Happy St. Paddy’s

Aromatic Cocoa Cake

Aromatic Cocoa Cake

Cake

  • 3 ¼ cups sifted cake flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

Icing:

  • ¼ Cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 drops green food coloring

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 10-inch Bundt pan. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt ginger, and nutmeg. Beat together sugar and butter at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Alternately beat flour mixture and milk into butter mixture. Spoon batter into prepared pan; smooth top. Bake cake until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, 45-50 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. Turn cake out onto rack to cool completely. To prepare icing, mix together confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla, and food coloring. Drizzle icing over top and down sides of cake. Let cake stand until icing is set. 20 minutes

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Dips For St. Paddy’s Day

Dips For St. Paddy's Day

KYRA’S SPINACH DIP

  • 1 Box Frozen chopped Spinach (10 ozs)
  • 1 container sour cream (16 ozs)
  • 1 cup Mayo
  • 1 Package Knorr vegetable recipe mix
  • 3 green onions chopped

Combine all ingredients and chill about 4 hrs or make the night before

BACON AND SOUR CREAM DIP

  • 1 8-oz pkg. Cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp. Chives, chopped
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • Dash of garlic salt
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 6 strips cooked bacon

Soften cheese at room temperature. Blend cheese, chives, sour cream, horseradish, garlic salt and cayenne together. Mix with 4 strips crumbled bacon. Top with remaining bacon. Yield: 3 cups

BACON-HORSERADISH DIP

  • 2 tbsp. (about) milk
  • 1 3-oz. Pkg. Cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 strips bacon, fried and finely minced
  • 1 tbsp. horseradish

Whip enough milk into cheese to make soft mixture. Add bacon; mix well. Add horseradish to taste. Store in refrigerator. Serve with potato chips or corn chips. Yield; 1 cup

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Shamrock Milk Shake Cupcakes

Shamrock Milk Shake Cupcakes

  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • ¼ cup green crème de menthe
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 recipe White Chocolate Frosting
  • Green food coloring

Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line twenty to twenty–two 2 ½ inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a 2- cup glass measuring cup combine buttermilk and crème de menthe, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, add sugar, about ¼ cup at a time. Beating on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add egg whites. Beat in vanilla. Add egg whites, one at a time. Beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to shortening mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes. Removed cupcakes from muffin cups. Cool completely on wire racks. Divide White Chocolate frosting between two bowls. Tint one portion with green food coloring. Spoon each frosting into a separate pastry bag fitted with a large star tip pipe white and green frostings onto tops of cupcakes to resemble four-leaf clovers.

White Chocolate Frosting

Allow 1- cup butter, cut up to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place 6 ounces white baking chocolate with cocoa butter, chopped, in a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan heat 1/3 cup whipping cream just until simmering. Pour over white chocolate (do not stir). Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool for 15 minutes. Gradually add butter to white chocolate mixture, beating with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until combined. Gradually beat in 1 ½ to 2 cups powder sugar until frosting reaches spreading consistency

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Celebrating National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

Peanut Butter Lovers and March Bday

Giant Peanut Butter Cupcake

Cake

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Garnish: peanut butter candies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 3 (9 inch) round cake pans with nonstick baking spray with flour. Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper, spray with nonstick baking spray with flour. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, stopping occasionally to scrap sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt, in another medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, milk and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternating with sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat until combined. Divided batter evenly among prepared pans. Tap pans on counter twice to remove air bubbles. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes clean, approximately 25 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar at medium speed until combined. Add cream and salt, beating until mixture begins to thicken. Increase speed to high; beat until thickened. Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with peanuts, if desired.

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Pineapple Marble Cake

Pineapple Marble Cake

  • 1 large carrot, finely grated (about ½ cup)
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups al-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup butter (1 ½ sticks), softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • Garnish: Confectioners’ sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 6-cup fluted cake pan. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Mix together grated carrot, ginger, and cinnamon. Mix together flour and baking powder. Beat together butter, sugar, and vanilla at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. (Batter may appear curdled.) At low speed, gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture until smooth. Spoon half of the batter into a small bowl; fold in pineapple. Spoon into prepared pan. Fold Carrot mixture into remaining batter; spread over batter in pan. Using a knife, swirl through

Batter to create a marbled effect. Bake cake until golden and a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 35-40 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool slightly. Turn cake out onto rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Makes 12 servings

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Celebrating National Mint Chocolate Day

Mint Thins

Mint Thins

 1 Package (8 Squares) Semi-Sweet chocolate, melted, slightly cooled

  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 sleeve RITZ Crackers (36 crackers)
  • 1 candy cane (6 inch), crushed

Mix chocolate and extract. Dip crackers in chocolate mixture, turning to completely coat each cracker. Carefully scrape off excess chocolate. Place crackers in single layer on waxed paper-covered baking sheets; sprinkle with crushed candy. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm.

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Make For Your Valentine

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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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Make For Your Valentine

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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Make For Your Valentine

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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Make For Your Valentine

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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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