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.

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Choc Nut Cake

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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

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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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

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

Cinnamon Walnut Brittle

Today we made Cinnamon Walnut Brittle!

2T butter, 1T cinnamon, 3/4t baking soda, 1 1/2C sugar, 1/4C light corn syrup, 1/4C water, 2C walnuts, 1/2t vanilla

In bowl, stir together cinnamon and baking soda. Cook sugar, corn syrup and water over high heat to a rolling boil.

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Reduce heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally until a candy thermometer reads 260F (hard ball stage), 10-15 minutes.

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Add walnuts, vanilla and butter.

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Continue cooking, stirring frequently until 300F (hard crack stage), 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and quickly add cinnamon mixture, blending well. Turn onto a buttered baking sheet. Spread evenly.

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Mocha Gelato

Cool and set. Break into pieces.

Mocha Gelato

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Today we made Cranberry Walnut Bread!

2C flour, 1C sugar, 1 1/2t baking powder, 1/2t baking soda, 1/2t salt, 1C coarsely chopped walnuts, 1C halved fresh cranberries, 3/4C orange juice, 2T butter, melted, 1 egg

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Sift together dry ingredients. Mix in walnuts and cranberries.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

In separate bowl, mix orange juice, egg and butter.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Add to dry mixture. Stir until just blended. Turn into greased loaf pan.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cranberry Walnut Bread

Dried Fruit Muffins

Today we made Dried Fruit Muffins!

2C flour, 3t baking powder, 1T cinnamon, 3T brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/4C milk, 1/4C butter, melted, 2 oz dried pineapple, 2 oz dried papaya, 4 oz dried cranberries, 2 oz walnuts

Preheat oven to 350F.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Chop papaya and pineapple medium fine.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Dried Fruit Muffins

Chop walnuts medium fine, also. Combine with cranberries.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Sift together dry ingredients. Stir in brown sugar. In separate bowl, mix together egg, milk and melted butter.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet.

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Stir until almost blended.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Fold in fruit until just blended.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Turn into lined, nonstick or greased muffin tin.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Bake 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of center muffin emerges clean. Do no overbake.

Dried Fruit Muffins

Squash Cinnamon Muffins

Today we made Squash Cinnamon Muffins!

2C baked, seeded, mashed butternut squash, 1/2 coarsely chopped walnuts, 1 3/4C flour, 1/2t cinnamon, 1/2t nutmeg, 2t baking powder, 1/2t salt, 2 eggs, 1/2C sugar, 1/4C butter, melted, 1/2C skim milk, 1/2t almond extract

Topping: 3T sugar, 1T cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375F.

Squash Muffins

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, beat together melted butter, eggs, sugar, milk and extract.

Squash Muffins

Squash Muffins

Squash Muffins

Squash Muffins

Squash Muffins

Mix in squash. Blend well.

Squash Muffins

Squash Muffins

Make a well in the dry ingredients. Mix in wet until almost blended.

Squash Muffins

Squash Muffins

Squash Muffins

Fold in walnuts.

Squash Muffins

Squash Muffins

Turn into lined, nonstick or greased muffin tin.

Squash Muffins

Squash Muffins

Mix topping ingredients. Sprinkle on muffins.

Squash Muffins

Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of center muffin comes out clean.

Squash Muffins

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Pie

14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 2 eggs, separated, 10 oz chopped, pitted dates, 1C chopped walnuts, 1T vanilla, 1 t salt, 8 oz baby carrots, chopped into discs, 3T sugar, 2 graham cracker pie shells

MAKES 2 PIES

Preheat oven to 425F. Beat yolks with milk.

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Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Stir in vanilla.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Beat egg whites until soft peaks form.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Beat in sugar until stiff peaks form.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Fold into batter.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Fold in remaining ingredients.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Turn into shells.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake

Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 300F. Bake 20 more minutes or until lightly browned.

Date Carrot Walnut Chiffon Cake