Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pumpkin Cake/Bars






Mix together:

4 eggs
1 2/3 cup sugar
1 cup canola oil
1 15 oz can pumpkin

Add:

2 cups flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Mix just until incorporated.  Pour into a greased 17X10X1" pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  

Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting when cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 T milk

This is super quick and easy and has such a great flavor.  People have told me they like it even better than pumpkin pie.  Great moist and light cake, with wonderful texture and flavor.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cheese Flatbread


1 T dry active yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp white sugar
2 T olive oil
1/3 cup butter softened
2 T garlic powder (optional)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese

1.  In a mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast over the surface of the lukewarm water.  Let stand for 5-10 minutes for yeast to dissolve.

2.  Add flour, salt, and sugar to yeast mixture and add olive oil.  Beat until dough is stiff,  Cover and let set aside for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

3.  Remove the dough from the bowl and knead briefly on a floured surface.  Roll the dough out to 1/4-1/2" thickness on a greased  17X10X1" cookie sheet.  Spread butter over the top, sprinkle with garlic (if using), and both cheeses.

4.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Serve warm. Delish!!!!

Would be great with fresh herbs as well.  


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pumpkin Bread

This is from my good friend Robin Fassbinder.  




2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 T baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp salt (I never add this)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ginger or ground cloves

1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1/3 cup shortening

1/2 cup nuts 
1/2 cup raisins (I never add them!)

Spray large loaf pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix wet ingredients then add dry and mix just until dry ingredients are incorporated.  Bake for about 55 minutes.  Makes one large loaf.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BBQ'D Pork Chops



So these are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!!!!  I am not a huge pork fan, but if I am going to have pork it is going to be cooked to the point of tenderness that just really melts in your mouth. These totally fit the bill!

Brown pork chops.  Saute medium onion. Place in baking dish.

Mix:
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp dry mustard
3 T brown sugar
1 T worcestershire
2 T vinegar

Pour over pork chops in a 9X13" pan and bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours.  

I serve with mashed potatoes and corn.  


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Soft Batch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies


INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (use cream cheese in a block or spreadable, don't use fat-free, light or whipped)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks (I used 1 cup chips and 1 1/4 cups chunks)

Combine first 6 ingredients and beat with an electric mixer for about 5 minutes-until light and fluffy.  Add the remaining ingredients except for the chocolate chips.  Mix until dry ingredients are incorporated,  Add chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips), but you can use any combination you desire.  
Use a 2" cookie scoop and drop cookie dough mounds on cookies sheet covered with parchment paper.  Flatten slightly and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  This step is critical to your success!
Place refrigerated cookie mounds on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Allow to set on cookie sheet for an additional 5-8 minutes.  Remove from cookie sheets and store in a covered, air-tight container.  
Cookie dough can be refrigerated up to 5 days.  
NOTE:  I have some pretty awesome chocolate chip cookie recipes, but this one produces the softest, thickest cookies I have ever baked!  HUGE thumbs up on this one!  LOVE them!  I have a girl living with us right now and she said, "It is like eating cookie dough, only better!"  Well, there you have it!  :)
Recipe found on Pinterest and available at this link:  http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/06/softbatch-cream-cheese-chocolate-chip-cookies.html