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Stars And Stripes Torte

Stars And Stripes Torte

Ingredients:

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 ½ cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.3 oz.) instant white chocolate pudding mix
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 2/3 cups raspberry pie filling
  • 1 2/3 cups blueberry pie filling
  • Fresh blueberries and raspberries, optional

Method:

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9-inch round pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. In a small bowl, beat the milk, pudding mix and extract on low speed for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until set. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes or until thickened. Fold in whipping cream. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with raspberry pie filling. Top with second cake layer; spread with 1 2/3 cups of pudding mixture. Top with third layer; spread with blueberry pie filling. Top with remaining cake layer and pudding mixture. Place blueberries around top edge of cake and form a star with blueberries and raspberries if desired.

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Summer Pies

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pecan Pie

  • 1/3 lb. butter or margarine
  • 6 oz. dry cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 1/3 cups white Karo syrup
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 (10 inch) pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a saucepan melt butter. Add dry cocoa, sugar and oil. Stir until well blended. Add syrup, eggs, vanilla and pecans; mix well. Pour into pie shell and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool pie. Refrigerate overnight.

Serve chilled or slightly warm topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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Summer Pies

American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

1 box refrigerated pie crust

Filling:

  • 6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (6 medium)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flout
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9 inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against sides and bottom of pie dish.
  3. In a large bowl mix filling ingredients, spoon into crust lined pie dish. Top with second crust. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal, flute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.
  4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and pie crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 2 to 4 inch wide strips of foil after 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.

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Summer Pies

Orange Pie

Orange Pie

For the crust:

  • One 9-inch baked pastry pie crust

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. orange-flavored drink mix
  • 3 oranges, peeled and chopped

Cream cheese mixture:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 8 ounces whipped cream

For the garnish:

  • 8 ounces whipped cream (optional)

To prepare orange filling:

Bring 1 ½ cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. In a bowl, mix together sugar, cornstarch and drink mix. Add ½ cup of water into the sugar mixture and stir. Pour into boiling water, reduce to medium heat, stirring as it cooks. Remove from heat when it begins to thicken a bit. Cool. Stir in orange pieces.

To prepare cream cheese mixture:

In a bowl, stir together cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until creamy. Add half of the whipped cream to the mixture. Spoon into baked pie crust. Top with orange filling. Refrigerate overnight.

For the garnish:

Decorate the top of the pie with reserved whipped cream, if desired.

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A Great Snack For After School

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped

Method:

Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and peanut butter

Gradually add the sugar and beat well. Add the beaten egg, a little at a time, beating until it is thoroughly combined. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the peanut butter mixture.

Add the peanuts and bring all of the ingredients together to form a soft dough. Wrap and chill for about 30 minutes. Form the dough into 20 balls and place them onto the prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart to allow for spreading. Flatten them slightly with a fork. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes, until golden brown color. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool slightly before serving.

Makes 20

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Celebrating Elvis

Elvis Presley Cake

Elvis Presley Cake, Elvis’s Favorite Cake

  • 1 box Duncan Hines cake mix (golden butter)
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • ½ stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or almonds

Cook pineapple and sugar on medium heat while mixing cake as directed on box. Bake cake in 9 x 9 inch cake pan lined with tin foil. Remove pineapple mixture from heat when placing cake in oven.

Icing: Mix confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, melted butter, vanilla flavoring and nuts.

Let cake cool. Punch holes in cake with a straw and pour pineapple mixture over cake. Spread with icing.

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School For Some, Everybody Drive Safely

school bus cake

 

School Bus Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 8 to 9 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons black paste or gel food coloring
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons yellow paste or liquid food coloring
  • 4 cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 2 yellow gumdrops
  • 6 red gumdrops

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into two greased 8 inches x 4 inches x 2 inches loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Place cakes end to end on 22 inches x 8 inches covered board; level if needed. From top of one end, form front of bus by cutting out a section 1 inch deep and 3 inches long; discard removed piece.

For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter and shortening until fluffy. Add 6 cups confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining confectioners’ sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Tint 3/4 cup frosting with black food coloring; set aside. Tint remaining frosting yellow. Frost top and sides of cake with yellow frosting. Frost cut edge of cookies with yellow frosting to form wheel wells; place two cookies on each side of bus.

Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a #5 round tip. Fill the bag with black frosting. Outline windows on both sides of bus; pipe strips under windows. Pipe windshield and back window; fill in with black frosting. Pipe lines on front of bus to form grill. Place yellow gumdrops on grill for headlights; place red gumdrops on front and back for lights.

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Summer Pies

Tropical Storm Pie

Tropical Storm Pie

For the crust:

  • One 9-inch graham cracker crust, baked for 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ (20 oz.) can or 1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained and reserve juice
  • 1 (20 oz.) can cherry pie filling
  • 2 cups whipped cream (optional)
  • ½ cup flaked coconut (optional)
  • ½ cup macadamia nuts (optional)
  • Maraschino cherries, about one dozen (optional)

Method:

With a mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Slowly add the sweetened condensed milk, mixing on low speed until well combined. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla and pour into the crust. Place pie into refrigerator for at least 2 hours, until well chilled and set.

Slice banana and place in bowl. Pour reserved pineapple juice over the bananas and let sit for 10 minutes to preserve the bananas and keep them from browning on the pie. After the bananas sit, drain and place bananas on cream cheese layer. Spread the pineapple over bananas. Next, spread the cherry pie filling on the pineapples.

Decorate with the whipped topping. Sprinkle the coconut and macadamia nuts on top and decorate the edges with maraschino cherries, if desired

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Summer Pies

Custard Pie

Custard Pie

For the crust:

  • One 9-inch unbaked pastry pie crust

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Nutmeg, grated (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each edition. Heat sweetened condensed milk, salt and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat until well combined. Beat until very foamy and pour into unbaked pie crust. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 25 minute more or until done. Serve plain or with whipped cream and grated nutmeg sprinkled on top, if desired.

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THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

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Summer Pies

Chocolate Marshmallow Pie

 

Chocolate Marshmallow Pie

 For the crust:

One 9-inch baked chocolate cookie or one 9-inch baked pastry crust

 Ingredients:

  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 3 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1 cup whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate shavings (optional)

 Method:

Heat marshmallows, chocolate and milk in double boiler until melted. Remove from heat; cool. When mixture has cooled, fold in 1 cup whipped cream. Pour into baked pie crust. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 For the garnish:

Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, if desired.

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 THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

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