Dessert

Upside-Down Nectarine Cake

Nectarine upside-down cake

A recipe I've been wanting to make for a long time, with some tips from Martha.

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, DIVIDED
3/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
4 cups nectarines cut into very thin slices or pieces (about 4 medium)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
a little over 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk or Greek yogurt

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Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake brownies (halloween edition!)

Makes 16, 2-inch Brownies -- add food coloring (like yellow and red) to make it seasonal!

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Brownie Batter

  • ⅔ cup (3 1/3 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine (Giaredehli or Hershey's)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Homemade Applesauce

Why didn't I do this sooner? These proportions make about a quart.

6 medium apples (honeycrisp are a good choice)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple juice/cider (substitute water)

Core apples.
Slice into wedges.

In a large saucepan, combine juice, sugar, and apples.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for approximately 30 minutes, until apples are soft.
If necessary, allow to cook with cover off for a few minutes to reach desired liquid level (remember it will leech a little liquid when pureed).

Allow to cool.

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Berry Pie

Berry Pie

Merging some thoughts and recipes from http://www.audreyandjon.com/recipes/fruit-cobbler , http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/marilyn-batalis-blackberry-pie , and http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/02/mixed-berry-pie-made-... :

2 discs of Pie crust
4 cups fresh or frozen berries
½ cup sugar
2 T cornstarch
1 T lo/no sugar pectin (modify thickener choices to your preference)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Preheat oven to 425°F.

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Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cupcake

Makes 6 cupcakes (I hope)
http://www.bakingisascience.com/red-velvet-cupcakes/

1¼ cups cake flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
½ teaspoons salt
¾ cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoons baking soda
dash tsp. espresso powder (optional)
2/3 cups canola oil
1/3 oz. red food coloring
½ teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoons red apple cider vinegar
1 large eggs
½ cup buttermilk

Cream cheese icing: http://www.joyofbaking.com/RedVelvetCake.html

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Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

Mango Sticky Rice

While a perfectly ripe mango is delicious on its own, coconut sticky rice makes a marvelous pairing. The coconut sticky rice can also mask a less-than-perfect mango to make a delightful treat. Adapted from my favorite Thai food blog, She Simmers.

Serves 2-4

1/2 cup uncooked sticky rice, cooked
1/2 cup coconut milk, or whatever you have leftover in your can from whatever you made earlier
1/4 cup or less sugar, to taste

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Torta Rojel

Apple Cake

French Apple Cake Slice

1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith or Gold Rush apples, peeled and cored
1 cup + 3 tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 T Calvados or brandy
1 t lemon juice
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg + 2 large egg yolks
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp confectioner's sugar + 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, for topping

Preheat oven to 325F. You will be placing the cake on the bottom rack, so make sure the oven is set up for this.

Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan (NOTE: a 10" pan is too wide, and the layers will be too thin)

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Maurine's Chocolate Sheet Cake

Maurine's Chocolate Sheet Cake

Cake Ingredients
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk*
1 tsp baking soda
1 stick butter
1/2 cup Crisco
4 Tbsp cocoa
1 cup water
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon**
1 tsp vanilla**

Frosting Ingredients
1 stick butter
4 Tbsp cocoa
1/3 cup milk
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Making the Cake

Preheat oven to 350/375 (depending on your oven).
Grease and flour a 11 x 16 inch shallow pan or 9 1/2 x 14 x 2 1/2 inch pan.

Sift together sugar and flour.
Add salt.

Mix together buttermilk and soda.

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Double Layer Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake

Makes one 9-inch cake, serving 12 to 16

Cribbed from a co-worker's recipe:

This has been adapted from a few recipes. I made a bourbon glaze, but you can also just put
the bourbon into the batter as described here.
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Also, two points from Cooks Illustrated:
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- For a smooth and creamy texture, we blotted the canned pumpkin puree with paper
towels to remove excess moisture before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients. (see
step-by-step instructions below)
!
- Baking the cake in a water bath in a moderate oven also helped give our pumpkin

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