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napoleon

Napoleon

Ingredients
3/4 cup whole milk
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
9 sheets frozen phyllo pastry (such as Athens), thawed
1/3 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar

Directions
In small heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of the milk to a boil. In a small bowl, whisk remaining 1/4 cup milk, egg yolks and sugar until smooth. Whisk in flour. Whisk a little hot milk into egg yolk mixture. Stir egg yolk mixture back into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick, and mixture comes just to a boil, 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour into small bowl, cover surface directly with wrap; cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until cold.

Meanwhile, heat oven to 375 F. Coat a 15 x 10 x 1-inch jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spread one pastry sheet on prepared pan. Brush with butter. Repeat layering with all of the pastry sheets and butter. With sharp knife, cut sheets lengthwise into thirds. Cover with a sheet of nonstick foil and a second baking pan.

Bake at 375 F for 15 to 18 minutes or until pastry layers brown nicely. Remove top pan and foil; let cool.

In a small bowl, beat cream to stiff peaks. Stir custard; fold in cream. Place one pastry strip on cutting board. Spread half of the custard onto pastry. Top with second pastry strip, then gently spread with remaining custard. Top with final pastry strip; dust with sugar. Slice into pieces with a serrated knife. Serve within 2 hours of layering.

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County Fair Cherry Pie

Ingredients
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Dash salt
4 cups pitted tart cherries
Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
Star cookie cutters (1/2 inch and 2 inches)
Confectioners’ sugar

Directions
In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir in cherries. Let stand 30 minutes.

Cook and stir cherry mixture over medium heat until mixture boils and starts to thicken.

Pour into jars or freezer containers, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Cool. Cover with lids; refrigerate or freeze. Yield: 3 cups filling for one pie.

To make pie: Preheat oven to 375°. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry; add filling. (If filling is frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.) Flute edges of pastry. Bake 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cover edges during the last 20 minutes to prevent overbrowning.

Meanwhile, cut remaining pastry into 12-14 large stars and 16-18 small stars; place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake at 375° 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Place stars randomly over cooled pie. Sprinkle edges of pie with confectioners’ sugar. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: County Fair Cherry Pie

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Almond Ring Coffee Cake

Ingredients
3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg

FILLING:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

GLAZE:
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
Sliced almonds, toasted, optional

Directions
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour and yeast. In a saucepan, heat the milk, butter, sugar and salt to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened. Add egg; beat for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 4-6 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn on a lightly floured surface; roll into an 18-in. x 12-in. rectangle. In a small bowl, beat filling ingredients until smooth. Spread over dough to within 1 in. of edges.

Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Place on a greased baking sheet, sealing ends to form a ring. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.

In a small bowl, combine milk and almond extract; whisk in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Drizzle over coffee cake. Sprinkle with almonds if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Recipe found here: Almond Ring Coffee Cake

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Gumdrop Cereal Bars

Ingredients
5 cups Corn Pops cereal
1 cup gumdrops
4 cups miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Place cereal and gumdrops in a large bowl; set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, place marshmallows and butter. Microwave, uncovered for 45 seconds to 1-1/2 minutes or until melted; stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla.

Pour over cereal mixture; toss to coat. Spread into a greased 9-in. square pan. Cool on a wire rack. Cut with a buttered knife. Yield: 16 bars.

Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Recipe found here: Gumdrop Cereal Bars

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Cherry Kiss Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons maraschino cherry juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
6 drops red food coloring, optional
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
54 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until blended. Beat in cherry juice, extract and, if desired, food coloring. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in cherries.

Shape dough into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Immediately press a chocolate kiss into center of each cookie (cookie will crack around edges). Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Cherry Kiss Cookies

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Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies

Ingredients
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped nuts

FILLING:
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 325°. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate and butter on high until butter is melted; stir until smooth. Whisk in sugar until blended. Whisk in extracts and eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour mixture. Pour half of the batter into a greased 8-in. square baking dish.

Beat together filling ingredients until blended; spoon over batter in pan. Spoon remaining batter over top. Swirl gently with a knife.

Bake until filling is set, 35-40 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Chocolate Cream Cheese Brownies

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Raisin Carrot Cake

Ingredients
2 egg whites
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1-1/2 cups finely shredded carrots
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup raisins
1-1/2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar

Directions
In a large bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Beat in the sugar, applesauce and oil until well blended. Stir in the carrots, yogurt and water.

Set aside 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour. Combine the whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves and remaining all-purpose flour; add to batter just until moistened. Toss raisins with reserved flour; stir into batter.

Pour into a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick near the center comes our clean. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Yield: 9 servings.

Recipe found here: Raisin Carrot Cake

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