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Cobbler

This can work with berries or stone fruit. Adapted from https://www.savingdessert.com/wprm_print/22737

  • 1 double pie crust
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cornstarch (see notes)
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups blackberries
  • juice of ½ lemon (if needed to add tartness)
  • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • coarse sugar for topping

Instructions

Prepare a double crust pie pastry and refrigerate until needed. (See link in notes)
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Upside-Down Nectarine 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

Nectarine upside-down cake
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Cheesecake Brownies

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
Cheesecake brownies (halloween edition!)
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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

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.

Berry Pie
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Red Velvet Cake

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

Red Velvet Cupcake
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Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

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

Mango Sticky Rice
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Torta Rojel

Apple Cake

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)

French Apple Cake Slice
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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.

Maurine's Chocolate Sheet Cake
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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)
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- Baking the cake in a water bath in a moderate oven also helped give our pumpkin

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Granny's Tea Cakes

1 large egg (or two medium)
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. vinegar
½ c. milk
1½ c. sugar
1 c. shortening
Flour (see below, but about 3 cups in the mix)

Mix all ingredients except flour. Gradually add flour until the shortening is mixed in and the dough is stiff enough to roll out. Roll on floured surface. Cut cookies out and bake at 400 degrees until brown, 10-12 minutes. Top with sprinkled sugar or icing:

Black And White cookie style frosting:

(Let cookies cool completely before starting)

4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup boiling water

Tea Cakes
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Peach Pie

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated, with our pie crust.

Peach Pie Slice
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Gingersnaps

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated.

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Chocolate Truffles

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated.

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Crepes

2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk (CI uses 3 whole eggs)
1 cup buttermilk (or milk)
¾ cup rye (or AP, or white wheat) flour
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons plus 4 tsp. sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted, plus 8 tsp., room temperature
Lemon wedges (for serving)

Blend eggs, egg yolk, buttermilk, and milk in a blender until smooth. Add rye flour, all-purpose flour, salt, and 2 Tbsp. sugar and blend well. With blender on low, gradually stream in melted butter. Strain batter through a fine-mesh sieve into a large measuring cup or medium bowl.

Crepes
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Fruit Cobbler

Make two pie crusts: http://www.audreyandjon.com/recipes/pie-crust

Mix together:
6 cups fresh fruit (blackberries, sliced peaches...)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon appropriate spice (i.e. cinnamon for peaches, cardamom for apricots, lavender for blueberries, lemon zest for blackberries, etc.)
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Let stand for 15-30 minutes, or until fruit is juicy. Add 6 tablespoons tapioca.

Lay a bottom crust down (no side crust!) in a 9x9 square pyrex, then add in the fruit mixture. Place a lattice of the rest of the crust on top.

Peach Cobbler with Ice Cream
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Meringue

Preheat oven to 250F, with the rack in the center of the oven.

3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You can form the cookies with a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) plain tip, or I often just use two spoons to make the cookies.

Beat the egg whites on low-medium speed until foamy.

Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat the whites until they hold soft peaks.

Meringue Cookies
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Smoky Chocolate Crackers

Via http://www.bhg.com/blogs/delish-dish/2013/02/05/dorie-greenspan-... , see also http://discoveringblog.com/httpdiscoveringblogcom/discoveringsmo...

ingredients
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted

In a medium bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, smoked paprika and salt; set aside.

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Gluten-Free Pie Crust

From http://www.seasonalfamily.com/2010/12/gluten-free-almond-flour-pie-crust.html.

2.5 cups almond flower

2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp melted shortening
~ 2 Tbsp ice water to combine

Combine almond flour, sugar, and salt in a medium sized bowl.
Add in your melted shortening until well combined.
Slowly add in one teaspoon of ice water until a firm ball is formed.
Press dough into pie pan / cooking dish. Smooth out with bottom of a cup or measuring cup until flat like a pie crust.

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Maurine's Orange Peel Bread

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend together:

  • 1 c. sugar ( a little less if you are using the syrup from the rinds)
  • 2T. butter, melted.

Then add

  • 2 eggs and mix well.

Stir in

  • 3 ¼ c. flour
  • 3 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 c. chopped pecans (or more)
  • 1½ candied orange peels (recipe follows)

Mix well then add

  • 1 c. milk, or milk and syrup to measure 1 c. (no more than half syrup)
  • 1 t. vanilla

If the syrup has become solid, put the jar, uncovered, into the microwave for 30 second intervals until thin. Let cool some before adding to milk.

Orange Bread
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Basil Citrus Shortbread Cookies

A great, refreshing cookie from Bon Appetit, with some slight modifications:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar plus more for pressing cookies
1/2 cup (1stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" cubes
3 tablespoons sliced fresh basil leaves
Zest of one lemon (preferably done on microplane)
Zest of one lime (preferably done on microplane)
Juice of one lemon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Sanding sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°.

Basil Citrus cookies
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Pound Cake

This is Jon's Mom's Sour Cream Cake recipe

1 cup butter (softened)
3 c. sugar
Cream together until well blended.

Sift together in a large bowl:
3 c. flour
¼ t. baking soda
½ t. salt

6 eggs (may be separated, beat egg whites until almost stiff and fold in last) Or just add one whole egg at a time (this is what I do)
1 c. sour cream
1 t. vanilla

Add one egg at a time to butter/sugar and beat well after each.

Pound Cake
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Eggnog cheesecake / pumpkin pie bars

1. Make a pie crust

Preheat oven to 325F .
Partially bake a double batch of pie crust spread out in a 9x13" casserole or baking dish. (Note, you'll only need 2/3rds of the crust here, but a single batch is not enough.

2. Make a pumpkin pie filling

3. Make the cheesecake layer:

16 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup eggnog
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Pumpkin eggnog cheesecake bars
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Rugelach

For some reason, I got on a baking kick this week. And I decided to make rugelach. Rugelach is a jewish pastry, sort of. Like all "jewish" foods, its a European thing, brought to America first by Jews, and adopted into Jewish culture. I like them, and I thought I'd try and make them.

Rugelach: in progress
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Elaine's Lemon Meringue Pie

My grandmother makes the best lemon meringue pie. She swears by the My-T-Fine brand of lemon pie filing mix, though I've decided that Jell-O brand is an acceptable substitute. Her secret is the lemon juice.

To make this into a pie, we use a one of Jon's pie crusts, pre-baked. However, you could just as easily fill bowls, ramekins, etc. and have as a tasty pudding treat.

Filling Ingredients
1 box lemon pie filling
1/4 cup sugar

Lemon Meringue Pie
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Banana Ice Cream

A simple way to make a custard-like dish from frozen pieces of banana, plus optional nut-butter and honey: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/02/frozen-banana-ice-cre...

Ingredients
1 large, slightly over-ripe banana
1 teaspoon peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey

Peel banana. Slice it into about ten chunks. Freeze the chunks. Once frozen, put them in a food processor with peanut butter and honey. Puree until creamy, like soft serve ice cream, stopping the processor to scrape the sides when necessary.

Banana Ice Cream
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Maraschino Cherries

Running recipe work:

Based from Drink Dogma's version of the Art of the Bar recipe with suggestions from The Cupcake Project and canning and liqueur/simple syrup additions, as well as the idea for using strawberries for coloring from the comment thread on Blogher:

Cherries
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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Makes 1 large pie or 1 small (storebought-sized) pie and 2 ramekins worth of pie.

Adapted from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-challenge/grandm...

Pie Crust

Filling

4 cups strawberries
2 cups rhubarb (finely chopped)
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons minute tapioca
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Maurine's Strawberry Shortcake

In a stand mixer, beat together for 15 minutes on high speed (or a little lower if using a higher-speed handheld mixer) :

5 eggs (large, whole eggs - not super yolky / not farmraised)
1 cup sugar (add gradually as eggs are being beaten)
pinch of salt

Then fold in, carefully,
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour

Line 2 cake pans with parchment (or waxed) paper...*do not grease pans*
Spoon batter equally into pans

Bake 18-20 minutes at about 350 degrees.

shortcake
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Pumpkin Pie

We tried making pumpkin pies from scratch (like, starting with a pumpkin scratch), but we never quite got it to come out right. We've reverted to Jon's grandmother's closely-guarded recipe, which comes from the side of a Libby's can:

1 can Libby's pure pumpkin
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
2 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
¼ tsp cloves
¼ tsp allspice (optional)
1 pie crust

Mix together sugar and spices in a small bowl.

Pumpkin Pie
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Hard Sauce / Rum Butter

Known as hard sauce in Southern American cuisine, and good on mince meat and pecan pies, or simply as Rum butter in Jamaica

2 oz butter (4 Tbsp)
4 oz suger (8Tb)
1 Tbsp dark rum

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Pecan Pie

Originally from Dear Abby / Houston Post, via Mom

1c white Karo syrup
1c dark brown sugar
1/4t salt
1/4c melted butter
1t vanilla

Mix above together. I found that using an immersion blender got the consistency to a pleasantly creamy texture, but I was also using block-style brown sugar, instead of granulated. Regardless, it should be well mixed together and not lumpy.

Add:
3 eggs (slightly beaten)
1 heaping cup pecan halves
squeeze of lemon juice

Stir together.

Pecan Pie
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Pie Crust

Another recipe from Mom: the ever-useful pie crust, that can be filled with fruit, sugar and cinnamon/allspice to make all kinds of pies/cobblers, or with omelette fixin's for a quiche, or spread flat and add some OJ in place of water and make a dessert "pizza crust" to top with marscarpone and berries/sliced fruit...

After many years, I've begun adapting it. The Kitchn has a great alternative recipe that I have incorporated.

Basic Recipe

This makes dough for three 9" crusts

4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

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