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Archive | September, 2013

Brown Sugar Caramel Pound Cake

18 Sep
Ingredients:
1 ½ cups butter softened
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
5 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1 8oz bag toffee chips
1 cup pecans, chopped

 

Carmel Drizzel:
1 – 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
 
Directions:
 
Preheat oven to 325 spray a 12 cup Bundt pan with cooking spray with flour

Beat butter until creamy. Add sugars beating until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour mix to batter alternately with milk, beat until just combined. Stir in toffee buts and pecans. Spoon batter into pan and bake 85 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean. To prevent excess browning, cover cake with foil while baking.

Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack. Spoon Caramel Drizzle over cooled cake.

Directions for Caramel Drizzle

 
In a medium saucepan, combine condensed milk and brown sugar; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce heat, and SIMMER for 8 minutes, whisking frequently. Remove from heat; whisk in butter and vanilla. Let cool for 5 minutes before using. NOTE: Make sure you drizzle the caramel while it’s still HOT.

When cooled the caramel does somewhat harden.

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Slow-Cooker Poached Salmon

13 Sep

INGREDIENTS

1 lemon, sliced 1/4 inch thick, plus 1 tablespoon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh dill, stems reserved
2 (6‐ to 8‐ounce) skin‐on salmon fillets, about 1 1/2 inches thick
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Fold sheet of aluminum foil into 12 by 9-inch sling and press widthwise into slow cooker. Arrange lemon slices in tight single layer in bottom of prepared slow cooker. Scatter dill stems over lemon slices. Pour water into slow cooker until it is even with lemon slices (about 1/2 cup water). Season fillets with salt and pepper and place skin side down on top of lemon slices. Cover and cook until salmon is opaque throughout when checked with tip of paring knife and registers 135 degrees, 1 to 2 hours on low.

2. Combine sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, and minced dill in bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Using sling, transfer fillets to baking sheet. Gently lift and tilt fillets with spatula to remove dill stems and lemon slices and transfer fillets to individual plates; discard dill stems, lemon slices, and poaching liquid. Serve with sauce. 

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Slow-Cooker Carrot Cake

13 Sep

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup (3 3/4 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch salt
1/2 cup packed (31/2 ounces) brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
7 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup shredded carrots
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)
 
INSTRUCTIONS

1. Fill slow cooker with 1/2 inch water (about 2 cups water) and place aluminum foil rack in bottom. Grease 6-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper.

2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt together in bowl. In large bowl, whisk sugar and egg together until smooth, then slowly whisk in oil. Stir in flour mixture until just incorporated. Gently fold in carrots.

3. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Gently tap pan on counter to release air bubbles. Set cake on prepared rack, cover, and cook until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 3 to 4 hours on high.

4. Let cake cool completely in pan on wire rack, 1 to 2 hours. Run small knife around edge of cake, then remove sides of pan. Remove cake from pan bottom, discarding parchment, and transfer to serving dish. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if using. Serve.
 
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: 

Using electric mixer set at medium-high speed, beat 4 ounces softened cream cheese, 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and pinch salt until smooth, 2 to 4 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low, slowly add 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, and beat until smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, 2 to 4 minutes. Makes about 3/4 cup. 

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Slow-Cooker Chicken and Vegetable "Stir-Fry"

13 Sep

Ingredients

1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup hot pepper jelly
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons grated ginger
2 tablespoons instant tapioca
4 (6- to 8-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
1 teaspoon five-spice powder
Salt and pepper
2 red bell peppers, cored and cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
1 (15-ounce) can baby corn, rinsed
1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, rinsed
3 scallions, sliced thin
 

Directions

1. Combine broth, pepper jelly, soy sauce, 1 tablespoon ginger, and tapioca in slow cooker. Season chicken with five-spice powder, salt, and pepper and nestle into slow cooker. Place steamer basket on top of chicken and place bell peppers and baby corn in basket. Cover and cook until chicken is tender, 2 to 3 hours on low.

2. Remove steamer basket and transfer vegetables to bowl. Transfer chicken to cutting board, let cool slightly, and slice into bite-size pieces.

3. Whisk braising liquid to recombine. Stir in vegetables, sliced chicken, water chestnuts, and remaining 1 tablespoon ginger. Let sit until heated through, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions and serve. 




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Eclair Cake

13 Sep

Ingredients:

1 c. water

1/2 c. butter


1 c. all-purpose flour


4 eggs, beaten


8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened


3 c. milk


2 3-oz. pkgs. instant vanilla pudding mix


8-oz. container frozen whipped topping, thawed


Garnish: chocolate syrup



Directions:

Combine water and butter in a saucepan; heat until boiling. 
Whisk in flour until smooth; remove from heat. 
Pour mixture into a medium bowl; gradually blend in eggs. 
Spread in a greased 13″x9″ baking pan; bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 
Remove from oven; press baked crust down lightly and set aside. 
With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together cream cheese, milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes; spread over crust. 
Refrigerate until firm. 
At serving time, spread with whipped topping; drizzle with chocolate syrup. 
Serves 12 to 15.

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7-Layer Mexican Dip

13 Sep

Ingredients:

16-oz. can refried beans

2 c. sour cream


1-1/4 oz. pkg. taco seasoning mix


2 avocados, pitted, peeled and mashed


2 t. lemon juice


3 cloves garlic, minced


2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese


4 green onions, diced


1/4 c. black olives, sliced


1 tomato, diced


tortilla chips





Directions:

Spread beans in the bottom of a 10″ round or square clear glass dish; set aside. 
Combine sour cream and seasoning mix; spread over beans. 
Mix avocados, lemon juice and garlic; layer over sour cream mixture. 
Sprinkle with cheese; top with onions, olives and tomato. 
Serve with tortilla chips. 
Serves 8.

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Turtle Cheesecake Bars

13 Sep

Turtle Cheesecake
Crust


  • 3 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Cheesecake Filling

  • 24 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Toppings

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 11-oz bag caramel candy, unwrapped
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons milk, divided



Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper, so that parchment extends over long side of pan.
  • In a bowl, mix crust ingredients together with a fork; press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.
  • Bake crust for 20 minutes; while crust bakes, prepare filling.
  • Cream together cream cheese, yogurt or sour cream, sugar and vanilla.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • After crust bakes, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle on 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Pour filling over chocolate chips and return to oven; bake for 50 minutes.
  • Allow cheesecake to cool for about hour, then place in refrigerator to chill overnight.
  • When ready to serve, remove cheesecake from pan using parchment paper and place on serving platter, then prepare toppings:
  • Toast pecans in oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Unwrap caramels and place in a microwave safe bowl, along with 4 tablespoons milk.
  • Microwave in 30 second intervals until caramels have melted and sauce is smooth.
  • Pour caramel sauce over cheesecake and immediately sprinkle on toasted and chopped pecans.
  • Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, along with 2 tablespoons milk, and microwave in 30 second intervals, about 2 minutes total.
  • Stir until smooth and drizzle over caramel-pecan topping.
  • Allow chocolate to set before serving.

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