How to Make and Easy Upside Down Cake with Almost Any Fruit

Upside down cake is one of my personal favorites. Pineapple upside-down cake is the most common, but you can make an upside-down cake with any fruit. It’s easy with a cake mix. Choose any fruit, layer it over brown sugar with cake batter over the top, bake it, and turn it over for an ooey-gooey treat. Step 1:Choose the Fruit for Your Upside Down Cake You can choose nearly any fruit for your upside-down cake, as long as it cooks well. Think of any fruit you could include in a pie, and you could use it in your upside-down cake. …

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Blueberry Lemon Upside Down Cake with Lemon Cloud Whipped Cream

We served this blueberry lemon upside-down cake to customers, and they loved it. Blueberry and lemon is a classic combination and blueberries make a perfect upside down cake. (You can use either fresh or individually frozen berries.) The cool lemon whipped cream is delightful. This blueberry upside-down cake uses a cake mix, so it is super easy. It’s a great recipe for a busy day. If you choose, you may make this cake with your favorite white or yellow cake recipe. Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 1 cup packed brown sugar 12 ounces of individually frozen blueberries 1 yellow cake mix …

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How to Make Filled Donuts (Bismarcks)

Bismarck donuts are filled with pastry cream or fruit-based pastry fillings. You make them the same way as regular donuts except that you don’t cut the centers out and you fill them after they cool. How to Make Bismark Donuts If you can make donuts, you can make filled or bismark donuts. You make them the same as normal donuts, but you don’t cut the holes out. Instead, you take a long thin tip from a decorator set, stick it into the center of the donut, and press until you feel the donut start to bulge. That’s all there is …

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Easy Pie Turnovers

DESCRIPTION If you want to make a simple treat for your family and friends, this is the recipe for you. These delicious turnovers are easy to make and are great to serve guests for any occasion. They’re worth every bite! INSTRUCTIONS Our Pantry 1 Dough Press 1 Pie Crust Mix 2 tbsp. Chubby Cherry Filling or other fruit fillings 2 tbsp. Cream Cheese or Bavarian Creamor 3-4 tbsp. fruit filling Your Pantry 3 eggs 2 t. oil 1/2 cup water Steps Step 1—Roll and cut the dough: Roll the dough out until it is no thicker than 1/4 inch — …

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Easy Orange Upside Down Cake

This orange upside-down cake recipe takes your basic pineapple upside-down cake and turns it into a citrusy delight with orange slices, orange flavor, and a topping of orange marmalade for a glaze. It uses a boxed cake mix so it is super easy. It’s a great recipe for a busy day. Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 1 cup packed brown sugar 4 oranges 1 box yellow cake mix vegetable oil, water, and eggs as called for on the cake mix box 2 teaspoons orange flavor 1 1/2 tablespoons orange zest 1/2 cup orange marmalade 1 tablespoon water Directions Preheat the oven …

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Comparative Fat Content in Donuts and Cookies (Including Baked Donuts)

Donuts have always been a guilty pleasure–the crisp outer layer from deep-frying with the fluffy inside all topped with a sweet glaze or icing. It’s hard to say no, but sometimes we worry about the donut calories, especially the calories from fat in a donut. Are all donuts really that unhealthy, and how do they compare to cookies with fat content? Here’s our discoveries. Donut Calories from Fat For our research, we analyzed our donut mix recipes for the fat content, or calories from fat, compared to the total ingredients and calories. We did the same with a few cookie …

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Fabulous Orange Marmalade Cakes

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What else would you like to make with your marmalade? From Marmalade Cookies to Chinese Chicken to Egg Rolls, get our Marmalade Recipe Collection, six recipes that your family will love includes the “Quickest and Easiest Marmalade Recipe on the Planet.” Just tell us where to send your collection. Get your collection! It’s under construction. We’ll send it to you once completed! Fabulous Orange Marmalade Recipe These are made from our vanilla bean cake mix. Each mix will make four loaves in pans three inches wide by five inches long for cakes about 3 1/2 x 6 inches. Cut these …

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Two Easy Ways to Make Strawberry Pies!

The strawberry season is upon us.  Mid-April berries, at least in our area—are not as good as May berries but if you shop carefully, you can get good berries at a reasonable price. I love strawberry desserts with fresh succulent berries.  Strawberries are not my first choice for baking, they are too wet and fragile, but they are wonderful fresh on the table or as a part of a dessert. Method 1 I love strawberry pies.  There is a diner not far from here where the proprietor piles chunks of fresh berries into a pie shell and loads it with …

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How to Use This Handy Tool and an Ordinary Straw to Make a Strawberry Pie in 15 Minutes

  Includes Suggestions for Whipped Cream Toppings Even if you’ve never made a pie before, you can make a strawberry pie in 15 minutes. There are four easy steps. Step #1: Mix the Dough. Prep time: 2 minutes Use a just-add-water pie crust mix.  Mix in a stand-type mixer just until the dough ball comes together. Step #2: Form and Bake the Crust. Prep time: 4 minutes Roll the dough on a lightly floured counter to a scant 1/4-inch thickness.  (You can measure the thickness by sticking a toothpick into the dough.) Lay the pie pan on the dough and cut …

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How to Make Cool Cream Pies from Vanilla Cream to Strawberry Cream

9-Inch Stainless Steel Pie Pan Mini Pie Pan Set 9-Inch Professional Pie Pan Smooth and cool, cream pies are wonderful in the summer. Once you understand the principles, they are easy. Then you can take the basic vanilla pie recipe and be creative, making other pies that your family will love. And since the filling is made on the stovetop there is no long baking time. Basic Vanilla Cream Pie Use this cream pie recipe as the basis for many other pies. Ingredients 3 cups milk or light cream 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 large egg yolks …

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Fresh Fruit & Cookie Pizza

These make gorgeous dessert pizzas.  Use your favorite fruits or whatever is in season.  The one in the picture is made with strawberry, blueberry and key lime.  The one in the recipe is a favorite. We sometimes use Instant Clearjel to make the glaze without cooking. 1 batch of cookie dough (our favorite is Butterscotch Pecan) 1/2 lb Bavarian cream filling or similar 1 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced 1/2 cup blueberries 1 can mandarin oranges, drained 2-3 bananas, sliced (tossed in lemon juice to keep from browning) 2 kiwis, sliced and halved Glaze 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup orange juice …

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Grandma’s Glazed Meatloaf

These are pretty little meatloaves.  We made them in an eight-cavity pan, just about right for individual servings.  Freeze any extras–wrap in aluminum foil, put in freezer bags, and freeze for up to three months. Ingredients For the glaze: 1/2 cup ketchup 1/4 cup brown sugar 4 teaspoons vinegar For the meat loaf: 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 medium onion, minced 2 cloves minced garlic 2 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon onion salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon hot …

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Toasted Pecan and Peach Green Salad

This salad is equally as good as the pear variation.  It is made with greens, a garden type salad served with a dressing.  Instead of blue cheese, we used havarti.  Raspberry vinaigrette is perfect. This recipe is sized to serve four.  You may adjust quantities of ingredients to suit your preferences.   Ingredients: 1 bag of prepared salad greens, 8 to 10 ounces 2 ripe peaches, washed, peeled, and sliced 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced 3/4 cup glazed pecans 1/ 2 cup havarti or other soft cheese cut into 1/4-inch cubes Dressing of your choice.  A vinaigrette works nicely. Directions: …

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Cranapple Walnut Green Salad

This salad is a little different.  It is still a green salad but we added cheddar, cranberries, and walnuts.  It was magnificent with a cranberry vinaigrette. This recipe is sized to serve four.  You may adjust quantities of ingredients to suit your preferences.   Ingredients: 1 bag of prepared salad greens, 8 to 10 ounces 2 crisp eating apples, washed, cored, and sliced but not peeled (we used honey crisp) 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (glazing is optional) 1/2 cup grated cheddar Dressing of your choice.  A vinaigrette works nicely. Directions: Divide the greens into four …

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Orange Walnut Coffeecake

This is a very good coffeecake. The cream cheese makes it very moist and delicious. The topping is reminiscent of the caramel topping on a German Chocolate Cake and the melted topping glazes the sides. Scrumptious. Even with the topping, it is not quite as sweet as a dessert cake. This recipe is sized for a seven inch springform pan. Double this recipe for a ten-inch springform pan, a nine-inch square springform pan, or a 9 x 9-inch baking pan. Ingredients 1/2 cup sugar 4 ounces cream cheese zest from one orange 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 large egg 1 cup …

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Kansas Corn and Oat Bread

This is an unusual but very good bread made with both oat flour and ground corn.  It is similar to Anadama Bread and is especially good for toast.  It is made with a combination of four flours: Cornmeal, oat flour, whole wheat flour, and white bread four.  Since only the wheat flours form gluten, the majority of flour must be wheat but there is enough oat and corn to make the bread rustic reminiscent of a peasant bread. As a guide, the non-wheat flours should not exceed 40% and this recipe calls for exactly 40%.  Accordingly, wheat gluten is added …

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How to Make Dinner Rolls Guide

Nothing makes a dinner special quite like homemade dinner rolls. You can make dinner rolls from your favorite bread mix or recipe though rolls are usually a bit sweeter and richer with more butter and milk products. There is probably no bread product that allows you to be more creative than dinner rolls. You can make them plain or fancy, and if fancy, into a multitude of shapes. You can wash them to give them an attractive glaze or you can top them with seeds or grains. Everyone loves cheesy rolls. They are simple to make; just add grated cheese …

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Cranberry Vanilla Scones

These scones are light and airy—almost a cross between a biscuit and a cake. They have a little more fat—butter and sour cream– and they’re just a touch sweeter than most recipes. So they don’t need butter and jam and they’re perfect for that lazy brunch or when company comes over. And best of all, the recipe is not difficult. Ingredients 2/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup cold butter cut into chunks 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 cup sour cream 1 large egg yolk 1 …

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Cherry Almond Scones

Cherries and almonds are classic flavor companions. These tender scones are filled with cherry pieces and topped with an almond glaze. We think your family will want these often. (This is also a great recipe with raisins, especially golden raisins.) The recipe is easy to make. Ingredients 2/3 cup dried sweet cherries, diced 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup cold butter cut into chunks 1 cup sour cream 1 large egg yolk 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Almond glaze (recipe follows) Directions Preheat the oven to 400 …

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Cherry Dream Cake

This snack cake is unbelievably light and moist and fluffy. It doesn’t have much fat and has a lot of egg whites–almost like an angel food cake. The cherry flavor comes from a whole jar of maraschino cherries chopped finely in the blender. This cake works best in a rectangular pan and is sweet enough that it doesn’t have to be frosted. If you do choose to frost it, choose a light frosting, either a glaze or a fluffy, light frosting. Our choice for this cake is a dab of whipped cream or maybe a little ice cream. Cherry Dream …

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