Saturday, March 5, 2016

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

3 cups All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 - 15 oz. can of pumpkin
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together brown sugar, sugar, oil and pumpkin. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition, followed by the vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
Using a pastry bag with a round tip, or a big zip top plastic bag with one corner snipped, squeeze out concentric circles of batter, starting from the middle and working outward until the circles are about 2 inches in diameter. Bake for 11 minutes and cool on a rack.
Cream Cheese Filling
1 - 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 - 16 oz. package of powdered sugar
about a capful of vanilla extract
a pinch of cinnamon (to taste)
Beat together cream cheese and butter. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Frost flat side of half the pies and top with another piece.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Deep Dish Ricotta Veggie Pie

1 pie shell, 1 cup roasted/grilled veggies (Wegmans has them prepared in their freezer section! They have eggplant, zucchini, red & yellow bell peppers & onions), a few sliced small mushrooms, 1 cup whole milk Ricotta, 1 cup grated Pecorino-Romano or Locatelli cheese, 3 beaten eggs, 1 lb shredded sharp cheddar cheese. 3 - 5 Calamata pitted olives (sliced in half). Saute in a non stick pan sliced mushrooms and add approximate 1/2 (16 oz) bag grilled/roasted mixed veggies until tender & set aside. Beat eggs with electric mixer until light yellow & bubbly. Add ricotta and grated cheese and stir to mix. Add cooked veggies and continue to stir to blend. Empty 1/2 of this mixture in the bottom of the pie shell and spread to cover bottom. Sprinkle approx 8 oz of the shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top of 1st layer. Add remaining mixture on top of cheese and spread to cover. Sprinkle another 6 oz of sharp cheddar on top (or as much as you like). Decorate top with sliced Calamata olives (cut side down). Place in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 55 minutes - 1 hour (baking time depends on your oven). Mine only needed 55 minutes. Remove from oven when top is browned. Will rise up about and inch from the top when done. Let rest about 10 minutes before serving. Thanks to Al Gorgoni for sharing this recipe. When enjoying this dish I can hear / imagine Italian music playing in the background... it is that fabulous!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Pineapple Zucchini Bread

Dry ingredients ~
3 cups of flour as follows: 1 1/2 cups rice flour, 1 cup almond meal flour, 1 cup coconut flour, 2 t. baking soda, 2 t. baking powder, 3 t. cinnamon, 1 t. salt.

Wet ingredients ~
3 eggs, 1 cup coconut oil, 1 cup 2% or whole milk Greek yogurt, 2 cups granulated maple sugar or coconut sugar, 3 t. vanilla, 2 cups grated (drained) zucchini, 1 cup crushed pineapple, 1 cup chopped nuts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare 2 bread loaf pans by greasing and placing a layer of parchment paper on the bottom of each pan.

In a large bowl combine dry ingredients and set aside.

In another large bowl beat eggs.  Add oil and yogurt and continue beating. Add sugar and continue beating.  Add dry ingredients and beat in slowly.  Once combined add zucchini and pineapple and stir in to blend.  If desired stir in nuts.  Fill both loaf pans evenly and place in preheated 350 degree oven.  Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and set on stove top to cool for at least 25 minutes.  Carefully remove from pans, discard parchment paper, and wrap in waxed paper.  Wrap again in foil and refrigerate.  Can freeze if desired.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Easy Apple Crisp

2 cups sugar, 5 teaspoons lemon juice, 1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 10 peeled and sliced large apples, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 cups oatmeal, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 8 Tablespoons melted butter

Combine 1 cup sugar, lemon juice, water and cinnamon and pour into the bottom of a 13" x 9" buttered baking dish.  Empty sliced apples into baking dish and stir to coat apple slices.  In a separate bowl stir together remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, oatmeal, and salt.  Add melted butter and stir to a crumbly mixture.  Sprinkle crumbly mixture over top of apples in baking dish.  Lightly pat down top and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 - 55 minutes or until apples are tender and crusted crisp top is browned.  Serve hot with ice cream or whipped cream.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Peanut Butter Rolo Bars

1 cup butter (softened),  1 cup peanut butter, 2 1/2 cups granulated real maple sugar (or light brown sugar), 3 extra large eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 4 3/4 cups flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 1/2 cups seasoned slivered almonds, 2 cups (one 11oz bag) Rolo chocolate caramel candies (unwrapped and quartered).

Grease or spray a 9" x 13" baking pan.  Set aside.  Preheat oven 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat softened butter with peanut butter.  Beat in granulated maple sugar.  Add eggs and beat well.  Add vanilla and continue beating.  Add flour mixture and combine til thoroughly blended.  Add mini chocolate chips and slivered almonds folding into cookie dough mixture.  Lastly add quartered Rolo candies and finish folding into cookie dough mixture.  Empty combined cookie dough mixture into prepared baking pan and press down evenly with flat spatula.  Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.  Should be golden brown on top when done.  Cool completely before cutting into desired size squares.  Quicken cooling process by placing in frig about 1/2 hour after coming out of oven.  (Do not cut when warm.  They will crumble.)

Note:  Recipe can be cut in half with the exception of eggs. Use 2 large eggs.

Recipe idea thanks to ~ Two Peas & Their Pod which she calls Peanut Butter Rolo Blondies.
My recipe turned out much more chocolatey and does not resemble hers as a blondie.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Banana Bread with Chobani Greek Yogurt

3 ripe bananas, 1 cup Chobani Greek vanilla yogurt, 2 Tablespoons butter (melted), 1 t. salt, 1 t. baking soda, 1 t. baking powder, 3/4 cup Splenda, 1 t. vanilla extract, 1 Tablespoon milk, 2 large eggs, 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.

Preheat oven 325 degrees.  Spray a 9"x4" bread loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.  Set aside.

In a large bowl mash bananas; add Chobani Greek vanilla yogurt, Splenda, butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.  Beat to thoroughly combine.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together blending well.  Fold in mini chocolate chips.  Empty into prepared bread loaf pan and bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 65 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 15 minutes.  Remove from pan and wrap in waxed paper and wrap in foil to seal in moisture.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Summer Vegetable Medley with Chicken

1 large sweet onion (quartered and sliced thin)
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
2 green zucchini (thinly sliced)
2 yellow "Goldie" zucchini (thinly sliced)
3 cups sliced mushrooms (thinly sliced)
2 1/2 cups shredded carrots 
1 (15oz) jar roasted red peppers (drained and cut up)
1 cube pesto
2 1/2 - 3 cups tomato basil sauce
1/2 t. black pepper
1/2 t. salt
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups cooked chicken breast (diced up in chunks)
1 T. olive oil
Cooking spray

Spray a large non-stick frying pan with cooking spray.  Place sliced onion in frying pan and begin cooking on medium heat and cook for about 5 minutes.  Add 1 T olive oil and minced garlic and stir..  Cook about a minute and add all sliced zucchini.  Stir turning zucchini into mixture.  Cover with lid and continue to cook about 25 - 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.

 While vegetables are cooking, place 6 - 8 cups of water and shredded carrots in a large pot. Cover and cook on high until tender. (About 15 minutes)  Drain water out of pot and add sauce to cooked carrots along with sliced roasted red peppers, salt, black pepper, pesto and Parmesan cheese.

Add sliced mushrooms to frying pan with vegetables and cook until tender (covered, about 5 minutes).  When mushrooms are cooked, remove vegetables, discard liquid, and place vegetables in the large pot with the carrots /sauce mixture.  Add diced chicken breast and stir to blend. 

Serve hot by itself or with a cup of your favorite pasta.