Apple Almond Cake

Today we made Apple Almond Cake!

1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 3 eggs, 1t salt, scant 1 1/2C flour, 2t baking powder, 3 medium apples, peeled and sliced in crescents; 1C coarsely chopped, salted, roasted almonds, 1T almond extract

Topping: 1T lemon juice, 2t cinnamon, 1/4C brown sugar

Preheat oven to 325F. Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, beat butter with sugar.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Add eggs and extract.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Beat in dry ingredients.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Stir in almonds.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Spread into greased, rectangular cake pan.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Press one half the apple crescents into batter in desired pattern. Mix topping ingredients into a paste.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Spread on apples.

Apple Almond Cake

Apple Almond Cake

Place remaining apples on top. (For more intense topping flavor, double topping amounts and spread on top layer of apples.)

Apple Almond Cake

Bake 45-55 minutes or until cake is lightly browned.

Apple Almond Cake

Chocolate Nut Cookies

Today we made Chocolate Nut Cookies!

1/2C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1/2C coarsely chopped roasted lightly salted almonds, 12 oz chocolate chips, 1/2C sugar, 2T butter, 2 eggs, 1/2C flour, 1t baking powder

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt 1 CUP chocolate chips. Cool. In bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

Choc Nut Cookies

Choc Nut Cookies

Choc Nut Cookies

Choc Nut Cookies

Beat in eggs. Blend well.

Choc Nut Cookies

Choc Nut Cookies

Stir in melted chocolate.

Choc Nut Cookies

Stir in dry ingredients.

Choc Nut Cookies

Choc Nut Cookies

Mix in nuts and remaining chocolate chips just until blended. Bake on well greased cookie sheets 12-15 minutes

Choc Nut Cookies

or until slightly cracked on top.

Choc Nut Cookies

Banana Nut Pie

Today we made Banana Nut Pie!

3 eggs, 1C skim milk, 2 small bananas, mashed, 1 graham cracker pie shell, 1C coarsely chopped, smoked salted almonds; 1C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1C brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all ingredients except nuts and pie shell. Blend well.

Banana Nut Pie

Banana Nut Pie

Banana Nut Pie

Banana Nut Pie

Banana Nut Pie

Banana Nut Pie

Stir in nuts.

Banana Nut Pie

Banana Nut Pie

Banana Nut Pie

Banana Nut Pie

Banana Nut Pie

Spread in pie shell.

Banana Nut Pie

Banana Nut Pie

Bake 40-45 minutes or until set in center.

Banana Nut Pie

Apple Peanut Scones

Today we made Apple Peanut Scones!

2C flour, 1/2C coarsely chopped salted roasted peanuts, 1/4C creamy peanut butter, 3T brown sugar, 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2″ to 1/4″ pieces, 1/2C skim milk, 3T sugar, 1T baking powder, 1T butter

Preheat oven to 350F. Sift together flour, baking powder and sugar. In separate bowl, mix chopped apples with peanut butter, brown sugar and chopped peanuts.

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Blend well. Blend butter into flour mixture. It should still be powdery. Mix in milk.

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Stir in apple mixture until just blended.

Apple Peanut Scones

Apple Peanut Scones

Drop by T onto greased cookie sheets 1″ apart.

Apple Peanut Scones

Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Apple Peanut Scones

Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars

Today we made Chocolate Caramel Nut Bars!

Crust: 1/2C butter, 1/2C sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/4C flour

Filling: 1/2C butter, 2/3C brown sugar, 1/4C light corn syrup, 3/4C coarsely chopped, roasted, salted almonds; 3/4C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. For crust: Beat butter with sugar.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Work in egg and flour.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Press into greased, square pan. Bake 15 minutes. For filling: In saucepan, mix butter, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring frequently.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Boil 2 minutes without stirring.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Quickly stir in almonds and walnuts.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Spread over baked crust.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Bake 20 minutes or until brown and bubbling. Immediately spread on chocolate chips evenly. Gently press down. Loosen edges of bars with serrated knife. Cool.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Chill until of desired consistency. Cut into bars.

Choc Caramel Nut Bars

Drunken Strawberry Almond Ice Milk

Today we made Drunken Strawberry Almond Ice Milk!

1 pint strawberries, coarsely chopped into 1/2″ pieces; 1C dry gin, 1T almond extract, 2T sugar, 14 oz sweetened, condensed milk; 1C skim milk, 4 oz almonds, coarsely chopped

In medium bowl, stir together gin, almond extract and sugar.

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Add strawberries. Blend well.

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 2 or more hours. Mix together milks.

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Drain and stir in strawberries, and almonds.

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Freeze until of desired consistency.

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Strawb Alm Ice Milk

Apple Almond Biscotti

Today we made Apple Almond Biscotti!

1 extra large apple, peeled and finely chopped; 3C flour, 1C brown sugar, 1T cinnamon, 1 1/2t baking powder, 1/2C butter, 2 eggs, 1/2C roasted, salted whole almonds, coarsely chopped; 1/2T almond extract

Preheat oven to 350F.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Mix eggs with brown sugar.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Add cooled butter to egg mixture.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Stir in cinnamon.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Add extract.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Add sifted flour and baking powder.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Make a sticky dough. Work in apples and almonds.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Apple Almond Biscotti

Shape 1 large loaf about 10″ long. Place on greased cookie sheet.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Cool 20 minutes. Cut diagonal slices 1/2″ wide X 4 or 5″ using a serrated knife. Lower oven temperature to 325F. Put back on sheet and bake another 10 minutes. Turn slices over and bake another 10 minutes or until crisp.

Apple Almond Biscotti

Almond Cracker Candy

Today we made Almond Cracker Candy!

1/2C brown sugar, 1/4C white sugar, 1/4C sweetened, condensed milk, 1T butter, 3/4C coarsely chopped almonds, 1T almond extract, 2T corn syrup, 1C chocolate chips, 8-10 rectangular crackers, such as “Wasa”– made with wheat flour (NOT rye flour)

Place crackers on foil-lined jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with elevated sides. Crackers need not fill up the whole sheet. Mix sugars, milk, butter and corn syrup in large, heavy saucepan.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until candy thermometer reaches 235F.

Almond Cracker Candy

Remove from heat and stir in extract. Mixture will sizzle.

Almond Cracker Candy

Spread onto crackers, coating evenly.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Melt chocolate chips and spread on top.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Sprinkle almonds on top.

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Almond Cracker Candy

Press in almonds lightly with spoon.

Almond Cracker Candy

Cool. Freeze 2 or more hours. Break into pieces. Eat.

Almond Cracker Candy

Chocolate Banana Nut Cookies

Today we made Chocolate Banana Nut Cookies!

1C chocolate chips, 3T butter, 2 small bananas, mashed; 1/2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1/2C sugar, 1/3C cocoa, 1/4C each of coarsely chopped almonds, cashews and walnuts

Melt chocolate chips with butter, stirring constantly until smooth.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Remove from heat. Stir in sugar.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Cool 20 minutes. In bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 350F.

Choc Ban Nut Cookies

Add eggs to chocolate mixture. Blend well.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Alternately add dry ingredients and mashed bananas, beginning and ending with dry, in thirds, just until blended.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Stir in nuts.

Choc Ban Nut Cks2

Drop by T, 1″ apart, onto foil-lined cookie sheets. Batter will be thin.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Bake 18-20 minutes or until cookie edges start to come away from foil.

Choc Ban Nut Cks

Drunken Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Today we made Drunken Cherry Chip Almond Cake!

2C pitted halved fresh cherries, 1C amaretto liqueur, 1C chocolate chips, 2C flour, 1t baking powder, 1/2C butter, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/2C coarsely chopped almonds, 2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Soak cherries in amaretto liqueur 2 or more hours in a glass container covered with plastic wrap.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Add eggs.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Stir in dry ingredients. Blend well.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Stir in chips, nuts and thoroughly drained cherries.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Turn into greased 9″ or 10″ round cake pan. Spread evenly.

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

Cherry Chip Almond Cake

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

Cherry Chip Almond Cake