Cherry Clafouti

Today we made Cherry Clafouti!

4 eggs, 2/3C sugar, 1/2C flour, 1C milk, 2C canned cherries, well drained

Preheat oven to 375F.

Cherry Clafouti

Beat eggs and sugar until light.

Cherry Clafouti

Beat in flour and milk. Spread cherries evenly onto bottom of greased 9″ pie plate.

Cherry Clafouti

Cherry Clafouti

Pour on batter.

Cherry Clafouti

Bake 40-45 minutes or until top is puffed, golden brown and center is just set. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Cherry Clafouti

Sprinkle on confectioner’s sugar if desired.

Pineapple Shortcake

Today I made Pineapple Shortcake!

1 1/2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1t baking soda, 1C brown sugar, 1/2t salt, 1/2C butter, 1C pineapple juice, 20 oz can crushed pineapple, very well drained, 4C confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.

Pineapple Shortcake

Cream butter with brown sugar until creamy. Sift together dry ingredients; add them to butter mixture alternately with juice, 1/4 cup at a time, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Spread into greased 9″X13″ pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned and cake moves away from edges of pan.

Pineapple Shortcake

Cool 20 minutes. Cut cake in half width-wise while still in pan. Remove one half to a large plate or platter. Blend pineapple and confectioner’s sugar. Spread half of this onto cake on plate.

Pineapple Shortcake

Pineapple Shortcake

Place second half of cake onto the first half. Spread on remaining pineapple topping. Sift additional confectioner’s sugar on top.

Pineapple Shortcake

Banana Pops and Caramel Cream

Today I made Banana Pops and Caramel Cream!

2 ripe bananas, peeled and halved in the middle, 4 oz semisweet chocolate chips, 1/8 cup hot water, 1/2C sprinkles, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk

1] Insert a skewer or chopstick into the cut end of each banana half. 2] Place bananas in a shallow pan. 3] Freeze 3 or more hours.

4] Melt chocolate with water, stirring occasionally.

Banana Pops

Banana Pops

5] Spread sprinkles on sheet of waxed or parchment paper. 6] Dip frozen banana into chocolate.

7] Roll in sprinkles and hold upright until set, about 2 minutes.

Banana Pops

8] Freeze 5 minutes before serving. Or wrap in plastic or foil to store in freezer.

9] In the interest of efficiency, pour condensed milk into saucepan.

Banana Pops

10] Dip frozen banana into milk. Repeat steps 7 and 8.

Caramel Cream
a) Heat remaining milk, stirring constantly on low heat, until it looks like peanut butter, 20-25 minutes.

Banana Pops

Banana Pops

b) Add sprinkles if desired. Cool. Use as a dessert sauce while hot. Store in well-greased, airtight container. Or, drop by tsps onto well-greased cookie sheet and let harden to make individual caramels.

Banana Pops

Cherry Dumplings

Today I made Cherry Dumplings!

29 oz undrained canned cherries, 1/2C sugar, pinch salt, 1/2C flour, 1/2T sugar, pinch salt, 3/4t baking powder, 3/4T firm butter, 1/4C milk

Pour cherries into large saucepan with tight-fitting lid.

CherryDumplings

Stir in 1/2C sugar and salt. Simmer 3 minutes. Measure flour, 1/2T sugar, pinch salt and baking powder. Re-sift three times.

CherryDumplings

Cut in butter until size of rice.

CherryDumplings

Add milk all at once and stir vigorously with fork. Drop by Tbs (or whatever size you like) onto simmering cherries.

CherryDumplings

Simmer over low heat 20 minutes. Keep lid on the whole time. Serve hot or cold.

CherryDumplings

Oatmeal Bars

Today I made Oatmeal Bars!

1/2C butter, 1/2C brown sugar, 1 egg, 1t almond extract. 1t baking powder, 1 1/2C oats, 3/4C flour, 1/2C chopped nuts, 1/2C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.

Oatmeal Bars

Cream butter, sugar and extract. Add egg. Beat well. Add remaining ingredients.

Oatmeal Bars

Press into greased cake pan.

Oatmeal Bars

Bake 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into squares. Or rectangles.
Don’t forget to eat.

Oatmeal Bars

Brownies

Today I made Brownies!

1 1/2C cocoa, 1t baking soda, 1/2C butter, melted, 1/3 C butter, melted, 1C boiling water, 4C sugar, 4 eggs, 2 2/3C flour, 1t vanilla, 1/2t salt

Preheat oven to 350F.

Brownies

Stir cocoa, baking soda and 1/2C butter, melted. Add boiling water. Stir until mixture thickens. Mix in sugar, eggs and remaining melted butter.

Brownies

Brownies

Stir until smooth. Beat in flour, vanilla and salt. Blend well.

Brownies

Pour into lightly greased 13″X9″ pan.

Brownies

Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean.

Brownies

Meringue Cookies

Today I made Meringue Cookies!

4 egg whites, 1 1/2C sugar, 2 pinches salt, 1 tsp cream of tartar, 12 oz mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 275F. Beat whites with salt until frothy.

Meringue Cookies

Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form.

Meringue Cookies

Beat in sugar 2T at a time. Continue beating until whites are glossy and stiff, about 10 minutes.

Meringue Cookies

Fold in chips. Drop onto well-greased cookie sheets, 2T at a time.

Meringue Cookies

Bake 45-50 minutes, or until firm and dry on the inside.

Meringue Cookies

Raisin Cake

Today I made Raisin Cake!

1 1/2C flour, 1 1/4C sugar, 1/2C butter, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 t baking powder, 1/2 C milk, 1 1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350F. Add eggs, and beat well. Sift flour with baking powder, and add alternately with milk to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Blend in raisins. Pour into greased tube pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Fruit Leather

Today I made Fruit Leather!

This recipe is from the book “Colorado Cache Cookbook”, by the Jr. League of Denver

16 oz unsweetened applesauce, 1/4 t ground cinnamon, 1/2 t fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 150F. Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth. Pour 1/4″ thick on greased large cookie sheet.

Fruit Leather

Fruit Leather

Dry in oven with door ajar until leather feels dry but tacky, 6-8 hours.

Fruit Leather

Roll.

Fruit Leather

Store airtight in fridge.