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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ambrosia Cake

Ambrosia Cake

Pineapple Curd:

Bring juice from canned pineapple to boil. Whisk together eggs, yolk, and sugar in medium bowl. Add to pineapple juice, whisking continuously over medium heat until it becomes thick (3-4 minutes). Take off heat, stir in butter and salt. Pour in small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.


Bake cake according to package directions. When cooled, slice horizontal into 3 even layers.
Take vanilla frosting, orange juice and orange zest; stir to combine.
Place bottom layer of cake on platter, spread 1/2 of orange frosting on bottom layer, top with mandarin oranges.
Place another layer of cake on top, spread pineapple curd over this layer and top with 4 slices of pineapple rings cut into 1/2.
Add third layer of cake, frost all around the sides with rest of orange frosting. Frost top with cream cheese frosting.
Layer 4 pineapple rings on top, cut into 1/4 and second can of mandarin oranges.
Press toasted coconut into sides and on top of cake.

1 cup pineapple juice
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
pinch of salt
16 ounces vanilla frosting
8 ounces cream cheese frosting
2 teaspoons orange juice
zest of half an orange
1 angel food cake, baked, cooled
2 cans (15 oz. ea) mandarin orange slices, drained
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple slices, drained and cut into quarters
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

Corned Beef Hash

Corned Beef Hash


* 2-3 Tbsp unsalted butter
* 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
* 2-3 cups finely chopped, cooked corned beef
* 2-3 cups chopped cooked potatoes, preferably Yukon gold
* Salt and pepper
* Chopped fresh parsley

1 Heat butter in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) on medium heat. Add the onion and cook a few minutes

2 Mix in the chopped corned beef and potatoes. Spread out evenly over the pan. Increase the heat to high or medium high and press down on the mixture with a metal spatula.

3 Do not stir the potatoes and corned beef, but let them brown. If you hear them sizzling, this is good. Use a metal spatula to peak underneath and see if they are browning. If nicely browned, use the spatula to flip sections over in the pan so that they brown on the other side. Press down again with the spatula. If there is too much sticking, you can add a little more butter to the pan. Continue to cook in this manner until the potatoes and the corned beef are nicely browned.

4 Remove from heat, stir in chopped parsley. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper, and add salt to taste.



5 lbs corned beef brisket
water, to cover
2 small unpeeled oranges, sliced
2 small onions, sliced
2 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbs fresh dill weed
3 bay leaves, halved
1 ½ cups sliced celery
4 cinnamon sticks, halved
2 cups water

2 Tbs unsalted butter
1 Tbs flour
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp white pepper
1-2 Tbs prepared mustard
1 large egg yolk
2/3 cup milk
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice

1. Soak corned beef brisket in water to cover for one hour; drain.

2. Place beef in pressure cooker. Add remaining ingredients to beef and cover securely. Cook at 15 pounds pressure for 50 minutes. Let pressure drop on its own accord. Release cover and remove corned beef.

3. While corned beef is cooking, prepare mustard sauce: Melt butter in top of double-boiler. Add flour, salt, pepper, and mustard, blending well. Combine egg yolk with milk and stir into mustard mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until thickened and smooth. Blend in lemon juice immediately before serving.

4. Slice corned beef and serve with mustard sauce and cabbage.

Servings: 8

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