP sugar and egg yolk until blended. Drizzle evenly over bread. Sprinkle with almonds.

bake 1 hour or until set. Serve with Amaretto Cream Sauce

Amaretto Cream Sauce:

1/2 cup Amaretto liquer

2 TBSP cornstarch

2 cups whipping cream

1/2 cup sugar

Combine liquer and cornstarch, stir until smooth. Cook cream in heavy saucepan over medium heat; stirring often, just until bubbles appear. Gradually stir in amaretto mixture. Bring to a boil and add sugar;  cook until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Cool completely.

Fluffy Pecan Pancakes

22 Jan

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 TBSP sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 cups buttermilk

2 large eggs

1/4 butter, melted and cooled

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 200

 

Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a large bowl. In another bowl combine buttermilk, egg, and melted butter; add to dry mixture 1/3 at a time, stirring just until combined.

Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and ladle 1/4 cup of batter onto hot skillet; sprinkle pecans on top. Cook until bubbles form and edges are dry. Turn and cook until browned, about 2 minutes. Place onto baking sheet and place into oven to keep warm until all pancakes are cooked.

 

Serves 4

Thumb Print Shortbread Cookies

16 Jan

3 sticks butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg,  beaten with 1 TBSp water

7 ounces flaked coconut

Raspberry or Strawberry jam

 

Preheat oven to 350

Cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla Sift together flour and salt; add flour mixture to butter mixture until dough comes together. Place on floured surface and roll into a flat disk. Wrap and chill 30 minutes. Roll dough into 1-1/2 inch balls. Dip into egg wash then into coconut. Place ball onto greased cookie sheet. Press indentation in center of each ball. Spoon 1/4 tsp jam into each indentation. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

Ultimate Lemon Meringue Pie

16 Jan

1 prepared graham cracker crust

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/8 tsp salt

6 large eggs, separated

1-1/2 cups water

1 TBSP lemon zest

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

2 TBSP butter

 

Whisk together sugar , cornstarch, and salt in a large saucepan. Add egg yolks, then immediately but gradually whisk in water. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking often, 8 to 10 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, whisk in zest, lemon juice and butter. Keep warm.

Meringue:

1 TBSP cornstarch

1/3 cup water

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 cup sugar

4 large egg whites

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix cornstarch and water in a small saucepan. bring to a simmer; whisking occasionally until thickened. Remove from heat when translucent and thickened. In a large mixing bowl, mix cream of tartar and sugar together. Beat egg whites until frothy. Add vanilla. Beat in sugar mixture, 1 TBSP at a time. Then add cornstarch mixture, 1 TBSP at a time until stiff peaks form. Pour warm pie filling into crust. Spoon meringue, starting at the edges, and then to the middle. Bake at 325 until browned, about 20 minutes on center rack of oven. Cool completely before serving.

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