Getting Ready for the Fourth of July

Berry Crunch Cake

Berry Crunch Cake

 Ingredients:

  • Oil or melted butter, for greasing
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 tbsp.
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • Generous ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh mixed berries, such as raspberries, blueberries and blackberries
  • 1 ¼ cups crushed gingersnaps

 Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line the bottom of a 9-inch round springform cake pan. Sift the 1 ½ cups flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the butter, superfine sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat well until the batter is smooth. Spoon about half the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. Spread the berries evenly over the mixture. Stir the extra tablespoon of flour into the remaining mix. Spread out the crushed cookies on a large plate. Using two spoons, coat small spoonfuls of the mix in the crushed cookies, then arrange over the cake. Sprinkle over any remaining cookie crumbs. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until risen firm, and golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes then remove the sides and finish cooling on a wire rack. Best eaten on the day of making.

Serves 8

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Getting Ready for the Fourth of July

Watermelon Slice Cookies

Watermelon Slice Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (about 16 ounces each) refrigerated cookie dough
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Green and red food coloring
  • Mini chocolate chips

 Let doughs stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Combine 1 package dough, ¼ cup flour and green food coloring in large bowl, beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Wrap and refrigerate 2 hours. Combine remaining package dough, remaining ¼ cup flour and red food coloring in separate large bowl, beat at medium speed until well blended. Shape into 9 inch long log. Wrap and refrigerate 2 hours. Roll out green dough between parchment paper into 9×8 inch rectangle. Place log in center of green rectangle. Fold edges up and around log; press edges to seal. Roll gently to form smooth log. Wrap and freeze 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut log into 3/8 inch thick slices. Cut each slice in half. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Gently reshape, if necessary. Press several mini chocolate chips into each slice for watermelon seeds. Bake 8 to 11 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies

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Happy Father’s Day

Worlds Best Cake

World’s Best Cake for the World’s Best Father

 Ingredients:

  • 10 ½ tbsp. (1 stick plus 2 ½ tbsp.) butter, softened
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ vanilla bean

 Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with a rack in the middle position. Line an 8 x 12 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Beat the butter and 2/3 cup of the sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and baking powder and mix well on low speed. Mix in the egg yolks and milk. Scrape the batter into the baking pan. In a large clean bowl, beat the egg whites and the remaining 1 cup sugar to soft peaks. Spread on top of the cake layer. Sprinkle with the almond slices. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the meringue is golden brown and puffed. Cool on a wire rack in the pan. Transfer to a cutting board. When the cake is cool, put the cream in a medium bowl and scrape in the vanilla seeds. Discard the vanilla pod. Beat to soft peaks with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes. Cut the cake in half crosswise with a serrated knife. Place one half of the cake on a serving tray and cover with the cream. Place the other half, meringue side up, on top. Let the cake sit for 1 hour in the fridge before serving.

Serves 8

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Getting Ready for the Fourth of July

Tutti Frutti Whoopie Pies

Tutti Frutti Whoopie Pies

 Ingredients:

  • Generous 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Large pinch of salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup finely chopped mixed colored candied cherries
  • 4 tbsp. multicolored sugar sprinkles

 Filling:

  • 8 oz. white marshmallows
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • Few drops of red food coloring
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

 Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2-3 large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract followed by half of the flour mixture and then buttermilk. Stir in the rest of the flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Stir in chopped cherries. Pipe or spoon 50 small mounds of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets, spaced well apart to allow for spreading. Bake in the preheated oven, one sheet at a time, for 9-11 minutes, until risen and just firm to the touch. Cool for 5 minutes, then using a palette knife transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely. For the filling, place the marshmallows, milk and food coloring in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of water. Heat until the marshmallows have melted. Remove from the heat and let cool. Place the vegetable shortening and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl and beat together until smooth and creamy. Add the creamed mixture to the marshmallow and beat for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Spread the filling over the flat side of half the cakes. Top with the remaining cakes. Roll the edges of the pies in the sugar sprinklers.

Makes 25

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Getting Ready for the Fourth of July

Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake

 Ingredients:

  • Oil or melted butter for greasing
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 8 extra large egg whites
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 ¼ cups superfine sugar

 Topping:

  • 2 ½ cups berries, such as strawberries and raspberries
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar

 Method:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Brush the inside of a 7 ½ cup angel cake pan with oil and dust lightly with four. In a large grease free bowl, whisk the egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Add the cream of tartar and whisk again until the whites are stiff but not dry. Whisk in the almond extract then add the sugar a tablespoon at a time, whisking hard between each addition. Sift in the flour and fold in gently and evenly using a large metal spoon. Spoon the batter into the prepared angel cake pan and tap on the counter to remove any large bubbles. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Run the tip of a small knife around the edge of the cake to loosen form the pan. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out the cake onto a wire rack to finish cooling. For the topping, place the berries, lemon juice and confectioners’ sugar in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Spoon on top of the cake. Slice and serve.

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Getting Ready for the Fourth of July

Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast

 Ingredients:

  • Butter for the pan
  • 1 brioche loaf (about 1 pound)
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Strawberries, hulled and quartered for serving
  • Blueberries, rinsed for serving

 Vanilla Syrup:

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

 Method:

Butter a 9-inch square baking dish. Cut 6 slices of the brioche about ½ inch thick. Cut the rest into 1-inch cubes. Place the cubes in the baking dish. Using a star shaped cookie cutter, cut out stars from the 6 slices of bread. Place them on top of the cubes in the dish. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix together the milk, eggs, vanilla and salt. Pour the custard mixture over the brioche, pressing down gently so all the bread absorbs the liquid. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight so the liquid is completely absorbed. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with a rack in the middle position. Sprinkle the top of the French toast casserole with the sugar. Bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes. To make the syrup: Halve the vanilla bean length wise and scrape out the seeds using a small knife. Discard the pod. In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar and vanilla seeds to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is syrupy. Cool slightly. Serve the French toast warm, topped with the strawberries, blueberries and warm vanilla syrup.

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Love Is In The Air, For The June Bride

Silver Wedding Anniversary Cake

Silver Wedding Anniversary 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
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. medium sherry
  • Silver balls, to decorate

 Frosting:

  • 1 generous cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tbsp. light cream
  • 2 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted, plus extra if needed

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line the bottoms of a 7-inch layer cake pan and a 9-inch layer cake pan. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the butter, superfine sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat well until the mixture is smooth, then stir in the milk. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pans and smooth the surfaces with a spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes for the small cake and 25-30 minutes for the large cake, or until risen, firm and golden brown. Cool the cakes in the pans for 2-3 minutes, then turn out and finish cooling on wire racks. Prick the cakes with a skewer and sprinkle with sherry. For the frosting, beat together the mascarpone, cream and confectioners’ sugar to a smooth, spreading consistency, adding a little more confectioners’ sugar if needed. Spread a little frosting on top of the center of the larger cake, then place the small cake on top, pressing down lightly. Spread the remaining frosting over the cakes, swirling with a spatula. Decorate with silver balls before serving.

Makes 10-12 servings

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Love Is In The Air, For The June Bride

Mini Meringues

Mini Meringues

 Ingredients:

  • 2 small or 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 superfine sugar
  • A few drops or red food coloring
  • Whipped cream, to serve (optional)
  • 2 baking sheets, covered with parchment paper

 Method:

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Put the egg white in a clean, grease-free bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Whisk in the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until the meringue is thick and glossy. Add a few drops of red food coloring with the last tablespoon of sugar to achieve a pretty rose pink. Dollop teaspoonsfuls of the meringue mixture on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them well apart, and bake in the oven for about 1 ¼ hours until crisp. Turn off the oven and leave the meringues in the oven to cool. Serve plan or sandwiched together with a little whipped cream.

Makes about 20

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Love Is In The Air, For The June Bride

Ron's Favorite Applesauce Date Cake

Ron’s Favorite Applesauce-Date Cake

 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups warm applesauce, divided
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chopped dates

 Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar

 Method:

Combine flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cloves in a large bowl; stir well. Add brown sugar, 1 cup applesauce, butter and eggs; beat at low speed of an electric mixer 1 minute or until mixture is blended. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Add remaining 1 cup applesauce, coarsely chopped walnuts and chopped dates, and stir well. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cake cool completely in pan on a wire rack. For the cream cheese frosting, combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a small mixing bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until mixture is light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, beating until mixture is smooth. Spread cream cheese frosting evenly on top of cake.

Makes 9 servings

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day

Tres Leches Cream Cake

 Ingredients:

  • Butter, for greasing
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 ½ cups evaporated milk
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • Chopped candied cherries, to decorate

 Topping:

  • 2 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. sugar

 Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Put the eggs and sugar into a large bowl and beat together until doubled in volume. Slowly add the flour, baking powder and salt, mixing well with a wooden spoon. Stir in the milk and the vanilla extract. Beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks, then gently fold into the mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the surface. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the cake from the oven, prick all over with a fork, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Thoroughly mix together the evaporated milk, condensed milk and cream. Gradually pour the mixture over the top of the cooled cake, pausing after each addition to let it be absorbed, until the cake is completely saturated. Let stand for 30 minutes. To make the topping, whip the cream with the sugar until it holds stiff peaks. Just before serving, spread the cream over the cake, cut into 12 pieces, and decorate each piece with chopped candied cherries.

Makes 12 servings

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