Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

Date and Walnut Cake

Date and Walnut Cake

  • 7 oz self-raising flour
  • 4 oz soft butter
  • 3 oz chopped dates
  • 1 oz chopped walnuts
  • 3 oz soft light brown sugar
  • 2 medium free-range eggs
  • 5 oz milk

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper. Sift the flour into a large bowl, then rub in the softened butter until breadcrumbs form. Add the dates, walnuts and sugar, and mix well. Beat the eggs and milk together.  Then stir into the flour mixture until well incorporated. Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and cook on the middle shelf of the oven for about 1 ¼ hours.  Or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the middle. Remove from the oven, then when cool enough to touch, turn the cake out, peel off the greaseproof paper and allow to cool on a wire rack.  Serve in thick slices preferably spread with unsalted butter.

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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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Elizabeth Cake

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Pecan halves
  • Maraschino cherries

Combine water, dates, and soda; stir well. Let stand 15 minutes. Cream ¼ cup butter; gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer. Add egg; beat well. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with date mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix after each addition. Stir in vanilla and chopped pecans. Pour batter into a greased 8 ½ x 4 ½ x 3 inch loafpan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 to 60 minutes. (Cake will not test done.)  Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and place on a serving plate. Combine brown sugar, cream, and 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Pour over cake. Let cool completely. Garnish with pecan halves and cherries. Yield: 1 loaf.

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Apple Wedge Pie

Apple Pie Wedges

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup apple butter
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Beat butter and sugar in medium bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg yolk and apple butter, mix well.  Add flour, cinnamon, apple pie spice and vanilla; beat at low speed until well blended. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 6-inch disc on waxed paper. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Invert 1 disc of dough into ungreased 9 inch round pie plate. Press dough into plate with lightly floured hand covering plate completely. Flute edges using handle of wooden spoon.  Deeply score into 8 wedges. Prick surface using tines of fork. Repeat steps with remaining disc of dough and another pie plate. Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack cool completely. Cut into wedges. Makes 16 wedges. Tip: Serve these tasty cookies warm with a big scoop of vanilla or cinnamon-flavored ice cream.

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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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Turkey Time

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup flaked coconut
  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped

Cream Cheese Icing

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

½ cup flaked coconut

To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans. Combine the sugar, pumpkin, oil and eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat at medium speed for 1 minute. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture, and beat for 1 minute. Stir in the coconut and pecans. Divide the batter among the three cake pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Remove from the pans and cool completely.

To make the icing: In a large bowl, combine the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in the pecans and coconut.

To assemble: Place one cake on a plate, and spread a thin layer of icing on top. Place the second cake on top of the first, and spread another thin layer of icing. Place the third cake on top, and ice the top and sides of the cakes. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.

Makes 16 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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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

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This dessert will make a great center piece in your Thanksgiving feast.

Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients:
2 packages spice cake mix
6 eggs
1 can (15 oz.) solid-pack pumpkin
2/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 cups (12 oz.) vanilla baking chips
2 cups (16 oz.) vanilla frosting
Red, yellow and green paste or liquid food coloring
1 cup flaked coconut

Method:
In a large bowl, combine the cake mixes, eggs, pumpkin, oil and milk; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in chips. Fill two greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Pour remaining batter into two greased and floured 12 inch fluted tube pans. Cakes must be baked in identical cake pans or baked in batches.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes for cupcakes and 40-45 minutes for cakes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 25 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Level the bottom of each cake. Spread one cake bottom with frosting; put cake bottoms together to form a pumpkin. Set aside. Combine red and yellow food coloring to make orange; tint about three-fourths of the frosting. Tint remaining frosting green.
Place one cupcake right side up in the center of the cake to support the stem. Put a dollop of green frosting on the cupcake and top with an upside down cupcake; frost with green frosting. Frost the cake with orange frosting. Let stand, uncovered, until frosting is slightly firm, about 30 minutes.
To create texture, place textured paper towel over frosting and press lightly, then remove.
Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip. Fill bag with green frosting. Pipe curly vines from pumpkin stem and base. Prepare another bag with green frosting insert #352 leaf tip. Hold bag at 45 degree angle, pipe leaves randomly along the vines. Combine coconut with green food color and sprinkle around base of cake.

Yield: 12-16 servings

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A great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie.

No Fuss Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients:
1 package yellow cake mix
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
3 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened

Method:
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin pie spice; beat on low for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 15 in. x 10 in. x 1 in. baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, beat frosting and cream cheese until smooth; spread over cake. Store in refrigerator

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

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The perfect dessert for chocolate lovers.

Country Club Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:
1 pound best quality semi-sweet dark chocolate
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
8 eggs, room temperature
Whole strawberries, for garnish
2 cups sweetened whipped cream

Method:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a springform pan and reinforce outside with foil to ensure a tight seal.
Combine chocolate and butter in a glass bowl. Melt in microwave for 1 minute at a time until smooth. Stir after each minute.
Using an electric mixer, beat eggs in a large bowl for 5 minutes, or until doubled in volume. Stir one-third of the eggs into the chocolate to lighten it. Then add the chocolate mixture back to the remaining eggs and gently fold until well combined and the batter becomes chocolate colored.
Pour batter into the prepared springform pan. Create a bain marie (water bath) by setting the cake pan inside a large roasting pan.
Place both on the pulled out middle oven rack. Pour boiling water into the roaster to come about halfway up the side of the springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes. Cake should be firm to the touch without cracking.
Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Remove the sides of the springform pan and place the cake on a cake platter. Decorate with whole strawberries. To serve, slice cake into wedges and place on individual dessert plates. Pass with a beautiful large bowl filled with whipped cream.
Serves 8 to 10

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