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apple-nut-cake-with-rum-sauce

Apple Nut Cake with Rum Sauce

Ingredients
4 cups chopped peeled apples
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans

SAUCE:
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon rum extract

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the apples and sugar. Let stand for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and almond extract. Add to apple mixture and toss to coat. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; stir into apple mixture just until moistened. Stir in pecans.

Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

For sauce, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the sugar, flour and salt until smooth. Gradually add water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in extracts. Serve with warm cake. Yield: 9 servings (2 cups sauce).

Recipe found here: Apple Nut Cake with Rum Sauce

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apricot-white-chocolate-coffee

Apricot & White Chocolate Coffee Cake

Ingredients
2 cups biscuit/baking mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup white baking chips
1/2 cup apricot preserves

TOPPING:
1/3 cup biscuit/baking mix
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cold butter

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the biscuit mix and sugar. Whisk the egg, milk and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chips. Pour into a greased 9-in. round baking pan.

Drop preserves by teaspoonfuls over batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl the preserves.

For topping, combine biscuit mix and sugar in small bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter.

Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Apricot & White Chocolate Coffee

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southwestern-bean-dip

Southwestern Bean Dip

Ingredients
2 pounds ground beef
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips

Directions
In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a bowl; add the onion. Mash with a fork until crumbly; set aside.

In a blender, process tomato sauce and beans until chunky. Add to beef mixture and mix well. Spoon half into a greased 13×9-in. baking dish; top with half of the cheese. Repeat layers.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm with chips. Yield: about 9 cups.

Recipe found here: Southwestern Bean Dip

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southern-fruitcake

Southern Fruitcake

Ingredients
4 cups chopped pecans
1-3/4 cups chopped candied pineapple
1-1/2 cups chopped dried peaches or apricots
1-1/2 cups golden raisins
2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
5 eggs
1 cup peach or apricot nectar, divided
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup milk
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

Directions
Grease and flour two 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Line the bottoms with waxed paper; grease and flour the paper. Set aside.
Combine the pecans, pineapple, peaches, raisins and 1/2 cup flour; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar; add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 1/2 cup peach nectar, honey and milk; beat well (mixture will appear curdled). Combine cinnamon, baking powder, salt, allspice and remaining flour; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Add pecan mixture; stir well.

Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.
With a skewer, poke holes in the loaves. Spoon remaining nectar over loaves. Let stand for 10 minutes; remove from pans to a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap tightly and store in a cool place. Slice and bring to room temperature before serving. Yield: 2 loaves.

Recipe found here: Southern Fruitcake

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homemade-holiday-marshmallows

Homemade Holiday Marshmallows

Ingredients
2 teaspoons butter
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup cold water, divided
2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
Optional toppings: melted chocolate, hot fudge and/or caramel ice cream topping
Optional garnishes: baking cocoa, confectioners’ sugar, crushed assorted candies, chopped nuts, colored sugars and/or sprinkles

Directions
Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil and grease the foil with butter; set aside.

In a large metal bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt and remaining water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage).

Remove from the heat and gradually add to gelatin. Beat on high speed until mixture is thick and the volume is doubled, about 15 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Spread into prepared pan. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 6 hours or overnight.

Using foil, lift marshmallows out of pan. With a knife or pizza cutter coated with cooking spray, cut into 1-in. squares. Dip or drizzle marshmallows with toppings if desired; coat with garnishes as desired. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Yield: about 9-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Homemade Holiday Marshmallows

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slow-cooker-spiced-mixed-nuts

Slow Cooker Spiced Mixed Nuts

Ingredients
1 large egg white
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup unblanched almonds
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup shelled walnuts
1 cup unsalted cashews
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons water

Directions
In a large bowl, whisk egg white and vanilla until blended; stir in nuts. In a small bowl, mix sugars, spices and salt. Add to nut mixture and toss to coat.

Transfer to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on high 1-1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Gradually stir in water. Cook, covered, on low 20 minutes.

Spread onto waxed paper; cool completely. Store in airtight containers up to 1 week. Yield: 6 cups.

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker Spiced Mixed Nuts

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chocolate-peanut-pretzel-toffee-crisps

Chocolate, Peanut & Pretzel Toffee Crisps

Ingredients
40 saltines
3/4 cup butter, cubed
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup cocktail peanuts
1 cup broken pretzel sticks
3/4 cup M&M’s minis

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with foil; grease foil. Arrange saltines in a single layer on foil.

In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Spread evenly over crackers.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until bubbly. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Allow chips to soften 2 minutes, then spread over top. Sprinkle with peanuts, pretzels and M&M’s minis; shake pan to settle toppings into chocolate. Cool.

Refrigerate, uncovered, 1 hour or until set. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 pounds.

Recipe found here: Chocolate, Peanut & Pretzel Toffee Crisps

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