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Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Ingredients
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 can (20 ounces) sliced pineapple
10 pecan halves
1 jar (12 ounces) apricot preserves
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)

Directions
Pour butter into a well-greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice. Arrange pineapple slices in prepared pan; place a pecan half in the center of each slice. Combine the apricot preserves and reserved pineapple juice; spoon over pineapple slices.
Prepare cake batter according to package directions; pour over pineapple.

Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Immediately invert onto a large serving platter. Cool slightly; serve warm. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Recipe found here: Easy Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Butterscotch-Pecan Bread Pudding

Ingredients
9 cups cubed day-old white bread (about 8 slices)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
4 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half cream
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whipped cream and butterscotch ice cream topping

Directions
Place bread, pecans and butterscotch chips in a greased 4-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, cream, brown sugar, melted butter and vanilla until blended. Pour over bread mixture; stir gently to combine.

Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped cream and butterscotch topping. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Butterscotch-Pecan Bread Pudding

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Colorado Peach Cobbler

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 cups sliced peeled fresh peaches

TOPPING:
1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold butter
1 egg, beaten
Ice cream, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour and nutmeg. Add peaches; stir to coat. Pour into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan.

For topping, in a small bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking powder and salt; cut in the butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in egg. Spoon over peaches.

Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden. Serve hot or cold with ice cream if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Recipe found here: Colorado Peach Cobbler

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Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips, melted and cooled
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1-1/2 to 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries

Directions
Preheat oven to 300°. Cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in flour (mixture will be crumbly). Pat onto a greased 12-in. pizza pan. Bake until lightly browned, 25-28 minutes. Cool.

Beat melted chips and cream until smooth. Beat in cream cheese until smooth. Spread over crust. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine pineapple juice, granulated sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Cool.

Arrange berries over cream cheese layer; brush with pineapple mixture. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

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Caramel Cashew Clusters

Ingredients
2 teaspoons butter
2 pounds milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped, divided
1 cup salted cashew halves
28 caramels
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions
Line baking sheets with waxed paper and grease paper with butter; set aside.

In a microwave, melt 1 pound of candy coating; stir until smooth. Drop by scant tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans. Let stand until partially set, about 3 minutes. Top each with six or seven cashews. Let stand until completely set.

In a small heavy saucepan, combine caramels and cream. Cook and stir over low heat until melted; stir until smooth. Spoon over cashews. Reheat caramel over low heat if it thickens. Melt remaining candy coating; spoon over caramel. Let stand until set. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Caramel Cashew Clusters

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Orange Pineapple Chiffon Cake

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 eggs, separated
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

ICING:
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, well drained

Directions
Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl; make a well in the center. In another bowl, beat egg yolks until thicken and lemon-colored. Beat in the orange juice, oil, water, vanilla, and orange and lemon peels. Pour into well in dry ingredients; beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. In a bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar; beat until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into batter.

Transfer to an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert cake; cool completely. Loosen cake from sides of pan; remove cake and place on a serving platter.

For icing, combine the confectioners’ sugar, shortening and butter until smooth. Spread over top of cake. Spoon pineapple over icing. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Orange Pineapple Chiffon Cake

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Tropical Carrot Cake

Ingredients
3 large eggs
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups finely shredded carrots
1 cup raisins
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup flaked coconut

FROSTING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
4 to 4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
In a large bowl, beat eggs, oil and buttermilk. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in vanilla, carrots, raisins, pineapple, walnuts and coconut; mix well. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool.

For frosting, beat all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Frost cake. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Tropical Carrot Cake

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