Spring Blossoms

Sunday, September 6, 2009


(Cooking with Lisa )

1 c. vegetable oil
2 eggs
1-2/3 c. sugar
1 (8-oz.) can crushed pineapple, do not drain
1-1/2 T. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. peeled and chopped apples

In a large bowl, combine the oil, eggs, sugar and pineapple. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Pour the batter into greased tube or bundt pan. Bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until the cake tests done with a knife inserted in the center.

Apple Spice Cake

Apple Spice Cake
Peanut Butter and Julie Blog
Serves 10-12


3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

2 pounds tart apples, cored and grated

12 ounces unsalted butter, softened

1 cup golden brown sugar, packed

1 cup sugar

Zest of one orange

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the maple glaze

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup golden brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup cream

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon maple extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

Prepare the cake: Preheat the oven to 325F degrees. Spray a non-stick 12-cup Bundt pan with nonstick baking spray.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and all of the spices into a medium bowl. Squeeze the excess juice from the grated apples.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, sugar and orange zest at medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix in the vanilla.

Beat in the flour mixture on low speed until well incorporated. Measure out 2 1/2 cups of the grated apples and mix them into the batter. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula.

Bake the cake for 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted into the center emerges clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then invert onto a rack set over foil.

Prepare the glaze while the cake bakes: Combine all of the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and stir constantly for 1 minute. Remove the glaze from the heat.

Using a toothpick or a small skewer, pierce holes all over the top of the warm cake. Pour the glaze over the top, allowing it to be absorbed into the holes for 30 minutes. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature

Pumpkin Nut Cake Roll

Pumpkin Nut Cake Roll

Small amount of vegetable shortening and flour plus parchment paper for preparing pans

¼ cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar for sprinkling on towel


¾ cup all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup canned pumpkin

1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)


8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar


2 tablespoons confectioners (powdered) sugar


1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare one 10½ x15½ x1 inch Jelly Roll pan; lightly grease the pan, line with parchment paper, and then lightly grease the top of the parchment paper and dust with flour.

2.Sprinkle a clean towel with ¼ cup confectioner's (powdered) sugar. Set aside to use after the cake is baked. Tip: A small kitchen towel that is a little larger than the pan works well.

Batter: 3.In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; whisk together to mix. Set aside.

4.In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs and beat 3 to 5 minutes on medium-high speed until the egg foam becomes thick and lemon colored. With the mixer on medium speed, slowly add the sugar to the eggs, either one tablespoon at a time, or in a very slow steady stream, taking from 2 to 3 minutes to add all of the sugar, and beating until the eggs and sugar are fully incorporated. With mixer on medium low speed, stir in the pumpkin until thoroughly combined.
5.With the mixer on low speed, gradually add about ½ of the flour mixture, mix just until blended, and then add the remaining half, mix just until blended, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed.

6.Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with the back of a large spoon. Sprinkle walnuts evenly over the top of the batter.

Bake: 7.Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until the top of the cake springs back when lightly touched. Remove from oven, immediately loosen edges of cake from pan and turn the cake over onto the prepared towel. Carefully peel off the parchment paper, and then roll the cake and towel together tightly, starting with the narrow end. Place seam side down on a wire rack to cool completely.

Filling: 8.In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla; beat together until mixture is smooth. Add powdered sugar; beat until filling is smooth and creamy.

9.Carefully unroll cooled cake but don’t try to make the cake lie completely flat, the edge should remain curled so that the cake doesn’t split.

10.Spread the cream cheese filling over the cake, spreading the filling evenly under the curled edge and leaving a 1½ inch border on the far side. Gently re-roll the cake without the towel, starting with the curled end. Place seam side down on a serving plate. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

11.Before serving, use a fine-mesh sieve to dust top of cake with confectioner’s sugar. Refrigerate leftovers.


Maple Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Pie
Pie Pastry for one 9 inch pie

2 large eggs

2 cups (15 ounce can) pumpkin

1 cup whipping (heavy) cream

¼ cup maple syrup

1 tablespoon rum (or bourbon or brandy) or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

3 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar

3 tablespoons maple syrup

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup pecan halves


1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare Classic Pie Pastry for one 9 inch single-crust pie. Line a 9 inch pie pan with the pastry.

Filling: 2.In a large bowl, beat the eggs until frothy. Add pumpkin, whipping cream, maple syrup, rum or vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and salt, beat well to mix. Pour mixture in the pastry-lined pie pan.

3.Partially bake for 40 minutes.

Topping: 4.In a small bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon; stir to mix. Add pecan halves, stir to mix. Gently arrange pecan topping over the top of the pie.
Hint: Cover the edge of the crust with a 2 inch strip of aluminum foil to prevent the crust from over-browning.

5.Return to oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes longer until the topping is lightly browned and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool on a wire rack before cutting and serving. Cover and refrigerate within 2 hours.

Serving suggestion: Serve pie either when cooled to room temperature or still slightly warm. Serve plain or spoon a dollop of whipped cream on top.


Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Icing

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Icing

3 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2 c. sugar
1 3/4 c. shortening
1 1/4 c. milk
3 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
5 eggs

Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour 3 round 9 inch pans, 9x11/2 inches. Mix all ingredients in very large bowl with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat on medium speed 2 min. scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans evenly. Bake 30-35 min. or until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 min. remove from pans. Prepare Chocolate Buttercream(recipe below) and fill layers and frost top and side of cake.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
5 1/3 c. powdered sugar
1 c. baking cocoa
3/4 c. butter softened
2/3 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla

Beat all ingredients until smooth and spreadable.
Recipe by The DeL Sisters

Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chip Brownie Bars

Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chip Brownie Bars

6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
3 eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup Reese's Peanut Butter (I used Jif-it's what was on hand)
1 cup Hershey's Milk Chocolate Chips, divided
1 cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chips, divided
3/4 teaspoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9x2-inch pan.

2. Stir together butter, sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla in large bowl. Add 2 eggs; stir until blended. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture, stirring until well blended. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, stir together sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, remaining egg and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla. Pour evenly over baked layer. Set aside 1 tablespoon each milk chocolate chips and peanut butter chips; sprinkle remaining chips over peanut butter mixture. Return to oven; continue baking 20 to 25 minutes or until peanut butter layer is set and edges begin to brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

4. Stir together remaining milk chocolate chips, remaining peanut butter chips and shortening in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 30 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at HIGH an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Drizzle over top of bars. When drizzle is firm, cut into bars. (I didn't wait that long!) Store loosely covered at room temperature.

Source: Hershey's Classic Recipes

Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings

4 chicken breasts, no skin, no bone,
2 cans cream of chicken soup, condensed -- (10.75 ounce) (I used 98% fat free)
1 onion -- finely diced
1 package refrigerated biscuits -- (10 ounce) torn into pieces

Place the chicken, soup, and onion in a crockpot, fill with enough water to cover. Cover the crockpot, and cook for 4 to 5 hours on High. Cut each biscuit into 8 pieces. About 30 minutes before serving, place the biscuit dough in the crockpot. Cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center.

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Pumpkin Banana Bread

Beat together:
1 mashed ripe banana
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 tbs canola oil
2 eggs

Stir together:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon

Add flour mixture to banana and pumpkin mixture and beat until just moist. Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake 350 oven for 1 hour or until toothpick placed in center comes out clean.

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Microwave Peach Crisp

1 large or 2 smaller ripe peaches*
1/3 cup quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
dash of nutmeg

Peel and slice the peaches into two custard cups (or one small microwave-safe casserole) until cups are almost full. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a glass measuring cup. Microwave** on high, uncovered, until the butter melts and the oats soften (60-70 seconds). Stir the topping and spoon over the peaches. Microwave uncovered for about two minutes (rotating the cups after one minute), until the peaches are soft. Serve warm or at room temperature, topped with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.

*Variation: This recipe can be made with apples or pears, but add teaspoon cinnamon.

**Microwave ovens vary depending on wattage. The cooking time here is according to my microwave.


1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 large egg, at room temperature

1 tablespoon pure vanilla flavoring

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 ounces white chocolate, chopped divided into two 4 oz. portions

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped divided into two 4 oz. portions

1 cup chopped pecans, toasted and divided into two 1/2-cup portions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 pan with aluminum foil and butter the foil. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and blend until smooth using the electric mixer on medium speed. Beat in the peanut butter until smooth. Stir the egg and vanilla together in a bowl and add to the peanut butter mixture until combined. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and combine well. Stir in 1 portion each of the white and semisweet chocolates and combine. Add 1 portion of the pecans and mix until combined. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the center is soft but no longer runny. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately sprinkle the remaining white and semisweet chocolates over the top. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and set aside to let the chocolates melt. When melted, swirl the chocolates together with the tip of a sharp knife to make a marbleized effect. Sprinkle the remaining pecans over the top. Let the bars cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.


Cheddar Pear Cobbler

2 cans pear halves
2 Teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Cup Unbleached flour
1-1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
6 Ounce sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 Cup Milk
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Lemon juice

1/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Butter; melted

Heat the oven to 425 Degrees F. Drain the pears, reserving the syrup. Combine the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon in a saucepan and add the syrup and lemon juice. Heat until the syrup thickens then boil for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and add the pears. Spoon the pears and the syrup into a 9-inch square baking pan. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cheddar, mixing well. Add the butter and milk, mixing until well blended. Spoon the dough over the pears, then bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Serve hot with Vanilla Ice Cream or Whipped Cream.

Apple Fritter Rings

1 egg
2/3-cup milk
1-tspn vegetable oil
1-cup all-purpose flour
2-tbspn sugar
1-tspn baking powder
dash of salt
5 large tart apples (Cameos or Granny Smith or our personal favs)
1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
1/4-cup sugar
1/2-tspn cinnamon

In a bowl, beat egg, milk and oil. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; stir into egg mixture until smooth (batter will be thick). Peel, core and cut apples into 1/2-in rings. Dip rings into batter; and deep fry a few at a time, until all are golden. Drain on paper towels. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over hot fritter. Serve warm. (2 dozen)

Apple Strudel

1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.25-ounce package), thawed
1/3 Cup sugar
2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 Can (20 ounces) sliced apples, drained
1/3 Cup raisins
1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the pastry on a baking sheet and unfold. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon; mix well. Reserve 2 teaspoons of the sugar mixture. Add the apples and raisins to the remaining mixture; mix well. Let sit for about 2 minutes; drain off any excess liquid. Spoon the mixture down the center of the dough. Cut horizontal slits in the dough 1 inch apart down each side of the filling, cutting from the edges of the filling to the outer edges of the dough. Brush each 1-inch dough strip with the beaten egg and fold the dough over the apple filling, alternating sides as if braiding the dough. Tuck the last strips under the strudel. Brush the top of the pastry with the remaining egg, and sprinkle with the reserved sugar mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden. Serve warm, or allow to cool before serving.

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