How to Make a Fine Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cake

Chocolate Turtle Cake

St. Paul’s Best Chocolate Cake We never make a trip to Saint Paul without making a stop— or several— at Café Latte. The pastries are exquisite; the soups, sandwiches, and salads are incredible. “What’s your best chocolate cake?” I asked the server.  Without hesitation, she answered, “The Turtle Cake.”  It was very good… and simple enough that I can talk you through making it. Keep reading for all the sweet details. Merri Ann, my wife, is gluten free so she had the flourless chocolate cake. It too was good.  We have a mix for that, the Legendary Flourless Chocolate Cake Mix. Dusted with a …

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Clam Chowder Recipe Made with Bacon

The Best New England Clam Chowder Recipe Clam Chowder Recipe Made with Bacon Free! Garlic and Herb Focaccia Bread MixTry this fantastic Italian bread free with your next order. Use coupon code: ZFOC at checkout. → Free! Garlic and Herb Focaccia Bread MixTry this fantastic Italian bread free with your next order. Use coupon code: ZFOC at checkout. → I got hooked on this clam chowder recipe when Diane from Gresham and Myers brought over two big pots of it to try. We loved it; none of it went to waste. So, when I asked the crew what they would like to …

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A Guy’s Blueprint for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just days away. Are you ready to wow your sweetheart? We have dinner in restaurants often. That’s nice, but we do it often enough that it doesn’t have the impact that Merri Ann deserves for Valentine’s Day. When we were first married, those first few years before we were inundated with crying babies and a thousand other things, I made dinner on special occasions—I mean white linens and roses and the best steaks I could buy. (Merri Ann loves a good steak). It’s not a lot of work, it just takes planning. I don’t even know where …

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Gluten Free Cheesecake

Additional Recipes and References Free! How to Bake, a free 250 page baking book Free! Easy Cheesecakes from A to Z (Includes “A Cheesecake Troubleshooting Guide) Free! A Manual for No-Bake Cheesecakes Springform Pans from Round to Square Click to see the Cheesecake Recipe Index with over 40 additional recipes Ingredients For the crust 2 cups crushed gluten-free cookie crumbs or cracker crumbs.   If you use cracker crumbs, add 1/4 cup sugar. 6 tablespoons butter, melted. For the filling 2 1/2 eight-ounce packages of cream cheese 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 …

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Tips for a Cheesecake Bar

A cheesecake bar is an excellent way to feed a crowd something special without a lot of work.  They are easy to mix up.  You can usually double the recipe and still mix them in your stand-type mixer.  You can bake two at a time in your oven.  Each large cheesecake should make 12 servings. You can make toppings out of any fruit.  The strawberry topping is likely to go quickest so make twice as much.  Raspberry will be the next most popular. People really like cherry pie filling on a cheesecake.  Buy a couple cans. Buy spray cans of …

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Gluten-Free Oatmeal Muffins

1 cup buttermilk 1 cup oatmeal (either quick or old-fashioned) 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup melted butter (half cube) Mix the first four ingredients in your mixing bowl and let them sit while you mix the other ingredients in a separate bowl. 1 cup gluten-free flour (2/3 rice flour, 1/3 combination of either tapioca flour, potato starch, or other gluten-free flour) 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (available in health food section of grocery store) 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (Optional – 1/2 tsp. cinnamon …

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Macadamia Nut Wedding Cookies Recipe

These are easy to make. Use a food blender to chop the nuts. See also the recipe for Almond Wedding Cookies. These cookies can also be made gluten free. Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts 1 cup all-purpose flour powdered sugar Directions Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. 1. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the salt and extract and mix. 2. Chop the nuts in a food blender, half at a time. Measure the nuts after chopping. Add the nuts to the sugar …

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Almond Wedding Cookies Recipe

These are easy to make. Use a food blender to chop the nuts. See also the recipe for Macadamia Nut Wedding Cookies. These cookies can also be made gluten free. Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 3/4 cup finely chopped almonds 1 cup all-purpose flour powdered sugar Directions Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. 1. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the salt and extract and mix. 2. Chop the nuts in a food blender, half at a time. Measure the nuts after chopping. Add the nuts to the sugar …

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Strawberry Banana Pannekoeken

Strawberries and banana make a wonderful combination in a pannekoeken. It could be topped with whipped cream but we chose a sour cream and honey topping and it was very good. This will make a wonderful brunch. Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 3 large eggs 1/8 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 pints strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced 3 or 4 bananas, sliced powdered sugar or cinnamon for dusting (optional) Directions 1. Place the butter in a pannekoeken pan or an ovenproof skillet with rounded sides. 2. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Put the rack in …

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Gluten-free Dutch Pannekoeken

Autumn Apple Pannekoeken

Since pannekoeken has more egg than flour, it seemed like a candidate for a flourless recipe for our friends that can’t eat wheat flour. It works. Here’s the recipe. Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 3 large eggs 1/8 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 2/3 cup rice flour or gluten-free blend Directions 1. Place the butter in a pannekoeken pan or an ovenproof skillet with rounded sides. 2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Put the rack in the center, not the top, shelf. When you turn the oven on, place the pan with the butter in the oven. When the oven …

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Cheddar and Bacon Gluten Free Cornbread Recipe

This is a very good gluten-free cornbread recipe.   It’s quick, easy, and almost foolproof. It’s made with bacon, cheddar, onion bits, and either red bell pepper or a jalapeño pepper depending on your tolerance for heat. It is an egg-rich, skillet cornbread. Ingredients 2/3 cups yellow cornmeal 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 large eggs 1/2 cup milk 4 bacon slices 1/4 red bell pepper, chopped and diced or jalapeno pepper 2 thick slices of onion, chopped and diced 1/2 cup grated cheese, cheddar or jack Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Fry the …

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How to Make French Silk Pies & Their Cousins

We love French silk pies with their silky smoothness.  They seem the most sophisticated and regal of the chocolate pies.  Silk pies would be perfect except for one detractor—they’re made with raw eggs.  Now, we know that with the right amount of sugar, they’re safe but still—they’re a detractor.  So we set off the make the perfect French silk pie with cooked eggs. We searched our cookbooks and the internet for French silk pies where the eggs are cooked.  There are several methods, some calling for baking the pie and some calling for cooking the filling and placing the cooked …

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Blueberry and Cream Cheese Pannekoeken

Mini Blueberry Pannekoken

We added blueberries to a traditional pannekoeken recipe and then topped it with honey-whipped cream cheese. It was very good. Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 3 large eggs 1/8 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup more or less fresh or individually frozen blueberries Directions 1. Place the butter in a pannekoeken pan or an ovenproof skillet with rounded sides (in the picture we used large muffin tins to make mini pannekoken). 2. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Put the rack in the center, not the top, shelf. When you turn the oven on, place the …

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