Category: Desserts


Pecan Pie

Donnie is going to make a pecan pie.  This is actually a picture of one Molly made a few years back that had chocolate chips along the bottom of the crust.  We’ll see if he wants to add chocolate into his.

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1 unbaked pie crust
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup corn syrup
1/3 cup melted butter (regular, salted)
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 heaping cup chopped pecans

Mix sugar, brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, butter, eggs, and vanilla together in a bowl. Pour chopped pecans in the bottom of the pie shell. Pour syrup mixture over the top. Bake pie at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, being careful not to burn pecans and crust.

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I’m also going to make my mom’s famous apple cake for Thanksgiving.  This time, though, I will add some dried cranberries and pistachios in with the apples to give it some pizzazz.  The two cakes can bake side by side.  While they are baking, Donnie and I will be making pies, too.

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3              C. flour

2              C. sugar

1              C. oil

4              Unbeaten eggs

½             tsp. salt

7              Tbsp. orange juice

2 ½         tsp. vanilla

3              tsp. baking powder

Combine cake ingredients.

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Filling:

Mix together 4 to 5 (or more!) sliced peeled apples, 2 tsp. cinnamon and ¼ C. sugar.

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Pour half of dough into 13 x 9 dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

Layer apples over dough

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and top with remaining dough.

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350° oven 60 minutes until golden.

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Sprinkle with powdered sugar, top with whipped cream, and serve!

 

We are going to my daughter’s for Thanksgiving.  I’m bringing a Pumpkin Pie Cake and other desserts and am making my famous crock pot spinach dip.

I’ve never made the Pumpkin Pie Cake, so the picture is from Allrecipes.com.

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(Picture from ChristyJ on Allrecipes.com)

I’m adapting the recipe to fit what I have on hand.  Some recipes say to use evaporated milk.  The original recipe called for yellow cake mix.

1 29 oz. can pumpkin

4 eggs

1 c. milk

1 1/2 c. sugar

2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp. salt

1 box butter pecan cake mix

1 c. chopped pecans

1 c. melted butter

Mix first 6 ingredients and pour into 13 x 9 baking dish sprayed with baking spray.

Sprinkle dry cake mix.

Drizzle with butter.

Sprinkle with nuts.

Bake at 350 F for one hour.

Top with whipped cream.

 

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My Aunt Harriet used to bake the most amazing cookies.  These are my favorite because there are no unusual ingredients, so any time the mood strikes, you can make them!

2 C. flour (I used a blend of regular flour and coconut flour)
2 C. quick cooking oats (I used old fashioned)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 C. shortening
1 tsp. salt
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 Eggs 
1/3 C. milk (I used almond milk)
1 tsp. vanilla
Raisins to taste

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add oats, shortening, sugars, eggs, milk and vanilla.
Beat until blended.

You can drop the dough by tablespoonfuls on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  I made these a little bigger and formed them into patties.
375° oven 10-12 minutes until golden.

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My daughter, Andrea, saw the recipe for these crescent apple roses and wanted to try them.

Wash core and thinly slice 3 apples.

Boil apple slices in 4 cups of water 4 Tbsp. of sugar and 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice until apples are soft (about 3 minutes).  You want to be able to bend them without breaking.  Drain and place on paper towels to completely dry and cool.

Flour surface.  Roll out one tube crescent dough.  Sprinkle with 5 Tbsp. sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon.

Cut into 9 strips about 1 inch wide.

Lay apple slices end to end along each strip.

Roll up and place in muffin cup sprayed with cooking spray.

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Bake at 400 F 20-25 minutes.

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Glaze with simple powdered sugar and water glaze.  Enjoy!!

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1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 sandwich cookies
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350.
Line baking sheet with parchment or foil.
Separate crescent dough into 8 triangles.
Place cookie on wide end of the triangle and wrap dough around cookie to completely seal it in.
Sprinkle with chips.
Bake approximately 12 minutes until golden brown.
There are so many things you can wrap in a crescent.  My daughter Olivia made treats the other day filling them with nutella and marshmallows, cookie butter and marshmallows, and pumpkin pie filling and marshmallows!

Fudgy Chickpea Brownies

Fudgy Chickpea Brownies.

This sounds like a winner!!

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1 package Crepes (I used Melissa’s brand available in the produce section near the berries)

1 box french vanilla quick pudding mix

1 container Cool Whip (I used extra creamy)

1 bottle Hershey’s special dark chocolate syrup

I had a bowl of berries on the table for everyone to wipe their plates clean with!

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1.  Prepare pudding according to package directions.

2.  Combine with 1/2 of the Cool Whip,  thawed.

3.  Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

4.  Spoon healthy serving of cream on crepe and fold.

5.  Drizzle with chocolate.

This was soooo good.  Once the crepes are gone (there are 10 in the pack) you can have a bowl of berries with some cream and chocolate on top!  It would be even more amazing, I’m sure, if you made the ingredients from scratch, but since that’s Molly the Baker’s forte and not mine, I used ready-made ingredients!  No one complained.

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2 C. flour (I used gluten free)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 C. brown sugar

1/2 C. agave syrup

1 C. coconut oil

2 C. quick cooking oats
2 Eggs

1/3 C. vanilla soy milk

1/4 C. raisins
1 tsp. vanilla

Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add oats, coconut oil, sugar, agave syrup, eggs, milk and vanilla.
Beat until blended.
Drop by tablespoonfuls on parchment lined cookie sheet.

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375° oven 10-12 minutes until golden.

Apple Dumpling Casserole

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1 tube honey butter crescent dough

2 apples, cut into quarters

2 eggs

1/4 c. milk

1/4 c. vanilla macchiato coffee creamer

1/4 c. sugar

Cut apples and roll into crescent dough triangles.

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Place in deep dish pie plate sprayed with cooking spray

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Bake 375 F for 15 minutes.

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Meanwhile make custard by mixing eggs, milk, creamer and sugar.

Pour over baked apple crescents.

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Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes more.

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