Pumpkin Squares

pumpkin squares reCake Mixture:
1 box yellow cake mix, reserve ¾ cup.
1 stick butter, melted
1 egg, slightly beaten

Blend the butter and egg into the cake mix and press into a greased and floured 9x13x2” pan.  Use the back of a tablespoon to pat this mixture evenly over the bottom and 1” up the sides of the pan.

Pumpkin Mixture:
1 large can pumpkin
3 eggs, lightly beaten
½ c. brown sugar
¼ c. white sugar
2/3 c. evaporated milk
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. Ginger
½ tsp. Ground cloves

Topping:
¾ cup cake mix
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
½ -1 cup nuts, chopped, optional

Gently mix the pumpkin, eggs, sugars, milk, and seasonings.  Pour over unbaked mixture.  Blend the reserved cake mix with sugar and butter.  Roll into walnut sized balls and place over the pumpkin mixture.  Sprinkle with nuts if desired.  Bake at 350 for 55 minutes.

Serves 18, 2 x 3” squares.  Prep time 20-30 min.  Can freeze.

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Auntie’s Butter Crust Apple Squares

Crust:                                                                                                                                 3 cups all-purpose flour                                                                                                       1-1/2 t. salt                                                                                                                            ¾ + 1/3 c. butter flavor Crisco                                                                                              apple squareserve auntie apple squarere7-1/2 T. very cold water                                                                            Directions:  Put the flour, salt and Crisco in a food processor.  Pulse to mix.  While pulsing, slowly add the water continuing to pulse until a ball is formed.  (if needed, add 1-2 additional tablespoons of water to form the ball)  Remove the dough from the processor and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.

Apple Pie Filling:                             8 to 10 large baking apples, peeled and sliced                                          1 cup white sugar                              4 T. flour                                              2 t. cinnamon                                                                                                Directions: Place apple slices in a large bowl.  Whisk dry ingredients to mix in a small bowl.  Sprinkle the sugar mixture on the apples and toss to coat.            Allow to sit for 20 minutes.

Butter Crust Topping:                                                                                                          1 c. granulated sugar                                                                                                          ½ c. flour                                                                                                                              1 c. butter (or margarine), softened                                                                               Directions: Combine sugar, and flour.  Mix in butter until well combined.

Assembly: Roll out chilled crust on a lightly floured surface and place in a jelly roll pan (15 ½” x 10 ½” x 1”) bringing the crust up the sides.  Pour the apple filling on the crust and spread evenly.  Drop the butter crust topping by teaspoons over the filling and gently spread covering as much filling as possible.

Bake at 350 F for 90 minutes or until the top is golden.

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Easy Cheese Danish

While this recipe may not be on the diet list, it is a favorite among our guests.  It’s a sin to share, as the danish are so quick and easy to make. (You’ll know I’m not slaving all day in the kitchen!)  It is also great to take along to a brunch party for a special treat as it makes a big pan.

Ingredients:

 2 – Pkg. Crescent Rolls                       1/8 c. egg beaters (or 1 egg yolk)

2 – 8 oz. 1/3 fat cream cheese             1tsp. vanilla

1 C. granulated sugar                          1tsp. lemon juice

1/8 tsp. Almond extract

 

Preparation:

Spread one pkg. of rolls on the bottom of a 9” x 13” greased pan. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and extracts until smooth.  Spread batter on top of rolls.  Spread the second package of rolls on top, sealing to the sides of the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden in color.

Frosting:

Mix 2 T. milk and 1 cup of powdered sugar.  Spread over hot, baked Danish as a glaze. Easy Cheese DanishCool. Cut into desired shapes, (we like triangles).   Makes about 24.

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Best Ever Banana Bread

3 Ripe Bananas, mashed                                                                                                       1/3 c. melted butter                                                                                                               3/4 c. granulated sugar                                                                                                           1 egg, beaten                                                                                                                           2 T. non-fat sour cream                                                                                                             1 t. vanilla                                                                                                                                1 t. baking soda                                                                                                                      ¼ t. salt                                                                                                                                   1 ½ c. flour                                                                                                                           For streusel:                                                                                                                            2 T.  ground cinnamon                                                                                                          ¼ c. of sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 9” x 5” loaf pan, and flour.Best Ever Banana Bread

In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, combine butter, sugar and egg, and beat by hand until well mixed.  Blend in sour cream and vanilla.  Add mashed bananas and mix until blended.  Add flour mixture and stir just until combined, taking care not to overmix.  Mix the streusel ingredients in small bowl, set aside.

Pour half the batter into the greased loaf pan and spread evenly.  Sprinkle about two-thirds of the streusel over the batter in the loaf pan.  Slowly add the remainder of the batter, trying to pour evenly.  Sprinkle the remainder of the streusel over the top.

Bake for 50-60 minutes.  Can be checked for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center, and it comes out clean.

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Corn Bread Muffins

corn muffins

  • 3/4 c. yellow corn meal
  • 1c. white flour
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 Tbs. melted butter
  • 1 t. salt
  • 3 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1 c. non-fat milk
  • Spray muffin tin with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.  Add beaten eggs, milk and honey.  Hand beat until completely combined.  Pour evenly into 12 muffin cups.
  • Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes, or toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and tops are golden brown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chocolate and Cherry Magic Bars

Crust:                                                                                                                                       1 – ¾ c. all-purpose flour                                                                                                       ½ c. granulated sugar                                                                                                            ¼ c. packed light brown sugar                                                                                                 ¼ t. salt                                                                                                                                  ½ c. butter, melted

Filling:                                                                                                                                        1 can cherry pie filling                                                                                                              ½ c. sweetened condensed milk

Topping:                                                                                                                                   ½ c. shredded coconut                                                                                                        ½ c. semi-sweet chocolate morsels

 

Directions:

Spray a 9” square baking pan with cooking spray.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl combine flour, sugars, and salt.  Add melted butter and blend in with a fork until crumbly. Spread the mixture evenly into the baking dish and press down firmly.  Combine the pie filling and milk, stirring until well blended.  Spread this mixture over the crust.  Mix together the coconut and chocolate.  Sprinkle evenly over cherry mixture.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until set and coconut is slightly browned.  Cool on wire rack. Cut into 12 or 16 pieces when completely cooled.Choc n Cherry Magic Bars

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Oatmeal Jam Cakes

1 c. butter flavor shortening                                                                                                    1 ½ c. firmly packed brown sugar                 oatmeal-jam-cakes                                                                          2 lg. Eggs                                             2 t. almond extract                               ½ t. vanilla                                           ½ t. white vinegar (keeps cookies soft)                                                        1 t. baking powder                                1 t. real salt                                         ½ t. baking soda                                   2 ½ c. rolled oats, uncooked (can use quick-cooking in a pinch)                      12 oz. fruit jam, our favorite is raspberry                                                                                                                                 Sanding Sugar

Whisk together the flour, salt, soda and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.  Beat the shortening and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until well blended.  Beat in the eggs, extracts and vinegar, blending well. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix at a low speed until just combined.  Stir in the oats.  Cover the dough and refrigerate at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line cookie sheets with parchment paper or grease.  Roll out about a fourth of the dough on a floured surface to about 3/8” thickness.  Cut out circles of dough with your choice of min. 2” to max. 2-1/2” inch round cookie cutter.  Put half the circles 2” apart on prepared tray, place ¾-1 t. of jam in center of base cookies.  Using a very small hole cutter punch holes in the remaining circles, then place on top of bases over jam.  Press the edges of cookie sandwiches to seal.  Sprinkle with sanding sugar.  Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake one tray at a time at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on edges.  Do not overbake or cookies will be hard.  Cool 2 minutes on trays, then move to cooling racks to cool completely.  Makes about 2-1/2 dozen cookies at 2-1/2”.

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Apple Pie Pancakes

applecider-pancakes2 c. all-purpose flour                           ¾ c. powdered milk                             2 T. white sugar                                  1 t. baking powder                                ½ t. baking soda                                   1 t. cinnamon                                       ¼ t. nutmeg                                           1-1/2 c. fresh apple cider                                                                                  ½ c. unsweetened applesauce                                                                                              2 T. sour cream                                                                                                                      2 T. canola oil                                                                                                                          2 eggs, slightly beaten

Apple Pie Filling

1 c. apple, cored, peeled, and diced                                                                                        ¼ c. packed brown sugar                                                                                                        ¼ c. all-purpose flour                                                                                                                ¼ c. quick cooking oats                                                                                                            ½ t. cinnamon                                                                                                                         2 T. cold butter, diced

Measure dry ingredients together in large mixing bowl, whisk to combine.  In another large bowl, combine cider, applesauce, sour cream, oil, and eggs.  Whisk to blend ingredients together.  Stir cider mixture into dry ingredients until batter is just combined.  Let rest 5-10 minutes before making pancakes.

Meanwhile, make apple crumble filling.  Combine sugar, flour, oats, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or fork until mixture is crumbly.  Stir in apple to coat.  Set aside.

Heat griddle until water dances on surface.  Use butter to grease griddle and pour batter into 4” pancakes.  Sprinkle approx. 2 T. of Apple mixture on each pancake.  Cook each pancake until bubbly on top and dry around edges.  Flip and cook until other side is light golden brown, about another minute.  Scrape griddle if necessary between batches of pancakes.

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Spiced Apple Cider Bites

Ingredients for batter                                                                                                               5c.flour                                     spicedappleciderbites            2 t. cinnamon                                      ¼ t. nutmeg                                          1 t. salt                                                 ½ t. baking soda                                   1 c. butter, softened                             1-3/4 c. sugar                                       4 lg. Eggs                                             1 T. vanilla                                             2 lg. Apples, peeled, chopped (2 cups)

Apple Cider Buttercream Frosting                                                                                          1 packet Spiced Apple Cider Instant Mix                                                                                1/3 c. milk                                                                                                                              ½ c. butter, softened                                                                                                              4 c. confectioner’s sugar                                                                                                      ½ t. vanilla

Prepare a 11”x15”baking pan by lining it with parchment paper.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and spices.  Set this to the side.  In another large bowl, using a mixer, cream butter until light.  Add sugar and cream for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.  Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to fully combine.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.  Mix in the vanilla.

Add the flour mixture, about a third of the mixture, at a time, beating just enough to combine with each addition, until almost incorporated.  Finally, mix in the apples until just combined.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan, working it out until evenly spread.  Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Place pan on wire racks until completely cooled.

Meanwhile, prepare the frosting.  Measure the milk in a one cup liquid measuring cup.  Add the cider mix and dissolve it in the milk.  Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth.  Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, beating with each addition.  Alternate adding the milk mixture and sugar, ending with sugar, and beating until all is smooth.  Add the vanilla and if necessary for spreading consistency very gradually add additional milk.

When the cake bar is completely cooled frost with the buttercream frosting and allow to set.  Cut into bars.  Makes approx. 60 1-1/2 inch bites.

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Simple Scones

simple scones

Guests have been asking for my scone recipe for some time.  This is my favorite recipe and using different additions will give you a variety of scones.  One trick is mentioned below, freezing.  I also start with frozen butter and grate it in the food processor.

 

2 c. all-purpose flour                              ½ c. butter, frozen                                                   ] 1 t. baking powder                                 ½ c. fat free sour cream                                          ¼ t. baking soda                                   1 large egg                                                             1/3  c. sugar                                         1/2 t. salt                                                                       ½ c. raisins*

Directions:  In a medium-sized bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt.   Grate the butter into very small pieces.  Work into dry ingredients with your fingers.  This mixture should resemble coarse meal.  Stir in raisins.*

In another small bowl, beat the egg and cream until smooth.  Using a fork stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until large clumps form (do not over work the dough.  Pressing the dough into the sides to pull together to form somewhat of a ball.  Divide into two or three clumps and dump on a floured board.  Press each into a thick disc.

Cut disc into 6-8 triangles (or cut with round cookie cutter).  Put pieces on parchment lined cookie tray, approx.. 2” apart.  Bake in 375 degree preheated oven until golden around the edges. To serve dust with powered sugar or make a glaze with confectioner’s sugar and water, milk, or juice, approx. one tablespoon liquid to one cup of sugar.

The secret to the James Manning House is to freeze the preformed scones before baking. Once frozen wrap tightly and store for up to one month.  Bake as many as desired from frozen state, do not thaw.

*Alternate additives:

Mixed dried fruit                  craisins and orange zest                                                         Lemon-blueberry                dried cherries and almonds                                                   Butterscotch chips             dried apricots and white choc. chips                                 Chocolate and coconut      hazelnuts and toffee                                                                 Pecans and caramels        craisins and white chocolate                                                         Be creative!!

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