Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

Summer is in full swing here and sometimes the temperatures are hot! Keep cool during the summer months with popsicles! I know we sure enjoy our fair share of popsicles!

These Strawberries and Cream Popsicles make for a delicious and healthy snack! A tasty treat!

Kids love to help make them and enjoy them on a hot summer day. We always have popsicles in the freezer during the summer. When the kids are playing or working hard they can come and grab a popsicle for a snack. A healthy and refreshing snack. Who doesn’t love popsicles!?

Flavors of fresh sweet strawberries combine with a smooth cream in this popsicle.

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I used a Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker and this recipe works out perfectly for it! Simply fill the popsicle cells and put the sticks in and place in the freezer. The hardest part is waiting for them to freeze and set up.

When the popsicle are ready to enjoy, remove the lid and simply run the the maker under warmer water to loosen the popsicle, and make easier to pull out.

Keep cool on those hot days with popsicles. Kids love them!

This recipe can easily be used with any kind of fruit.

Strawberries and Cream Popsicle Recipe

Ingredients:
1 C. whole milk
1/4 C. heavy whipping cream
1 C. strawberry yogurt
2 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. strawberry extract
3 C. fresh strawberries, chopped

Directions:
Add the milk, heaving whipping cream, and strawberry yogurt to a medium mixing bowl. Then add corn starch and whisk together until smooth. Pour mixture into a saucepan and add the strawberry extract. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, while continuously whisking. Continue whisking for about 4 to 5 minutes once mixture begins to boil, to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside and cool a bit.

While cream mixture is cooling, this is when I chop my strawberries. Place the chopped strawberries in a bowl.

Then divide half the cream mixture. Add one half the cream mixture to the strawberry bowl. Stir the strawberries and cream together. Set aside.

Use the other half of the cream mixture and pour a little in each popsicle mold, saving some to top off all the molds at the end.

Then fill molds to the top with the strawberry/cream mixture. Make sure to press down on the filled molds with a spoon, or insert a knife to get any air bubbles out. I banged the mold set on the counter some too. This will help the mixture settle and get out any bubbles. Add more strawberry mixture to the molds as necessary. Lastly top off each mold with the remaining cream mixture. Put the maker top on and insert popsicle sticks. Freeze overnight and remove from popsicle molds to serve.

Enjoy this healthy and frozen summer treat!

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Blueberry Cheesecake No Churn Ice Cream

Some of my favorite things about summer include fresh blueberries and ice cream!

Blueberry season is here in Indiana and one of my favorite things I look forward to is taking the kids to go blueberry picking. We pick several pounds to eat fresh, bake with and freeze.

Who doesn’t love ice cream!?? I would say it is actually my weakness in a dessert. I love ice cream!

This blueberry cheesecake ice cream is so delicious! I honestly don’t think I will want to buy store bought ice cream again, when I can simply make it at home.

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The best part….it’s NO CHURN! So you don’t need a fancy ice cream machine to make it!

I love the flavors of this blueberry cheesecake ice cream! It is smooth, rich, and so creamy!! The blend of blueberry and cheesecake together is fantastic!

This creamy, no churn ice cream will become a summertime favorite! Blueberries and the richness of the cheesecake flavor in this ice cream – delicious!

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Blueberry Cheesecake No Churn Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients:
1 1/2 C. blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 C. heavy whipping cream

Directions:
Combine the blueberries and sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over a medium heat until the blueberries start to release their juices, about 5 minutes. Add the corn starch to the saucepan and continue cooking for another minute while stirring continuously. Remove from heat and place blueberries in the freezer to quickly cool them down to be able to put in the cream mixture, about 10 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth and well blended. Add 1/2 C. whipping cream and whip with a handheld blender until the cream cheese and cream are well blended. Then add the rest of the cream and the vanilla extract and continue whipping until the mixture becomes thicker and peaks form, about 4 to 5 minutes.

In a plastic container or a metal loaf pan, spread out half of the whipped cream mixture. Then add half of the blueberries on top. Next spread the remaining cream and then top again with the remaining blueberries. Then, using a butter knife, swirl it thought the ice cream creating a swirl affect. Cover and place in the freezer overnight, or at least 6 hours before serving. Makes about 1 quart.

The great thing about no-churn ice cream recipes is simple: the mixture doesn’t need to churn to form the ice cream. No ice cream maker necessary! How great is that?!

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Top 5 Red, White & Blue Desserts

I am counting down the days until my favorite holiday, Independence Day! Before we cue the fireworks and break out the grill, I wanted to find the perfect 4th of July dessert to bring to our family cookout. I searched the Clabber Girl recipe archive and chose these five gems! Each one is red, white or blue and will be a crowd pleaser. Now the only thing left is to decide which one to make!

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These bars look very easy to make and I love that the recipe calls for fresh blueberries! For a bar that sports red, white and blue colors, I would use 1.5 cups strawberries and 1.5 cups blueberries for the filling and then top it off with whipped cream.

2 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
2 C. quick-cooking rolled oats
1 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1 C. margarine
3 C. blueberries
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1/3 C. water
2 Tbsp. Clabber Girl corn starch
1/4 tsp. salt

For the filling: In a medium saucepan combine blueberries, sugar, water, Clabber Girl Corn Starch and salt. Cook at medium heat about 10 minutes or util thickened. Set aside.

For the dough: In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and Clabber Girl Baking Powder. Cut in margarine with pastry cutter. Stir in brown sugar and rolled oats.

To assemble: Press half of dough mixture into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Pour blueberry mixture on top; top with other half of flour mixture. Bake at 350° F for 45 minutes, until top is slightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars.

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I love how simple and pretty this dessert looks! Since it calls for the cake to be cut into stars, I can use my star cookie cutter and alternate the star orientation so that there isn’t much wasted cake. I could serve these in mason jars as individual parfaits. This would also be cute to make as a layered cake in a 9×13-inch casserole pan. I could layer the fruit on the bottom, whipped cream dolloped on next and the sponge cake on the top layer. This would allow the fruit to show through the slices of cake and be easy to serve up to a large crowd.

Star Cake:
3 eggs
1 C. granulated sugar
6 Tbsp. orange juice
1 C. sifted cake flour
1 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C. powdered sugar
Fruit:
4 C. mixed berries: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries
1 C. granulated sugar
whipped cream, for garnish

For the stars: Grease and flour a 15 x 10-inch sheet pan, preheat oven to 375° F. Beat eggs until light and lemon-colored; add sugar gradually, beating until mixture is very thick. Add the orange juice and mix until blended. Sift together flour, Clabber Girl Baking Powder and salt. Add to the mixture, mixing only enough to blend smoothly. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack and cool completely. Turn out onto waxed paper. With a 2-inch star cutter, cut out star shapes. Keep cuts as close together as possible. Store shapes on a flat surface until ready to assemble.

Berries: Wash fresh berries; hull and slice any strawberries that you might have.Toss berries with 1 cup sugar. Refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.

To assemble: Place approximately 1 cup berries in each dessert bowl or plate; decorate with a dollop of whipped cream and about 3-4 stars. You can also add red, white or blue sprinkles as a finishing touch for a more festive garnish. Serve immediately.

Summer Vanilla Ice CreamSummer Vanilla Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is a summer favorite of mine! It’s even better with fresh strawberries and blueberries for a tangy and sweet, yet creamy, dessert. Even a sprinkle of red, white and blue candies could help make this festive for Independence Day.

2 1/2 C. milk
1 1/2 C. heavy cream
2/3 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
1 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
strawberries and blueberries, optional

In a heavy bottomed medium saucepan, gradually whisk one cup of the milk into the Clabber Girl Corn Starch until the corn starch is dissolved. Whisk in the remaining milk, cream and sugar. Cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is simmering and slightly thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl set in a larger bowl of iced water. Stir in the vanilla. Let sit, stirring frequently, until completely chilled. Pour the mixture into the container of an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturers instructions. Transfer the frozen ice cream to a large, airtight container. Cover and freeze until firm and set, about 4 hours. Serve frozen.

Strawberry Rhubarb PieStrawberry Rhubarb Pie

I think this would be the perfect pie to bring to a 4th of July party! If you haven’t had rhubarb before, it looks a little like celery, but don’t worry, it tastes nothing like celery and isn’t as fibrous. Sweet strawberries are the perfect compliment to rhubarb, which can be slightly sour. I love pairing these together in a flaky pastry, then topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

Crust:
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. salt
10 Tbsp. butter, cold and cut into chunks
4 oz. cold water

Filling:
2 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Corn Starch
2 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
2 Tbsp. butter
1 egg white
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
Pie crust:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the chunks of cold butter and mix the butter into the flour using a pastry blender. Continue to do this until the mixture looks like bread crumbs or small pieces of butter. Add the cold water and stir it into the mixture so that it all sticks together. Clump the dough all together to form a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. You want the dough chilled and cold, but not hard.

Roll out the dough to a 13 inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Save some dough for your top lattice strips. Lay the circle of crust dough in your greased pie dish. Roll out the remaining dough and cut into 1 inch wide strips for the lattice top and leave aside until fruit in the pie crust.

Pie Filling:
Whisk Clabber Girl Corn Starch together with 1/4 cup water until well blended. Combine with the rhubarb and sugar in a medium pot and heat until thickened. Then add to strawberries. Add the vanilla and stir all together. Then let sit for about 30 minutes for your filling to thicken. Pour the fruit mixture into the pie crust. Add the butter chunks on top.

Arrange the crust strips in a lattice pattern over the fruit mixture and press the strip ends into the crust. Brush the egg whites onto the top of the crust strips and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 400° F. for about 35 minutes or golden in color. Let cool for filling to settle and thicken.

Sugar Cookies

This recipe was submitted by a fellow Clabber Girl employee and it is a recipe box staple! This is one of the rare kinds of sugar cookie recipes that don’t require refrigerating the dough prior to cutting out shapes. If you need a last minute dessert that looks like you spent hours on, bake away, friends! You can top the cookies with sprinkles prior to baking or frost and sprinkle after baking. Either way, these are fun and taste great! They’re the perfect finger food for tiny hands at your 4th of July party.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

3 C. all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 C. sugar
1 C. butter, softened
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp. cream or evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla

In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, salt, Clabber Girl Baking Powder and sugar. Cut in butter until fine. Add the slightly beaten egg, cream (or evaporated milk), and vanilla. Roll out dough on slightly floured surface. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut out with cookie cutters and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° F for 5 to 8 minutes until edges just start to brown. Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies, depending on the size of cookie cutters used. From the Clabber Girl Recipe Book “RECIPES TO WARM THE HEART”- Submitted by Sherry Wood.

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Oh the flavors of lemon and blueberry together are just perfect together! If you have never tried them together this Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake recipe is amazingly delicious recipe to enjoy! When I think of lemon and blueberry together I think of fresh flavors and the Spring/Summer season. Two very different flavors that come together perfectly. Bake it in the summer when fresh blueberries are in season!

In Indiana, blueberries are in season the end of July/August. I have fun memories growing up going to the local blueberry patch and picking, and picking, and picking until we got a good amount to bring home for fresh blueberries and to put some up in the freezer. I have enjoyed taking my kids as well! The blueberries provide a nice moistness to the cake with bursts of flavor, while the lemon and lemon zest give a nice zingy, lemony flavor, but not over powering. An added hint of sweetness is in the light icing.

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake 

Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Clabber Girl Baking Soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
4 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
lemon zest from the lemons
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
2 1/2 cups blueberries

For the icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
lemon zest

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. In a mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined and set aside. In another bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until well blended. Add the eggs and use a hand mixer and blend in one at a time. Add the lemon juice, zest, vanilla, and milk and beat together until just combined together. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredient mixture and mix together well with a hand mixer. Add the blueberries and gently fold them in with a rubber spatula until incorporated. Grease a large Bundt pan. Pour the prepared batter in the Bundt pan. Bake at 350° F. for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes and run a thin knife around the edges to loosen the cake. Cool turned over and cool completely, then remove from pan.
For the icing, mix together all icing ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cake. It will seep into the cake.

Not only is this cake delicious, but its also definitely looks stunningly delicious too! Perfect for carry-ins, family holidays, breakfast, brunch, or dessert. So many options to make this pleasant lemon blueberry Bundt cake.

You can’t help but smile when enjoying this cake!
Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie 3 Ways

Every family has its own holiday traditions, and each year new favorites are discovered and requested the following year. This year, I decided to try pumpkin pie in three ways: pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cake and a standard pumpkin pie.

As a kid, we always had Thanksgiving at my Aunt Dixie’s house. Pumpkin pie was the epitome of Thanksgiving to me. We enjoyed it only once a year and any other pumpkin pie would always be measured against her perfect recipe. This pie was so good that all of us kids would eat slice after slice. We’d all run around outside, make extra room for pumpkin pie, then come back in to eat more. It was a fun tradition that I get to see the next generation of kids in our family do today. I wanted to share my Aunt’s pumpkin pie recipe with her permission. She isn’t sure where she got the original recipe, but she’s been making it for Thanksgiving for decades. Every time she makes it, she uses the recipe as a general guideline, making small changes here and there. But every time, it comes out as the best pumpkin pie recipe ever.

Recipe #1: Aunt Dixie’s Pumpkin Pie

Classic Pumpkin Pie

This pumpkin pie is perfectly spiced-just the right amount of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg that aren’t overwhelming for younger palates. You can make this pie ahead of time, freeze it a couple of weeks and then bake it the day before Thanksgiving when you need it. When you pair the pie filling with a homemade pie crust, it is the best pumpkin pie ever. The crust is flaky and slightly puffed from the addition of baking powder. I like to use up any leftover crust to make little sweet treats. I just cut shapes out of the pie dough, top with melted butter, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. The pie crust bites can be baked simultaneously with the pie, just remove after 10 minutes or when the edges turn golden brown.

Filling:

  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 12 oz. evaporated milk

Clabber Girl Pie Crust Recipe:
(watch our 60 second video on how to make pie crust here)

  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 10 Tbsp. butter cold and cut into chunks
  • 3-4 Tbsp. ice water as needed

To prepare the pie crust:

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs with some pea-size pieces of butter. Gradually stir in enough of the water for the dough to clump together. Gather up the dough and form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled but not hard, 1-2 hours.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 1/8-inch thick round. Transfer to a 10-inch pie dish, trimming the dough to a 1/2-inch overhang around the edges of the dish. Tuck the overhang under the dough on the rim and flute the edges.

To prepare the filling:

Mix ingredients in order. Pour into uncooked pie crust and bake at 425° F. for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350° F. and continue to bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Recipe #2: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

This cheesecake is smooth and light with a slightly sweet, slightly sour finish. You can either make it as two 9-inch pies or one spring form cake as the recipe advises. The cheesecake does take a long time in the oven, but could be made a few days in advance and refrigerated. Completely cool the cake before refrigerating. If you wrap it in foil or plastic before it is cool, condensation can drip on top of the pie and make the sour cream look thin.

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 c. melted butter
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar

Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:

  • 24 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 c. evaporated milk
  • 2 lg. eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. Rumford Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Pumpkin Cheesecake Topping:

  • 2 c. sour cream
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

To prepare the crust:

Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and press into a 9-inch spring form pan or two 9-inch pie pans.

To prepare the filling:

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, white and brown sugar and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, cornstarch and spices. Add to cream cheese mixture. Pour into prepared crust(s).

To prepare the topping:

Mix all ingredients thoroughly.

Bake for about 65 to 70 minutes at 350° F. Remove from oven, spoon topping mixture over cake(s). Return to 350° F oven and bake for additional 5 minutes.

Recipe #3: Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Pie Cake

This pumpkin cake is a mix of two batters: a cream cheese and a pumpkin batter. It is very mild and not overly pumpkin tasting. One thing I liked about this recipe is that you don’t have to worry about portioning out the pumpkin batter evenly, the cream cheese filling bakes up just fine. The end result is a beautiful layered cake dotted with chopped pecans.

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. Rumford Cornstarch
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 eggs

Pumpkin Batter:

  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter melted
  • 1 c. canned pumpkin
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Rumford Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

To prepare filling:

Combine ingredients for filling mixture; set aside.

To prepare batter:

Beat together eggs, sugar, pumpkin and butter. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture; stir in nuts.

In a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, pour 1/2 of batter into bottom, spread it out to coat the bottom completely (about ½-inch thick). Top with filling mixture; pour the other half of batter on top.

Bake in a 350° F. oven for 25 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.

Chocolate Crust Pumpkin Pie – TermiNatetor Kitchen


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It’s almost Halloween! That means three things: costumes, pumpkins, and chocolate, and this chocolate crusted pumpkin pie tart hits two of those three marks. Truth be told, I’m not the biggest fan of dressing up for Halloween. I’m not against the idea of dressing up. My favorite costume growing up was the phantom from the Phantom of the Opera, hand sewn by my mom and everything. It was kind of amazing. As I’ve gotten older, I find dressing up in costumes uncomfortable. It’s hard to explain why I feel this way. Many of my friends still dress up for Halloween house parties and such. Perhaps I’m just an old soul and rather watch as others parade around in vampire, werewolf, and sexy nurse’s outfits. Perhaps as I grow older I’ll grow more comfortable with the idea. But what’s more important around this time of year is pumpkins and chocolate!

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I’m a huge supporter of the tart. There is something so quaint and simple about a tart. It’s neither too fussy nor complicated. 2016 has the year of pie crusts for me. I’ve been working with a bunch of different crust recipes, actively searching for the ideal one (“The one recipe to rule them all.” Any Lord of the Rings fans here?) For this recipe, I knew I wanted to test a chocolate crust. I think the combination of rich, buttery chocolate crust with the dense, custardy pumpkin filling was going to be scary good, and I was right! The contrast of flavors and textures was superb, then with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream just make this dish sing (or scream, if we’re keeping in theme). This tart reminded me of my Grandma Cooley’s pie, which gave me sense of home and comfort. Makes me even more excited for Thanksgiving!

Ingredients

For the crust

2 cups of all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

6 ounces unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

½ cup brewed coffee, cold (I used cold brew coffee)

For the pumpkin filling

¾ cup white sugar

3 tablespoons butter, softened

2 eggs, beaten

15oz pumpkin puree

1 (12oz) can evaporated milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

¾ teaspoon baking powder

1/8 salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground allspice

½ teaspoon ground ginger

 

Whipped cream, as topping

Directions
For the crust. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and sugar until incorporated. Add the butter and cut into the flour until it resembles a coarse meal. Slowly add the cold coffee in thirds, stirring with a wooden spoon after each addition. Continue stirring until a soft dough has formed. Knead slightly, then mold into a circular disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for a least 45 minutes (or up to 2 days).
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface (I used a mixture of flour and cocoa powder). Roll it out an inch larger than the tart pan you’re using. Transfer dough to the tart pan and trim off the excess the dough with a sharp knife. Return to refrigerator for 20 minutes before filling/baking.
For the filling. Preheat the oven to 350° F / 175° C. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, butter, and eggs. Mix in the pumpkin evaporated milk, and vanilla. Add the sifted ingredients and beat until smooth. This mixture is going to be a tad soupy, but don’t worry! It will thicken up as it bakes. Pour the mixture into the prepared 10-inch tart pan.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow cool completely before covering and allowing to chill completely before serving. Serve with whipped cream.

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Sugar Cakes : A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

These little sugar cakes are so simple and tasty!

I talked a little bit before about liking to make snacks for my kiddos to enjoy.

sugar-cakes1When looking through the Rumford Complete Cookbook this month, I had snacks in mind for a recipe to try!

These little cake muffins are delicious sweet treat! They are soft, moist and fluffy but yet pleasantly dense. Packed with a sweet flavor they are kid approved….my son loved these!

The Sugar Cakes recipe is on page 163 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook. Below is a photo of the recipe.

Here is my version of the recipe with some updates.

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Sugar Cakes: A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 egg whites

Directions:
Mix together the butter and the flour in a medium mixing bowl until crumbly. Add the sugar and mix well. Beat the egg whites until slightly frothy and add them to the dry mixture. Mix together well with a hand mixer. Pour mixture into a well greased mini muffin pan for small cakes. Sprinkle a small amount of sugar onto the top of each cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

The mixture was too runny with this recipe from the cookbook to roll out at all on a cutting board and cut into small cakes. I decided to bake them in the mini muffin pan and they turned out great! Mini cakes!

The recipe makes 18 mini sugar cakes.

A moist, sweet in flavor little mini cake. Grab a handful for a little snack!

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Persimmon Pudding: An Old Fashioned Classic

Persimmon pudding is an old fashioned classic in the Midwest during the late fall and winter months. A dense, moist, sweet and almost custardy type dessert – a delicious flavor to enjoy along with all the other favorite fall flavors!

Persimmon is in season here in Indiana in the fall months. Persimmon are grown in the southern part of Indiana. There is even a Persimmon Festival in September. Persimmon pudding is a favorite old fashioned dessert for the fall and winter months.

I was introduced to persimmon pudding a few years ago! It’s actually one
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of my dad’s favorite recipes that my grandma makes this time of year. I had always heard them mention it, but had never tried it until a few years ago. I loved it too!! This is a recipe my grandma learned from her mom, I asked her if she minded if I shared it here.

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Persimmon Pudding

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup flour
2 1/2 tsp Clabber Girl baking powder
3 eggs
1 pint persimmon puree

Directions:
Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix with a handheld mixer until mixed well. Pour mixture into a 9×13 baking pan and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Stick a butter knife or toothpick in the center at the end of the 50 minutes to check if the pudding is baked all the way through. Bake a little longer if it’s not. Cool to somewhat warm before serving. Top it off with cool whip before serving. Serve it in cut out squares or dolloped in a bowl.

Once cooled, the persimmon pudding can be stored at room temperature for about 8 hours. Then in the refrigerator for a day or 2. Simply reheat until warm in the microwave to enjoy more.

Persimmon pudding is a lightly spiced, with its own flavor, baked pudding that is similar to a custard with a pumpkin pie texture.

Thanksgiving is almost here and it would be paired perfectly with a big Thanksgiving feast. Add persimmon pudding to your Thanksgiving menu this year and years to come.

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Baking with Halloween Candy

Every year I do through the same thing…I stock up on Halloween candy for Trick or Treat only to end up with extra candy because rain or cold weather limited how much we give out. I’ve even tried going to my parent’s house to hand out candy, as they live on a main street in town which is home to a lot of kids. We start handing out candy in the drive way handing, but as soon as the sun sets and the wind picks up, we move inside. Fewer and fewer kids visit as the wind picks up and the little kids get tired. Inevitably, I have some leftover Halloween candy and wonder what I am going to do with all of it. This year, I know exactly what I’ll do! I’ve tested all three of these recipes and much to my co-workers delight, they turned out great!

Halloween Candy Bark

Halloween Candy Bark

If you like your sweets with just a hint of salt, this Halloween Candy Bark is for you! I lined a baking sheet with wax paper and covered the bottom with broken pretzels and chopped pecans and walnuts. Then I poured melted chocolate chips on the top of the bottom layer. You could use white or milk chocolate or even a layer of both. If you microwave the chocolate chips to melt them, do it in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, so the chocolate doesn’t scorch. While the chocolate was still warm, I topped the candy bark with some leftover candy eyeballs and candy coated peanut butter candies. You could also use other chocolate covered candies and get pretty creative with this recipe. I set the baking sheet in the fridge to help the chocolate cool quickly. Once it was completely chilled, I broke the bark into 3-to 4-inch pieces. There are so many options you can choose with Halloween Candy Bark, all depending on your taste.

Bottom of the Bucket Cookies

Bottom of the Bucket Cookies

When you have a wide assortment of extra Halloween candy, try putting pieces on top of a sugar cookie. These cookies lasted about 20 minutes in our office! Halloween candy in wrappers, however, is still sitting in the lunchroom. Everything tastes better on top of our Rumford Sugar Cookies! It’s a sturdy cookie with a good crunch to it when you bite in. Watch them closely in your oven and take them out just as the edges start to brown. If you let the cookies become golden brown before removing from the oven, they will likely be dried out.

I used candy coated chocolate candies, candy corn and broken pieces of chocolate candies. Candy coated chocolate or peanut butter can go on top of the cookies before you bake them, but everything else should be pressed into the cookies as soon as they are out of the oven. You can even make indentations in the top of the cookies for the candies before they are baked to make it easier to place them after baking. The chocolate candies melted a little, making them stick perfectly to the cookie tops.

Chocolate Candy Bread

Chocolate Candy Bread

The chocolate candy bread recipe was the most popular in our office! It is visually so beautiful and filled with all of your chocolate candy favorites! I took our chocolate buttermilk bread recipe and added a one and a half cups of assorted mini chocolate candies. When the bread came out of the oven, I drizzled melted white chocolate on top with a little milk mixed in so it was just the right consistency. I added some coarsely chopped chocolate mini candies, too. When you cut into the bread, you won’t see all of the chocolate candy, but you can taste the different ones throughout the loaf of bread. This is the perfect recipe to make on November 1st to use all your leftover Halloween candy.

6 Granny Smiths Never had it so Good: Cinnamon Apple Squares

Green Apples 1 Autumn squares were a seasonal treat growing up as a kid. I can remember the wafting aromas of slowly baking apples dredged in cinnamon and sugar coming from the kitchen. The smell of freshly baked crust escaping the oven and into my nose. A tall glass of milk in my hand and you have yourself the perfect after school snack. Apple squares are a Crawford family tradition around the autumn/holiday season. This recipe is inspired by my Grandma Cooley’s recipe, which was passed down to my mother which was, in turn, passed down to me. Traditionally, you would make a second layer of dough and roll it on top to emulate an apple pie, then a simple icing is drizzled over top. When brainstorming with my mother about ways to improve upon the recipe, she suggested taking off the top layer of crust and making an apple streusel to sprinkle on top, to which I thought “that’s a good idea!”

The smell that will come out of your oven will be indescribable. Warm scents of cinnamon and vanilla filling your kitchen. It reminds me of those chilly fall nights, a bonfire burning bright and everyone is drinking apple cider and talking and laughing. It’s food like this that brings people together. That warm, comfort food that sparks a memory and an emotion. That’s what I love about food, it runs deep in all of us. Baking family recipes like these makes me miss home at times. Being away at college can be tough, but when I take a bite into one of these apple squares, it reminds me of the people I love and the places I truly miss.

Cinnamon Apple Squares Recipe

Ingredients

Crust:

2 c. all-purpose flour

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

¾ tsp. salt

¾ c. vegetable shortening

2/3 c. whole milk

Apple filling:

4 Granny Smith Apples, peeled or unpeeled and sliced

1/3 c. granulated sugar

1/8 c. Clabber Girl Corn Starch

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

½ tsp. vanilla extract

¾ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground cloves

Streusel topping:

¾ c. granulated sugar

¾ c. all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ c. unsalted butter, chilled and cubed

1 Tbsp. water

Icing glaze:

2 c. powdered sugar, sifted

1/3 c. heavy cream

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Cinnamon Apple Squares 5Directions

For the crust. Chill the shortening in the fridge 15 minutes before beginning. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut the chilled shortening into the flour mixture until a coarse meal begins to form. Slowly add the milk and stir until the dough begins to form and come together. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and shape into a 1 inch round disc. Cover with plastic wrap and have set in the fridge for 1 hour or up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the streusel. In a medium-size mixing, stir together the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut the chilled butter into the flour mixture until pea-sized chunks of butter are seen. Stir in the water until combined. Cover and place in the fridge until needed.

For the filling. In a medium-size mixing bowl, toss together the apple slices, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves until well incorporated. Set aside.

Grease a 9×13-inch baking sheet. Roll the dough out into a rectangular shape, allowing the dough to stretch past the edges of the sheet. Roll dough onto the sheet, pressing the dough out evenly. Cut off excess dough and fold edges under the dough. Crimp the edges around the sheet pan. Fill the prepared crust with the apples and accumulated juices, spreading them out in an even layer. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the pie. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown and your kitchen is smelling of apple spiced heaven.

For the icing. In a medium-size mixing bowl, stir together the sifted powdered sugar, heavy cream, and melted butter until combined. Drizzle over top of the apple squares while they are still warm and cooling. Serve immediately.