Appelflappen (Apple Beignets)

Dec 30, 2014 by

Confusion about apple fritter and apple turnover. Is it appelflappen or appel beignets? Depends who you ask, and it depends where you are at.  If you have appetite for an apple fritter or an apple turnover you should wait and see what you get from the bakery. Both contains apple but how is the apple packaged. In puff pastry and baked in the oven or batter fried? It seems impossible to put an end to this confusion. Because how do you get everyone involved so far as to use the same definitions for apple fritters and apple turnovers? As for me I’m still calling these appelflappen because that’s what they were called where I grew up, even though officialy they are called appel beignets 😉 Appelflappen (beignets) are next to the oliebol the most popular treat on New Years Eve. Every Dutch family will have some oliebollen and or appelflappen.

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • 1¼ cups beer (Heineken)
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 4 Golden Delicious or which ever apples you got available
  • Granulated or confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Peel and core the apples slice in ¼ inch rings and put them in cold water so they wont turn brown.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour with a pinch of salt; gradually whisk in the beer until completely smooth. Allow the batter to rest for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  3. In a large deep skillet, heat 3 inches of the vegetable oil to 370° over moderate heat. Stir the batter. Working in batches, dip the apple rings in the batter and fry them, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or a wire skimmer, transfer the beignets to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Keep the cooked beignets warm in a low oven while frying the rest. Sprinkle the beignets with granulated sugar or sift confectioners’ sugar over them and serve hot.

 

Appelflappen (Apple Beignets)

Appelflappen (beignets) are next to the oliebol the most popular treat on New Years Eve. Ever Dutch family will have some oliebollen and or appelflappen.

30 minPrep Time

6 minCook Time

36 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups beer (heineken)
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 4 Golden Delicious or which ever apples you got available
  • Granulated or confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Instructions

  1. Peel and core the apples slice in 1/4 inch rings
  2. In a bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour with a pinch of salt; gradually whisk in the beer until completely smooth. Allow the batter to rest for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  3. In a large deep skillet, heat 3 inches of the vegetable oil to 370° over moderate heat. Stir the batter. Working in batches, dip the apple rings in the batter and fry them, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp, about 6 minutes.
  4. Using a slotted spoon or a wire skimmer, transfer the beignets to a baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain. Keep the cooked beignets warm in a low oven while frying the rest. Sprinkle the beignets with granulated sugar or sift confectioners' sugar over them and serve hot.
Cuisine: Dutch | Recipe Type: Dessert/Holiday
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Oreo Cookie Cake

Dec 1, 2014 by

Ingredients

  • 28 Oreo cookies
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 cups cool whip
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 (8oz) cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 (4oz) instant vanilla pudding

Instructions

  1. Crush cookies with rolling pin or use your food processor.
  2. Melt the butter and pour over the crushed cookies. Mix 1 cup of cool whip and the sugar with the cream cheese spread over the crushed cookies.
  3. Mix the pudding and milk and spread on top of the cream cheese mixture. Top it off with the remaining cool whip. Freeze and take out of the freezer 1 hour before use.

 

Yields 10

Oreo Cookie Cake

20 minPrep Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 28 oreo cookies
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 cups cool whip
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 (8oz) cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 (4oz) instant vanilla pudding

Instructions

  1. Crush cookies with rolling pin or use your food processor.
  2. Melt the butter and pour over the crushed cookies.
  3. Mix 1 cup of cool whip and the sugar with the cream cheese spread over the crushed cookies.
  4. Mix the pudding and milk and spread on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Top it off with the remaining cool whip. Freeze and take out of the freezer 1 hour before use.
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Coconut Cake

May 24, 2014 by

I’ve never been a big fan of a coconut cake until now. Have you ever heard of the phrase “you better leave well enough alone”. Well that applies to this recipe. I didn’t change a thing. Okay maybe one thing I added Dr. Oetker stabilizer.  I found this recipe out of our local newspaper, as I was reading this recipe I just knew I had to make it. The only downside or maybe not downside is it takes two days to make it.  According to our newspaper this is a recipe  from Kim Ode.

Ingredients

For the cake layers
8 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 cups coconut flakes or chips, sweetened or unsweetened
 For the Coconut Custard Makes about 3 cups (enough for a 4-layer cake)
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (13.5- to 14-oz.) can coconut milk (not low-fat or lite)
1 1/4 cup milk, or enough to equal 3 cups with the coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
For the Whipped Cream Frosting Makes about 5 cups (enough for 2-layer cake)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 package Dr.Oetker stabilizer

 

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees and place rack in center position. Using 2 (8- or 9-inch) round pans, cut and fit 2 rounds of parchment paper. Spray paper with cooking spray.

2.  Separate the 8 eggs, placing all the whites in a large bowl and placing 4 yolks each in two small bowls. Set 1 bowl of yolks aside for the custard. As you can see on the pic below some of the yolk got in the whites. I could have started all over but I didn’t. I didn’t wanted to waste all those eggs. And I have to tell you the cake came out just fine.

3.  Add vanilla and coconut extracts to remaining bowl of yolks and whisk together. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the flour and salt until airy and free of lumps. (You can also use a sieve, which I did.) Set aside.

4.  With a mixer, beat together egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until frothy, then slowly begin adding the sugar, a spoonful at a time. Increase the speed and beat until the whites hold a soft peak when beaters are lifted. With a spatula, fold the egg yolks into the whites, then fold in the flour, scraping and lifting from the bottom of the bowl, being careful to deflate the whites as little as possible, until no streaks of dry flour remain.

5. Divide batter among the 2 pans. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until cake springs back when pressed gently in the center.


6.  Place pans on wire rack to cool completely. The cakes will shrink a bit as they cool. While oven still is hot, spread coconut on a rimmed pan and toast until golden, watching carefully and stirring occasionally. This will take about 5 minutes for chips, 10 to 15 minutes for flakes. Pour toasted coconut into a bowl and set aside.

COCONUT CUSTARD:

7.  While the cake is cooling off make the custard.  In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks; set aside. In a medium saucepan, stir together the cornstarch, sugar and salt. Open the can of coconut milk pour into a 4-cup measure and whisk to recombine the liquids and solids. Add milk to equal 3 cups and whisk together.

8. Whisk the milk mixture into the cornstarch and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Tip about ½ cup of the hot mixture into the yolks, whisking briskly so the eggs warm without forming lumps. Return the saucepan to the heat and whisk in the yolk mixture, stirring at a boil for another minute. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, then pour into a bowl. Let cool for 10 minutes, then stir. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool.

WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING:

9.  Add a package of Dr Oetker stabilizer to the heavy cream and sugar.  Whip the cream to stiff peaks. Don’t whip it too long otherwise you will get butter.

10.  To assemble the cake: Remove cooled cakes from pans and peel off parchment paper. Turn right side up and, with tooth floss or a long serrated knife, carefully split each cake into 2 even layers. Now these cake layers would have been much higher had I not dropped that egg yolk in the egg white.  Mental note for the next time don’t crack the egg over the bowl with the egg white ;). Place one layer on a serving plate and cover with a third of the custard (about ¾ cup). Repeat with the remaining cake layers and custard. Spread any remaining custard over the top of the cake. Wrap the outside and top of the cake with plastic wrap, pulling it firmly against the sides, and refrigerate overnight, or for up to two days. Up to within 24 hours of serving, whip the cream, stabilizer and powdered sugar and spread over the top and sides of the cake, then cover generously with the toasted coconut. Return the cake, uncovered, to the refrigerator until serving time. Slice with a serrated knife.

Yields 12

Coconut Cake

I’ve never been a big fan of a coconut cake until now. Have you ever heard of the phrase “you better leave well enough alone”. Well that applies to this recipe. I didn’t change a thing. Okay maybe one thing I added Dr. Oetker stabilizer. I found this recipe out of our local newspaper, as I was reading this recipe I just knew I had to make it. The only downside or maybe not downside it takes two days to make it. According to our newspaper this is a recipe from Kim Ode.

30 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    For the cake layers
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups coconut flakes or chips, sweetened or unsweetened
  • For the Coconut Custard makes about 3 cups (enough for a 4-layer cake)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (13.5- to 14-oz.) can coconut milk (not low-fat or lite)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk, or enough to equal 3 cups with the coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the Whipped Cream Frosting Makes about 5 cups (enough for 2-layer cake).
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 package Dr.Oetker stabilizer

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and place rack in center position. Using 2 (8- or 9-inch) round pans, cut and fit 2 rounds of parchment paper. Spray paper with cooking spray.
  2. Separate the 8 eggs, placing all the whites in a large bowl and placing 4 yolks each in two small bowls. Set 1 bowl of yolks aside for the custard. As you can see on the pic below some of the yolk got in the whites. I could have started all over but I didn’t. I didn’t wanted to waste all those eggs. And I have to tell you the cake came out just fine.
  3. Add vanilla and coconut extracts to remaining bowl of yolks and whisk together. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the flour and salt until airy and free of lumps. (You can also use a sieve, which I did.) Set aside.
  4. With a mixer, beat together egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until frothy, then slowly begin adding the sugar, a spoonful at a time. Increase the speed and beat until the whites hold a soft peak when beaters are lifted. With a spatula, fold the egg yolks into the whites, then fold in the flour, scraping and lifting from the bottom of the bowl, being careful to deflate the whites as little as possible, until no streaks of dry flour remain.
  5. Divide batter among the 2 pans. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until cake springs back when pressed gently in the center.
  6. Place pans on wire rack to cool completely. The cakes will shrink a bit as they cool. While oven still is hot, spread coconut on a rimmed pan and toast until golden, watching carefully and stirring occasionally. This will take about 5 minutes for chips, 10 to 15 minutes for flakes. Pour toasted coconut into a bowl and set aside.
  7. COCONUT CUSTARD:
  8. While the cake is cooling off make the custard. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks; set aside. In a medium saucepan, stir together the cornstarch, sugar and salt. Open the can of coconut milk pour into a 4-cup measure and whisk to recombine the liquids and solids. Add milk to equal 3 cups and whisk together.
  9. Whisk the milk mixture into the cornstarch and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Tip about ½ cup of the hot mixture into the yolks, whisking briskly so the eggs warm without forming lumps. Return the saucepan to the heat and whisk in the yolk mixture, stirring at a boil for another minute. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, then pour into a bowl. Let cool for 10 minutes, then stir. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool.
  10. WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING:
  11. Add a package of Dr Oetker stabilizer to the heavy cream and sugar. Whip the cream to stiff peaks. Don’t whip it too long otherwise you will get butter.
  12. ASSEMBLE
  13. To assemble the cake: Remove cooled cakes from pans and peel off parchment paper. Turn right side up and, with tooth floss or a long serrated knife, carefully split each cake into 2 even layers. Now these cake layers would have been much higher had I not dropped that egg yolk in the egg white. Mental note for the next time don’t crack the egg over the bowl with the egg white ;). Place one layer on a serving plate and cover with a third of the custard (about ¾ cup). Repeat with the remaining cake layers and custard. Spread any remaining custard over the top of the cake. Wrap the outside and top of the cake with plastic wrap, pulling it firmly against the sides, and refrigerate overnight, or for up to two days. Up to within 24 hours of serving, whip the cream, stabilizer and powdered sugar and spread over the top and sides of the cake, then cover generously with the toasted coconut. Return the cake, uncovered, to the refrigerator until serving time. Slice with a serrated knife.

Notes

Since it takes 2 days to make this cake it's not included in the total time.

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Room Soezen (Cream Puffs)

Oct 17, 2013 by

Unless you don’t like whipped cream, what is not to like about room soezen (cream puffs)? You be surprised how easy they are to make.

Ingredients

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup all purpose flour
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp sugar
Dr. Oetker whipped cream stabilizer

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F. Bring water and butter to a boil. Stir in the flour until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat.

Add eggs, beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Line the baking dish with parchment paper and spray with no stick baking spray. Drop the batter on the cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 min or until golden brown.

Cool and cut off the tops. For the filling I like whipped cream. In a cold bowl add the heavy cream, whipped cream stabilizer and sugar beat till it forms peaks. Don’t beat it too long otherwise you end up with butter. Now you think that you don’t need no stabilizer but you really do, it is so the whipped cream holds it shape, other wise it will turn runny. Fill the room soezen (cream puffs) with the whipped cream and top of with your favorite fruit or powdered sugar. You can use this same recipe for eclairs but just add chocolate or mocha icing to the top layer. Serve immediately or refrigerate.


Yields 6

Room Soezen (Cream Puffs)

Unless you don't like whipped cream, what is not to like about room soezen (cream puffs) and surprisingly they are very easy to make.

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Dr. Oetker whipped cream stabilizer

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Bring water and butter to a boil. Stir in the flour until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat.
  2. Add eggs, beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Line the baking dish with parchment paper and spray with no stick baking spray. Drop the batter on the cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 min or until golden brown.
  3. Cool and cut off the tops. For the filling I like whipped cream. In a cold bowl add the heavy cream, whipped cream stabilizer and sugar beat till it forms peaks. Don't beat it too long otherwise you end up with butter. Now you think that you don't need no stabilizer but you really do, it is so the whipped cream holds it shape, other wise it will turn runny. Fill the room soezen (cream puffs) with the whipped cream and top of with your favorite fruit or powdered sugar. You can use this same recipe for eclairs but just add chocolate or mocha icing to the top layer. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
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Peach Cobbler

Sep 2, 2013 by

 

Our English ancestors brought us the fruit pies. They added a topping of biscuit dough to them and placed a heavy lid on top so that the biscuit dough could rise and brown, that’s how the cobbler was born. Today in the South, most of the restaurants and the Barbecue restaurants have peach cobbler on the menu. A Peach cobbler is as American as Apple Pie, it is a tradition and one that I have come to love.

Ingredients

   For the Fruit mix:
8 peeled and sliced peaches
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
For the syrup:
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
For the crust:
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups pet milk or regular milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Combine the sliced peaches, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl 3. Stir sugar and water together in saucepan pan over medium heat until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in peach mixture; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
4. As for me I don’t like it overly sweet. If you like your cobblers sweet add an additional 1/2 cup of sugar to the syrup. 5. Combine sugar and self-rising flour in a large bowl. Pour in the milk and cinnamon; whisk to form a smooth batter. You have to use self-rising flour because if you use regular flour the batter won’t rise to the top.
6. Pour melted butter into the baking pan. Pour the batter over the melted butter. Gently place peaches and syrup on top of batter. As the cobbler bakes, they will sink down into the batter. Bake until syrup is bubbling and crust has risen and is golden brown, about 50-55 minutes.

Peach Cobbler

15 minPrep Time

55 minCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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Ingredients

    For the Fruit mix:
  • 8 peeled and sliced peaches
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • For the syrup:
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • For the crust:
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups pet milk or regular milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine the sliced peaches, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl
  3. Stir sugar and water together in saucepan pan over medium heat until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in peach mixture; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. As for me I don't like it overly sweet. If you like your cobblers sweet add an additional 1/2 cup of sugar to the syrup.
  5. Combine sugar and self-rising flour in a large bowl. Pour in the milk and cinnamon; whisk to form a smooth batter. You have to use self-rising flour because if you use regular flour the batter won't rise to the top.
  6. Pour melted butter into the baking pan. Pour the batter over the melted butter. Gently place peaches and syrup on top of batter. As the cobbler bakes, they will sink down into the batter. Bake until syrup is bubbling and crust has risen and is golden brown, about 50-55 minutes.
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Sweet Potato Pie

Apr 21, 2013 by

During the sixteenth century, Brits from Europe brought the tradition of making pumpkin pies for dessert to West Africa. The tradition was soon brought to America during slavery, where the African slaves transformed the dessert into something sweeter using yams, then sweet potatoes. Coincidentally, yams and black-eyed peas was a common food slaves were fed during the Middle Passage.

The name of the food was inconsistent at first, because the yam and sweet potato come from two different types of plants. The word yam in African dialects was either “Oyame or Yam Yam” or a few other terms with a few other meanings. Yams are monocots from the Dioscorea family. Sweet potatoes are from the Morning Glory plant family.

Sweet potato pie recipes made a cookbook debut in the 18th century. In the late part of the 19th century, Fannie Famer featured a recipe for glazed sweet potatoes in the Boston Cooking School Cookbook. Soon after, inventor George Washington Carver began to find various uses for the sweet potato, including in a candied version. He released over 100 uses for the vegetable.

As the slaves made the pie for large gatherings in celebration and as a part of family meals, the tradition has continued for family gatherings and black family reunions today.

Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked deep dish pastry shell
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes sliced, diced, cooked and peeled
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs.

Instructions

  1. Peel and cook the sweet potatoes for 20 min. Preheat the oven 350F. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sweet potatoes with butter until smooth. Add remaining ingredients except pastry shell, mix well. Pour into pastry shell. Bake 30 minutes or till done, you can test that with a toothpick, if it comes out clean it is done.

Yields 8

Sweet Potato Pie

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked deep dish pastry shell
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes sliced, diced, cooked and peeled
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs.

Instructions

  1. Peel and cook the sweet potatoes for 20 min. Preheat the oven 350F. In a large mixing bowl, beat the sweet potatoes with butter until smooth. Add remaining ingredients except pastry shell, mix well. Pour into pastry shell. Bake 30 minutes or till done, you can test that with a toothpick, if it comes out clean it is done.
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Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf

Apr 7, 2013 by

I have never bought a slice of gingerbread loaf from Starbucks, but heard good reviews about it. To me they are way too expensive. So I went on the internet and found a few recipes. Mixed and matched, and here is the result. I have been told it taste pretty darn close to the real thing.

Ingredients

For the Gingerbread Loaf
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon orange extract, optional
1 cup applesauce
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
For the Frosting:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups icing sugar
Candied ginger, chopped in small squares

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. (First 5 ingredients)

2. Cream butter and sugars together. Add egg, sour cream, apple sauce and baking soda. Add the flour mixture slowly, mix well. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30 min. or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes and then remove from pan, cool completely on racks.

3. For the frosting, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until soft and light. Add the vanilla and slowly add 1/2 cup of icing sugar at a time and blend in. Spread the icing on top of the cakes and decorate with the candied ginger.

Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    For the Gingerbread Loaf
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract, optional
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • Candied ginger, chopped in small squares

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. (First 5 ingredients)
  2. Cream butter and sugars together. Add egg, sour cream, apple sauce and baking soda. Add the flour mixture slowly, mix well. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 30 min. or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes and then remove from pan, cool completely on racks.
  3. For the frosting, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer until soft and light. Add the vanilla and slowly add 1/2 cup of icing sugar at a time and blend in. Spread the icing on top of the cakes and decorate with the candied ginger.
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Pumpkin Bars

Feb 3, 2013 by

 

Ingredients

    For the Bars:
1 cup each granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 can pumpkin purée (15 oz.)
4 eggs, room temperature
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp each baking powder and ground cinnamon
1 tsp each table salt and baking soda
1?2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp and nutmeg
    For the white chocolate frosting:
4 oz. white bar chocolate, chopped
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 stick unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 350°. Coat an 11 1/2×16 1/2-inch baking sheet with nonstick spray.
For the bars, whisk together granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, pumpkin purée, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.

2.Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg into pumpkin mixture. Whisk mixture into wet ingredients until combined. Spread batter onto prepared baking sheet. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack and cool completely before frosting.

3. For the frosting, melt white chocolate in a microwave on high, 1–2 minutes; stir until smooth.

4. Beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer on high speed until smooth. Add melted chocolate and beat to combine. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled bars, top with garnish, see left, and cut into bars.

Yields 24

Pumpkin Bars

45 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    For the Bars:
  • 1 cup each granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 can pumpkin purée (15 oz.)
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp each baking powder and ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp each table salt and baking soda
  • 1?2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp and nutmeg
  • For the white chocolate frosting:
  • 4 oz. white bar chocolate, chopped
  • 1 pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat an 11 1/2�16 1/2-inch baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. For the bars, whisk together granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, pumpkin purée, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg into pumpkin mixture. Whisk mixture into wet ingredients until combined. Spread batter onto prepared baking sheet. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack and cool completely before frosting.
  4. For the frosting, melt white chocolate in a microwave on high, 1â??2 minutes; stir until smooth.
  5. Beat cream cheese and butter with a mixer on high speed until smooth. Add melted chocolate and beat to combine. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth. Spread frosting over cooled bars, top with garnish, see left, and cut into bars.
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Traditional Banana Pudding

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This is not the one you make out of box. I got that one to, Not yo Mama’s Banana Pudding 😉 Believe me they are both good. If you feel the need to make it the old fashioned way then this one is for you.

Ingredients

2 cups of milk
2 tbsp butter
2 egg yolks
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
vanilla wafers
4 bananas

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425F

Turn the heat on add to the pot 2 tbsp butter, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 2 egg yolks, 2 cups of milk and 1/8 tsp of salt. Whisk ingredients together takes about 10 minutes on medium high. Layer the casserole dish with 1/2 box of the vanilla wafers, then the 2 bananas. Add 1 tsp vanilla to the custard. Add half of it to the casserole. Layer with the rest of the vanilla wafers and the other 2 bananas and the rest of the custard.

Whip the egg whites add 1/3 cup of sugar and whip until you get peaks. Now you have meringue. Spread the meringue over the banana pudding and put in the oven for 4 to 4 1/2 minutes.

Yields 8

Traditional Banana Pudding

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • vanilla wafers
  • 4 bananas

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F
  2. Turn the heat on add to the pot 2 tbsp butter, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 2 egg yolks, 2 cups of milk and 1/8 tsp of salt. Whisk ingredients together takes about 10 minutes on medium high. Layer the casserole dish with 1/2 box of the vanilla wafers, then the 2 bananas. Add 1 tsp vanilla to the custard. Add half of it to the casserole. Layer with the rest of the vanilla wafers and the other 2 bananas and the rest of the custard.
  3. Whip the egg whites add 1/3 cup of sugar and whip until you get peaks. Now you have meringue. Spread the meringue over the banana pudding and put in the oven for 4 to 4 1/2 minutes.
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Key Lime Pie

Jul 29, 2012 by

Key West, Florida, is famous for its fabulous key lime pie, one of America’s best-loved regional dishes. Every restaurant in the Florida Keys, and especially in the city of Key West, serves this wonderful pie. There seems to be a key lime pie for every palate, with numerous versions made throughout the region.

The dish is named after the small key limes (Citrus aurantifolia ‘Swingle’) that are naturalized throughout the Florida Keys. Their thorns make them less tractable, their thin yellow rind makes them more perishable, but they are more tart and aromatic than the common Persian limes seen year round in most U.S. grocery stores.

Key lime pie is made with canned sweetened condensed milk, since fresh milk was not a common commodity in the Florida Keys before modern refrigerated distribution methods.

Key lime juice, unlike regular lime juice, is a pale yellow. The filling in key lime pie is also yellow, largely due to the egg yolks. Some cooks add food coloring to give the pie filling a green color. This practice is frowned upon by those who make traditional key lime pies.

During mixing, a reaction between the condensed milk and the acidic lime juice occurs which causes the filling to thicken on its own without requiring baking. Many early recipes for key lime pie did not instruct the cook to ever bake the pie, relying on this chemical reaction (called souring) to produce the proper consistency of the filling. Today, in the interest of safety due to consumption of raw eggs, pies of this nature are usually baked for a short time. The baking also thickens the texture even more than the reaction alone. As for me I don’t like to use eggs, since I don’t cook it. And here is my version of Key Lime Pie

Ingredients

3/4 cup lime juice (about 5 limes)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 package cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 pre-made graham cracker crust

if you want to make your own crust:

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons butter, melted
whipped cream.

Instructions

1. To get the most juice out of the lime roll the lime before you squeeze the juice out of the lime

2. Heat the oven to 325°F. If you are making your own graham cracker crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter and stir until moistened. Press mixture into bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate to form crust. Bake 10 minutes or until crust begins to brown. Cool 15 minutes on wire rack.
3. Whisk the sweetened condensed milk, lime juice cream cheese and vanilla in large bowl until blended. Stir in lime peel. Pour filling into the crust. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until tiny bubbles begin to form on surface of pie. Cool completely on wire rack. Top with some whipped cream.

Yields 8

Key Lime Pie

30 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup lime juice (about 5 limes)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pre made graham cracker crust
  • if you want to make your own crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • whipped cream.

Instructions

  1. To get the most juice out of the lime roll the lime before you squeeze the juice out of the lime.
  2. Heat the oven to 325°F. If you are making your own graham cracker crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter and stir until moistened. Press mixture into bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate to form crust. Bake 10 minutes or until crust begins to brown. Cool 15 minutes on wire rack.
  3. Whisk the sweetened condensed milk, lime juice cream cheese and vanilla in large bowl until blended. Stir in lime peel. Pour filling into the crust. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until tiny bubbles begin to form on surface of pie. Cool completely on wire rack. Top with some whipped cream.
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Slagroomtaart (Dutch)

Jul 9, 2012 by

 

The Dutch Pastry is totally different then American pastry. From my experience the American cakes can be a tat bit too sweet, but that is just my opinion. And as far as icing goes, the Dutch usually use whipped cream. On birthdays and other special occasions, all kinds of cakes and cookies are eaten, including appeltaart, whipped cream cake (what you see here) , gevulde koek (cookies filled with almond paste), Kruidkoek, Limburgse vlaai, Spekkoek(from Indonesia), Ouwe wijven koek, Sprits, Tompouce, and Stroopwafels. The Dutch usually drink coffee and or tea with the cake. Dutch thrift led to the famous standard rule of only one cookie with each cup of coffee; it has been suggested that the reasons for this can be found in the trade-mentality and Protestant upbringing. A popular Dutch story (that has never been confirmed) says that then-Prime minister Willem Drees’s wife served this to a visiting American diplomat, who then became convinced that the money from the Marshall Plan was well-spent. Cafe au lait is also drunk often. It is called Koffie verkeerd (Coffee-the-wrong-way-around).

Ingredients

5 eggs
150 gram sugar
150 gram cake flour
1 bag of vanilla sugar (Dr.Oetker)
1 bag of whip it (Dr. Oetker)(stabilizer for whipped cream)
fruit of your choice
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp sugar
strawberry spread

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 185 C 350F, Butter the spring form and set aside. Put the eggs, sugar and the vanilla sugar in a bowl. Put the bowl in the sink with warm water. The sugar has to dilute while you are whipping it. Whip it till thick and fluffy the color should be light yellow. Carefully fold the cake flour in the mix. Pour in the spring form and bake for 25 min. Test if the cake is ready (use a toothpick and see if it comes out clean). Let it cool and cut the cake in half ( you can do that with tooth floss). Add the whip it and sugar to the heavy cream and whip it. Don’t whip it too long otherwise you will get butter. Spread some strawberry spread on one side and add a layer of whipped cream. Then top it off with the top and also spread a layer of whipped cream on top of it and on the side. The last thing you do is add the fruit. Keep cool in the refrigerator.

Slagroom Taart

The Dutch Pastry is totally different then American pastry. From my experience the American cakes can be a tat bit too sweet, but that is just my opinion. And as far as icing goes, the Dutch usually use whipped cream. On birthdays and other special occasions, all kinds of cakes and cookies are eaten, including appeltaart, whipped cream cake (what you see here) , gevulde koek (cookies filled with almond paste), Kruidkoek, Limburgse vlaai, Spekkoek(from Indonesia), Ouwe wijven koek, Sprits, Tompouce, and Stroopwafels. The Dutch usually drink coffee and or tea with the cake. Dutch thrift led to the famous standard rule of only one cookie with each cup of coffee; it has been suggested that the reasons for this can be found in the trade-mentality and Protestant upbringing. A popular Dutch story (that has never been confirmed) says that then-Prime minister Willem Drees's wife served this to a visiting American diplomat, who then became convinced that the money from the Marshall Plan was well-spent. Cafe au lait is also drunk often. It is called Koffie verkeerd (Coffee-the-wrong-way-around).

30 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 150 gram sugar
  • 150 gram cake flour
  • 1 bag of vanilla sugar (Dr.Oetker)
  • 1 bag of whip it (Dr. Oetker)(stabilizer for whipped cream)
  • fruit of your choice
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • strawberry spread

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 185 C 350F, Butter the spring form and set aside. Put the eggs, sugar and the vanilla sugar in a bowl. Put the bowl in the sink with warm water. The sugar has to dilute while you are whipping it. Whip it till thick and fluffy the color should be light yellow. Carefully fold the cake flour in the mix. Pour in the spring form and bake for 25 min. Test if the cake is ready (use a toothpick and see if it comes out clean). Let it cool and cut the cake in half ( you can do that with tooth floss). Add the whip it and sugar to the heavy cream and whip it. Don't whip it too long otherwise you will get butter. Spread some strawberry spread on one side and add a layer of whipped cream. Then top it off with the top and also spread a layer of whipped cream on top of it and on the side. The last thing you do is add the fruit. Keep cool in the refrigerator.
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Cheese Cake

Jul 8, 2012 by

The first recorded mention of cheesecake was during the ancient Grecian Olympic games in the occidental world. Cato the Elder wrote of cheesecake preparation in his farming manual “De Agri Cultura”. Modern cheesecakes resembles cakes previously used as offerings to gods in greek culture. The delicious desert spread across Europe from Greece like a sweet nectar, pausing briefly at kitchens along the way to bequeath its creamy recipe. Many, many years later (we’re talking centuries, here), the cheesecake made its way to American shores. Today, the most prevalent ingredient in cheesecakes is Philadelphia Cream Cheese. As the name implies, Philadelphia Cream Cheese was created in America. Cream Cheese, itself was created long ago, and no one can be sure who its creator might be. Philadelphia Cream Cheese was developed in 1872 by James L Kraft when he was trying to duplicate the French cheese, Neufchatel. In 1880, Philadelphia Cream Cheese was introduced to the market, and cheesecake was suddenly all too easy to bake, and by 1910, cheesecakes were a regular at the desert table.

Almost all modern cheesecakes in the United States use cream cheese; in Italy, cheesecakes use ricotta cheese and Germans use quark cheese. Dutch/Belgian-style cheesecakes are typically flavored with melted bittersweet chocolate. Belgian cheesecake includes also a speculaas crust (speculaas is a traditional Dutch-Belgian biscuit)

Ingredients

For the Cheese Cake:
1 cup Graham crackers crumbled
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
6 Philadelphia cheese
4 eggs
1 cup of sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
baking spray with flour

For the glaze:
1 package frozen fruit of your choice
1 pint of blueberries.
1 cup red wine
1/3 cup sugar
10 oz jar jelly of your choice.

Instructions

1. Trace and cut out round of wax paper. Spray the pan with baking spray. Line the bottom of the pan and spray again with baking spray with flour.

2. Grind Graham Crackers in food processor. Press in the Graham cracker crumbs. Sprinkle some on the sides of the cake pan.
3. In the mixing bowl cream together, cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs one a time. Make sure you don’t have no lumps, then add the sour cream.    4. Pour batter in the pan. Put the pan in a casserole dish and add hot water to the casserole dish. Water should be half way to the sides of the pan. Bake a 300F for 2 hours until top is golden and cake is set around edges. It’s okay when the center is jiggly. That will cook while it cools. Remove cake from roaster and set on cooling rack. Run knife around sides to loosen. Refrigerate overnight.    5. For the topping you can use all kinds of fruits. In this case I used blue berries, and for the glaze I used mixed berries. To make the glaze you will need 1 package frozen fruit of your choice, 1 cup red wine, 1/3 cup sugar and 10 oz jar jelly of your choice. Combine the fruit, wine and sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Strain the fruit through a sieve. Return juice to sauce pan and reduce to at least half. Add the jelly until melted, and cool before putting on top of your cheescake. You can use this for several other different dishes which ask for fruit for instance you can use this with the griesmeel pudding.

You don’t have to make this New York Cheese cake that high you can make it half the size like the one below ;). Just half the ingredients.

Cheese Cake

The first recorded mention of cheesecake was during the ancient Grecian Olympic games in the occidental world. Cato the Elder wrote of cheesecake preparation in his farming manual "De Agri Cultura". Modern cheesecakes resembles cakes previously used as offerings to gods in greek culture. The delicious desert spread across Europe from Greece like a sweet nectar, pausing briefly at kitchens along the way to bequeath its creamy recipe. Many, many years later (we're talking centuries, here), the cheesecake made its way to American shores. Today, the most prevalent ingredient in cheesecakes is Philadelphia Cream Cheese. As the name implies, Philadelphia Cream Cheese was created in America. Cream Cheese, itself was created long ago, and no one can be sure who its creator might be. Philadelphia Cream Cheese was developed in 1872 by James L Kraft when he was trying to duplicate the French cheese, Neufchatel. In 1880, Philadelphia Cream Cheese was introduced to the market, and cheesecake was suddenly all too easy to bake, and by 1910, cheesecakes were a regular at the desert table. Almost all modern cheesecakes in the United States use cream cheese; in Italy, cheesecakes use ricotta cheese and Germans use quark cheese. Dutch/Belgian-style cheesecakes are typically flavored with melted bittersweet chocolate. Belgian cheesecake includes also a speculaas crust (speculaas is a traditional Dutch-Belgian biscuit)

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Ingredients

    For the Cheese Cake:
  • 1 cup Graham crackers crumbled
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 6 Philadelphia cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 package frozen fruit of your choice
  • 1 pint of blueberries.
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 10 oz jar jelly of your choice.

Instructions

  1. Grind Graham Crackers in food processor. Add butter. Spray sides and bottom of cake pan. Trace and cut out round of wax paper. Line the bottom and spray again. Press in the Graham cracker crumbs. Sprinkle some on the sides of the cake pan. In the mixing bowl cream together, cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs one a time. Make sure you don't have no lumps, then add the sour cream. Pour batter in the pan. Put the pan in a casserole dish and add hot water to the casserole dish. Water should be half way to the sides of the pan. Bake a 300F for 2 hours until top is golden and cake is set around edges. It's okay when the center is jiggly. That will cook while it cools. Remove cake from roaster and set on cooling rack. Run knife around sides to loosen. Refrigerate overnight. For the topping you can use all kinds of fruits. In this case I used blackberries, and for the glaze I used raspberries. To make the glaze you will need 1 package frozen fruit of your choice, 1 cup red wine, 1/3 cup sugar and 10 oz jar jelly of your choice. Combine the fruit, wine and sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Strain the fruit through a sieve. Return juice to sauce pan and reduce to at least half. Add the jelly until melted, and cool before putting in on top of your cheescake. You can use this for several other different dishes which ask for fruit for instance you can use this with the griesmeel pudding.
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