Butter Tarts

These are exceptional! Use store-bought frozen shells or your own pastry recipe.

Butter Tarts
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white sugar 250 mL
  2. 1 cup seedless raisins 250 mL
  3. 2 eggs 2
  4. 1 tsp vanilla 5 mL
  5. 1⁄3 cup butter 75 mL
  6. 4 tbsp cream or half-and-half 60 mL
  7. 1⁄2 cup broken walnuts 125 mL
Instructions
  1. Beat eggs. Combine with remaining ingredients except nuts, and boil at medium heat for 3 minutes. Add nuts. Fill unbaked tart shells and bake for
  2. 15 minutes at 375°F (190°C). Makes filling for 24 tarts.
  3. From the The Complete Best of Bridge, Volume 1 page 331.
Instructions
  1. Beat eggs. Combine with remaining ingredients except nuts, and boil at medium heat for 3 minutes. Add nuts. Fill unbaked tart shells and bake for
  2. 15 minutes at 375°F (190°C). Makes filling for 24 tarts.
Notes
  1. From the The Complete Best of Bridge, Volume 1 page 331.
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Fruit Cocktail Cake

A great last minute dessert. One family we know always takes this sailing  so now it’s called “Fruit Cockpit Cake”

Fruit Cocktail Cake
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Ingredients
Cake
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 2 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp. salt
  5. 1 – 14oz. can fruit cocktail with juice 398mL
  6. or crushed pineapple
  7. 2 cups flour
  8. Sauce
  9. 3/4 cup sugar
  10. 1/2 cup milk
  11. 1/2 cup butter
  12. 1 tsp. vanilla or 2 Tbsp. rum is a superb substitute!
Instructions
  1. To make cake: Beat eggs. Add all ingredients, except flour, and mix. Add flour and mix again. Grease a 9 x 13” pan or a bundt pan and pour in mixture. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes.
  2. To make sauce: Heat sugar, milk and butter in saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour over hot cake. (Makes a lot, but use all of it! The cake will absorb it.)
  3. Serve warm with whipped cream or frozen vanilla yogurt. Keeps for several days refrigerated (if no one knows it’s there).
Notes
  1. Book Reference – The Best of the Best – Vol. 1 (Page: 297), The Best of Bridge (Page: 160)
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Dream Slice

Dream Slice
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Ingredients
Crust
  1. 1 1/3 cups (325 mL) flour
  2. 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) sugar
  3. 3/4 cup (175 mL) butter
Filling
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 cup (25 mL) brown sugar
  3. 1 tsp. (10 mL) vanilla
  4. 1 cup (25 mL)shredded coconut
  5. 2/3 cup (150 mL) walnuts, chopped
  6. 1/4 cup (50 mL) glazed cherries, snipped
  7. 3 Tbsp. (45 mL) flour
  8. 1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
  9. pinch of salt
Butter Icing
  1. 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter
  2. 2 1/2 cups (625 mL)sugar
  3. 3 Tbsp. (45 mL) cream
Instructions
  1. Crust: Combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter (mealy texture). Press firmly into bottom of a lightly greased 8″ x 8″ cake pan. Bake at 350F (180C) for 20 minutes.
  2. Filling: In a medium bowl beat eggs. Gradually add sugar and vanilla. In a second bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Add to sugar mixture. Gently mix in remaining ingredients. Spread over cooked crust and return to a 300F (150C) oven for 25 to 30 minutes until top is set and lightly brown.
  3. Icing: Cream butter. Add icing sugar alternately with cream until spreading consistency is reached. Spread over cooled cake.
  4. The good thing about spoiled children is that you never have any in your own family.
  5. Book Reference – The Best of Bridge (Page: 195)
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Chewy Trail Mix Bars

Chewy Trail Mix Bars
These chewy, no-bake bars are best enjoyed straight from the fridge. To tote in a lunch bag, wrap the the bars in plastic wrap and tuck beside the cool pack or a frozen juice box. This will keep them nice and firm
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy) 250 mL
  2. 1 cup liquid honey 250 mL
  3. 1⁄2 cup hot chocolate mix 125 mL
  4. 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted 50 mL
  5. 3⁄4 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or pistachios 175 mL
  6. 3⁄4 cup raisins or dried cranberries 175 mL
  7. 1⁄2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds 125 mL
  8. 1⁄2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 125 mL
  9. 1⁄4 cup sesame seeds 50 mL
Instructions
  1. Grease a 13- by 9-inch (33 by 23 cm) baking pan and line with parchment paper. In a large saucepan, gently heat peanut butter and honey over low heat, whisking to blend well. Do not let boil. Whisk in hot chocolate mix and cocoa. Stir in walnuts, raisins, sunflower seeds, coconut and sesame seeds. Spread in prepared pan, smoothing top.
  2. Refrigerate for 2 hours, until chilled. Cut into bars.
  3. Makes 25 to 36 bars.
Notes
  1. Make ahead: Place between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
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Cranberry Pistachio Bark

A fool proof candy for christmas gift-giving

Cranberry Pistachio Bark
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb.(500 g) good quality white chocolate
  2. 1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries
  3. 1 cup (250 mL)shelled pistachios (you must buy the nuts in their shells – but do buy extra as you’ll have to bribe
  4. the pistachio sheller!)
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Let cool to room tempeature. Roast pistachios at 350F (180c) for 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Stir cranberries and pistachios into melted chocolate. Pour onto foil-lined 10″x15″ (25 x 38 cm) edged cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then break into pieces. Makes about 1 1/2 pounds (750 g)
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Pumpkin Cheesecake

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Ingredients
  1. Pumpkin Cheesecake
Ingredients
  1. Ginger snap crust
  2. 1 cup crushed ginger snaps 250 ml
  3. 3 Tbsp. Butter, melted 45 ml
  4. 1 tsp. cinnamon 5ml
  5. 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 30 ml
  6. Filling
  7. 4 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 4-250 g
  8. 1 1/2 cups sugar 375 ml
  9. 5 eggs
  10. 1/4 cup flour 60 ml
  11. 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or equal parts
  12. ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg 10 ml
  13. 1 – 14 oz. can pumpkin 398 ml
  14. 1 cup whipping cream, whipped 250 ml
  15. 2 Tbsp. rum 30 ml
Instructions
  1. Crust: combine ingredients. Lightly grease a 10″ (25 cm) springform pan and line bottom with crumb mixture. Pat firm and chill.
  2. Filling: preheat oven to 325 F. (160c). Beat softened cream cheese until fluffy. Slowly beat in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour, spices, pumpkin and rum. Pour batter over crust. Bake for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours, or until filling is set. Cool for an hour. Refrigerate several hours. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serves 10-12
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