My First Apple Cobbler

Filed Under (Apple Cobbler) by Lisa on 11-09-2009

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This afternoon I had the desire to make some dessert. Since we still have apples outside on and under our apple trees, I thought I would make something with apples in it. I decided to make an apple cobbler. This was my first time making, eating, and seeing an apple cobbler before (I didn’t see any images of it when I searched for recipes online).

I found a recipe at cooks.com for apple berry cobbler and modified it greatly it suit my preferences. Here is my version of apple berry cobbler.

Apple Berry Cobbler

Apple Berry mixture
2 cups peeled cored apples cut into small pieces
1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp white sugar
Several shakes of cinnamon

Cake Topping Mixture
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1/4-1/3 cup white sugar
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 cup low fat berry yogurt
1 large egg
3 tbsp olive oil margarine melted
A few shakes of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare baking dish (I used a 8 X 12 dish) Prepare apples. Place the apple and the blackberries in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice and sugar, and stir until evenly  coated. Pour apple berry mixture into prepared pan evenly. Sprinkle with desired amount of cinnamon. Set aside. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, a few shakes of cinnamon and baking powder. Add the yogurt and melted margerine and mix well. Add the egg and stir until well blended. The dough will be fairly thick and sticky. Spoon or place (with your hands) the dough onto the apple berry mixture. Use a rubber spatula to coat the apple-berry mixture with the dough more evenly. Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 minutes. When a toothpick comes out clean the cobbler is done. Serve plain or with frozen yogurt.

The apple-berry cobbler turned out super yummy and flavorful.  I first had the cobbler hot out of the oven with some frozen yogurt. It was super yummy. However I had another piece later in the day when it had cooled off completely plain and it was even better!

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Do you like apple cobbler? Is this what apple cobbler is suppose to look like?

The Best Pear Cake Ever!

Filed Under (Cakes) by Lisa on 02-07-2009

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We are moving. In less then a month we will be somewhere, we are just not sure where yet. So that means it’s time to empty the freezers. We still have tons of pears and other frozen fruit and vegetables so they need to be used up quick.

I found a new recipe for pear cake which is AMAZING. It is my ultimate favorite pear cake recipe. I modified it as usual of course. The best part about this cake is that it is so much more light and fluffy compared to many other pear cake recipes I have tried.

I found the original recipe at  southernfood.about.com/od/pears/r/r70204c.htm Here is my version.

Almond Coconut Pear Cake

Blender Mixture
About 4 cups of diced pears
1 cup brown sugar (not packed)
½ olive oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp rum extract
3 large eggs

Bowl Mixture
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
½ cup sliced almonds

Greese a 9X13 pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine blender mixture and blend until smooth. Set aside. Combine the bowl mixture and stir until evenly blended. Pour the blender mixture into the bowl and mix until smooth. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake in your preheated oven for about 55 minutes (or when a took pick comes out clean).

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This is a must try recipe for anyone who likes pear desserts.

Dessert Pizza Yummy

Filed Under (Pizza) by Lisa on 26-05-2009

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This evening I was in the mood for some dessert. I decided to use the pizza crust in the fridge and make a dessert pizza. Since our freezer is still packed with frozen pears I decided it should be a pear pizza. I followed this recipe from http://www.dairygoodness.ca/en/consumers/food/recipes/all/0800/864.htm?recipeid=864   
I only used the recipe for the topping. I didn’t change much except I used less brown sugar then the recipes called for.

Here is the recipe.

Lazy Pear Dessert Pizza

One container of pre-made pizza crust dough
About 1-1 ½ cups small pear pieces (fresh, frozen or canned)
About ½ tbsp melted olive oil margerine
¼ of brown sugar (not packed)
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
¼ cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place prepared dough on a pizza pan. Spread evenly. Brush the dough with the melted margerine (just enough to cover the top). In a medium sized bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and ginger. Mix well. Sprinkle evenly over crust ( I used half on the bottom and saved the rest for the top). Place pear pieces on the pizza. Sprinkle on the pecans. Dust with remaining brown sugar mixture. Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes (on until golden and a tooth pick comes out clean).
Serve warm.

The pizza turned out super yummy. I will be making this recipe again.

Pear Spice Oh So Nice

Filed Under (Cakes) by Lisa on 14-05-2009

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Yesterday I was in the mood for dessert. However I didn’t want to have something that “unhealthy”. I decided to search for a pear recipe since we have a lot of pears in the freezer from the fall. I found a recipe for pear cake, and decided to give it a try. I morphed the recipe quite a bit. The original recipe can be found at: http://southernfood.about.com/od/pears/r/bl50221b.htm
Here is my version.

Pear Spice Cake

4 cups chopped pears
3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup of chopped walnuts and pecans (mixed)
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ cup olive oil
¾ cup skim milk
2 large eggs
1 ¼ cups brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp rum extract
¼ cup sultana raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees C. In a large bowl add the flour baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well. Add the nuts and raisins. and stir well. In a blender add the pears, eggs, oil, vanilla extract, rum extract milk, and brown sugar. Blend until smooth. Now add the pear mixture to the flour mixture and mix until smooth. Pour the mixture into a greased 9X13 cake pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a the top is golden and a tooth pick comes out clean.

The cake turned out super yummy. Its soft and moist with a little crunch. Best if served warm. 30 seconds in the microwave will achieve this once the cake has cooled.

On a Cookie Quest

Filed Under (Baking, Random) by Lisa on 27-02-2009

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About a week ago my boyfriend and I had Subway for dinner. We bought two of Subway’s white chocolate macadamia nut cookies for dessert.

I treasured every last crumb of my cookie. I’m not normally a fan of white chocolate, but in the Subway white chocolate macadamia nut cookies I love it! It is divine.

My Subway cookie experience inspired me to try to make the marvelous white chocolate macadamia nut cookies myself. I found a recipe online that seemed like it would be really good and made it.

The cookie dough turned out very good and flavorful. I was sure the cookies would be the same. However when I tried them I was disappointed. The cookies were good, but much more bland then the cookie dough had been. Consequently I am now on a quest for a recipe for white chocolate macadamia nut cookies that taste like the ones at Subway.

If you have a recipe that fit’s the bill please post it on your blog!

Thanks

Lisa

Here is a photo of the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies that I made.

Poppy Seed Squares

Filed Under (Baking, Squares) by Lisa on 11-02-2009

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A must try for poppy seed lovers

This afternoon I went book shopping. I picked up a couple books at Value Village. One of them is Company’s Coming 150 Delicious Squares, by Jean Pare. I decided to give one of them a try this evening. I made poppy seed squares (recipe on page 150). I morphed the recipe hugely.

The original recipe seems to be missing one key ingredient. Milk. It says to add 2 tbsp to the poppy seed mixture. However the other liquid ingredient (eggs, margarine, honey, and vanilla extract) do not combine to make enough liquid to create a nice, thick blended dough. I added ¼-½ cup milk on top of the 2 tbsp in the poppy seed mixture. Here is my version of poppy seed squares.

Poppy Seed Squares

½-¾ cup poppy seeds

Skim milk 2 tbsp

Skim milk ¼-½ cup

2 cups all purpose flour

1-1 ¼ cups white sugar

1 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ cup olive oil margarine (melted)

¼ cup honey

2 large eggs (beaten)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp rum extract

½-1 cup medium unsweetened shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Measure poppy seeds, place in a bowl. Add 2 tbsp milk, stir and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Add the margarine, vanilla extract, rum extract, eggs (preheated), and ¼-½ cup skim milk. Stir until smooth. Add the poppy seed mixture and continue to stir. If the dough is too dry (you can’t combine all the flour) add more milk. The dough should be thick and blended well. Now place in a prepared 9X13 inch pan. The dough should look like the photo below.

Bake in your preheated oven for 20-30 minutes (or until golden and a tooth pick comes out clean). Enjoy.

This square was a hit with everyone in the house. It is a nice and light snack.

Marble Cake

Filed Under (Cakes) by Lisa on 27-12-2008

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Since it snowed today (on Boxing day) I didn’t do my usual Boxing day shopping. Since I’m not working today either, I had a lot of extra time on my hands. So I decided to bake a cake. I made a family favorite; our traditional marble cake. This recipe can also be made with bananas (a modified version). The banana version is featured in this post; http://lisaopolis.wordpress.com/2008/02/09/banana-marble-cake/

The original recipe can be found in Oetkar German Home Baking page 15. Here is my slightly modified version. Enjoy.

Marble Cake

9 oz (250 g) butter or margarine

9 oz (250 g) sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp rum extract (or real rum)

4 large eggs

A pinch of salt

1 1/8 pound (500 g) flour

3 tsp baking powder

About 1 cup skim milk

3 level tbsp coco powder

A heaped tbsp sugar

2-3 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the margarine and add the sugar, eggs, rum extract, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix together before combining with other mixture. Now combine (beat) the mixtures together. Now gradually add the milk. Alternate adding milk with beating in the flour mixture. mixture should look the like photo below.

Now place half of the mixture in a round cake pan. Add the coco powder, 1 tbsp sugar, and 2-3 tbsp milk to the remaining white mixture. Blend until smooth. Now add the dark mixture to the light. With a spatula blend the two mixtures together (to make an abstract design). Bake in your preheated oven for about 55 minutes. Enjoy.

Shortbread Cookies Yummy

Filed Under (Cookies) by Lisa on 19-12-2008

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This evening I was in the mood to do some Christmas baking. I decided to make some shortbread cookies. I compared three recipes, and in the end came up with my own. Here it is.

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

(Makes about 60 cookies depending on the size)

4 cups all purpose flour

4.3 oz olive oil margarine

2/3 cup not packed brown sugar

3 tsp vanilla extract

5-6 tsp semi warm water (as needed)

Combine the flour and sugar, and mix well (make sure there are no clumps of sugar). Add the vanilla extract and margarine. Beat the dough with an electric mixer. Now knead the dough until it is a consistency that allows for it to be rolled. You will likely need to add the water at this point. Add enough water to just make it a consistency that allows for it to be rolled (knead it into your dough). Preheat your oven to 320 degrees F. Roll dough into snake like rolls. Cut cookies to desired thickness (I made mine on the thick side so they were less likely to burn). Bake for about 15-20 minutes in your preheated oven (I baked mine for 17 minutes and they were the perfect texture). Enjoy.

Making Rum Balls

Filed Under (No-Bake Dessert) by Lisa on 18-12-2008

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As mentioned previously Christmas baking posts were still to come. Well now they start. This is the first. A couple days ago, I started off with making some rum balls. I guess since they are no bake they don’t belong in the baking category, but they are a Christmas dessert that in our house is only made at Christmas, so they still qualify.

These rum balls turned out superb. They are one of my dad’s favorite treats.

I used a coffee bean grinder to crumb the vanilla wafers into a almost flour like consistency.

Here is the recipe.

Rum Balls

One package vanilla wafers crushed into small crumbs or ground to a powder

2 tbsp coco

1 cup icing sugar (also know as confectioners sugar)

One cup pecans finely chopped

2 tbsp honey

Rum (enough to make a soft dough)

Coconut (shredded not sweetened)

Chocolate sprinkles

Colored sprinkles

Combine everything except the rum in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the rum enough to make a soft and sticky dough (min 1/3 cup likely much more). Form balls and coat in sprinkles or coconut. Place in the fridge in a cookie tin overnight. Enjoy.

Below are image of the rum balls.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Filed Under (Cakes) by Lisa on 01-12-2008

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Tonight I was in the mood for cheesecake, so I decided to make some. I chose to make pumpkin cheese cake since we have a lot of pumpkin in the freezer (from Halloween).

The original recipe I used (and greatly morphed) came from this website: http://recipegal.com/pumpkincheesecake/Bon-Appetit-Pumpkin-Cheesecake.htm

The cheesecake turned out divine. The flavor is exquisite. Not too sweet, but sweet enough, and nice and smooth. The crust is also very flavorful. The only recommendation I would make would be to add more margarine to the crust (maybe double) because the crust was a bit crumbly. Other then that, this is a must try cheese cake recipe.

Here is my morphed version.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Crust

1 ½ cups graham crumbs

1 ½ cups ground pecan

¼ cup of brown sugar (not packed)

¼ cup olive oil margarine (melted)

Filling

13 oz light cream cheese

1 ¼ cup no fat cottage cheese

1 cup brown sugar

1 ½ cups pumpkin pieces

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground allspice

¼ tsp nutmeg

4 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

For the crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the graham crumbs, ground pecan, and brown sugar in a bowl. Mix well. Add the melted margarine. Press into baking pan. Bake for 5 minutes. Set aside. (makes one crust). Two crust recommended for this recipe.

For the filling:

In a blender place the pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. In a large bowl add the cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. Beat with an electric mixture until combined. Now add the pumpkin mixture to the cheese mixture and blend until smooth. Pour over crust. Bake in your preheated oven at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on your pan(s) and oven). Cool. Refrigerate overnight. Serve.

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