Celebrating National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

Peanut Butter Lovers and March Bday

Giant Peanut Butter Cupcake

Cake

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Garnish: peanut butter candies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 3 (9 inch) round cake pans with nonstick baking spray with flour. Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper, spray with nonstick baking spray with flour. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, stopping occasionally to scrap sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt, in another medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, milk and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternating with sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat until combined. Divided batter evenly among prepared pans. Tap pans on counter twice to remove air bubbles. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes clean, approximately 25 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar at medium speed until combined. Add cream and salt, beating until mixture begins to thicken. Increase speed to high; beat until thickened. Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with peanuts, if desired.

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Make For Your Valentine

burnt sugar cake

Burnt Sugar Cake

  •  ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups four
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • 4 tbsp. burnt sugar syrup

 Cream butter and sugar; separate eggs. Add well beaten yolks and stir thoroughly. Sift dry ingredients together; add alternately with water and syrup. Beat thoroughly. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Divide batter between greased and floured layer pans. Bake at 375 degrees F about 25 minutes.

 Burnt Sugar Syrup:

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • ½ cup water

Put sugar in heavy pan. Cook over low and stir constantly until melted and brown. Add ½ cup water and continue cooking until lumps are dissolved.

 Burnt Sugar Icing:

  • 6 tbsp. burnt sugar syrup
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Heat syrup and butter until butter is melted. Beat in sugar and flavoring slowly until icing is of good spreading consistency. Frost Cake.

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Count Down To Christmas

Cherry Spice Cake

Cherry Spice Cake

Cake

  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 ½ cups cherry pie filling

Frosting

  • 8 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Red and green candied cherries, cut in half, to decorate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  For cake, cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  In another large bowl, sift together next 6 ingredients.  In a blender or food processor, process pie filling until cherries are coarsely chopped.  Add dry ingredients and pie filling alternately to creamed mixture, mixing until smooth.  Pour batter evenly into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cake pans.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.  Cool in pans 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack.

For frosting, beat all ingredients in a large bowl until smooth.  Frost between layers, on sides, and on top of cake.  To decorate cake, refer to photo and place cherries on top of cake in wreath design.  Transfer remaining frosting to a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip.  Pipe decorative border along bottom edge and top of cake.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator.  Serve at room temperature.

Yield:  about 20 servings

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Count Down To Christmas

Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

  • 2 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoon soft light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs

Decoration

  • 4 oz white chocolate
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate
  • Green and red food colorings
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper. Put syrup, molasses, sugar and butter in a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until melted. Sift flour and ginger into a bowl. Stir the baking soda into melted mixture, add to flour with enough beaten egg to mix to form a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and free from cracks. Cut off 1/3 dough; wrap in plastic wrap. Roll out remaining 2/3 dough thinly and cut out thirty-two 1/1/2 in squares of dough and place, spaced apart, on a baking sheet. Roll out remaining 1/3 dough and cut out six-teen 2 ½ x 1 ½ inch oblongs. Cut an inverted “v” at one of the short ends of each oblong to create a ‘pitch’ for ‘roof’. Both equal sides of “v” should measure 1 inch. Place on baking sheet and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Break up and place white and dark chocolate in separate bowls over hand hot water. Stir occasionally until melted. Divide white chocolate between 3 small bowls and color green and red with food colorings. Assemble each house using dark chocolate as glue. Glue 4 walls together by alternating 2 square and 2 “v” pieces. Place 2 other squares on top to form pitched roof. Leave to set. Spread remaining dark chocolate over waxed paper. When almost set, invert onto another piece of paper, peel off waxed paper and cut chocolate into ¼ in squares for roof tiles. Secure tiles onto roof with melted chocolate, working from base to top. Using colored chocolate, fill pastry bags, snip off points and pipe in doors, windows and colored beads down all the joins. Leave to set. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 8

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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

Luscious Lemon Pie.jpegLuscious Lemon Pie

For The Crust:

  • One 9-inch baked pastry pie crust

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Dash of salt
  • 3 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup butter
  • Grated zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Whipped cream and fresh berries (optional)

In the top of a double boiler, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in egg yolks, milk and lemon juice. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and lemon zest. Cool, stirring occasionally. When mixture reaches room temperature, stir in sour cream. Pour into prepared pie crust and refrigerate overnight.

For The Garnish: Top with whipped cream and fresh berries, if desired.

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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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Summer Pies

Peach Pie.jpegPeach Pie

For The Crust:

  • Two 9-inch pastry pie crusts

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons cold butter divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minute tapioca
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups fresh peaches, sliced
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place 1tablespoon butter and flour in bottom of unbaked pie crust. In a bowl, add sugar, tapioca and cinnamon to beaten eggs mixture. Fold in peaches and pour into prepared pie crust. Cover with lattice crust and dot with remaining butter. Bake at 450 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and continue baking for additional 25 minutes. This is delicious served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.

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Back To School, Drive Safely

Cookies And Cream Cupcakes.jpegCookies And Cream Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies (about 8)

Frosting:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • 4 to 4 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies and crushed cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies, optional

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil and egg whites; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Gently fold in crushed cookies. Pour into two paper lined jumbo muffin pans.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, beat the shortening, sugar, milk and vanilla in another large bowl until smooth. Spread frosting over tops of cupcakes. If desired, decorate the top with whole and crushed cookies.

Yield: 12 servings

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