Saturday, September 29, 2012

CHOCOLATE COVERED PEANUT-RAISIN CANDIES

1 pkg (12-oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1 pkg peanut butter chips
1 cup lightly salted peanuts
1/2 cup raisins

If you want the candies in paper cups, set 5 dozen candy paper cups out on cookie sheets.  If you aren't using paper cups, very lightly spray the cookie sheets.

In a heavy-duty medium-size saucepan, melt the chocolate and peanut butter chips over low heat, stirring to melt and combine.  When chips are melted remove from heat; stir in the peanuts and raisins.

Drop candy by teaspoons onto the cookie sheets or into the paper cups. 

Chill candies in refrigerator for about half an hour to firm up.


May be gift boxed for gifting or stored in an airtight container.  Keep in a cool, dry place.

Friday, September 28, 2012

EASY CHERRY HONEY

1/2 cup good grade honey
1 jar (12-oz) cherry preserves

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well blended.  This will make about a cup and a half of cherry honey that may be stored in the refrigerator in a jar or other air-tight container.


This honey is gread on biscuits, Engish muffins, bagels, pancakes, etc.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

PUMPKIN PIE WITH CHOCOLATE GLAZE

1 (9-inch) unbaked pastry crust
leaves cut from pastry crust for a pretty Autumn border, if desired
2 cups (15-oz can) cooked pumpkin
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
Chocolate glaze (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl beat the sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin, eggs, spices and salt until well blended.  Pour into the crust and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake another 35 to 40 minutes more.  Cool completely before adding the chocolate glaze garnish.


Chocolate Glaze:
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp shortening

Place chips and shortening in a cup or small bowl.  Microwave 15 seconds, stir to melt.  Microwave a few seconds more if chips do not melt completely when stirred.  Drizzle chocolate over top of pie before serving.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DREAMY CREAMY ICING

1 cup butter, softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 - 2 tbsp whipping cream

In mixer bowl cream butter until fluffy; add confectioners' sugar gradually beating until smooth.  Add the vanilla and half the cream; beat 1 minute.  Add more cream if needed for spreading consistency.


Use to frost your favorite cake or cupcakes.

FRUIT AND NUT BISCOTTI

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp canola oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp orange zest
1 cup pistachios
1 cup dried apricots, sliced thin

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line 2 baking sheets parchment paper; set aside.

Whisk the flours, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt together in a medium mixing bowl.

With an electric mixer, combine the canola oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest in large mixer bowl. Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated and very stiff. Fold in the pistachios and apricots.

Lightly flour hands and divide the dough into 6 equal portions. Roll each portion into a log about 6-inches long and 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Place the rolls crosswise (3 per) on the prepared baking sheets. Just slightly flatten the tops.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until light golden brown with tops beginning to crack. Turn baking sheets after 15 minutes.

Remove pans from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Cut with a serrated knife into slices approximately 1/4-inch thick.

On the same baking sheets, arrange slices in a single layer and bake until lightly browned, approximately 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

EASY STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

1 box (18 1/4-oz) white cake mix
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup water
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (21-oz) strawberry pie filling
2 dozen small fresh strawberries for garnish, if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line 24 muffin cups with paper cupcake liners; set aside.

In large mixer bowl beat the cake mix, oil, water, and eggs together until smooth.

Add the pie filling to the batter a small amount at a time while swirling to create swirls.

Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full each.

Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from muffin tins and place on wire racks to cool completely.
Frost with your favorite buttercream frosting.  Top each with a fresh strawberry, if desired.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

1960s RECIPE FLYER FOR HONEY BUTTERED FUDGE CAKE & FROSTING

Another gem from my late mother's recipe collection.  This was a 1960s insert in a 25 lb bag of flour.  Yes, housewives used to buy large bags of flour and mom always bought Gold Medal.  I remember mom coming home with her large bags of flour and pouring them into the big flour bin in the cabinet.  Click on the picture to enlarge the print.

Monday, September 24, 2012

PEANUT BUTTER PLUS COOKIES

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
3 large eggs
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 1/2 cup raw oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup M&M candies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease cookie sheets; set aside.

In large mixer bowl combine the granulated sugar, butter, brown sugar, peanut butter and eggs until light and creamy.  Blend in the baking soda, vanilla extract, and the oats until well blended.

Stir the chocolate chips and the M&Ms into the dough.

To make jumbo cookies, place dough by 1/3 cupfuls on prepared cookie sheets about 4-inches apart.  For regular cookies, place dough by tablespoonfuls 2-inches apart on cookie sheets.  Press down on each cookie slightly to flatten just a little.

Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 10 to 20 minutes until firm in the center.  Remove from cookie sheets and cool completely on wire racks.


Yield: Depends on cookie size.

Friday, September 21, 2012

PATRIOTIC MUFFINS

These muffins have vanilla baking chips, maraschino cherries, and blueberries.  Since they have red, white, and blue ingredients, I call them Patriotic Muffins.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup quick oats
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 pkg (12-oz) vanilla (or white chocolate) baking chips
1 cup coarsely chopped maraschino cherries (drain well before chopping)
1 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper liners; set aside.

Combine both flours, oats, both sugars, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.  When well combined, form a well in the center of the mixture.

In a small bowl combine the buttermilk, butter, eggs, and vanilla until well blended.  Pour mixture into the well of the dry ingredients; stir just until moistened.

Gently stir the baking chips, cherries, and blueberries into the batter.

Fill each of the prepared muffin cups 2/3s full.

Bake muffins at 375 degrees approximately 20 minutes until lightly browned.  Remove from muffin cups and allow to cool completely on wire racks.


May be stored in airtight container.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

RAISIN-NUT COWBOY COOKIES

1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup raw oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until blended.  Add the egg and vanilla extract; beat until fluffy. 

Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda together in a small bowl.  Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture, adding the oats, chocolate chips, raisins, and pecans.

Drop the dough by teaspoonfuls about 2-inches apart onto cooking sheets that have been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.

Remove cookies from cookie sheets to wire racks to cool completely.


Yield: 48 to 50 cookies

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER PIE WITH CRUMB TOPPING

1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 baked 9-inch pie crust

Combine the powdered sugar and the peanut butter in a small bowl until mixture is crumbly.  Sprinkle 1 cup of the mixture over the bottom of the baked crust.  Set the remaining crumbly mixture aside for later.

1 cup + 3 tbsp granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup whipping cream
4 large eggs, separated
1 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Combine the 1 cup of granulated sugar, flour, and salt in the top of a double boiler set over simmering water.  Whisk in the milk, whipping cream, and egg yolks; whisk into well blended.
Whisking constantly, cook mixture 20 minutes or until the mixture thickens to a pudding consistency.  Stir in the butter and vanilla extract.  Pour over the peanut butter mixture in the crust.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar together in a medium bowl until foamy.  Gradually add the 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar beating until stiff peaks form.  Spread meringue mixture over the hot filling being sure to seal the edges to the crust.  Sprinkle the reserved crumbly mixture over the top of the meringue

Bake pie at 350 degrees for 12 to 16 minutes or until the meringue is a golden brown.  Remove from oven and set on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing to serve.


To store pie, place in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sorry Folks!

Sorry if you aren't fond of chocolate.  I just looked over my posts of the last week and realized my craving for chocolate came through.  I promise the next post won't be chocolate.  I am a chocoholic and a diabetic for the past 5 years.  Sometimes I just have terrible cravings for all the old chocolate goodies I used to enjoy!  I still enjoy chocolate but it is just not the same!

NUTTY BROWNIE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

1 box (15-oz) brownie mix (not fudge-style)
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Prepare brownie mix according to package directions for a square baking pan (8 or 9-inch size).
Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before continuing with the recipe.

Cut the completely cooled brownies into 2-inch squares.  Freeze (single layer) approximately 10 minutes.  Let ice cream stand at room temperature to soften while brownies are in freezer.

Place one brownie square on a piece of plastic wrap about 6-inches in size.  Top with ice cream then another brownie to made sandwich.  Repeat until all brownies are used.

Place the nuts in a small plate or saucer.  Press the nuts around the edges of the ice cream.  Loosely wrap in the plastic wrap and freeze to reharden ice cream before serving.


Variation 1: Use mint chocolate chip ice cream and replace chopped nuts with mini chocolate chips.
Variation 2: Use peppermint ice cream and replace nuts with crushed candy canes for Christmas ice cream sandwiches.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

SPICY COCOA MIX

3 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt

Combine the brown sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a food processor and process until well blended.  Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 5 cups mix

To use as a gift, give in a decorative container with the following instructions.

To serve: Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mix into a cup.  Pour 6-ounces of hot milk over the mix and stir until dissolved and well blended.  Serve warm with miniature marshmallows if desired.

Friday, September 14, 2012

CHOCOLATE CHERRY CREAMS WITH ALMONDS

You can often tell what I am craving by my posts.  Such is the case with this post and the last one.  Both are off limits to me with my diabetes but I hope you will enjoy them!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 can (14-oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
11 cups powdered sugar
2 cups slivered almonds, toasted, chopped fine
1 jar (10-oz) maraschino cherries, drained, chopped, patted dry
24-oz chocolate candy coating, chopped
1 pkg (12-oz) semisweet chocolate chips

Beat the butter in a large bowl until fluffy, using an electric mixer.  Add the milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract; beat together until well blended.

Gradually stir 7 cups of the powdered sugar into the butter mixture, knead in the last 4 cupsof the sugar.  Knead in the almonds and the cherries; shape into 1-inch balls ad place on a waxed paper lined baking sheet.  Chill until firm, about 2 hours.

In the top of a double boiler over hot water, melt the candy coating and chocolate chips together.  Place a candy ball on a fork and hold over the chocolate mixture.  Using a spoon, pour chocolate over the ball.  Place on waxed paper lined baking sheet.  When all candy balls have been coated, drizzle the remaining chocolate over the candy balls.

Chill candies until chocolate hardens, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Place individual candie in fancy candy papers if you desire.


Yield: approximately 9 dozen candies

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

ORANGE SLICE FUDGE

This fudge is great anytime but makes an especially perfect gift for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.  In the picture following this recipe you will notice the Halloween tin for gifting.  This tin is made by spray painting in appropriate colors and using stickers to decorate the top.  The effect is highlighted by labels or ribbon.  This idea is also a great one for Christmas gifting.

1/2 cup butter
3 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 can (5-oz) evaporated milk
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 pkg (12-oz) milk chocolate chips
1 pkg (10 1/2-oz) miniature marshmallows
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped orange slices candy

Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil; lighly butter the foil.

Place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and melt in microwave.  Stir the powdered sugar into the butter along with the evaporated milk, and cocoa powder.  Microwave on high 4 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil, stirring every two minutes.  Cook another 4 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes.  Add the chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, vanilla and salt stirring until well blended.  Stir in the chopped candy; pour into the prepared baking pan.

Refrigerate candy 4 hours or until firm.  Cut candy into 1-inch squares, cleaning knife frequently to make cutting easier.  May be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


Yield: 8 dozen candy squares

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

TRIPLE TREAT COOKIES

2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashion oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 pkg (6-oz) dried cranberries
2/3 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, mixing together well.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; add to the butter mixture in 3 or 4 additions, mixing well after each addition.  Stir in the cranberries and chips.

Drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.

 
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen

Monday, September 10, 2012

EASY POACHED PEARS WITH RASPBERRIES

8 small pears, peeled
2 cups ginger ale
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon sliced
3 cinnamon sticks, break into halves
1 tsp whole cloves
1 pkg (10-oz) red raspberries, thawed & pureed

Bring the ginger ale to a boil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over high heat.  Add the fruit slices and spices to the mixture.  Stand the pears upright in the pan and baste with the liquid.  Reduce the heat to medium and place lid on the Dutch oven.  Simmer pears for 30 to 40 minutes basting occasionally.  Remove the pears from the juices and chill for 2 to 3 hours.


To serve, place two tablespoons of the raspberry puree on each serving plate; set two pears on the puree.  Garnish with a few fresh raspberries and mint or chocolate leaves, if desired.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

CHERRY & BERRY PIE

Pastry for 2-crust pie
3/4 cup + 2 tsp granulated sugar
1/3 cup quick-cook tapioca
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice blend
3 cups pitted fresh cherries*
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll half the pastry out to a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface; Gently place crust to fit in a 9-inch pie plate; set aside.

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine 3/4 cup of the sugar, tapioca, cornstarch, and salt, whisking to blend.  Add cranberry juice and stir with the whisk until smooth.  Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes, until thickened and bubbly.  Remove from the heat and stir in the cherries and raspberries.  Allow to cool in pan while you prepare the top pastry strips.

Roll remaining pastry into another 12-inch circle.  Using a knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 1-inch wide strips.

Pour the pie filling into the pastry-lined pie plate.  Weave the pastry strips into a lattice pattern over the top of the filling.  Fold pastry edges under and crimp together to seal.

In a cup or small bowl combine the egg yolk with the water; brush over the pastry.  Sprinkle the 2 teaspoons of sugar over the top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 375 degrees; bake another 45 minutes until pastry is browned and filling is bubbly.  Use a pie shield if edges start to get too brown.

Allow pie to cool for at least an hour before slicing to serve.

*You may use 1 bag (16-oz) frozen pitted cherries, thawed for 1 hour before using.

Friday, September 7, 2012

OLD FASHION GINGERBREAD WITH SUNSHINE FLUFF

This recipe is from my old-fashion recipe collection; had it since the 60s.

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup light molasses
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup boiling water

Grease an 8-inch square baking pan very well; set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir shortening until softened.  Gradually add the sugar, creaming until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and the molasses, beating thoroughly. 

Sift the flour, salt, soda, ginger, and cinnamon together; add to the other mixture alternately with the boiling water.  Beat well after each addition.

Bake in the prepared pan for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until done. 

Cut and serve warm topped with the Sunshine Fluff below.

SUNSHINE FLUFF:
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp grated orange rind
1 tsp grated lemon rind
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream, whipped

In a saucepan, beat the egg and add the sugar, lemon rind, orange rind, and lemon juice.  Cook over low heat while stirring constantly until thick, about 5 minutes.  Allow to cool thoroughly.

Fold the whipping cream into the cooled mixture.  Chill before serving.

Yield: 2 cups

Serve with a thin orange or lemon slice on top, if desired.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

LEMON-ORANGE-PINEAPPLE MERINGUE PIE

2 pkgs (3 1/4-oz each) lemon pie filling mix
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups orange juice, divided
4 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a saucepan combine the pie filling mix, 1/2 cup of the sugar, and 1/2 cup of the orange juice; add egg yolks and blend in well.  Add the remaining cup of orange juice and the pineapple juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 to 7 minutes until thickened.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1/4 cup of the sugar together and press into a 9-inch pie plate to form a crust.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes; remove from oven and allow to cool.

Pour the filling into the crust. 

Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry, adding the remaining sugar gradually.  Pile the meringue over the filling and seal edges to the crust.  Sprinkle the coconut over the top.


Bake at 500 degrees 4 to 5 minutes.  Chill for 2 to 3 hours before cutting to serve.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

CHOCOLATE NUT LOAVES WITH BITTERSWEET GLAZE

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
5 eggs
3 (1-oz each) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts
glaze, recipe follows
coarsely chopped nuts for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour 2 9 x 5-inch loaf pans; set aside.

In a  small bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In large mixing bowl cream the butter; gradually beat in the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each one.  Blend in the chocolate.  Alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk, beating well after each addition.  Mix in the vanilla and stir in the nuts.

Bake loaves at 350 degrees for about an hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean.  Remove from oven and cool in pans for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.  Top with the glaze.

Bittersweet Glaze:
2 squares (1-oz each) unsweetened chocolate
2 tbsp butter
dash of salt
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 to 3 tbsp hot water

Melt the chocolate and butter in a 2-qt saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly until completely melted and smooth.  Remove from the heat and add the salt.  Alternately add the powdered sugar and hot water until of spreading or drizzling consistency (whichever you choose). 
Spread or drizzle over loaves and top with chopped nuts (pressing down gently to attach) for garnish, if desired.

Yield: 1 cup This is enough for approximately 2 loaf cakes, a tube cake, 9-inch square cake, 10-inch cake roll or 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

SWIRLED BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE

1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1 cup + 3 tbsp granulated sugar, divided
3 tbsp butter, melted
4 bricks (8-oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
4 large eggs
2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) blueberries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
Line a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil.

Mix the Graham cracker crumbs, the 3 tablespoons of sugar, and the melted butter together in a small bowl.  Press mixture firmly onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1 cup of the sugar, and the vanilla extract together with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.  Add the sour cream and mix together well.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each one just until blended.  Pour the mixture over the crust.

Puree the berries in blender or food processor.  Gently drop spoonfuls of the puree over the batter; using a knife cut puree through the batter to get a marbled or swirled effect.

Bake the cheesecake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes or until the center is almost set.  Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before cutting to serve. 

Garnish each piece with a couple of fresh blueberries when serving, if desired.
Leftovers should be kept in the refrigerator.

Yield: 16 servings.

Note: This is a Philadelpia Cream Cheese Recipe

Monday, September 3, 2012

3-LAYER GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE/COCONUT-PECAN FROSTING

4-oz German's sweet chocolate
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
4 large egg whites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line the bottoms of 3 9-inch round baking pans with waxed paper.  Very lightly spray sides and bottoms of pans with nonstick cooking spray.

Melt the chocolate in the boiling water; cool.

In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.  Blend in the vanilla extract and chocolate mixture.  Alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk, beating after each addition until smooth. 

Beat egg whites until stiff; fold into the batter.

Pour batter evenly into the three prepared pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean.  Remove from oven and immediately run a thin spatula or knife around edges of cakes to llosen from pans.  Cool in the pans for 15 minutes.  Remove from pans, remove waxed paper, and cool completely on wire racks.  Spread the filling/frosting (recipe below) between layers and over top.

Filling/Frosting:
1 cup heavy cream (or evaporated milk)
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

In a 2-quart heavy saucepan, combine the cream, sugar, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla extract.  Cook mixture, stirring constantly, over medium heat until thickened - 10-12 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the coconut and pecans.  Cool until of spreading consistency, beating occasionally.

To assemble cake: Place one layer, bottom side down on cake plate and top with a layer of the frosting/filling.  Top filling with a second layer, add a layer of filling.  Top filling with last layer and top with the remaining frosting.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

CHOCOLATE AND COCONUT BARS

Bars:
2 sticks butter
4 squares (1-oz each) unsweetened chocolate, broken up
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coconut extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with foil and coat with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave 1 minute.  Stir then microwave another minute and stir again.  Microwave for 30 seconds more and stir until smooth.

Stir in the sugar, flour, eggs, baking soda, salt, and coconut extract.  Pour batter into prepared pan; smooth the top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

While the bars cool, prepare the topping.

Topping:
1 cup flaked coconut
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp coconut extract
2 tbsp water

Spread the coconut out on a baking sheet with sides and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden.

In a large bowl, combine the butter and powdered sugar.  Beat mixture until smooth.  Beat in coconut extract and water.  Spread the topping over the cooled bar and top with toasted coconut.  Cut into 24 squares and serve or refrigerate until serving time.

This is an old Family Circle Recipe.