Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler

5 cups pitted canned tart red cherries
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cold butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup milk

Drain cherries, reserving 1-1/4 cups juice; set aside. Discard remaining juice. In a large saucepan, combine the sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg; stir in lemon juice and reserved cherry juice until smooth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.

Add cherries; pour into an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan. For topping, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in enough milk to moisten. Drop by tablespoonfuls over cherries. Bake at 450° for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Cherry Cobbler

Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread

Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1/4 cup water (110° to 115°)
1-1/4 cups warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, sugar, eggs, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough.

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

For caramel, in a small saucepan, bring the brown sugar, butter and cream to a boil. Cook and stir 3 minutes. Pour half into a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan; sprinkle with half the pecans.

Punch dough down; shape into 40 balls (about 1-1/4-in. diameter). In a shallow bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Place melted butter in another bowl. Dip balls in butter, then roll in sugar mixture.

Place 20 balls in the tube pan; top with remaining caramel and pecans. Top with remaining balls. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. (Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly.) Cool 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm. Yield: 1 loaf (20 servings).

Recipe found here: Caramel-Pecan Monkey Bread

Raspberry Cake

Raspberry Cake

1 package white cake mix (regular size)
1 package (3 ounces) raspberry gelatin
4 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup hot water
1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened raspberries, thawed, undrained

1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened raspberries, thawed, undrained
Fresh raspberries, optional

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, gelatin, eggs, oil and water; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in raspberries.

Pour into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool.

For frosting, in a large bowl, fold whipped topping into raspberries. Spread over cake. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Store in the refrigerator. Garnish with fresh raspberries if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe found here: Raspberry Cake

Chocolate Nut Fudge

Chocolate Nut Fudge

1 tablespoon plus 1 cup butter divided
4 cups sugar
1 cup milk
32 large marshmallows
2 cups milk chocolate chips
2 cups (12 ounces each) semisweet chocolate chips
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 to 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped nuts
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Butter a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, milk and remaining butter. Bring to a full boil over medium heat; boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from the heat. Stir in marshmallows until melted. Add chocolate chips and unsweetened chocolate; stir until chips are melted. Add nuts and vanilla.

Spread into prepared pan. Cool for 1 hour at room temperature. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 5 pounds.

Recipe found here: Chocolate Nut Fudge

Tempting Tomato Cups

Tempting Tomato Cups

3 large tomatoes
1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, optional
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Sliced ripe olives, optional

Cut a thin slice from the top of each tomato. Leaving a 1/4-in.-thick shell, scoop out pulp (discard pulp or save for another use). Invert tomatoes onto paper towels to drain.

In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, celery, green pepper, onion, mayonnaise, garlic salt if desired and pepper; mix well. Spoon into tomatoes. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with olives if desired. Yield: 3 servings.

Recipe found here: Tempting Tomato Cup

Speedy Brownies

Speedy Brownies

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
5 eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, beat the first seven ingredients. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Recipe found here: Speedy Brownies Recipe

Coconut Cream Pie

Coconut Cream Pie

1-1/2 cups cold milk
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup flaked coconut, divided
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 graham cracker crusts (9 inches each)

In a bowl, whisk the milk, extract and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.

In large bowl, beat cream cheese. Stir in pudding and mix well. Fold in 1/2 cup coconut and whipped topping. Spoon into the crusts. Toast remaining coconut; sprinkle over pies. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 2 pies (6-8 servings each).

Recipe found here: Coconut Cream Pie


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