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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Using Clear Jel®

Clear Jel® is the easiest way to make pies, gravies, jams, jellies, and more. It’s the perfect solution to a sauce that needs thickening, and unlike flour and cornstarch, it cools clear rather than giving your recipe a new tint. “Clearjel has become an essential in our kitchen. We use it in place of cornstarch in gravies and sauces. But the real marvel is Instant Clear Jel. You don’t have to cook it!”—Dennis Weaver What is Clear Jel? Clear Jel®, a corn starch derivative, is a commercial thickening product used by bakeries and or frozen food. This product is used …

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How to Make Monte Cristo Sandwiches

This is an old French sandwich circa 1910. It became popular in America in the 1930’s and then seem to drop out of sight in the 1960’s. My dad loved Monte Cristo sandwiches. As a child, it seemed that they were popular in diners and other casual recipes. Either way, they were made with meat, usually ham, and a soft cheese, raspberry jam, and mustard or a hot sauce. They are now a type of sandwich, a meat and cheese sandwich cooked like French toast or deep fried. We’ve maintained the sweet layer with either jam or a flavored honey.

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Going Bananas for Elvis Presley Sandwiches

Blog Home Prepared Pantry Store Shopping Cart Get a FREE Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix Now! Add it to cart and use code “ZBAN” at checkout. Going Bananas for Elvis Presley Sandwiches And Taking Them to the Next Level with Banana Bread I remember Elvis Presley, barely. I think of him as a big, brawling-type of guy, singing the blues as the girls go crazy. It’s easy to picture him eating peanut butter, bacon, banana sandwiches, too, and having it named after him. You think it’s crazy, but the flavors work together marvelously. I tried a sandwich the other day, …

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8 Ways To Make PB&J Sandwiches They Love

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Eight Ways To Make PB&J Sandwiches They Love   Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches don’t need to be boring. Here are ways to make something fun with PB&J. We made these in our test kitchen. Use Cherry Bubblegum Jelly and delight your children.  It really does taste like cherry bubblegum. And kids do love it. Food Network did a show on kids eating PB&J sandwiches made with Cherry Bubblegum Jelly.  The kids were delighted to discover the bubblegum flavor. Try a jar of Cherry Bubblegum Jelly! If you think bubblegum flavored jelly sounds awful, choose something else. 1. PB&J Crackers Spread …

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New England Apple Pie Pastry

We had a lot of fun with this. It’s not really a pie or a pastry but it is scrumptious. It’s made with a rich cream cheese pastry on top and bottom with an apple cinnamon filling tucked in. It’s a little more work than an apple pie but it’s not hard and it is worth the extra time. Check out the unusual topping. It’s easy. It is made by freezing the pastry dough and then shredding it as you would shred cheese. We used an electric shredder attachment for our stand-type mixer and made quick work of the task …

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Plum Currant Skillet Cobbler

with Caramel Whipped Cream This was the last in a series of twelve skillet cobbler recipes we tried and served them to visitors in our store.  People really liked it.  It is made with fresh red plums and red currant jelly.  It is a very attractive dessert. We served it with caramel whipped cream because we had extra.  It was a very good combination. You can make this cobbler either from scratch or using our mix. While these are called skillet cobblers, the butter is melted in a pan on the stovetop, the batter is added, and then the cobbler …

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Peach Pineapple Paradise Skillet Cobbler

with Caramel Whipped Cream These are absolutely wonderful cobblers, our favorite type of cobbler yet.  And they are easy.  Once the fruit is prepared, this is a simple one-bowl, one-pan recipe that goes together quickly. You can make this cobbler either from scratch or using our mix. While these are called skillet cobblers, the butter is melted in a pan on the stovetop, the batter is added, and then the cobbler transferred to the oven to bake.  Any oven-proof, 10-inch pan will work.   You can also use a two quart baking dish and melt the butter in the oven. For …

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Blackberry Peach Skillet Cobbler

with Butterscotch Whipped Cream Blackberries or raspberries and peaches is a classic combination.  These can be made with either fresh or frozen blackberries.  The peaches are best fresh but can be made with canned peaches.  The red currant jelly adds color and zest.  The butterscotch whipped cream is simply whipped cream with brown sugar and butterscotch flavor added. You can make this cobbler either from scratch or using our mix. While these are called skillet cobblers, the butter is melted in a pan on the stovetop, the batter is added, and then the cobbler transferred to the oven to bake.  …

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Blackberry Cream Skillet Cobbler

This is a great skillet cobbler.  It is made with fresh or frozen blackberries and premade Bavarian cream.  The red currant jelly adds color and zest.  The lemon whipped cream is simply whipped cream with sugar, lemon extract, and lemon zest added. You can make this cobbler either from scratch or using our mix. While these are called skillet cobblers, the butter is melted in a pan on the stove top, the batter is added, and then the cobbler transferred to the oven to bake.  Any oven-proof, 10-inch pan will work.   You can also use a two quart baking dish …

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Raspberry Peach Skillet Cobbler

Raspberries and peaches is a classic combination.  These can be made with either fresh or frozen raspberries.  The peaches are best fresh but can be made with canned peaches.  The red currant jelly adds color and zest.  The caramel nut whipped cream is whipped cream with brown sugar, chopped nuts, and caramel flavor added.  Adding nuts to whipped cream puts a nice crunchy contrast to the soft whipped cream.  We served this in our store and it was very well received. You can make this cobbler either from scratch or using our mix. While these are called skillet cobblers, the …

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Marionberry Cream Cheese Tarts

  These are delectable little cookies. They are sugar cookies built on a cream cheese base recipe. The almond and powdered sugar will remind you of wedding cookies or almond crescents. Though this is a fancy cookie recipe, the dough goes together simply and quickly. This recipe calls for marionberry jam and the combination of marionberry jam, cream cheese, and almond is delightful but any smooth, spreadable jam or jelly will do. Marionberry Cream Cheese Tarts Recipe Ingredients 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter 1 eight-ounce package of cream cheese 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon almond extract 2 1/4 cups …

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Florida Baked Chicken

Sweet oranges and lemons topped with a bit of your favorite peach or apricot jam or jelly makes this chicken delightful. This is a very easy dish to make. Ingredients 1 lemon, zest and juice 2 oranges, zest and juice 1/3 to 1/2 cup peach or apricot jam or jelly 1/2 small onion, grated 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon prepared mustard cut up fryer pieces, enough to fill an 8 1/2 x 13-inch pan, about four pounds Directions 1. To make the sauce, combine the zest, juice, jam or jelly, onion, butter, and mustard in a saucepan. Heat and simmer …

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Pectin, Clearjel, Spices, and more

Here you will find canning supplies such as pectin, Clear Gel, pickling spices, and labels. Displaying products 1 – 11 of 11 results Show:    40  80  120  200  Sort:    Default  Price Low to High  Price High to Low  Name (A-Z)  Name (Z-A)  Rating Low to High  Rating High to Low  Newest  Ground Ginger–4 oz bottle (about one cup) List Price: $7.34 Price: $5.87 You Save: $1.47 (20 %) Premium ground ginger. Ground Cloves–4 oz bottle (about one cup) List Price: $9.44 Price: $5.87 You Save: $3.57 (38 %) Ground cloves are one of our popular spices. They add a distinctive flavor in sweets and drinks. Net …

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Cherry Pecan French Toast

Stuffed French toast is always a treat. This one is stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese and cherry jam then crusted with pecans. (We considered calling this Cherry Cheesecake Stuffed Pecan Crusted French Toast but that seemed a little long.) This is easy to make. Make a sandwich with the cherry cheesecake filling, dip the sandwich in egg, and dredge it in chopped pecans. Ingredients 4 ounces cream cheese (regular or low fat) 2 tablespoons sour cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract about 2/3 cup cherry jam bread slices 3 large eggs 2 tablespoons milk 1 to 1 1/2 cups finely …

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Chocolate Railroad Tracks

We understand that railroad track cookies are popular in Europe.  To make them, you form a long trough with the cookie dough and then fill the trough with a jam or jelly so that you have jam between two rails of cookie—hence the railroad tracks. We made this chocolate version and loved them.  We used tart red currant jelly to stand out against the chocolate. Ingredients 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup butter 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 large egg 1/2 cup jelly or …

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Marionberry Poppy Seed Cutout Sandwich Cookies

These are pretty cutout cookies.  You can make these sandwich cookies with seedless raspberry jam, black current jelly, or red current jelly but we thought seedless marionberry jam was just right.  The jam is mixed with cream cheese. If you don’t like poppy seeds, leave them out.  Of course, you can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to make these sandwiches. Ingredients 3 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract 1/4 cup milk 1 cup powdered sugar 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup poppy seeds 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt …

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Apple Cinnamon Burst Sweet Rolls

One of our most popular bread mixes is our Cinnamon Burst Bread Mix.  It makes a soft white bread loaded with cinnamon bursts.  Why not do the same with sweet rolls, add cinnamon chips?  We decided to make Apple Cinnamon Burst Sweet Rolls. How to Make Apple Cinnamon Rolls We used a Country Farm White Bread Mix but you can use any bread mix, recipe, or refrigerated dough. To make the dough just a bit richer, we used an extra two tablespoons of butter. We made the dough in accordance with the package directions with the dough hook in our …

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Red Currant Glazed Pork Chops

This easy glaze will turn ordinary pork chops into wonderful company fare. The Red Currant Jelly will stain the meat a slightly darker color but likely no one will notice. You can use a different jelly, a lighter colored jelly, if you prefer such as Peach Pineapple Paradise or apple jelly. This recipe also works well with lamb chops. Ingredients 1/4 cup Red Currant Jelly 2 tablespoons sweet onion, Vandalia or equal, finely minced 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon soy sauce pepper and salt to taste Directions 1. Cook all ingredients in a small sauce pan until bubbly. If …

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Strawberries and Cream Flourless Chocolate Cake

This is a wonderful flourless chocolate cake to serve in the spring when the strawberries are in season.  It is topped Bavarian cream and fresh strawberries, then drizzled with strawberry sauce, and topped with whipped cream. One flourless chocolate cake, cooled 1 cups Bavarian pastry filling (see notes) fresh strawberries sliced strawberry sauce (recipe follows) whipped cream Top the chocolate cake with Bavarian filling. To serve, cut the cake into slices and place on dessert plates.  Top each slice with strawberries.  Drizzle with the strawberry sauce.  Top with whipped cream and serve immediately. Baker’s note:  If you do not have …

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