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Friday, October 24, 2014

Chocolate and Sea Salt covered Cashews

I have so many variations of sweet, savory and spicy nut recipes. You can search additional recipes on the blog. I hesitated to post this one because it seems too simple and too obvious. However, I realize that not everyone cooks and bakes and if I can help them with an easy delicious recipe then I'll post them. This is one of those recipes.
During the holidays, I make a lot of chocolate covered, sea salted, sweet, herbed and spice coated nuts.
You can also use Hazelnuts, Pecans or Almonds.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees if you're roasting the Cashews yourself.
1 - Sheet Pan lined with foil.
1 - Double Boiler or a microwave safe bowl.

2 C Roasted Cashews, you can either buy them roasted or roast them yourself. (see note at the end for roasted)
8 ounces of Bittersweet Chocolate
1 tsp Sea Salt

In a double boiler:
Heat and stir until melted. (you can also heat the chocolate in a microwave if you don't have a double boiler) You can create your own by placing a heat proof glass bowl over a simmering saucepan of water.
Add the Cashews and stir to coat well.
Spread them out on the Sheet Pan, in a single layer.
Immediately sprinkle the Cashews with Sea Salt.
Refrigerate until chocolate is hardened.
Break up the Cashews and transfer to a serving bowl.

Roasted Cashews:
Spread the Cashews in a single layer on a foil lined sheet pan.
Roast for 5 - 7 minutes.
Shake the pan half way through.
Remove the pan, transfer the Cashews to a bowl to cool completely.

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Cranberry Orange Poinsettia Coffee Cake

I reposted this recipe from a blog that I follow called Chin Deep. It would have been time consuming to re write it. I also wanted to post the picture of the finished product. I've seen this recipe made in a 9" X 13" dish, but I looked this one because of it's presentation for the holidays.

cranberry orange poinsettia coffee cake


for the coffee cake:
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package active dry yeast
2/3 cup whole milk
2 Tablespoons real butter
1 large egg
1 Tablespoon orange zest
for the filling:
3 Tablespoons melted butter
2 cups fresh cranberries, halved
1/3 cup raspberry, cherry or strawberry jam
1/3 cup sugar
juice of one orange
for the icing/garnish:
1 cup powdered sugar
6 teaspoons Captain Morgan's Original Spiced Rum
zest of one orange, divided
a fresh, green herb sprig

In a large bowl, combine one cup of the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, salt and yeast. Mix well. In a saucepan, heat the 2/3 cup whole milk and butter until warm (120 degrees F.) Add milk mixture, egg, and the orange zest to the flour mixture. Blend on low until moistened, and then beat for 3 minutes on medium speed. Fold the rest of the flour by hand.
On a floured surface, knead until dough is smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes.) Place dough in a buttered bowl, cover with buttered plastic wrap and allow to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, or until doubled in size.
Grease a large round cookie sheet or pizza pan. Punch down dough several times to remove all air bubbles. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a 16 x 12-inch rectangle. Brush with the melted butter. In a small bowl, combine the rest of the filling ingredients until evenly combined, and spread this mixture evenly over the dough.
Starting on a 12-inch side, roll up the dough as tightly as possible. Press edges together to seal so it doesn’t pop open. Cut into 12 slices, saving the 2 end pieces for the center of the “poinsettia.” Arrange the remaining slices in a circle on the greased pan, leaving a 2 to 3 inch space for the center. Form the end pieces into little dough balls and place the balls in the center. Cover cake with buttered plastic wrap, set it in a warm place, and allow to rise and additional 40 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover dough after it has risen the designated amount of time. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow cake to completely cool before glazing and garnishing.
In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar, spiced rum, and half of the orange zest. Transfer to a squirt bottle, and drizzle all over completely cooled cake. Place some frosted cranberries in the center, sprinkle some extra orange zest over the whole cake, and garnish with a pretty green herb sprig for a lovely contrast to the red cranberries.

Holiday Eggnog Bars

I happen to love anything that has Eggnog in it. I even love Eggnog! I out it in my coffee , I make homemade Eggnog and I love any holiday recipe made with it.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 9" X 13" baking pan, lined with foil extending over all 4 sides.
Spray the foil with Non Stick Cooking Spray

Holiday Eggnog Bars

1 - 17 1/2 oz. package of Sugar Cookie Mix (not prepared dough)
2 TBS Flour
8 TBS Butter, cold and cubed.
1/2 C Chopped Macadamia Nuts
5 Egg Yolks
1 - 14 oz. can of Sweetened Condensed Milk (not Evaporated Milk)
1/2 C Eggnog
1 TBS Rum
1 tsp Vanilla
Confectioner's Sugar for dusting.
1/4 tsp Nutmeg + additional for garnish

In large mixing bowl:
Cookie Mix
Whisk well.

Butter, a small amount at a time.
Use a Pastry Blender or 2 forks to cut in the Butter until it has the texture of fine crumbs.
Fold in half of the Nuts.
Press the dough into the pan to create a crust.
Bake for 12 - 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and set aside.

In a medium bowl:
Egg Yolks
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
Whisk well.
Pour over the hot crust.
Bake an additional 15 - 20 minutes.
Remove the pan to a rack and cool for 30 minutes.
Cover with foil and refrigerate for 1 hour.

When completely cooled, use the foil to release the uncut bars onto a cutting surface.
Cut into squares.
Lightly sprinkle each square with Confectioner's Sugar and Nutmeg.

Peaceful Holidays!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Gingersnap Truffles and Pumpkin Cheese Cream Truffles

1 1/4 C Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/3 tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Heavy Cream
3/4 C roughly chopped Gingersnaps (10 cookies)
1/3 C finely  crushed Gingersnap Cookies for rolling the cookies.

In a medium bowl:
Chocolate Chips
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Mix well.
Set aside

In a microwave safe bowl:
Heavy Cream
Heat for 1 minute.
Pour over the Chocolate Mixture.
Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Whisk well.
Fold in roughly chopped Gingersnaps.
Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

In a small mixing bowl:
Finely crushed Gingersnaps.
Using a 1 1/2" cookie scoop, shape the truffles and roll in the crushed Gingersnaps.
Place them on a Sheet Pan lined with Parchment Paper and refrigerate for 1 - 2 hours.
Store refrigerated in a covered container.

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles:

1/2 C White Chocolate Chips
2 C White Chocolate Almond Bark (4 - 5 squares)
1/3 C Gingerbread Cookie Crumbs + more for garnish
1/4 C Graham Cracker Crumbs + more for garnish
1/4 C canned Pumpkin Puree
1 TBS Confectioner's Sugar
1/2 tsp Orange Zest
1/8 tsp Cinnamon
A pinch of Salt
2 oz. Cream Cheese, softened

Melt 1/2 C White Chips in a microwave
Stir often
Transfer to a large bowl.

Add Gingersnap Crumbs, Pumpkin, Graham Cracker Crumbs, Sugar,
Zest, Cinnamon, Salt and Cream Cheese , beat with an electric mixer until smooth.

Transfer to a shallow bowl, cover and chill until solid enough to roll into a truffle, about 2 hours.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Melt remaining 2 C of almond bark and transfer to a small bowl.

Using a 1 1/2"  cookie scoop form the truffles, roll in your hands and drop into the chocolate.

Gently spoon the chocolate to coat the truffles.

Using a spoon or a  fork to lift the truffles out of the chocolate, shake off excess and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle the tops with extra gingerbread cookie and graham cracker crumbs.

Refrigerate for 1 hour.

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Hash Brown Casserole

Here's the great iconic, all American Hash Brown Casserole recipe.
What a classic recipe for any family gathering, church supper, brunch, block party, etc, etc, etc.!
Probably every home in America has this recipe, but I wanted it to be part of the archives of The Hippy in the Kitchen when I'm long gone.

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 9" X 13" Casserole Dish, buttered.

2 - pounds of Frozen Hash Browns, thawed
8 TBS Butter, melted
1 C Cream of Celery Soup
1 pint of Sour Cream
1/2 C chopped Onion
2 C grated Cheddar Cheese
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper
2 C Crushed Cornflakes

In a large mixing bowl:
Combine Hash Browns
Sour Cream
Mix well.
Spoon into the Casserole Dish.

In a medium saucepan on medium high heat:
Mix well.
Saute for 2 minutes.
Sprinkle over the Potatoes.
Cover the pan with foil.
Bake for 40 minutes.

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Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler from Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen

Here's another great dessert from Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen. She has given me permission to link her recipes to my blog so my readers can enjoy them too. I love Peach Cobbler and I know there are many variations of the recipe. I find this one to be intriguing. I may make it for our Fall Block Party. I know I don't have to say this, but thank you Melissa! I have other cobbler recipes available on my blog.

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Vintage Recipes, from the 1940's to the 1960's

I recently attended the Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale in Kansas. My wife and zI go every year. One of my favorite booths is the Cookbooks and Recipes. I have a large collection from the sale. There are handwritten recipe books that have been handed down through generations, cookbooks from Churches, cookbooks from Products and Retailers, from magazines and the list goes on and on.
My recent acquisition was a collection of recipes taken from a Kitchen Magazine and the pages were all torn out of the magazine and gathered together in a plastic bag. The magazine is in black & white and the pages are newsprint. Some of the pages were fragile. I have edited the collection 3 times, discarding recipes that were not appealing to me. Some of them had ingredients that are no longer available today and directions that were very vague. There were over 100 pages and here are some of my favorites recipes after editing them.
I will re post them exactly as they are written, without changes and without adapting them as well as I can. Some of the ingredients will have to be adapted if they no longer exist.
I'll continue adding them as I have time. Keep checking this post for more!

Apple Goodies / 1943

3 C sliced apples
1 C sugar
1 1/2 TBS flour
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 C rolled oats
3/4 C flour
1/4 C brown sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C butter, melted

Mix flour, sugar and salt with apples and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Place in a buttered baking dish. Sift the 3/4 C flour with the baking powder and soda.
Mix the butter, brown sugar and rolled oats, combine with flour mixture.
Spread over apple mixture. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 30 - 40 minutes longer or until the apples are tender.
Serve with whipped cream.

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Pineapple Muffins / 1949

2 C flour
1 C whole milk
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 C drained crushed pineapple
2 TBS butter, melted

N\Beat eggs and sugar. Sift baking powder and salt with flour and add to eggs and sugar alternately with milk.
Add melted butter and pineapple.
Bake in a well buttered muffin tin at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

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Apricot Bars / 1950

1 C Flour
1 C Dried Apricots
3/4 C chopped Almonds
1 tsp Baking Powder
3 Eggs, separated
1 C Granulated Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt

In a large enough bowl to accommodate the Apricots, cover them with water and soak at least 3 hours.
Drain and Chop into small pieces.

In a large bowl:
Egg Yolks
Whisk well.

In a small bowl:
Sift Flour, Baking Powder and Salt together.
Add to Egg mixture.

Stir by hand.

In a mediu bowl, beat the Egg Whites until stiff peaks form.
Fold into the Apricot mixture, by hand.

Pour into a 9" X 13" baking dish that's been well buttered.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Remove from oven to a cooling rack and cool completely.
Cut into squares.
Dust individual bars with Confectioner's Sugar as you serve them.

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Old Fashioned Pound Cake / 1955

1 pound of Butter (2 C)
1 pound of sifted Cake Flour (4 1/2 C)
10 Eggs, separated
1 pound of Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla

In a large bowl with a hand mixer:
Beat until fluffy.

In a separate bowl, beat Eggs Yolks until thick.
Add to Butter / Sugar bowl

In a separate bowl, beat Egg Whites until stiff peaks.
Fold into the the mixture by hand.
Fold in Flour , by hand.
Beat with a mixer , vigorously for 15 minutes.

Prepare 2 Loaf Pans by Heavily buttering them.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

You can make it the original way as described, however, I would make it all in a Stand Mixer with a Paddle Attachment to update the preparation . I would also line the Loaf Pans on the bottom with a piece of Parchment Paper and butter it.
I use my Pan Release Mix ( equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil , Flour). I start with 1 C of each and mix it well in a jar, refrigerate it until I need it. I always have it available for all of my baking needs.

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