Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

Date and Walnut Cake

Date and Walnut Cake

  • 7 oz self-raising flour
  • 4 oz soft butter
  • 3 oz chopped dates
  • 1 oz chopped walnuts
  • 3 oz soft light brown sugar
  • 2 medium free-range eggs
  • 5 oz milk

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Sift the flour into a large bowl, then rub in the softened butter until breadcrumbs form. Add the dates, walnuts and sugar, and mix well. Beat the eggs and milk together.  Then stir into the flour mixture until well incorporated. Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and cook on the middle shelf of the oven for about 1 ¼ hours.  Or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the middle. Remove from the oven, then when cool enough to touch, turn the cake out, peel off the greaseproof paper and allow to cool on a wire rack.  Serve in thick slices preferably spread with unsalted butter.

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Coffee Chiffon Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup cold coffee
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Fluffy Coffee Frosting

Combine first 5 ingredients; make a well in center of mixture. Add oil, egg yolks, milk, coffee, and vanilla.  Beat 5 minutes or until satiny smooth. Beat egg whites (at room temperature) until soft peaks form. Add ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Pour egg yolk mixture in a thin, steady stream over egg whites; fold egg whites into yolk mixture. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 8 inch round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.  Let cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Split each cake layer in half horizontally. Spread Fluffy Coffee Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.  Yield: one 4-layer cake.

Fluffy Coffee Frosting

  • 1 ½ cups shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cold coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Combine all ingredients; beat at high speed of an electric mixer 5 minutes or until fluffy.  Yield: 4 cups

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Elizabeth Cake

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Pecan halves
  • Maraschino cherries

Combine water, dates, and soda; stir well. Let stand 15 minutes. Cream ¼ cup butter; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer. Add egg; beat well. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with date mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix after each addition. Stir in vanilla and chopped pecans. Pour batter into a greased 8 ½ x 4 ½ x 3 inch loafpan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 to 60 minutes. (Cake will not test done.)  Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and place on a serving plate. Combine brown sugar, cream, and 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Pour over cake. Let cool completely. Garnish with pecan halves and cherries. Yield: 1 loaf.

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Apple Wedge Pie

Apple Pie Wedges

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup apple butter
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Beat butter and sugar in medium bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg yolk and apple butter, mix well.  Add flour, cinnamon, apple pie spice and vanilla; beat at low speed until well blended. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 6-inch disc on waxed paper. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Invert 1 disc of dough into ungreased 9 inch round pie plate. Press dough into plate with lightly floured hand covering plate completely. Flute edges using handle of wooden spoon.  Deeply score into 8 wedges. Prick surface using tines of fork. Repeat steps with remaining disc of dough and another pie plate. Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack cool completely. Cut into wedges. Makes 16 wedges. Tip: Serve these tasty cookies warm with a big scoop of vanilla or cinnamon-flavored ice cream.

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Caramel Apple Upside Down CakeCaramel Apple Upside Down Cake

Ingredients:

  • Oil or melted butter, for greasing
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Generous ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Finely grated rind of 1 lemon

Topping:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 4 apples
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch round deep cake pan with a solid bottom. For the caramel apple topping, put the butter and sugar into a heavy pan with the water and heat gently until melted, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring, until it turns to a deep golden caramel color. Pour quickly into the cake pan, tilting to cover the bottom evenly. Peel, core and thickly slice the apples, toss in the lemon juice, and spread evenly over the bottom of the cake pan. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat well until the mixture is smooth, then stir in the lemon rind. Spoon the mixture over the apples and smooth the surface with a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, or until risen and golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes, then turn out carefully onto a warmed serving plate. Serves 6

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Count Down To Halloween

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • green and orange food coloring

For Decorating:

  • 5 licorice all sorts, thinly sliced
  • 20 jelly beans, halved
  • 5 gummy candies, cut into 4 pieces
  • mini chocolate chips
  • mixed candies for decorating

To make the cookies, beat the butter, sugar, and egg with an electric mixer until creamy.  Add the flour. Using your hands, press the mixture together to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 2 minutes, or until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush a large baking sheet with melted butter or oil. Roll out the dough between sheets of waxed paper to ¼ inch thick. Cut into shapes, using any desired cutters. Put the cookies on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.  Leave to cool. Divide and sift the confectioners’ sugar into bowls. Add the water and food coloring and stir well.  Dip the front of each cookie into the frosting. While the frosting is still soft, decorate the cookies with candies.

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Halloween Cupcakes

Halloween Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Food coloring to decorate, if desired
  • Raspberry jam, to decorate, if desired

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 18 standard muffin cups with paper liners. Sift the flour and sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla, and beat until smooth. Fill the paper liners three-quarters full with the batter. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cupcakes are golden. Cool on a wire rack. To make the frosting, mix the confectioners’ sugar, cocoa, and butter with a little hot water until smooth. Divide and color with food coloring if desired. Spread over the cakes. Drizzle with raspberry jam if desired.

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Thumbprints

Thumbprints

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/3 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 tablespoons peach or apricot jam

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with waxed paper. Using electric beaters, beat the butter and sugar in a small bowl until the mixture is light and creamy. Add the milk and vanilla, and beat until combined. Sift the flour and pudding mix into the butter mixture and mix to form a soft dough. Roll 2 teaspoons of the dough at a time into balls and place on the baking sheets. Press a hollow in each ball with your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon and fill each hole with ¼ teaspoon of jam. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 32.

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Halloween Coconut Cake

Halloween Coconut Cake

  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (4 serving size) vanilla flavor instant pudding and pie filing
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Blend cake mix, pudding mix, water, eggs and oil in large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer 4 minutes. Stir in coconut and walnuts. Pour into 3 greased and floured 9 inch layer pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes. Cool pans 15 minutes; remove and cool on rack. Fill and top with coconut cream cheese frosting.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
  • 2 tsp. milk
  • 3 ½ cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add coconut, sir constantly over low heat until golden brown. Spread coconut on paper towel to cool. Cream 2 tablespoons butter with cream cheese. Add milk; blend in sugar gradually. Blend in vanilla; stir in 1 ¾ cups of the coconut. Spread on tops of cake layers. Stack, spread over sides and sprinkle with remaining coconut. Decorate with Halloween candies if desired.

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Coconut Ice

Coconut Ice

  • 2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ¾ cups shredded dried coconut
  • orange food coloring

Brush 13 ¾ inch loaf pan with melted butter or oil. Line with waxed paper and grease the paper. Sift the confectioners’ sugar and cream of tartar into a bowl. Make a well in the center. Add the combined egg white and condensed milk. Stir in the coconut. Mix until well combined. Divide the mixture between two bowls. Tint the contents of one bowl with orange coloring. Knead the color through evenly. Press the orange mixture into the bottom of the loaf pan. Cover with the white mixture and press down gently. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until set. When firm, remove from the pan and cut into squares. Makes 30 pieces.

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