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.
In separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Melt 1/2C chocolate chips. Cool.
Add to wet ingredients.
Alternately add dry ingredients and milk to wet, beginning and ending with dry, just until blended.
Stir in nuts and 1/2C chocolate chips.
Turn into greased extra large loaf pan.
Bake 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center emerges clean. Drizzle with chocolate syrup if desired.
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.
Add eggs to butter mixture. Blend well.
In separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Make a well in these dry ingredients and stir in wet until mostly blended.
Fold in apples.
Stir in nuts and chips.
Turn into greased 9″ round cake pan.
Bake 45-50 minutes or until knife inserted in center of cake emerges clean.
Today we made Pistachio Cookies!
1/3C whole pistachios with shells removed, chopped coarsely; 1 egg, 1 1/2C flour, 1/2C honey, 1T lemon juice, 1/2t baking soda, 1/4C sugar
Beat honey, butter and sugar. Batter will curdle.
Stir in egg. Blend well.
In separate bowl, sift flour and soda. Stir into wet ingredients alternately with lemon juice, beginning and ending with dry, until just blended.
Stir in pistachios. Chill batter 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350F. Drop by T onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets.
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.
Add eggs and extract.
Beat in dry ingredients.
Stir in almonds.
Spread into greased, rectangular cake pan.
Press one half the apple crescents into batter in desired pattern. Mix topping ingredients into a paste.
Spread on apples.
Place remaining apples on top. (For more intense topping flavor, double topping amounts and spread on top layer of apples.)
Bake 45-55 minutes or until cake is lightly browned.
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.
Beat in eggs. Blend well.
Stir in melted chocolate.
Stir in dry ingredients.
Mix in nuts and remaining chocolate chips just until blended. Bake on well greased cookie sheets 12-15 minutes
or until slightly cracked on top.
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.
Stir in nuts.
Spread in pie shell.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until set in center.
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.
Blend well. Blend butter into flour mixture. It should still be powdery. Mix in milk.
Stir in apple mixture until just blended.
Drop by T onto greased cookie sheets 1″ apart.
Bake 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.
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.
Work in egg and flour.
Press into greased, square pan. Bake 15 minutes. For filling: In saucepan, mix butter, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Boil 2 minutes without stirring.
Quickly stir in almonds and walnuts.
Spread over baked crust.
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.
Chill until of desired consistency. Cut into bars.
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.
Add strawberries. Blend well.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill 2 or more hours. Mix together milks.
Drain and stir in strawberries, and almonds.
Freeze until of desired consistency.
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.
Mix eggs with brown sugar.
Add cooled butter to egg mixture.
Stir in cinnamon.
Add sifted flour and baking powder.
Make a sticky dough. Work in apples and almonds.
Shape 1 large loaf about 10″ long. Place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
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.