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

Apple Nut Choc Chip Cake

Today we made Apple Nut Choc Chip Cake!

1/2C butter, 1C sugar, 1C flour, 3/4t baking soda, 1T cinnamon, 2 eggs, 1 extra large Granny Smith apple, chopped into 1/2″ pieces; 1/3C coarsely chopped cashews, walnuts and roasted lightly salted almonds; 1C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter with sugar.

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Add eggs to butter mixture. Blend well.

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In separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Make a well in these dry ingredients and stir in wet until mostly blended.

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Fold in apples.

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Stir in nuts and chips.

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Turn into greased 9″ round cake pan.

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Bake 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.

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Blackberry Ices

Today we made Blackberry Ices!

12 oz fresh blackberries, 2T half and half, 1C powdered sugar

Rinse, drain and dry berries thoroughly. Push through fine mesh sieve. Discard seeds or use for another recipe.

Blackberry Ices

Mix puree with half and half and sugar. Blend well.

Blackberry Ices

Blackberry Ices

Blackberry Ices

Blackberry Ices

Freeze until of desired consistency.

Blackberry Ices

Blackberry Ices

Blackberry Ices

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Today we made Cherry Choc Chip Muffins!

3t baking powder, 2C flour, 2 eggs, 21 oz cherry pie filling, 1C chocolate chips, 4T butter, melted; 1/4C skim milk

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, beat eggs with pie filling.

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Stir in melted butter. Blend well.

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Make a well in the dry ingredients.

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Stir in wet until almost blended.

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Stir in milk.

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Fold in chocolate chips until just blended.

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Spoon into lined, greased or nonstick muffin tin. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden. Makes 16-18 muffins.

Choc Cherry Chip Muffins

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Today we made Multi-Flavor Candy Bars!

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

Filling: 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1C creamy peanut butter, 2C chocolate chips, 1 egg, 3C mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 325. Blend together crust ingredients.

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Press into large greased casserole dish.

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Bake 20 minutes or until light golden on the edges. Increase oven temperature to 350F. Mix sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter and egg. Blend well.

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Spread evenly onto crust.

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Sprinkle on chocolate chips.

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Sprinkle on mini marshmallows.

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Bake 10 minutes. Cool.

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars

Chill before cutting.

Multi-Flavor Candy Bars