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Peach Pound Cake

Peach Pound Cake

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
6 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups diced fresh or frozen peaches
Confectioners’ sugar

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the batter alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Fold in the peaches.

Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Peach Pound Cake

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Strawberry Sunshine Cake

Strawberry Sunshine Cake

Ingredients
1 cup egg whites (about 7)
5 egg yolks
1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon each almond, lemon and vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt

FILLING:
1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup ice water
1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
Additional strawberries

Directions
Let egg whites stand for 30 minutes. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks on high speed for 5 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup sugar. Stir in water and extracts. Sift flour twice; gradually add to yolk mixture and mix well (batter will be very thick).

In a large bowl with clean beaters, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form; set aside. Fold into egg yolk mixture just until blended.

Spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets; smooth the top. Bake at 325° for 50-55 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely.

In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add ice water and stir. Place bowl in ice water for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Fold in strawberries and 1/2 cup whipped topping.

Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Split horizontally into three layers; place bottom layer on a serving plate. Spread with half of the gelatin mixture. Repeat. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides with remaining whipped topping. Garnish with strawberries. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Strawberry Sunshine Cake

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Orange Rice Medley

Orange Rice Medley

Ingredients
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1-1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained and coarsely chopped

Directions
In a saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and peppers in oil until tender. Add rice; stir until lightly browned. Add broth, orange juice, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in oranges. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Orange Rice Medley

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Mexican Beef-Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Beef-Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients
4 medium green or sweet red peppers
1 pound ground beef
1 package (8.8 ounces) ready-to-serve Spanish rice
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1-1/2 cups salsa
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
1 cup water
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Directions
Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds; set aside. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.

Stir in the rice, 1-1/2 cups cheese, salsa and pepper sauce. Spoon into peppers. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour water around peppers.

Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through. Top with remaining cheese; sprinkle with cilantro. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Mexican Beef-Stuffed Peppers

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White Chocolate Raspberry Torte

White Chocolate Raspberry Torte

Ingredients
1 cup butter-flavored shortening
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup white baking chips, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk

FILLING:
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch

FROSTING:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup white baking chips, melted and cooled
1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Fresh raspberries, optional

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Line two greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper; grease paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chips and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Transfer to prepared pans.

Bake 26-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely; gently peel off waxed paper.

In a small saucepan, bring raspberries and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Press raspberries through a sieve; discard seeds. Cool.

In same pan, combine sugar and cornstarch; stir in raspberry puree until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool. Spread between cake layers.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in melted chips; fold in whipped topping. Spread over top and sides of cake. Pipe frosting over top edge of cake and garnish with berries if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: White Chocolate Raspberry Torte

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Southern Pralines

Southern Pralines

Ingredients
3 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions
In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cream, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until a candy thermometer reads 230° (thread stage), stirring occasionally.

Carefully stir in pecans and butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 236° (soft-ball stage).
Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon until candy thickens and begins to lose its gloss, about 4-5 minutes.

Quickly drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper; spread to form 2-in. patties. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.

Editor’s Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Recipe found here: Southern Pralines

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Chocolate Lovers Eclairs

Chocolate Lovers Eclairs

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs

FILLING:
2-1/2 cups cold milk
1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

CHOCOLATE ICING:
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons hot water

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine butter and water. Bring to a rapid boil, stirring until the butter melts. Reduce heat to low; add flour and salt. Stir vigorously until mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a stiff ball. Remove from the heat. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

With a tablespoon or a pastry tube fitting with a no. 10 or larger tip, spoon or pipe dough into 4-in.-long x 1-1/2-in.-wide strips on a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 325° bake 20 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.

For filling, in a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. In another large bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Beat in sugar and vanilla; fold into pudding. Fill cooled shells. (Chill remaining pudding mixture for another use.)

For icing, melt chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in sugar. Add hot water until icing is smooth and reaches desired consistency. Cool slightly. Spread over eclairs. Chill until serving. Yield: 8-9 servings.

Recipe found here: Chocolate Lovers Eclairs

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