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Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Pie

Crust

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup ground pretzels
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted

Filling

  • 2 ½ cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16 ounce) container vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed

Garnish: fresh strawberries, fresh thyme

Spray a 10 inch springform pan with nonstick baking spray with flour, line bottom with parchment paper, and spray with nonstick baking spray with flour. Set aside. FOR CRUST: in a large bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, pretzels and sugar. Add melted butter, stirring to combine. Using the bottom of a measure cup press mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Place pan in freezer while preparing filling. FOR FILING: In the work bowl of a food processor, combine strawberries sugar and

Thyme. Pulse until smooth. In another large bowl, beat cream cheese at high speed with an electric mixer until creamy, approximately 3 minutes. Add yogurt and confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth. Add strawberry mixture to yogurt mixture, beating to combine. Add whipped topping, beating until smooth. Spoon mixture into prepared crust. Freeze 4 hours. Remove bottom and sides of pan. Garnish with strawberries and thyme, if desired. Cover, and freeze up to 1 week.

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berry piroutte

Berry Pirouette

 Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups of boiling water
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) raspberry flavored gelatin
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen boysenberries, partially thawed
  • 2 cups chilled whipped cream
  • 1 package (5 ½ ounces) tubular shaped pirouette cookies (about 24)

Pour boiling water on gelatin in large bowl; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Reserve 3-5 berries for garnish. Place remaining berries in food processor work bowl fitted with steel blade or in blender container. Cover and process until smooth. Stir berries into gelatin. Refrigerate until very thick but not set, about 1 hour. Beat gelatin mixture on high speed until think and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat 1 cup of the whipping cream in chilled bowl until stiff; fold into gelatin mixture. Pour into spring form pan, 9 x 3 inches. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours. Run knife around edge of dessert to loosen; remove side of pan. Place dessert on serving plate. Beat remaining whipping cream in chilled bowl until stiff. Spread side of dessert with half of the whipped cream. Carefully cut cookies crosswise into halves. Arrange cookies cut side down, vertically around side of dessert; press lightly. Garnish with remaining whipped cream and berries.

 10-12 servings

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burnt sugar cake

Burnt Sugar Cake

  •  ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups four
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • 4 tbsp. burnt sugar syrup

 Cream butter and sugar; separate eggs. Add well beaten yolks and stir thoroughly. Sift dry ingredients together; add alternately with water and syrup. Beat thoroughly. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Divide batter between greased and floured layer pans. Bake at 375 degrees F about 25 minutes.

 Burnt Sugar Syrup:

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • ½ cup water

Put sugar in heavy pan. Cook over low and stir constantly until melted and brown. Add ½ cup water and continue cooking until lumps are dissolved.

 Burnt Sugar Icing:

  • 6 tbsp. burnt sugar syrup
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Heat syrup and butter until butter is melted. Beat in sugar and flavoring slowly until icing is of good spreading consistency. Frost Cake.

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Orange Kiss-Me Cake

1 large orange
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup walnuts
½ cup shortening
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
¼ cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Cut orange in half; remove and discard seeds. Squeeze 1/3 cup juice from orange; set juice aside. Position knife blade in food processor bowl; add orange halves, raisins, and 1/3 cup walnuts. Process until finely chopped; set aside.
Cream shortening; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix after each addition. Stir in raisin mixture.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Drizzle reserved orange juice over cake. Combine remaining 1/3 cup sugar, ¼ cup walnuts, and cinnamon; sprinkle over warm cake. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Yield: 15 servings.
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Count Down To Christmas

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick salted butter, plus 2 tbsp.
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 F.  Use an electric mixer to cream the sugar and butter, whipping the two until the butter is almost white and the mixture is light and fluffy, almost like a slightly frosting. Stir in the flour.  Form the cookies into 1 inch balls, placing them about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.  Flatten them into a disc shape if you’re topping with sprinkles before baking.  Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are lightly golden.  Decorate as desired.

Short on time, buy frozen sugar cookies, bake according to the cooking directions. Decorate with M&M’s, ready made icing, sprinkles, colored sugar, etc. Have fun!

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White Fruit Cake

  •  2 lb. white raisins
  • 1 ½ lb. canned cherries
  • 1 ½ lb. pineapple
  • 1 lb. light brown sugar
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 large orange extract
  • 1 small lemon extract
  • 8 cups nuts
  • 6 cups sifted flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

 Cut up nuts and drain fruit; coat with 4 cups flour. Cream butter and sugar; add eggs one at a time. Beat well. Add 2 cups flour with baking powder and nutmeg. Add extract. Pour batter over fruit and nut mixture; mix well. Place in two greased tube pans. Bake at 250 degrees F for 2 ½ hours.

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Cherry Spice Cake

Cherry Spice Cake

Cake

  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 ½ cups cherry pie filling

Frosting

  • 8 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Red and green candied cherries, cut in half, to decorate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  For cake, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  In another large bowl, sift together next 6 ingredients.  In a blender or food processor, process pie filling until cherries are coarsely chopped.  Add dry ingredients and pie filling alternately to creamed mixture, mixing until smooth.  Pour batter evenly into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.  Cool in pans 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack.

For frosting, beat all ingredients in a large bowl until smooth.  Frost between layers, on sides, and on top of cake.  To decorate cake, refer to photo and place cherries on top of cake in wreath design.  Transfer remaining frosting to a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip.  Pipe decorative border along bottom edge and top of cake.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.  Serve at room temperature.

Yield:  about 20 servings

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Eggnog Cake

Eggnog Cake

 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup soft butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup eggnog
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 6 egg whites

 Cream butter and sugar. Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add alternately with water and eggnog. Stir in flavor. Beat egg whites in separate bowl. Add to dough 1/3 at a time. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F.

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Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

  • 2 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoon soft light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs

Decoration

  • 4 oz white chocolate
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate
  • Green and red food colorings
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper. Put syrup, molasses, sugar and butter in a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until melted. Sift flour and ginger into a bowl. Stir the baking soda into melted mixture, add to flour with enough beaten egg to mix to form a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and free from cracks. Cut off 1/3 dough; wrap in plastic wrap. Roll out remaining 2/3 dough thinly and cut out thirty-two 1/1/2 in squares of dough and place, spaced apart, on a baking sheet. Roll out remaining 1/3 dough and cut out six-teen 2 ½ x 1 ½ inch oblongs. Cut an inverted “v” at one of the short ends of each oblong to create a ‘pitch’ for ‘roof’. Both equal sides of “v” should measure 1 inch. Place on baking sheet and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Break up and place white and dark chocolate in separate bowls over hand hot water. Stir occasionally until melted. Divide white chocolate between 3 small bowls and color green and red with food colorings. Assemble each house using dark chocolate as glue. Glue 4 walls together by alternating 2 square and 2 “v” pieces. Place 2 other squares on top to form pitched roof. Leave to set. Spread remaining dark chocolate over waxed paper. When almost set, invert onto another piece of paper, peel off waxed paper and cut chocolate into ¼ in squares for roof tiles. Secure tiles onto roof with melted chocolate, working from base to top. Using colored chocolate, fill pastry bags, snip off points and pipe in doors, windows and colored beads down all the joins. Leave to set. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 8

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Chocolate Yule Log

Chocolate Yule Log

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 2/3 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons cocoa

Filling and decoration

  • 1 ¼ cups thick whipping cream
  • 4 oz semi-semi sweet chocolate
  • marzipan toadstools

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a 12 in baking sheet (with edges) with waxed paper.  Place eggs and sugar in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk until thick and pale. Remove bowl from saucepan, continue whisking until mixture leaves a trail when the whisk is lifted.  Sift flour and cocoa onto surface of mixture and fold in carefully until mix is evenly blended.  Pour mixture onto baking sheet and spread out carefully to edges. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until it is firm to touch.  Cool slightly, turn out and remove paper, then trim edges and cut in half lengthwise.  Place ¼ cup cream in a bowl with chocolate.  Place over a pan of hot water,stir until melted.  Whip remaining cup of cream until almost thick.

When chocolate has cooled, fold it carefully into whipped cream. Using 1/3 chocolate cream, spread over each strip of sponge.  Roll each into a firm roll from the long edge. Wrap in plastic and chill until firm.  Cut each roll into 6 lengths, spread each with remaining chocolate cream, mark cream into lines.  Decorate with marzipan toadstools.  Keep the chocolate logs cool until ready to serve.

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