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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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 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

Surprise Cherry Cookies

Surprise Cherry Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package sugar cookie mix
  • 24 whole red maraschino cherries with stems, drained and patted dry
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tsp. milk
  • 1/8 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tbsp. rainbow candy sprinkles

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare cookie dough according to package directions. Shape dough into 24 balls. Flatten each ball into a disc and wrap around each cherry, covering completely and sealing edges. Place dough balls into 2 lightly greased (12-cup) miniature muffin pans. Bake at 375 degrees F for 12 minutes or until lightly browned and just firm. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and cook completely. Whisk together powdered sugar, milk and almond extract until smooth, adding additional milk if necessary, for desired glaze consistency. Spoon glaze onto each cookie, top with candy sprinkles.

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Halloween Time

Rainbow Layer Cake

Rainbow Layer Cake

Ingredients:

  • Parchment paper
  • 2 packages white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix boxes
  • Violet food coloring gel
  • Royal blue food coloring gel
  • Kelly green food coloring gel
  • Yellow food coloring gel
  • Orange food coloring gel
  • Red Food coloring gel
  • 3 (16 oz.) cans ready-to-spread vanilla frosting, divided
  • 2 ¾ cups powdered sugar, divided

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 6 (8 inch) round cake pans; line with parchment paper. Prepare double batch cake mix according to package directions, using water, oil and egg whites. Divide batter evenly between 6 bowls. Stir 1/8 tsp. each of violet, blue, green and yellow coloring into 4 of the batters. Stir ½ to 1 tsp. orange into the fifth bowl, and ¾ to 1 tsp. red coloring into the sixth bowl. Pour batters into prepared pans.

Bake cake layers at 350 degrees F for 13 to 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Beat 2 cans frosting with 1 cup powdered sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (2 to 3 minutes). Stack cake layers with 1/3 cup frosting in between each layer. With 1 ¼ cups frosting spread a thin layer of frosting on top and sides of cake.

Add remaining can of frosting and remaining 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar to remaining frosting in bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until light and fluffy (2 to 3 minutes). Divide frosting into 3 bowls. Tint 2 bowls different shades of light blue. Frost cake with deepest blue toward the bottom and white frosting on top. Use back of spoon to blend and swirl frosting.

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Halloween Time

Green with Envy Candy Apples2

Green with Envy Candy Apples

  • Ingredients:
  • 12 small Ganny Smith apples
  • 12 craft sticks or candy sticks
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp. Kelly green food coloring paste
  • Parchment paper
  • Method:

Remove stems from apples, and insert craft sticks. Combine sugar, corn syrup and 2/3 cup water in a heavy 2 qt. saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring occasionally. Boil 13 minutes, without stirring until a candy thermometer registers 300 degrees F (hard candy stage). Immediately remove from heat; stir in food coloring. Dip each apple in syrup, tilting pan and turning apples to coat evenly; allow excess syrup to drip off. Place apples on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Let stand until set, about 10 minutes. Decorate candy apples with colorful gummy worms for a playful look. Cellophane bags and colorful ribbons turn them into perfect party favors.

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Easy Desserts For Any Occasion

New York Cheesecake

New York Cheesecake

For the crust:

  • 15 full size graham crackers (1 ½ packages), crushed
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup sugar

Filling:

  • 5 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • Fruit topping (optional)

Method:

Mix graham crackers, butter and ½ cup sugar together well and pat into the bottom and sides of a 9-10 inch springform pan. Put into the freezer while preparing the filing. Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, yolks and vanilla – one at a time. Stir well between additions, scraping the sides of the bowl often.

Pour the filling over the crust. Wrap the bottom and halfway up the sides of pan with aluminum foil to prevent water seeping into the cheesecake. Place the cheesecake pan into a baking and with sides and place into the oven. Fill the outer pan with hot water.

Bake at 550 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until puffed. If it starts turning brown too quickly, turn the oven down immediately. Reduce the oven to 200 degrees F and bake for 1 hour or until the cake is mostly firm. The center will still jiggle slightly when the pan is shaken.

Remove from the oven and run a wet knife around edge to loosen. Cool on the countertop for 2 hours. Put in the refrigerator to cool completely overnight.

For the garnish:

Serve plain or with fruit topping drizzled over cheesecake, if desired.

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Easy Desserts For Any Occasion

Lemon and Walnut Cheesecake

Lemon and Walnut Cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cottage cheese, sieved
  • Grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 tsp. unflavored gelatin
  • 4 tbsp. hot water
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ¼ cups crushed graham crackers
  • 6 tbsp. butter, melted
  • Few walnut halves

Method:

Grease an 8 inch loose bottomed cake pan. Blend the cottage cheese, lemon rind and juice together. Place the gelatin in a small bowl with the hot water and stir until it has dissolved. Mix the egg yolks and sugar together until thick, then add to the gelatin. Heat over hot water until the mixture thickens slightly. Cool and add to the cottage cheese. When the mixture is on the point of setting, fold in 2/3 cup of the cream, whipped, and the whisked egg whites. Pour into the pan and chill in the refrigerator. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter and spread over the cheese cake. Press lightly so the crumbs will stick together. Allow to set. Turn out on to a serving plate, decorate with whipped cream and walnuts, then serve.

Serves 8-10

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Easy Desserts For Any Occasion

20906

Swiss Apple

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. cooking apples
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 cups cornflakes

Method:

Peel, core and quarter the apples. Place in a medium pan and simmer with the sugar and a little water until pulpy. Beat until smooth, then divide between 4 serving dishes. Leave to cool. Whip the cream until thick and spread a thin layer over the apple in each dish. Warm the syrup and toss the cornflakes in it. When the flakes are well coated, sprinkle them over the top of the cream. Serve chilled

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