Archive for January 2015

Caramel Apple Pizza



1/4 cup butter,softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons canola (or vegetable) oil
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 medium Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced (or your favorite apple)
1/4 cup fat-free caramel ice cream topping
1/4 cup chopped unsalted dry roasted peanuts (or your favorite nut)

Cream butter and sugars.
Beat in egg, oil, corn syrup, and vanilla.
Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Press dough onto a 14 inch pizza pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
Beat cream cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla til smooth.
Spread over crust and arrange apples over the top.
Drizzle with caramel topping; sprinkle with nuts.
Serve immediately.

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding


1 Tbsp. butter
3 small apples, peeled, chopped (about 3 cups)
25 individually wrapped caramels (approx. 6-7 oz.)
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk, divided
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 lb. unsliced white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup thawed whipped topping

Heat oven to 350°F.
Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat.
Add apples; cook 5 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring frequently.
Remove from heat.
Place caramels in microwaveable bowl.
Add 2 Tbsp. evaporated milk; set aside.
Pour remaining evaporated milk into large bowl.
Add sweetened condensed milk, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon; whisk until blended.
Add bread; stir until liquid is absorbed.
Stir in apples and cranberries; pour into buttered 2-qt. baking dish.
Place in water bath.
Bake 1 hour 10 min. on or until knife inserted in center of pudding comes out clean.
Microwave caramels in microwaveable bowl on High 1 min. or until completely melted, stirring every 30 sec.
Drizzle over pudding.
Serve topped with whipped topping.

Chocolate Mousse Cake Roll

Ingredients for Cake:

1/4 cup powdered sugar
4 eggs , separated
1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon Additional powdered sugar
Chocolate Syrup (optional)

Directions for Cake:

Chill 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
Prepare cake.*
Heat oven to 375°F.
Line 15-1/2×10-1/2×1-inch jelly-roll pan with foil; generously grease foil.
Sprinkle linen or thin cotton towel with 1/4 cup powdered sugar.
Beat egg whites in large bowl until soft peaks form; gradually add 1/2 cup granulated sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
Beat egg yolks and vanilla in medium bowl on medium speed of mixer 3 minutes.
Gradually add remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar; continue beating 2 additional minutes.
Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to egg yolk mixture alternately with water, beating on low speed just until batter is smooth.
Gradually fold chocolate mixture into beaten egg whites until well blended.
Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly in center.
Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan; invert onto prepared towel.
Carefully peel off foil. Immediately roll cake and towel together starting from narrow end; place on wire rack to cool completely.
Carefully unroll cake; remove towel.
Gently stir filling until of spreading consistency.
Spread cake with filling; reroll cake.
Refrigerate several hours.
Sift powdered sugar over top just before serving.
Serve drizzled with syrup and garnished as desired.
Cover; refrigerate leftover cake roll.
18 servings.

Ingredients for Chocolate Mousse Filling:

1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup milk
1 cup DARK Chocolate Chips or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (1/2 pt.) cold whipping cream
Directions for Chocolate Mousse Filling:

1 Stir together sugar and gelatin in small saucepan; stir in milk.
Let stand 2 minutes to soften gelatin.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just begins to boil.
Remove from heat.
Immediately add chocolate chips; stir until melted.
Stir in vanilla; cool to room temperature.
Beat whipping cream in small bowl until stiff.
Gradually add chocolate mixture, folding gently just until blended.
Cover; refrigerate until ready to use.
About 3 cups filling.

Panfish Chowder


4 slices bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 lb yellow perch (or other fish) cut in 1 inch chunks
1 can 15.4 oz cooked potatoes, diced
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup milk~regular or 2%
1 15.4 oz can creamed corn


Cook bacon and reserve two tablespoons of bacon drippings.
Place bacon drippings in large pan that has a cover.
Add onion, carrot and celery to pan and cook about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Stir in fish, potatoes, water, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered about 10 minutes.
Blend in milk and creamed corn.
Stir and without boiling, warm until heated through.
Sprinkle each serving with crumbled bacon.

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