Pineapple Oat Cake

Today we made Pineapple Oat Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C brown sugar, 1 egg, 1/2t vanilla, 1 1/2C quick oats, 1/4t baking soda, 1 1/4C flour, 1/4t salt

Filling: 20 oz can pineapple chunks in 100% juice, well drained; 1C sugar; 1/4C cornstarch; 1/4C flour, 1/3C pineapple juice, 4 eggs

Crust: Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Stir in oats.

Pineapple Oat Cake

In separate bowl, cream butter with brown sugar.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Stir in egg.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Stir in flour mixture. Blend well.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Press into greased glass rectangular casserole dish. Bake until barely browned. Cool.

Filling: Beat eggs with sugar.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Stir in egg mixture.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Stir in juice. Blend well.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Stir in dry ingredients.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Fold in pineapple chunks.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Turn into baked crust.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Lower oven temperature to 325. Bake 50 minutes or until set in center.

Pineapple Oat Cake

Pineapple Oat Cake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Today we made Cocoa Fruitcake!

1/2C cocoa, 1C boiling water, 14 oz sweetened, condensed milk, 2 scant C flour, 3t baking powder, 1/4C coarsely chopped dried apricots, 1/4C coarsely chopped prunes, 1/3C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Add boiling water to cocoa. Stir until dissolved. Cool 5 minutes.

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Stir in sweetened, condensed milk. Stir with cocoa mixture.

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

In bowl, sift together dry ingredients.

Cocoa Fruitcake

Fold in fruit and chocolate chips.

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Turn into greased loaf pan.

Cocoa Fruitcake

Cocoa Fruitcake

Bake 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

Cocoa Fruitcake

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Today we made Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes!

Crust: 1/2C butter, 1/3C brown sugar, 1 1/8C flour

Filling: 1 egg, 1/3C sugar, 6 oz cream cheese, 1/2C coarsely chopped prunes

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix crust ingredients.

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Press into greased 8-cup cake pan or muffin tin.

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Mix filling ingredients.

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Pour into baked crusts.

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

Reduce oven heat to 300F. Bake 15-17 minutes longer or until set in center. Makes 5 cakes.

Prune Cheese Shortbread Cakes

2-Milk Fruitcake

Today we made 2-Milk Fruitcake!

1/4C coarsely chopped prunes, 1/4C coarsely chopped dried apricots, 1/4C coarsely chopped dried figs, 1/2C coarsely chopped almonds lightly salted with sea salt, 2 scant C flour, 3t baking powder, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1C skim milk

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together dry ingredients. In saucepan, heat skim milk until slightly warm.

2-Milk Fruitcake

Pour into large bowl and mix in sweetened condensed milk. Blend well.

2-Milk Fruitcake

2-Milk Fruitcake

2-Milk Fruitcake

Stir in dry ingredients until just blended.

2-Milk Fruitcake

2-Milk Fruitcake

Stir in dried fruit and almonds.

2-Milk Fruitcake

2-Milk Fruitcake

Turn into greased loaf pan.

2-Milk Fruitcake

2-Milk Fruitcake

Bake 45 minutes or until lightly browned.

2-Milk Fruitcake

Chocolate Nut Cake

Today we made Chocolate Nut Cake!

1/4C butter, 1C sugar, 2 eggs, 1 1/2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1/2C milk, 6 oz (1C) chocolate chips, 1/6C unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1/2C coarsely chopped roasted almonds with sea salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Add eggs.

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Melt 1/2C chocolate chips. Cool.

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Add to wet ingredients.

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Alternately add dry ingredients and milk to wet, beginning and ending with dry, just until blended.

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Stir in nuts and 1/2C chocolate chips.

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Choc Nut Cake

Turn into greased extra large loaf pan.

Choc Nut Cake

Bake 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center emerges clean. Drizzle with chocolate syrup if desired.

Choc Nut Cake

Blueberry Oatmeal Choc Chip Muffins

Today we made Blueberry Oatmeal Choc Chip Muffins!

2C flour, 3t baking powder, 3T butter, melted, 1C chocolate chips, 3/4C sugar, 1T cinnamon, 1C quick oats, 2 eggs, 1/4C milk, 12 oz blueberry pie filling

Sift together dry ingredients except for oatmeal. Stir in oatmeal.

Blueb Oat Choc Chip Muffins

In separate bowl, beat eggs with pie filling.

Blueb Oat Choc Chip Muffins

Stir in melted butter.

Blueb Oat Choc Chip Muffins

Blueb Oat Choc Chip Muffins

Make a well in the dry ingredients. Add wet and stir a little.

Blueb Oat Choc Chip Muffins

Stir in milk until almost blended.

Blueb Oat Choc Chip Muffins

Fold in chocolate chips until just fully blended.

Blueb Oat Choc Chip Muffins

Blueb Oat Choc Chip Muffins

Turn into lined, greased or nonstick muffin tin.

Blueb Oat Choc Chip Muffins

Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Blueb Oat Choc Chip Muffins

Mango Frozen Yogurt

Today we made Mango Frozen Yogurt!

1 medium mango, pureed, 16 oz nonfat plain yogurt, 1/2C sugar

Make yogurt cheese: Put yogurt in fine-mesh sieve over bowl covered with plastic wrap. Chill overnight. Stir together yogurt and puree with rubber spatula.
Mango Froyo

Mango Froyo

Mango Froyo

Stir in sugar.

Mango Froyo

Blend well with whisk.

Mango Froyo

Freeze until of desired consistency.

Mango Froyo

Squash Scones

Today we made Squash Scones!

3/4C milk, 1 2/3C flour, 1/4t salt, 1/2C sugar, 1/2t baking powder, 1T cinnamon, 4T butter, 1C mashed, steamed butternut squash

Preheat oven to 375F. Stir together dry ingredients.

Squash Scones

Cut in butter. Mixture should still be somewhat powdery. Stir in milk until almost blended.

Squash Scones

Squash Scones

Stir in squash until just blended.

Squash Scones

Spoon by T onto greased cookie sheets.

Squash Scones

Bake 15-20 minutes or until browned on the bottom.

Squash Scones

Strawberry Meringue Cookies

Today we made Strawberry Meringue Cookies!

4 egg whites, 5 large strawberries, hulled, 1 1/2C powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 250F. Beat whites until soft peaks form.

Strawb Mer Cookies

Gradually beat in sugar until glossy peaks form, about 7-10 minutes.

Strawb Mer Cookies

Strawb Mer Cookies

Strawb Mer Cookies

In blender, chop strawberries into 1/4″ pieces. Push chopped strawberries through fine mesh sieve. Fold strawberry liquid into meringue.

Strawb Mer Cookies

Strawb Mer Cookies

Then fold in the strawberry flesh.

Strawb Mer Cookies

Drop by T onto foil lined cookie sheets.

Strawb Mer Cookies

Strawb Mer Cookies

Bake 1/2 hour. Turn off oven. Let cookies sit in oven 2 1/2 – 3 hours more until dry and crisp.

Strawb Mer Cookies