Pear Lemon Cake

Today we made Pear Lemon Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1 1/2 C flour, 2t baking powder, 2 large slightly underripe pears, peeled and chopped into 1/2 to 1/4″ pieces, 3 eggs, 3T brown sugar, 2T lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Beat in eggs.

Pear Lemon Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry. In a separate bowl, mix pears, lemon juice and brown sugar.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Stir wet into dry until just blended.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread half the batter evenly into a greased 9″ round cake pan.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread pears on top.

Pear Lemon Cake

Spread on remaining batter. Swirl until all pears are coated.

Pear Lemon Cake

Bake 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned and cake comes away from sides of pan.

Pear Lemon Cake

Pear Lemon Cake

If desired, glaze when cake is cool, with 2 to 2 1/2C powdered sugar sifted, and 3T orange juice blended until barely pourable.

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Today we made Apple Cranberry Cookies!

3/4C milk, 10 oz fresh, raw cranberries, coarsely chopped; 1 2/3C flour, 1/2 t salt, 3/4C brown sugar, 1 1/2t baking powder, 1T cinnamon, 2 small apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ pieces

Preheat oven to 375F. Stir dry ingredients.

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Cut in butter.

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Stir in milk until almost blended.

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Stir in apples and cranberries until just blended.

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Spoon by T onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 18-20 minutes or until cookie edges come away from cookie sheets.

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Apple Cranberry Cookies

Banana Custard Pie

Today we made Banana Custard Pie!

3 eggs, 14 oz sweetened, condensed milk, 1/3C skim milk, 2 small bananas, 1 graham cracker pie shell

Preheat oven to 350F.

Banana Custard Pie

Mix milks with eggs. Blend well.

Banana Custard Pie

Banana Custard Pie

Banana Custard Pie

Banana Custard Pie

Banana Custard Pie

Banana Custard Pie

Arrange banana slices in desired pattern in shell. Pour batter over them. Bananas will rise.

Banana Custard Pie

Banana Custard Pie

Banana Custard Pie

Bake 30-35 minutes or until set in center.

Banana Custard Pie

Mocha Layer Cake

Today we made Mocha Layer Cake With Cocoa Cream Cheese Frosting!

2C chocolate chips, 1t salt, 3C flour, 1 1/2C brewed coffee, 1/4C skim milk, 4T cold butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/3C cocoa powder, 1 1/2T baking powder

Frosting: 5T skim milk, 1/2C cocoa, 5 to 5 1/2C powdered sugar, sifted, 4 oz cream cheese

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt 1 CUP chocolate chips with coffee. Stir until blended. Cool.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

In bowl, sift together dry ingredients including sugar. Blend in butter. Mixture should still be powdery. Stir in skim milk and coffee mixture.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Fold in remaining chocolate chips.

Mocha Layer Cake

Turn into 2 greased, round 8″ cake pans.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is set and cakes come away from sides of pans. Cool. Remove cakes from pans. Frost: Mix all frosting ingredients until spreadable.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Spread 1/3 of frosting on bottom cake layer.

Mocha Layer Cake

Mocha Layer Cake

Cover with top cake layer. Spread remaining frosting on top and sides. Chill until ready to serve.

Mocha Layer Cake

Apple Peanut Scones

Today we made Apple Peanut Scones!

2C flour, 1/2C coarsely chopped salted roasted peanuts, 1/4C creamy peanut butter, 3T brown sugar, 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ to 1/4″ pieces, 1/2C skim milk, 3T sugar, 1T baking powder, 1T butter

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking powder and sugar. In separate bowl, mix chopped apples with peanut butter, brown sugar and chopped peanuts.

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Blend well. Blend butter into flour mixture. It should still be powdery. Mix in milk.

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Stir in apple mixture until just blended.

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Drop by T onto greased cookie sheets 1″ apart.

Apple Peanut Scones

Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Apple Peanut Scones

Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake

Today we made Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1t salt, scant 1 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 6 oz fresh blueberries, 3T lemon juice, 3 eggs, 3T powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Beat in eggs.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Make a well in the dry and blend in half the wet.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Add lemon juice.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Stir in remaining wet just until blended.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Turn into a greased 9″ round cake pan.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

In separate bowl, mash powdered sugar into blueberries.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Swirl into cake batter with a few turns of a knife.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Bake 35-40 minutes or until center is set and cake comes away from the sides of the pan.

Lemon Blueb Swirl Cake

Apple Honey Muffins

Today we made Apple Honey Muffins!

2C flour, 2t baking powder, 3T sugar, 1 egg, 1/2C apple juice, 1/2C honey, 1/4C butter, melted; 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ to 1/4″ pieces

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients, including apples. Blend well.

Apple Honey Muffins

Apple Honey Muffins

Apple Honey Muffins

Apple Honey Muffins

Apple Honey Muffins

Make a well in the dry. Add the wet.

Apple Honey Muffins

Stir until just blended. Turn into lined, nonstick or greased muffin tin.

Apple Honey Muffins

Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Apple Honey Muffins

Frozen Blueberry Fudge Pie

Today we made Frozen Blueberry Fudge Pie!

1 pint fresh blueberries, slightly mashed; 14 oz sweetened, condensed milk; 1C chocolate chips, 1 graham cracker pie shell

Melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk over low heat. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat.

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Add mashed blueberries. Blend well.

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Turn into pie shell.

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Blueb Fudge Pie

Cool. Freeze.

Blueb Fudge Pie

Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars

Today we made Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars!

Crust: 1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/4C flour

Filling: 1/2C butter, 2/3C brown sugar, 1/4C light corn syrup, 3/4C coarsely chopped, roasted, salted almonds; 3/4C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. For crust: Beat butter with sugar.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Work in egg and flour.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Press into greased, square pan. Bake 15 minutes. For filling: In saucepan, mix butter, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring frequently.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Boil 2 minutes without stirring.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Quickly stir in almonds and walnuts.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Spread over baked crust.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Bake 20 minutes or until brown and bubbling. Immediately spread on chocolate chips evenly. Gently press down. Loosen edges of bars with serrated knife. Cool.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Chill until of desired consistency. Cut into bars.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars