Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fresh Apple Cake Loaf

From cooks.com

I've been talking about this recipe for a couple of days because it is just so simple and so delicious . . . so I figured I better hurry up and get it posted here.

1 3/4 c. apples
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. melted butter
1 egg
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. raisins (optional)

Peel, core and chop apples to measure 1 3/4 cups. Add sugar and let stand for 10 minutes. Add melted butter and egg. Add flour and dry ingredients, including raisins if desired. Mix well. Bake at 350 degrees in a lightly greased loaf pan for 1 hour (or until done).

I used 1/2 c. chopped walnuts in place of raisins. I just doesn't get much simpler than that.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cranberry Scones

So, there's nothing particularly remarkable about cranberry scones, you say? Well, that may be true, but these were especially tasty and easy to make. I served them this morning when two close girlfriends came over for tea, coffee, and kvetching. Take my advice: This is a great way to spend a morning!

We ate these with a variety of toppings, including marmalade, pear butter, regular butter, and sour cherry preserves. Yum! I think these would also be good with the addition of pecans.

Cranberry Scones

1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tsp grated orange zest
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (*I don't sift for these. A good tip is if you stir really well with a wire whisk, you'll have a "good enough" effect.)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg, at room temp (*I used mine straight out of the fridge and it didn't seem to impact the scones. Did it, tasters??)
1/4 cup dried cranberries


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and grated orange peel. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  4. Using a pastry blender or two knives (I used clean hands), cut the butter into the flour mixture until coarse crumbs form
  5. Break the egg into a small dish and beat well with a fork. Add egg to flour mixture and beat together until blended. (I just did this by hand, no appliances necessary. Add the sour cream and orange peel mixture and beat until just blended. Do not overmix.
  6. Sprinkle flour on work surface. Turn the dough out of the bowl. With floured hands, knead the dough until smooth, about 30 seconds. Taking 1/2 the dough at a time, roll it out with a floured rolling pin to about a 1/2-inch thickness. (*I just pressed the dough into a roughly 1/2-inch-thick circle by hand). Cut into 3-inch rounds with cutter or glass.
  7. Place scones on non-stick cookie sheet (no need to grease). Bake for 12 to 18 minutes or until tops are just barely browned.
Note: I baked mine for 12 minutes. The tops were still fairly pale, but the bottoms were beautifully golden and the scones were cooked throughout. I have a gas oven and it tends to get very hot, so your results may vary if you have an electric oven. Just keep an eye on them!

Serve with coffee, tea, and a couple of good friends :)







Monday, January 4, 2010

Leftover Scalloped Potato Soup

Want a use for leftover scalloped potatos? Make soup.
After a holiday meal I always use up my leftover ham and make scalloped potatoes and ham with brocolli, but this year, I made too much!
Now what? Scalloped potato soup... I found this online.

4 cups leftover scalloped potatoes
1 cup cubed ham (optional)
**NOTE: I added some leftover bacon(cubed) as well.
4 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Place the scalloped potatoes and ham into a large pot, and pour in enough chicken broth to cover the potatoes completely. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low. This sticks to the bottom of the pot easily, so I heated well and transfered to a crock pot to keep hot. Stir in the Cheddar and Parmesan cheese, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
or
In crockpot mix liquid and seasonings, throw the leftovers in the crockpot before work so supper is ready as soon as you add the cheese when you get home!

This was tested by my daughter (12) and niece(12) who thought it was quite awesome.

Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 332 Total Fat: 20.4g Cholesterol: 60mg
Sodium: 1788mg
Total Carbs: 19.7g
Dietary Fiber: 3.2g
Protein: 17.9g

"Bon leftover Apetit!"

Substitutions for Recipes

http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/bakingtips.ingredientsubstitutions/IngredientSubstitutions.cfm

This is a quick reference site when you don't have what you need for that meal.

Substitues are sometimes necessary.

"Bon Appetit!"

Banana Nut Bread for Breadmaker

Banana Nut Bread Recipe For A Bread Machine
(found online and altered)
Although this is called bread, it is more of a cake.

1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 mashed over-ripe bananas

2/3 cups sugar
2 - 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup walnuts chopped

1. Into baking pan of breadmaker add first 5 items in order.
2. Select"basic dough" setting; press"Start"
3. Allow to mix and then press "stop."
4. Add dry ingredients.
5. Press "start" again.
6. When beep sounds after 5 minutes, add nuts.
***NOTE: I never wait....
7. The"Complete" light will flash or beep when batter is ready.
8. Place mixture in greased loaf pan or 2 small greased loaf pans.
9. Bake at 350 for 55+ minutes.
**note when the knife was inserted into the bread and came out slightly gummy, I turned the oven off but left it in the oven until it was partly cooled.
10. Turn bread out onto cooling rack.
11. Cool completely, slice to serve.

Banana-Chocolate Chip Bread:
Prepare bread as above, when beep sounds, add 1/3 cup chopped chocolate chips instead of nuts.

"Bon Appetit!"