Blueberry Walnut Choc Chip Cake

Today we made Blueberry Walnut Choc Chip Cake!

1C brown sugar, 4T butter, 2C flour, 1T cinnamon, 1T baking powder, 1/2t baking soda, 2 eggs, 16 oz well-drained blueberries, 1C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1C chocolate chips, 1T almond extract, 1/2C skim milk

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

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Add eggs. Blend well.

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Stir in extract. Alternately add dry ingredients and milk to wet ingredients in about three portions; beginning and ending with dry. Stir just until blended.

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Fold in blueberries, walnuts and chocolate chips.

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Turn into greased 9″ round cake pan.

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Bake 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

Blueb Walnut Chip Cake

Cherry Peach Ices

Today we made Cherry Peach Ices!

12 oz fresh cherries, 1/2C sugar, 1C no-refined-sugar-added peach nectar, 1C water

Mix sugar and water over low heat until dissolved. Cool.

Cherry Peach Ices

Cherry Peach Ices

Pit cherries and puree in blender.

Cherry Peach Ices

Mix in peach nectar.

Cherry Peach Ices

Whisk in water mixture. Blend well.

Cherry Peach Ices

Freeze until of desired consistency.

Cherry Peach Ices

Pear Scones

Today we made Pear Scones!

2C flour, 6T brown sugar, 1T cinnamon, 2 medium Anjou pears, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped; 1T baking powder, 4T butter

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix in 3T brown sugar. In separate bowl, add juice and 3T brown sugar to chopped pears.

Pear Scones

Pear Scones

Pear Scones

Blend well. Cut butter into flour mixture until butter is blended in. It should still be powdery. Stir pear mixture into dry ingredients until just blended.

Pear Scones

Pear Scones

Drop by T onto greased cookie sheets.

Pear Scones

Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Pear Scones

Frozen Cherry Pistachio Pie

Today we made Frozen Cherry Pistachio Pie!

2C coarsely chopped pitted fresh cherries, 6 oz whole pistachios without shells, 1/2C water, 3T cornstarch, 1/2C sugar, 1 graham cracker pie shell

Over medium heat, mix together water, sugar and cornstarch in saucepan until the consistency of gelatin, stirring constantly about 10 minutes.

Cherry Pistachio Pie

Cherry Pistachio Pie

Cherry Pistachio Pie

Cherry Pistachio Pie

While hot, pour over cherries. Blend well.

Cherry Pistachio Pie

Cherry Pistachio Pie

Mix with pistachios. Blend well.

Cherry Pistachio Pie

Turn into pie shell.

Cherry Pistachio Pie

Cherry Pistachio Pie

Freeze 2 hours or more.

Cherry Pistachio Pie

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