Getting Ready For Christmas

Six Fruit Trifle

Six Fruit Trifle

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package (9 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 1 can (20 oz.) pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 2 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 2 medium peaches or nectarines, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced

 Method:

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a 9 inch round baking pan. Cool; cut into 1 inch cubes. In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, bananas, peaches and ½ cup strawberries.

In another bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes; let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.

In a small bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form.

In a 3 qt. trifle bowl, layer half of the cake cubes, fruit mixture, pudding and whipped cream. Repeat layers. Top with blueberries, kiwi and remaining strawberries. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

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Getting Ready For Christmas

Ambrosia Pie

Ambrosia Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 (11 oz.) can mandarin orange in light syrup
  • 1 (8 ¼ oz.) can crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 ½ cups frozen whipped topping, thawed and divided
  • ¾ cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1 (9 oz.) graham cracker crust (extra serving size)
  • Garnishes: maraschino cherries, pecan halves, additional toasted coconut

Method:

Drain oranges and pineapple, reserving 2 tablespoons pineapple syrup. Gently press orange and pineapple between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Beat cream cheese at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add reserved pineapple syrup and milk, beating until smooth. Fold in 1 ½ cups whipped topping. Gently fold in orange- pineapple mixture and ¾ cup coconut. Spoon filling into crust. Cover, freeze until firm or up to 1 month.

Let pie stand at room temperature 20 minutes before serving. Dollop remaining 1 cup whipped topping on top of pie. Garnish, if desired.

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Turkey Time

Sour Cream Apple Pie with Cinnamon Topping

Sour Cream Apple Pie with Cinnamon Topping

Pie:

  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust, unbaked

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup cold butter

To make the pie: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Sift the flour, salt and sugar together. Using an electric mixer, beat in the egg, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon into the flour mixture. Continue to beat for about 2 minutes. Fold in the apples. Spoon the mixture into the crust and bake about 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F. Continue to bake for 30 minutes.

To make the topping: Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter until it forms a crumbly mix. Remove the pie from the oven and sprinkle with the topping. Cook for an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

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Turkey Time

Milky Way Pecan Pound Cake

Milky Way Pecan Pound Cake

Ingredients:

  • 12 ½ oz. Milky Way candy bars
  • 1 cup butter, divided
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 inch tube or Bundt pan. Combine the candy bars with ½ cup butter in a saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring occasionally. While the candy is melting, cream ½ cup butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until light. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk. Mix until smooth. Add the melted candy mixture, and continue mixing. Stir in the vanilla and pecans. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely. Cover and store at room temperature.

Makes 16-20 servings

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Turkey Time

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup flaked coconut
  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped

Cream Cheese Icing

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

½ cup flaked coconut

To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans. Combine the sugar, pumpkin, oil and eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat at medium speed for 1 minute. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture, and beat for 1 minute. Stir in the coconut and pecans. Divide the batter among the three cake pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Remove from the pans and cool completely.

To make the icing: In a large bowl, combine the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in the pecans and coconut.

To assemble: Place one cake on a plate, and spread a thin layer of icing on top. Place the second cake on top of the first, and spread another thin layer of icing. Place the third cake on top, and ice the top and sides of the cakes. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

Makes 16 servings

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Turkey Time

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 cups carrots, grated (2 medium)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Icing:

  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 inch tube or Bundt pan. Combine the flour, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in the oil. Mix in the beaten eggs, carrots and pecans. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, and bake 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely before icing.

To make the icing: In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese and butter. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Ice the top and sides of the cake. Keep refrigerated.

Makes 16 servings

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Turkey Time

Fruit Cocktail Cake

Fruit Cocktail Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 (15 oz.) can fruit cocktail
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Icing:

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the fruit cocktail, eggs and vanilla. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

To make the icing:

Combine the milk, butter and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the mixture boils. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, and add the vanilla, coconut and pecans. Spread over the cake. Cut into squares and serve. Store leftovers covered at room temperature.

Makes 12 servings

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Turkey Time

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

 1 unbaked 9 inch (4 cup volume) deep dish pie shell

 Filling:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves (ground)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • Whipped Cream for garnish (optionial)

 Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a small bowl. Beat eggs in a large bowl; stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.

 ake in preheated oven 425 degrees F for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F and bake 40-50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Do not freeze.

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Halloween Time

Peanut Butter Alien Cookies

Peanut Butter Alien Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package (about 16 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Green decorating icing
  • 1 cup strawberry jam

 Method:

Let dough stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Grease 2 cookie sheets.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine dough, peanut butter, flour, powdered sugar and vanilla in large bowl; beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Reserve half of dough; wrap and refrigerate.

Roll out remaining dough between parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out 14 circles with 3 inch round cookie cutter; pinch 1 side of each circle to make teardrop shape. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Roll out reserved dough between parchment paper to ¼ inch thickness. Cut out 14 circles with 3 inch round cookie cutter; pinch 1 side to each circle to form teardrop shape. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Cut out 2 oblong holes for eyes. Make small slit for mouth. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Spread icing on cookies with faces; let stand 10 minutes or until set. Spread jam on uncut cookies. Top each jam topped cookie with green face cookie.

 Makes 14 sandwich cookies

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Halloween Time

Mint Chocolate Brownies

Mint Chocolate Brownies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package brownie mix
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 6 drops green liquid food coloring
  • 2 drops yellow liquid food coloring
  • Shaved thin crème de menthe chocolate mints

 Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of an 8 inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions; pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F according to package directions. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 1 hour).

Meanwhile, beat butter and powdered sugar at medium low speed with an electric mixer until combined; add milk, peppermint extract and food colorings, beating until blended. Increase speed to medium high and beat 1 minute or until fluffy.

Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles. Gently remove foil. Spread frosting evenly over brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Sprinkle with thinly shaved mints.

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