Getting Ready For Christmas

Crescent Roll Wreath Appetizer

Crescent Roll Wreath Appetizer

 Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 8 ounces chive and onion cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh or thawed frozen broccoli florets
  • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped water chestnuts
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions (scallions)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped baked ham or crisp-cooked bacon (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

2 teaspoons sesame seeds

 Method:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mist a 12 to 14 inch pizza pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, broccoli, bell pepper, water chestnuts, green onions, and ham (if using). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Unwrap the crescent roll dough and separate along the perforations into 16 triangles. Arrange the triangles in a circle with the wide sides toward the center and the long, tapered points facing out over the edge of the pan; leave a 5 inch wide open space in the center. Let the edges of the wide sides overlap slightly and gently press them together. Spoon the cream cheese mixture onto the widest part of the circle of dough. Pull the long points of dough over the filling and tuck under the ends to form a ring. Some of the filling will remain visible between the strips of dough. The finished round should resemble a wreath. Whisk together the egg and water. Brush the dough with the egg mixture and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Bake until the dough is deep golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Run a metal spatula under the wreath and then slide it onto a serving platter. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8-12.

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Turkey Time

Sour Cream Apple Pie with Cinnamon Topping

Sour Cream Apple Pie with Cinnamon Topping

Pie:

  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust, unbaked

Topping:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup cold butter

To make the pie: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Sift the flour, salt and sugar together. Using an electric mixer, beat in the egg, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon into the flour mixture. Continue to beat for about 2 minutes. Fold in the apples. Spoon the mixture into the crust and bake about 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F. Continue to bake for 30 minutes.

To make the topping: Combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter until it forms a crumbly mix. Remove the pie from the oven and sprinkle with the topping. Cook for an additional 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

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Turkey Time

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 cups carrots, grated (2 medium)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Icing:

  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10 inch tube or Bundt pan. Combine the flour, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in the oil. Mix in the beaten eggs, carrots and pecans. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, and bake 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely before icing.

To make the icing: In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese and butter. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Ice the top and sides of the cake. Keep refrigerated.

Makes 16 servings

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Turkey Time

Fruit Cocktail Cake

Fruit Cocktail Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 (15 oz.) can fruit cocktail
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Icing:

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the fruit cocktail, eggs and vanilla. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

To make the icing:

Combine the milk, butter and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the mixture boils. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat, and add the vanilla, coconut and pecans. Spread over the cake. Cut into squares and serve. Store leftovers covered at room temperature.

Makes 12 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

Mint Chocolate Brownies

Mint Chocolate Brownies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 package brownie mix
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 6 drops green liquid food coloring
  • 2 drops yellow liquid food coloring
  • Shaved thin crème de menthe chocolate mints

 Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of an 8 inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions; pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F according to package directions. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 1 hour).

Meanwhile, beat butter and powdered sugar at medium low speed with an electric mixer until combined; add milk, peppermint extract and food colorings, beating until blended. Increase speed to medium high and beat 1 minute or until fluffy.

Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles. Gently remove foil. Spread frosting evenly over brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Sprinkle with thinly shaved mints.

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Halloween Time

Halloween Poke Cake

Halloween Poke Cake

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 package white cake mix with pudding
  • Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 (3 oz.) package orange flavored gelatin
  • 1 (16 oz.) container ready-to-spread dark chocolate frosting
  • 2 tbsp. orange decorator sugar crystals

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat bottom only of a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using water, oil and egg whites and adding orange zest. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 27 to 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan or wire rack 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in small bowl, pour boiling water over gelatin; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Poke cake every inch with handle of wooden spoon or long skewer halfway into cake. Pour gelatin slowly over cake, allowing gelatin to fill holes. Cool completely (about 1 hour).

Frost cake. Sprinkle with sugar crystals. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.

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Easy Desserts For Any Occasion

White Cake with Raspberry Sauce

White Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 carton (16 oz.) strawberry glaze
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 ½ cups fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries

Method:

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan. Cool on a wire rack. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Fold in whipped cream. Spread over cooled cake. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, combine strawberry glaze and water in a bowl; gently fold in raspberries. Serve with cake.

Yield: 12-15 servings

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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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