Wednesday, October 28, 2009


6 large or 8 medium baking apples, peeled, cored, sliced
Layer apples in a baking dish sprinkling cinnamon and sugar between the layers

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup flour

Mix the sugar, butter, and flour together until well combined. Sprinkle over the apples.

1/2 cup water

Pour the water over the sugar mixture. Sprinkle more cinnamon over the top.

Bake, in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the apples are fork tender and the mixture is bubbly.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


1 unbaked pie crust in a 9-inch deep dish pan
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 stick butter, melted
2 tbsp flour
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla
1 can (20-oz) crushed pineapple, drained
1 small can flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl combine the sugar and the flour. Add the melted butter, eggs, vanilla, pineapple, and coconut. Stir the mixture to combine well. Pour the mixture into the pie shell and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Sorry, Folks

I want to apologize for being so behind on new postings. My mother-in-law became very ill and we left Texas quickly for Indiana. We are part of a 24 hour vigil at her bedside. It has been hard to find time to get to the computer. Hopefully, for her sake, this will all be over soon. I appreciate your patience and will try to do better.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009


4 cups sugar
1 tall can evaporated milk
3/4 stick of butter
1 cup marshmallow creme
1 cup peanut butter

In a 2 1/2 to 3-quart saucepan cook the sugar and milk together until they reach the soft ball stage (you can make a soft ball when you drop a couple drops of the mixture into a cup of cold water). Remove from the heat and add the butter, marshmallow creme and peanut butter. Beat until the mixture starts to stiffen and is smooth. Pour into a buttered pan, let set until firm then cut into squares.


1 1/2 cups half & half cream
1 pkg (4-serving size)Vanilla Pudding and Pie Filling Mix
1 carton (8-oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped gingersnap cookies
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 graham cracker crust

In a large mixing bowl, using a wire whisk, beat the half & half cream and the pudding and pie filling mix together for 1 minute. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Fold in the whipped topping, pecans, gingersnaps, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Spoon the mixture into the graham cracker crust. Freeze until firm. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes to soften before cutting to serve. May be stored in the freezer, so this is a good make-ahead pie for the holidays.

Monday, October 12, 2009


1 cup vanilla ice cream
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup fresh blueberries

Combine the ice cream and flour, stirring just until moistened. Fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin pans, filling each 2/3s full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.


2 pkgs (8 squares each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, divided
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, slightly softened
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 cups chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coarsely chop 8 of the chocolate squares; set aside. Microwave the remaining 8 chocolate squares in a large microwavable bowl on high for 2 minutes; stir after 1 minute. Stir until all the chocolate is completely melted. Add the brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until it is well blended. Add the flour and baking powder; mix well. Stir in the chopped chocolate and the walnuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 13 minutes or until puffed and shiny. Cool for a minute before removing from the baking sheets to wire racks to cool completely.

Yield: about 30 cookies

NOTE: If you omit the nuts, increase the flour by another 1/4 cup.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup dairy sour cream
1/3 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1 cup raisins


1/4 cup dairy sour cream
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9 x 9 x 2-inch; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream butter, brown sugar, eggs, and sour cream until light and fluffy. Add orange juice, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Using an electric mixer, beat at low speed until blended. Scrape bowl constantly while blending. Beat at medium speed for 1 minute, scraping down the bowl. Stir in the raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.

Make the topping by combining the sour cream and confectioners' sugar in a small bowl. Beat until smooth. Stir in the raisins and spread over the cooled cake.


2/3 cup butter flavored shortening
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg, separated
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp water
1/2 cup (or more)  finely chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the shortening, sugar, egg yolk, milk, and almond extract. Add the flour to the mixture and blend together. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Add the water to the egg white in a small mixing bowl. Beat the mixture until until foamy. Brush the egg white mixture over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle with the almonds, pressing them down gently with your fingertips. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting into bars.

Note: File Photo

Monday, October 5, 2009


1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup white corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup coarsely chopped blanched almonds

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Generously grease a baking sheet. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven blend brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla extract. Cook over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes, or until light and foamy. Stir constantly during cooking. Remove from the heat, add the popcorn and stir to coat thoroughly. Stir in the almonds. Spread on the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes, stirring once. Cool. Break into bite-sized pieces. Store in a covered container.

Note: File Photo

Sunday, October 4, 2009


1/4 cup butter flavored shortening or butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped apples
Hard Sauce (recipe follows)

Grease an ovenproof 6-cup mold or pudding dish. Dust the mold or dish with granulated sugar; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the shortening or butter, brown sugar, egg, and maple syrup. Beat the mixture at low speed of an electric mixer until blended. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and buttermilk. Beat at medium speed until blended, scraping down the bowl frequently. Stir in the apples. Spoon the mixture into the mold. Cover mold tightly with a double thickness of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Place 1-inch of water in a Dutch oven. Place the mold on a rack in the Dutch oven. Cover. Cook over high heat until the water boils. Reduce the heat and cook at a very slow boil for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the pudding comes out clean. If you need to add more water during cooking, lift the lid and quickly add boiling water. Remove the pudding in the mold from the Dutch oven. Remove the aluminum foil from the pudding. Allow the steam to escape before attempting to remove the pudding from the mold. Serve with the Hard Sauce.

1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp apple juice
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
dash of ground nutmeg

In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter and apple juice. Beat at low speed of electric mixer for 1 minute. Add the confectioners' sugar and nutmeg; beat at medium speed until smooth. Spoon into a small bowl and refrigerate at least an hour.

Yield: 1 cup

Saturday, October 3, 2009


1 (10-oz) angel food cake
1 container (12-oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 can flaked coconut, toasted
1 jar (6 or 7-oz)maraschino cherries, well drained and chopped
1 can (15-oz) can crushed pineapple

Break the angel food cake into bite-sized pieces. Arrange half of the cake pieces in the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch pan. Top with half of the undrained crushed pineapple and half the chopped cherries. Spread half of the whipped topping over the fruit; top with half the toasted coconut. Repeat the layers exactly as before, ending with the topping and coconut. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, separated
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup thick preserves or jam

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets; set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, cream the shortening with the sugar, egg yolk and vanilla at medium speed of an electric mixer. Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder; add to the creamed mixture. Blend together well. Form batter into balls about 1-inch in diameter. Beat egg white until slightly frothy. Dip the dough balls into the egg white then roll in the coconut. Place on the prepared baking sheets. Make a shallow depression in the center of each cookie, using your thumb. Place 1/2 teaspoon of preserves or jam in the depression of each cookie. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 or 9 minutes or until coconut begins to brown. Cool on baking sheets about 1 or 2 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Yield: approximately 2 dozen cookies