How to Make Your Favorite Cake and Cookie Recipes Even Better

How to Make Your Favorite Cake and Cookie Recipes Even Better Experiment! Look what you might add to your recipes. This is a carrot cake. It started out as a yellow cake. We added spices, grated carrots, and nuts. Then we had a carrot cake. (If you want to see the basic mix and how to morph it into a carrot cake, click here. The mix is on sale right now for $1.00.) But we didn’t stop there; we kept adding. Now we have a recipe for pineapple carrot cake, cinnamon carrot cake, candied ginger carrot cake. Read on see …

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How to Make Delightful Frostings with Whipped Cream

One Saturday, I was tinkering in the test kitchen. I had a ripe pineapple and we were serving cupcakes downstairs in our store. What’s a baker to do? I sliced and trimmed the pineapple. Then, using a chef’s knife, I minced the pineapple. I put the pineapple in paper towels and wrung the juice out of it. Then I made our standard whipped cream frosting—the recipe follows. After whipping, added strawberry flavor and a couple drops of pink food coloring and then folded in the pineapple. I used a little more meringue powder for stabilizer because of the residual moisture …

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How to Use a Mix to Make Carrot Cake that Will Rock Their Socks!

Use a mix to make carrot cake or carrot cake cupcakes five ways. Start out with a cream cake mix.  Add grated carrots, cinnamon, and nuts and you have a traditional carrot cake.  Add cinnamon chips, coconut, candied ginger, or pineapple to make scrumptious variations.  Bake then as cupcakes or a sheet cake. But the real killer is the frosting.  Everyone likes cream cheese frosting but it’s dense and rich. Use the following whipped cream frosting and it’s light and dreamy. It’s the best frosting that you can put on a carrot cake. While you can use most carrot cake …

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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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Carrot Cake Muffin Recipe

These are scrumptious. They should be—with all these goodies: lots of nuts, carrots, and pineapple. But with all these goodies to lift, they don’t dome as readily. This recipe fills twelve muffin tins right to the brim and starts in a very hot oven to create a burst of steam—both of which helps put a dome on your muffins. For more information on how to create a dome on your muffins, read on.   Ingredients 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 3 …

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Fresh Pineapple Cheesecake

Pineapple and cream cheese go together. There is something about the smooth creamy cheese that accents the sweet-tart taste of fresh, ripe pineapple so well. We have found pineapple and cream cheese in many a church supper salad dish but, a regal pineapple cheesecake—that sounded terrific. This is simply a very good cheesecake with a fresh pineapple topping. The topping can be made with canned pineapple. 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 …

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

m 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 …

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Coconut Cream Pie in a Coconut Crust

This is a pie for coconut lovers with coconut in the crust, the filling, and the topping.   If there is such a thing as too much coconut, make the pie and save the coconut crust for a banana cream pie, a peach pie, a pineapple pie, or . . . . Dennis Weaver Not a subscriber?  Get recipes and articles like this each >> What you’ll need: Just-add-water pie crust mix A nine-inch pie pan Pie weights Parchment paper For the crust: 1 cup shredded coconut 3 tablespoons sugar 1 1/4 cup just-add-water pie crust mix 3 tablespoons cold water …

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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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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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A Handful of Kitchen Tips

Too much salt in the soup:  Soup too salty?  Throw a cut-up potato in.  The potato will act like a sponge and soak up the salt.  Throw the potato away before serving.  Soup still too salty?  Sometimes a little lemon juice or vinegar will counter the salt. Substitute for rum:  Recipe call for rum?  Need a substitute?  Pineapple juice makes a great substitute for rum. Slow cooking turkey:  Can you safely slow cook a turkey in the oven overnight?  Probably not.  It’s not safe to cook meats below 325 degrees F. Under-ripe fruit:  Place hard fruit in a brown paper …

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Pineapple Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Enjoy the tropical taste of pineapple combined with tangy cream cheese in this flavorful cupcake. For the cupcakes Ingredients: 1 yellow cake mix, prepared cream cheese pastry filling pineapple pastry filling Directions: 1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Bake cupcakes according to package directions. 3. Snip off tip of cream cheese pastry filling bag, insert it into the cupcake, and sqeeze small amount into cupcake. Repeat with pineapple pastry filling. Watch a video on how to fill cupcakes here. For the Frosting Ingredients 1/2 cup buttercream frosting base 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup boiling water 1 pound powdered sugar …

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Caramel Spanish Buns

We found an intriguing recipe in Greg Patent’s, Baking in America, for Spanish Buns. When we went to the internet to learn more about them, we found only heritage recipes, often recipes originating a hundred years ago. Some were made with yeast and some with baking powder. We were intrigued with the concept of a cake made with yeast and started experimenting. Though this is called “buns”, it is very cake-like. The recipe that follows is a derivative of Greg Patent’s recipe. To the modified recipe, we added a buttery brown sugar topping. You’ll find this a delightful change of …

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Summer Salads from the Garden

When the summer produce arrives, make a salad.  It’s easy to make a tossed green salad, a garden salad, and add whatever veggies you have to it.  You can add a creamy dressing like ranch or thousand island but we usually use a vinaigrette. See this collection of vinaigrette recipes >> Get a great deal on a salad dressing genie >> See the recipes that you can make with a genie >> We don’t know when we have enjoyed a dressing as much as the dressing we introduced last week.  It works very well with any tossed green salad. See …

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Peach Blueberry Salad

This is a bright, fresh fruit salad lightly sweetened with brown sugar and orange juice.  It is refreshing on a hot summer day.  It is equally good spooned over pound cake or angel food cake, maybe a with a dollop of whipped cream.  It makes an excellent mixed fruit shortcake. The pineapple in this salad was somewhat controversial.  I liked it but I like pineapple.  Merri Ann thought it competed with the subtle flavor of the peaches.  Leave it out if you like. 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup orange juice 1 tsp rum flavor or vanilla extract 1 cup …

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A Yankee in Paradise Salad

This is a great fruit salad!  It’s a medley of tropical flavors—bananas, pineapple, coconut, and macadamia nuts—with a Yankee favorite, strawberries, thrown in.  We tossed it with coconut cream syrup but you can use whatever you choose. Ingredients 2 pounds strawberries trimmed and sliced 1/2 ripe fresh pineapple sliced and cut into chunks 1 cup green grapes sliced lengthwise 2 or 3 bananas, sliced 2/3 cup macadamia nuts 1/3 cup Lawford’s Reserve Coconut Cream Syrup or other sweet dressing Directions Toss the fruit and nuts together.  Add the cream syrup just before serving. Note: This salad is best if prepared …

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California Apple Salad

This is a delightful mixture of apples, pears, and pineapple in a cinnamon dressing.  Be sure to use a good quality cinnamon. Ingredients 2 apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1 pear, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks 2/3 cup crushed pineapple, drained (reserve the juice) 2 stalks celery, sliced 1/4 cup golden raisins For the dressing 1/4 cup plain yogurt 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup pineapple juice 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon Directions Make the dressing first.  Mix the yogurt, mayonnaise, pineapple juice, and cinnamon together until it is smooth.  Set in the refrigerator to chill. Toss the apple pieces, …

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Caramel Spanish Buns

We found an intriguing recipe in Greg Patent’s, Baking in America, for Spanish Buns. When we went to the internet to learn more about them, we found only heritage recipes, often recipes originating a hundred years ago. Some were made with yeast and some with baking powder. We were intrigued with the concept of a cake made with yeast and started experimenting. Though this is called “buns”, it is very cake-like. The recipe that follows is a derivative of Greg Patent’s recipe. To the modified recipe, we added a buttery brown sugar topping. You’ll find this a delightful change of …

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Pineapple Coconut Sticky Toffee Pudding

This is one of our favorite sticky toffee pudding recipes.  It’s made with shredded coconut and crushed pineapple. For the toffee sauce This is not complicated to make.  You will need a candy thermometer.  Just cook it until you reach the desired temperature. 1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/4 cup (1/2 cube) salted butter 1 teaspoon butterscotch flavor In a large heavy saucepan, add the cream, brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter.  Over medium heat, bring the ingredients to a gentle boil stirring often.  Continue cooking until the temperature reaches …

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Hawaiian Enchiladas

Ingredients: 1 – 15 ¼ ounce can pineapple tidbits in juice 1 cup thinly (1/8″) sliced carrots ½ cup dried apricots, chopped 1 ½ cup chicken breast, cooked and chopped ½ cup slivered almonds 2 cups finely shredded cheese (Co-Jack) 8 – 8 inch flour tortillas 2 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon ground mustard ½ tsp salt 2 cups skim milk 6 eggs, beaten ¾ cups sweet and sour sauce Directions: Drain pineapple well and discard juice. Steam carrots about 3 minutes, until crisp and tender. Mix together pineapple, carrot, apricot, chicken, almonds and 1 ½ cups cheese into a dish. …

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