Friday, October 24, 2014

Mixed Berry and Angel Food Trifle





Mixed Berry and Angel Food Trifle
(source: lovecookeat.com)

***Can make these in cups for individual servings too!***

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Ingredients

1 lb fresh strawberries, sliced
16 oz bag frozen mixed berries
2 cups (1 pint) Heavy Whipping Cream, very cold
2 (12 oz) angel food cake blocks
1 cup cold milk (any kind, but I used whole milk)
6 oz package instant vanilla pudding
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk, refrigerated
Strawberry Fruit Glaze
2 lbs berries

Directions:

Cream:

Whip cold whipping cream for 3 minutes on the maximum speed. Put in the refrigerator.
Mix instant pudding with a cup of milk. Add a can of condensed milk and mix well. Then combine the mixture with the whipped cream. Refrigerate.

Assembly:

Chop angel food cake into 1 inch parts and put 1/3 of it at the bottom of a trifle bowl.
Add 1/3 of the cream and spread smoothly.
Combine with 1/4 of fresh or frozen fruit. Arrange the strawberries on the walls of the bowl to make it beautiful.
Put a small layer of glaze over the fruit.
Repeat the previous steps until you reach 3 layers.
Top your cake with the remaining fruits and spread a layer of glaze over them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Right now I am not listing as much as I was but hope to have more of the parts soon.  I was sick and it affected my Ebay and I was dropped on how much a month I can sell but hopefully I will be able to add items back on my account soon...


Chris

Monday, October 20, 2014

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars



Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars - Desserts and Sweets Group!

Ingredients:

Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 large eggs
1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Apples:
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Streusel Topping:
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

Drizzle:
1/2 cup caramel topping for drizzling after baked

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar
Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly Press evenly into a 9x13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth
Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla
Stir to combine
Pour over warm crust.
In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg
Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.

For the streusel topping:
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients
Use clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.
Sprinkle Streusel topping over apples
Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until filling is set
Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool
Serve cold and enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Beef Stew



Beef Stew
The meat should fall apart if you just look at it. And the thicker, more flavorful the sauce, the better.
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours 50 minutes
Serves 8

3 Tbsp olive oil
2 lb cubed beef stew meat (1 1/4")
1 med onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz beer (pale lager)
3 1/2 c beef broth
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
8 new potatoes (1 1/2"-2" diameter), quartered
4 carrots, sliced diagonally
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
Finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Crusty bread (optional)
1. Heat oil in large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season beef. Working in 2 batches, brown meat on all sides, 6 minutes. Remove to plate.
2. Add onion to pot and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
3. Pour in beer. Add broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire, sugar, paprika, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, and pepper to taste.
4. Return beef to pot. Simmer until meat is tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
5. Stir in potatoes and carrots. Simmer until vegetables are tender and meat is very tender, 30 to 40 minutes longer.
6. Remove 1 cup of liquid from pot and slowly whisk in flour. Stir back into pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, 10 minutes. Season. Sprinkle with parsley (if using). Serve with bread, if desired.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Baked Apple Rol-Ups



BAKED APPLE PIE ROLL-UPS ! HERE'S THE RECIPE...

10 slices white bread
1 can apple pie filling
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the crusts off your bread and roll each slice flat with a rolling pin. Combine cinnamon and sugar on a small plate.
Pour the apple pie filling onto a plate and chop it so the pieces are smaller. Put about 2 tablespoons apple pie filling on each slice of bread and roll up.
Dip each piece into melted butter (I poured a tiny bit of butter into a "butter dish" and just rolled in there) and then roll in the cinnamon sugar.
Place seam side down on a parchment lined pan and bake 15 minutes or until browned and crispy. Serve warm

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cream Cheese Pound Cake



Cream Cheese Pound Cake
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 8 oz packagecCream cheese, softened
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears. Add vanilla mixing well. Combine flour and salt, gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Fill a 2-cup, ovenproof measuring cup with water; place in oven with tube pan. This will help keep the cake moist. Bake at 300°F for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack.
Glaze-
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 TBS milk, to consistency
Mix together till desired consistency is reached, but should be thin. Add more milk one teaspoon at a time to get the thinness you want. Drizzle over cooled cake

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Candy Shop Truffle



Candy Shop Truffle

1 box chocolate cake mix
2 boxes of low fat chocolate jello instant pudding
4 cups of milk (as per the pudding directions)
1/4 cup peanut butter (plus 2 tbsp for drizzling)
1 large container of low fat cool whip
1 bag of mini Reese peanut butter cups (chopped into pieces)
1 large bag of Reese's pieces

Bake the cake as per the directions on the box. Let cool completely.
Let cool whip thaw out until it's easier to spread.
Make the pudding as per the directions on the box, at the very end before you let it set stir in the 1/4 cup of peanut butter. Let set.
Crumble the cake into a trifle dish (or bowl), top with 1/2 of the pudding mixture, then add a layer of cool whip (1/2 the container), and then sprinkle 1/2 of the chopped Reese peanut butter cups and 1/2 the bag of Reese's pieces.
Do another layer exactly the same: cake, pudding, cool whip, candy.
Put the 2 tbsp of peanut butter into the microwave for about 45 seconds to melt, then drizzle over top of the trifle.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Granny's Cocoa Cream Pie



Granny’s Cocoa Cream Pie
It’s simple and tasty. This really was a simple desert often used during the 30’s and 40’s.
½ c. cocoa
¼ cup cornstarch/or arrowroot powder (or ½ c. all purpose flour)
3 egg yolks
1 ½ c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat. Cook until thick, beating it smooth. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir... and stir (10-15 min). Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Just keep it up until it thickens. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell. Put in the fridge to chill, add whipped cream if you like :0 Or use the left over egg whites for a meringue topping!