Getting Ready For Thankgiving

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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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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

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

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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Count Down To Halloween

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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Count Down To Halloween

Bleeding Fingers

Bleeding Fingers

  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup shredded dried coconut
  • ½ cup raspberry or strawberry jam
  • 10 colored jelly beans

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Beat in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, and continue beating until the mixture becomes thick and glossy. Fold in the coconut. Fill a piping bag fitted with a plain ¾ inch nozzle with the meringue mixture. Pipe 3 ¼ inch lengths onto the baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to 235 degrees F and bake for a further 45 to 50 minutes, or until the meringues are light and crisp. Turn off the oven and leave the meringues inside to cool. Heat the jam in a saucepan over low heat until thin and runny. Pour into a bowl. Cut one end from each jelly bean and discard the end. Cut the remaining jelly beans in half lengthwise. Press the jelly bean on the end of each meringue. Drizzle with warm jam to resemble the blood. Makes 20.

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Count Down To Halloween

7-Up Cake7-Up Cake

  • 1 box lemon supreme cake mix
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (10 oz) 7-up

Mix together and bake in large pan at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes.

Icing:

  • 1 small can pineapple, drained
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 heaping tbsp. flour
  • juice for pineapple and water to measure ½

Cook until thick, add pineapple and 2 tablespoons butter. Cool, then put on cake.

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Harvey Wallbanger Cake

Harvey Wallbanger Cake.jpegIngredients:

  • 1 pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 1 pkg. vanilla instant pudding
  • ½ cup cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup vodka or gin
  • ¼ cup galliano
  • ¾ cup orange juice

Mix all together and beat for 4 minutes. Pour into a well greased and lightly floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-55 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in pan. Dust with confectioner’s sugar or with sour cream frosting while still warm. Serve with fruit if you wish and cream for a for a lovely summer desert.

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Happy Labor Day

Labor Day.jpgPolka Dot Birthday Cake

Ingredients:

  • Oil or melted butter, for greasing
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Generous ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • Sugar-coated chocolate candies and birthday candles, to decorate

Filling & topping:

  • 5 tbsp. apricot jelly
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 lb. 2 oz./500 g ready-to-roll fondant

Method

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Grease and line two 8-inch square layer cake pans. 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 milk. Divide the mixture between the prepared pans and smooth the surfaces with the spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until risen, firm, and golden brown. Let cool in the pans for 2-3 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on a wire rack. Warm the apricot jelly with the lemon juice in a small pan until melted. Spread half over one cake and place the other cake on top. Brush the remaining jelly over the top and sides of the cake. Roll out the fondant and cover the cakes, smoothing with your hands, then trim the edges with a sharp knife. Decorate with candies and birthday candles.

Serves 8-10

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Summer Pies

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For The Crust

  • One double pastry pie crust
  • ½ pint wide mouth canning jars

Strawberry Pie filling:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 rounded tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 (3 oz.) box strawberry gelatin
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, stemmed, hulled and sliced, plus extra for garnish
  • Sanding sugar, optional

To make the pie filling: Boil water, sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan over high heat. Add gelatin, reduce heat to medium, and stir until the mixture thickens. Let cool until warm but not hot. Add the strawberries to the glaze when it is warm but not set. Pour the strawberry mixture on top of eggnog mixture into baked pie crust. Chill for at least 2 hours, or until fully set and chilled.

To Prepare: Wash and dry jars before using. Roll out pie dough slightly thinner than you would for a regular pie. Cut into pieces and press into jars three fourths of the way up the sides of the jar. Spoon in pie filling until the jar is three –fourths full. Use a canning jar lid as a template for the diameter of the top crust. Make decorative cut-outs using tiny cookie cutters, if desired. Place the dough circles over jars, gently pressing dough in the center and on the sides. Add cut-out dough pieces. Sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired. Pies may be frozen with lids on for later use.

For Fresh Baking: Place jars on baking sheets and bake 375 F. for 45 minutes. Cover jars loosely with aluminum foil if the tops brown too quickly. You want to be sure the bottom crust bakes thoroughly. Allow jars to cool to the touch before serving.

To Bake from Frozen: Place frozen jars on baking sheets. Remove lids. Bake 350 F. for 1 hour. Allow jars to cool to touch before serving.

Make about 12 pie Jars, depending on thickness of crust.

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Summer Pies

Caramel Apple Pie.jpgCaramel Apple Pie

Double pie crust:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 2-4 tbsp. water

Sift flour and salt. Cut in shortening. Add egg, vinegar, and enough water to make a soft dough. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to make a double pie crust. Place half in a pie plate and press and shape into sides of the plate. Trim the edges to 1 inch, and flute. Prick bottom and sides of the crust.

Pie filling:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup water
  • 6-7 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced.

Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in all-purpose flour to form a paste. Add sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, fill the bottom crusts in you pan with sliced apples, mounded slightly. Top with about half of the sugary caramel sauce. Cover with a top crust, using whatever technique you feel comfortable with – a full crust, lattice, or other variation. Gently pour the remaining caramel sauce over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off. Top with a few shakes of cinnamon. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F and continue to baking for 35-45 minutes. Once finished baking, let sit out for at least four hours, preferably closer to 12 hours.

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