Chocolate Banana Cake

Chocolate Banana Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Swiss Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 ½ cups light vanilla nonfat yogurt, divided
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced and divided
  • 1 tbsp. chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 10-inch tube pan. Prepare, bake and cool cake following package directions for No Cholesterol recipe. Split cake into thirds horizontally. Place bottom cake layer on serving plate. Spread ½ cup yogurt on cake. Arrange half the banana slices on yogurt. Place middle cake layer on top of bananas. Repeat with ½ cup yogurt and remaining banana slices. Place top cake layer on top of bananas. Glaze with remaining ½ cup yogurt. Sprinkle with pecans. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Carrot Walnut Cupcakes

Carrot Walnut Cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup walnut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups finely grated carrots
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped candied ginger

For the candied carrots and walnuts:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 12 walnuts

For the frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, walnut oil and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in the flour mixture, then fold in the grated carrots, chopped walnuts and candied ginger with a rubber spatula. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, filling each two-thirds of the way. Bake until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when gently pressed, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes in the pan; remove to a rack to cool completely. Meanwhile, make the candied carrots and walnuts. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Peel 12 long ribbons from the carrot using a vegetable peeler. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add the carrot ribbons and cook until translucent, 25 to 30 minutes. Carefully remove with tongs and arrange each ribbon in a small bundle on the baking sheet. Add the walnuts to the saucepan and simmer until glossy, 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on the baking sheet; let the candied carrots and walnuts cool. Make the frosting: Beat the butter, cream cheese, vanilla and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar on low speed; increase the speed to medium high and beat until fluffy, 3 minutes Transfer to a piping bag with a large round tip; pipe onto the cupcakes. Top with the candied carrots and walnuts.

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Chocolate Mini Footballs

Chocolate Mini Footballs

 Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 10 oz. pkg. regular or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups chocolate flavored crispy rice cereal
  • 16 oz. tub vanilla frosting

 In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows on high for 2-3 minutes, stirring at the halfway point. Stir until smooth. Mix peanut butter into the marshmallow mixture. Add crispy rice cereal. Stir until well coated. Shape mixture into 3 inch footballs. Use prepared frosting to pipe on football markings and stitching. Best if served same day.

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Everyone’s Favorite Cake

Everyone's Favorite Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup dairy sour cream
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 containers (16 oz. each) chocolate frosting
  • 1 chocolate covered nougat, caramel, peanut candy bar, sliced, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 inch square pans. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, oil and vanilla extract in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes. Pour into pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 33 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Invert onto cooling racks. Cool completely. Place cakes on serving plates. Frost sides and top of each cake with chocolate frosting. Swirl frosting in diagonal pattern on top. Pull tip of knife through frosting 5 to 7 times to form fan shape. Garnish each cake with slices of candy bar.

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Cream Puff Pastries

Cream Puff Pastries 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup water
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature

 Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine the water, butter and salt in a medium saucepan. Heat until the butter has melted, and bring to a rolling boil. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the flour all at once, stirring vigorously. Return pan the burner and cook over medium heat, stirring all the while, until the mixture smooths out and follows the spoon around the pan; this should take less than a minute. Remove the pan from the heat, and let the mixture cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a mixer, and beat in the eggs one at a time; it will look curdled at first, but when you add the last egg it should become smooth. Beat for at least 2 minutes after adding the last egg. Drop the thick batter onto prepared baking sheets in 3-4 tbsp. mounds. Space the mounds about 3 inches apart to allow for expansion. Bake in the preheated oven, and reduce heat to 350 degrees, and bake for 35 minutes. Do not open the door while the pastries are baking. Remove the pastries from the oven. Make a small slit, and return them to the oven for 5 minutes, until pastries are a medium golden brown.

 Cream Puff Filling

 Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

 Beat the cream cheese, sprinkle in the sugar gradually. As the cream whips add the lemon zest and vanilla.

 Pipe filling into pastries. Top with powdered sugar.

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Championship Dips

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Texas Caviar

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans or black eyed peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1/3 cup parsley
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3-4 tbsp. red wine vinegar

Rinse and drain beans. Place in food processor with remaining ingredients. Process with a pulse for about a minute. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend. Serve with corn chips, crackers or toast. Makes about 3 cups.

Corned Beef Spread

Ingredients:

  • 1 can corned beef
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1 pint mayonnaise
  • 3 tsp. onion, chopped fine
  • 3 tsp. dill weed

Mix all ingredients together and chill. Serve with an assortment of breads and crackers.

Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet ranch dip
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1 (10 oz.) package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 (8 oz.) can water chestnuts, chopped

Mix all ingredients together and serve with your favorite breads and crackers.

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Happy Easter

Petit Four Eggs

Petit Four Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 7 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. lemon extract
  • Decorator gels

Prepare cake according to package directions. Pour into a lightly greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut cake into eggs (or other desired shapes) with a 2 ½ inch oval cookie cutter. In a large bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, water and extract; beat on low speed until sugar is moistened. Beat on high until smooth. Place petit fours on a rack with waxed paper beneath. Spoon the glaze evenly over tops and sides, letting excess drip off. Allow glaze to set; repeat with second coat if necessary. Let stand until set. Decorate with gels. Yield: about 2 dozen.

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Getting Ready for Easter

Lemon Cream Cheese Scones

Lemon Cream Cheese Scones

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp. grated lemon peel
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup firm butter or margarine
  • 1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Mix flour, sugar, lemon peel, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Mix cream cheese and egg in small bowl until smooth. Gradually stir in milk. Stir cream cheese mixture into flour mixture until dough leaves side of bowl and forms a ball. Drop dough by 8 spoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet. Brush with lemon juice. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

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A different picture of the Lemon Cream Cheese Scones from March 9

Getting Ready For Easter

Easter Basket Cake

Easter Basket Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 package cake mix of desired flavor
  • 1 container (16 oz.) chocolate frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • ½ tsp. water
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • Assorted Easter candies
  • 2 (12 inch) chenille stems
  • Pastel ribbon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans. Prepare, bake and cool cake following package directions for basic recipe. Place one cake layer on serving plate. Spread with chocolate frosting. Top with second cake layer. Frost top with thin layer of frosting. Frost sides and outer 1 inch of cake top with remaining frosting. Make basket weave pattern in frosting with fork lines. Combine several drops green food coloring and water in small bowl. Add coconut. Toss with fork until evenly tinted. Place tinted coconut on top of basket for grass. Arrange candies on top. Make handle with chenille stem ends twisted together. Wrap handle with ribbon. Insert in cake. Tie bow on side of handle.

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Getting Ready For Easter

Triple Berry Hot Cross Buns

Triple Berry Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients:

  • 1 package regular or quick active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. cold water

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Stir in sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, 2 eggs and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in cranberries, blueberries, cherries and enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; gently roll in flour to coat. Knead about 5 minutes or until smooth springy. Place in large greased bowl, turning dough to grease all sides. Cover and let rise in warm place about 1 ½ hours or until double. (Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.) Grease cookie sheet. Gently push fist into dough to deflate. Divide dough in half. Divide each half into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Snip a cross shape in top of each ball with scissors. Cover and let rise in warm place about 40 minutes or until double. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Beat 1 egg and cold water slightly; brush over tops of buns. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool 5 minutes. Frost cross to top of each bun with Powdered Sugar Icing. Serve warm.

Powdered Sugar Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk or water
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients until smooth and spreadable.

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