Pear Butterscotch Pie

Today we made Pear Butterscotch Pie!

1 graham cracker pie shell, 2 medium underripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced into crescents 1/4″ thick, 1C skim milk, 1C firmly packed light brown sugar, 2 eggs, slightly beaten, 3T butter, 3T cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350F. In medium saucepan, mix cornstarch and brown sugar.

Pear Butterscotch Pie

Pear Butterscotch Pie

Mix in milk over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened, about 15 minutes.

Pear Butterscotch Pie

A streak made with the finger on the back of the mixing spoon shouldn’t flow together.

Pear Butterscotch Pie

Add butter and quickly beat in slightly beaten eggs until butter is melted. Blend well. Cool 10 minutes.

Pear Butterscotch Pie

Pear Butterscotch Pie

Pear Butterscotch Pie

Arrange pear slices in circular pattern in pie shell. Pour pudding over pears.

Pear Butterscotch Pie

Pear Butterscotch Pie

Bake 50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Chill at least 2 hours before cutting.

Pear Butterscotch Pie

Banana Blackberry Bread

Today we made Banana Blackberry Bread!

4oz fresh blackberries, 2 medium bananas, mashed, 3T butter, melted, 1C sugar, 1 egg, 1T almond extract, 1t baking soda, 1/2t salt, 1 1/2C flour

Preheat oven 350F. Puree berries in blender. Push through fine-mesh sieve. In separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, beat egg and sugar.

Banana Blackberry Bread

Banana Blackberry Bread

Stir in blackberries, bananas and extract.

Banana Blackberry Bread

Banana Blackberry Bread

Banana Blackberry Bread

Banana Blackberry Bread

Banana Blackberry Bread

Banana Blackberry Bread

Mix in melted butter. Blend well.

Banana Blackberry Bread

Banana Blackberry Bread

Mix in dry ingredients until just blended.

Banana Blackberry Bread

Banana Blackberry Bread

Turn into greased extra large loaf pan.

Banana Blackberry Bread

Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center emerges clean.

Banana Blackberry Bread

Banana Blackberry Bread

Cranberry Brownies

Today we made Cranberry Brownies!

3/4C flour, 3 eggs, 1T vanilla extract, 3/4C unsweetened cocoa powder, 1t salt, 2C sugar, 6T butter, 1/2t baking soda, 1C chocolate chips, 1C coarsely chopped fresh raw cranberries

Preheat oven to 325F. Melt butter with chocolate chips.

Cranberry Brownies

Add sugar. Blend well. Cool 20 minutes.

Cranberry Brownies

Stir in eggs. Blend well.

Cranberry Brownies

Stir in vanilla extract.

Cranberry Brownies

In separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, cocoa powder and baking soda. Add to melted chocolate mixture.

Cranberry Brownies

Cranberry Brownies

Stir in cranberries.

Cranberry Brownies

Turn into greased 8″X8″ pan.

Cranberry Brownies

Bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center emerges almost clean.

Cranberry Brownies

Prune Choc Chip Muffins

Today we made Prune Choc Chip Muffins!

3C flour, 3t baking powder, 2T sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/4C skim milk, 4T butter, melted, 2/3C firmly packed, coarsely chopped prunes, 1C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour and baking powder. In separate bowl, mix milk, egg and cooled butter.

Prune Chip Muffins

Prune Chip Muffins

Prune Chip Muffins

Prune Chip Muffins

Prune Chip Muffins

Stir in sugar.

Prune Chip Muffins

Prune Chip Muffins

Make a well in the dry ingredients and stir in wet until almost blended.

Prune Chip Muffins

Prune Chip Muffins

Mix in prunes and chocolate chips just until blended.

Prune Chip Muffins

Prune Chip Muffins

Prune Chip Muffins

Prune Chip Muffins

Turn into greased, lined or nonstick muffin tin.

Prune Chip Muffins

Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Prune Chip Muffins

Prune Chip Muffins

Frozen Banana Mango Pie

Today we made Frozen Banana Mango Pie!

14oz sweetened condensed milk, 1 medium mango, peeled and chopped, 2 medium bananas, mashed, 1/4C skim milk, 1T ground cinnamon, 1 graham cracker pie shell

Mix milks.

Frozen Mango Banana Pie

Stir in cinnamon.

Frozen Mango Banana Pie

Puree mango in blender. Mix with bananas.

Frozen Mango Banana Pie

Add to milk mixture. Turn into pie shell.

Frozen Mango Banana Pie

Frozen Mango Banana Pie

Freeze until of desired consistency.

Frozen Mango Banana Pie

Fig Walnut Bread

Today we made Fig Walnut Bread!

14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 3 eggs, 2 1/4t dry yeast, 1/4C water, 3T butter, melted, 4-5C flour, 1C each of chopped dried figs and walnuts, in 1″ and 1/2″ pieces, respectively

Pour warm water (105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit) on yeast in a large bowl. Stir until yeast is dissolved.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Add 2C flour.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

In separate bowl, beat milk with eggs.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Work in egg mixture.

Fig Walnut Bread

Add 1C more flour.

Fig Walnut Bread

Mix in melted butter.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Add enough flour to form a dough.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Place in a greased receptacle that is double in area, the size of the dough.

Fig Walnut Bread

Turn over once. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Punch down dough. Place on floured surface. Knead a couple of minutes.

Fig Walnut Bread

Divide dough in half. Roll out to rectangle that is 1/2″ thick. Cover with fig and walnut pieces.

Fig Walnut Bread

Roll it up and seal the edges.

Fig Walnut Bread

Fig Walnut Bread

Place in greased loaf pan. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover each pan with plastic wrap. Let rise 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350F. Remove plastic wrap. Bake loaves 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Fig Walnut Bread

Brown Sugar Loaf

Today we made Brown Sugar Loaf with Strawberry Icing!

1C milk, 1C brown sugar, 4T butter, 3C flour, 1T cinnamon, 2t baking powder, 2 eggs, 1T almond extract

Icing: 4 1/4C powdered sugar, 16 oz fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream butter with brown sugar.

Brown Sugar Loaf

Brown Sugar Loaf

Brown Sugar Loaf

Stir in eggs.

Brown Sugar Loaf

Brown Sugar Loaf

Mix in extract. Blend well.

Brown Sugar Loaf

Add dry ingredients to wet alternately with milk, until just blended, beginning and ending with dry.

Brown Sugar Loaf

Brown Sugar Loaf

Brown Sugar Loaf

Brown Sugar Loaf

Turn into greased 11″X 13″ pan.

Brown Sugar Loaf

Bake 40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely. For icing, push strawberries through fine mesh sieve.

Brown Sugar Loaf

Sift powdered sugar into puree. Stir until barely pourable.

Brown Sugar Loaf

Brown Sugar Loaf

Cut cake in half horizontally with serrated knife. Spread 2/3 of icing on one half, cut side up.

Brown Sugar Loaf

Top with other cake half.

Brown Sugar Loaf

Spread remaining icing on top.

Brown Sugar Loaf

Brown Sugar Loaf

Prune Brownies

Today we made Prune Brownies!

3/4C flour, 1T vanilla extract, 3 eggs, 1C unsweetened cocoa powder, 1t salt, 1/2t baking powder, 2C sugar, 6T butter, 1 1/4C chocolate chips, 1/2C loosely packed, coarsely chopped prunes

Preheat oven to 325F. Melt butter with 1 CUP chocolate chips.

Prune Brownies

Add sugar. Cool 20 minutes.

Prune Brownies

Prune Brownies

In small bowl, sift together flour, salt, cocoa and baking powder. Add eggs to chocolate mixture.

Prune Brownies

Add vanilla. Blend well.

Prune Brownies

Prune Brownies

Add flour mixture. Blend well.

Prune Brownies

Mix in prunes and remaining 1/4C of chocolate chips.

Prune Brownies

Prune Brownies

Turn into greased 8″X8″ pan.

Prune Brownies

Prune Brownies

Bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center emerges clean.

Prune Brownies

Peanut Butter Choc Chip Cupcakes

Today we made Peanut Butter Choc Chip Cupcakes With Yogurt Icing!

1C flour, 1/2t baking powder, 1/2t baking soda, 1/4t salt, 1C firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2C creamy peanut butter, 4T butter, 1/2C nonfat plain yogurt, 1C chocolate chips, 3 eggs

Icing: 3T plain nonfat yogurt, 3 to 3 1/2C powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, cream butter with brown sugar.
PB Chip Cupcakes

PB Chip Cupcakes

Mix in peanut butter. Blend well.

PB Chip Cupcakes

PB Chip Cupcakes

Stir in eggs.

PB Chip Cupcakes

Alternately mix in dry ingredients with yogurt beginning and ending with dry until almost blended.

PB Chip Cupcakes

PB Chip Cupcakes

PB Chip Cupcakes

PB Chip Cupcakes

PB Chip Cupcakes

PB Chip Cupcakes

PB Chip Cupcakes

Stir in chocolate chips.

PB Chip Cupcakes

PB Chip Cupcakes

Turn into greased, lined or nonstick cupcake tin.

PB Chip Cupcakes

Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

PB Chip Cupcakes

For icing, sift powdered sugar into yogurt and stir until barely spreadable.

PB Chip Cupcakes

PB Chip Cupcakes

Spread on cupcakes.

PB Chip Cupcakes

Mango Blackberry Sorbet

Today we made Mango Blackberry Sorbet!

1C sugar, 1C water, 4 oz fresh blackberries, 1 medium mango, peeled and chopped

Puree blackberries in blender. Push through fine mesh sieve. Puree mango.

Mango Blackberry Sorbet

Mango Blackberry Sorbet

Stir into blackberries. In small saucepan, heat sugar and water.

Mango Blackberry Sorbet

Mango Blackberry Sorbet

Mango Blackberry Sorbet

Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved. Add to fruit.

Mango Blackberry Sorbet

Mango Blackberry Sorbet

Pour into souffle dish or other freezer container.

Mango Blackberry Sorbet

Freeze until of desired consistency.

Mango Blackberry Sorbet