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

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Today we made Pear Peanut Butter Cookie Bars!

2 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 1/2t salt, 1/2c creamy peanut butter, 1C chocolate chips, 1/4C honey, 2 large pears, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2″ pieces, 1T cinnamon, 1/2C plain nonfat yogurt

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In separate bowl, beat yogurt, honey and eggs.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

In separate bowl, beat peanut butter and brown sugar.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Add egg mixture to it.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

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

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Stir in chocolate chips and pears.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Spread evenly into greased 9″X13″ pan.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Pear PB Cookie Bars

Potato Apple Tart

Today we made Potato Apple Tart With Cinnamon Glaze!

1C cooked mashed potatoes, 1T butter, melted; 1/4t salt, 1T brown sugar, 4T flour

Filling: 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2″ pieces, 1T brown sugar, 1T butter

Glaze: 1 1/3C powdered sugar, 1/2T cinnamon, 1T water

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together potatoes, melted butter, salt and brown sugar.

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Mix in enough flour to make a soft dough.

Potato Apple Tart

Press half of this into a small, round greased cake pan. Mix filling ingredients.

Potato Apple Tart

Spread on top of dough in pan.

Potato Apple Tart

Evenly press remaining dough on top. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Stir together glaze ingredients until barely spreadable.

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Potato Apple Tart

Spread on tart.

Potato Apple Tart

Makes 2 servings.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Today we made Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls!

1 envelope dry yeast, 1/4C warm water, 1/2C sugar, 12T butter, melted, 4 eggs, 1C skim milk, 5-6C flour

Filling: 4 oz baby carrots, chopped into 1/2″ pieces, 1C chocolate chips, 4 oz fresh raw cranberries, quartered

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

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Add sugar.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Add 2C flour and melted butter.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Add milk.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Add 1C more flour.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Work in eggs, then add enough flour to form a dough.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

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

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Turn over once. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. Punch down dough. Place on floured surface. Add more flour. Knead a couple of minutes. Grab a handful of dough, and roll or stretch out into an approximately 3″X2″ shell. Place a few carrot and cranberry pieces, and chocolate chips on the dough.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Roll it up and seal the edges.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Place on greased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350F.

Remove plastic wrap. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Cran Carrot Choc Chip Rolls

Choc Almond Cookies

Today we made Chocolate Almond Cookies!

12 oz chocolate chips, 2T butter, 3/4C flour, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1C whole lightly salted almonds

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt chocolate chips with butter. Blend well.

Choc Almond Cookies

Stir in milk. Blend well.

Choc Almond Cookies

Choc Almond Cookies

Sift in flour. Blend well.

Choc Almond Cookies

Mix in almonds.

Choc Almond Cookies

Drop by T onto foil-lined cookie sheets.

Choc Almond Cookies

Choc Almond Cookies

Bake 10 minutes or until matte and set.

Choc Almond Cookies

Prune Almond Biscotti

Today we made Prune Almond Biscotti!

3 2/3C flour, 1C firmly packed, coarsely chopped prunes, 1C coarsely chopped almonds, 1/2t baking powder, 1T vanilla extract, 1/2t baking soda, 1/2t salt, 3/4C sugar, 1/2C butter, melted, 2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. In separate bowl, mix sugar and eggs.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Add cooled butter.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Stir in vanilla extract. Blend well.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Stir in dry ingredients until a dough is formed.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Press in prunes and almonds.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Prune Almond Biscotti

Turn onto floured surface. Knead 2 minutes. Shape into 2 logs about 8″ long by 2″ wide. Place on greased cookie sheet 3″ apart.

Prune Almond Biscotti

Bake 30 minutes or until somewhat dried out. Cool 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 275F. Slice logs at a slant into 1″ wide wedges. Bake 20 minutes. Turn over and bake another 20 minutes or until crunchy. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from sheet.

Prune Almond Biscotti