Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Glazed Sugar Cookies

I know valentines day is over, so there is no point in making heart shaped sugar cookies, but I was busy that weekend, and this is the only time I could post this awesome recipe. So, make some clover leaf green sugar cookies for Pattie's day or something. 

7c. flour
1c. butter
2c. sugar
3 eggs
1c. sour cream
1 (8oz) cream cheese
1Tb. baking powder
1tsp. baking soda
1 1/4tsp. salt
1Tb. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract

1. mix flour, baking pwd, soda, and salt together
2. cream butter, sugar, and cream cheese
3. Add sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Blend to incorporate.
4. Add flour mixture and mix until combined
5.chill in refrigerator.
6. Roll out, cut in desired shape and bake 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. 

1 stick butter 
1/2c. milk plus 3 Tbs
1/4c. light corn syrup
2 lbs(32 oz)  pwd sugar

1. melt butter in large microwave bowl
2. add remaining ingredients and mix together until smooth
3. spread glaze and place on a wire rack. Allow glaze to set for about 1 hour. 

the glaze will set up and make the top all shiny and will not be sticky. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Samoa-Inspired tartlets

3T cold butter cut into pieces
1/3c flour
1c shredded coconut, toasted plus more for garnish
2T packed brown sugar
1/4t salt
5oz semisweet chocolate chopped fine
1qt coconut ice cream
3/4c dulce de leche, warmed, (available in dessert topping section)

1. position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350. grease muffin pan.
2. Pulse the flour, 1/4c coconut, brown sugar, and salt in food processor until combined. Add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand with pea-sized pieces, about 5 times. Put 1 heaping tablespoon of the mixture in each muffin cup and press to make even rounds. Bake until the crusts are golden, about 20 min. 
3. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate evenly over each crust. Turn off the oven; return the pan to the oven to melt the chocolate, about 3 min. Sprinkle each crust with 1 tablespoon of the remaining coconut. Cool slightly, then freeze crusts in the pan until set, about 15 min. 
4. With a thin spatula, gently remove each crust from the muffin pan. Top with a small scoop of coconut ice cream, drizzle with dulce de leche and garnish with more coconut. 

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Paula Deen's Lemon Bars

These are most excellent Lemon Bars for those of you who are fans of lemon bars. 

2 c. flour
1 c. pwd. sugar 
pinch salt
2 sticks (room temp) butter

4 eggs 
2 c. sugar
6 T. flour
6T. fresh lemon juice

preheat oven 350. Grease 9x13 pan.

make the crust by combining flour, pwd sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter to make a crumbly mixture. Press the mixture into the greased 9x13. Bake for 20 min.
Meanwhile, to make filling. Mix eggs, sugar, flour and lemon juice. Pour this over the baked crust and bake 25 more min. Sprinkle with pwd. sugar if desired when the bars are done. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Chicken Divan

This was requested by Laurel - it's a family favorite.

1 large bunch of broccoli - cooked and cut into spears ( I peel the heavy part of the stem)
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
2 c. chicken broth
1 8 oz. sour cream
1 or 2 c. grated mozzarella cheese
3 chicken breasts cooked and chunked up

Cook broccoli until tender crisp and set aside.
Make a rue with the butter and flour, add chicken broth and stir over med. heat until thickened.
Stir in sour cream, salt to taste and a dash of pepper.
Place broccoli in bottom of 9 X 13 pan. Pour half of sauce over broc and then place chicken on
top. Mix 3/4 of the cheese into the sauce and pour the rest of the sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350ยบ for 20 minutes.

Stuffed French Toast

I got this recipe off a Bed and Breakfast website (bbonline.com) It has wonderful breakfast ideas!

1 loaf of day old french bread - Sliced thick. Make a pocket in the side.
6-8 oz. cream cheese mixed with a few TB. of favorite jam
Smear about a tsp. of the cream cheese into the pocket and set aside.

6 eggs
1/2 c. milk or cream
1/4 c. pancake mix
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix well - cook slowly.
Serve with fruit sauce or syrup.