Lemon Shortbread Cookies

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Lemon Shortbread Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup butter softened
  2. 1/3 cup icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  3. 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  4. 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  5. 1 1/4 cups floour
  6. 1/2 cup cornstarch
Frosting
  1. 3/4 cup icing sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  2. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  3. 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  4. 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and icing sugar. Mix in lemon zest and juice. Add flour and cornstarch and mix thoroughly. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 1″ roll. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350 F. Using sharp knife, cut into 1/4″ slices. Place each slice 2″ apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until set. These cookies do not brown. Cool completely.
  2. Frosting: In a small bowl,combine icing sugar, butter, lemon zest and lemon juice. Beat until light and fluffy. Frost cooled cookies then hide them before the children discover your new best recipe!
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Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and icing sugar. Mix in lemon zest and juice. Add flour and cornstarch and mix thoroughly. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a 1″ roll. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350 F. Using sharp knife, cut into 1/4″ slices. Place each slice 2″ apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until set. These cookies do not brown. Cool completely.
  2. Frosting: In a small bowl,combine icing sugar, butter, lemon zest and lemon juice. Beat until light and fluffy. Frost cooled cookies then hide them before the children discover your new best recipe!
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Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

A classic pair in a classic dessert

Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble
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Ingredients
Topping
  1. 3/4 cup pecan halves, toasted 175ml
  2. 1 1/2 cups flour 375ml
  3. 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 125ml
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. grated orange zest 7ml
  5. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1ml
  6. 1/2 cup butter, softened 125ml
Filling
  1. 4 cups 1″ (2.5cm)pieces of rhubarb 1L
  2. 2 cups sliced strawberries 500ml
  3. 3 Tbsp. flour 45ml
  4. 1/2 cup sugar 125ml
Instructions
  1. To Make Topping: Preheat over to 350F (180C). Spread pecans on a baking sheet and place in oven for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove and let cool. Coarsely chop nuts and set aside. Stir together flour, brown sugar, orange zest and nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the softened butter and mix with a fork to form a crumbly mixture; add pecans and stir into mixture until evenly distributed.
Notes
  1. Serves 8
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Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns

 

Land of Nod Cinnamon Buns
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Ingredients
  1. 20 frozen dough rolls (or 1 frozen bread loaf, thawed (approx. 1 hour) until sliceable and cut into 12 pieces
  2. 1 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup vanilla instant pudding
  4. 1-2 Tbsp. cinnamon
  5. 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  6. 1/4-1/2 cup melted butter
Instructions
  1. Before you put the cat out and turn off the lights, grease a 10″ bundt pan and add frozen rolls. Sprinkle with brown sugar, pudding powder, cinnamon and raisins. Pour melted butter over all. Cover with a clean, damp cloth. (leave out at room temperature). Turn out the lights and say goodnight!
  2. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 F. and bake for 25 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes and then turn out on a serving plate. Now, aren’t you clever?
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Cocktail Crisps

 

Cocktail Crisps
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter 250ml
  2. 8 oz. pkg. Imperial cheese (sharp cold pack cheddar cheese) 250g
  3. dash of salt
  4. 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper or tabasco 1ml
  5. 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1ml
  6. 1 1/2 cups flour 375ml
  7. 4 cups Rice Krispies
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and cheese together. Add seasonings. Beat in flour then add Rice Krispies. Mix well. Shape into balls. Press down with a fork which has been dipped in cold water. Bake at 350F (180C) for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.
Notes
  1. Makes about 4 dozen.
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Light Christmas Cake

Our friend Irene doubles this and bakes in 2 – 9″ x 13″ pans. When cooled, she cuts the cakes in half lengthwise,then divides into three. She has 12 nice gifts for her best friends – that’s us!

Light Christmas Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb. butter 250g
  2. 1 1/2 cups white sugar 375ml
  3. 6 eggs
  4. 1/2 cup orange juice 125ml
  5. 3 cups regular flour, sifted 750ml
  6. 1 tsp. baking powder 5ml
  7. 1 tsp. salt 5ml
  8. juice and zest of 1 lemon
  9. 1/2 lb. red glace cherries 250g
  10. 1/2 lb. green glace cherries 250g
  11. 1/2 lb. citron peel 250g
  12. 2 slices each, red and green pineapple, cut up
  13. 2 lbs. Sultana raisins 1k
  14. 1/2 lb. blanched almonds 250g
  15. 1/4 cup Rum, optional 60ml
Instructions
  1. Preparation: Line the sides and bottom of a three-sized christmas cake tin set with buttered brown paper (or parchment paper). The night before you make the cake, pour boiling water over the raisins, drain, and dry on paper towelling. Leave overnight. Place fruit in a bowl and mix with 1/2 the flour. Cream sugar and butter, add beaten eggs, orange and lemon juice and zest. Add remaining flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well. Add floured fruit and chopped almonds. Pour into pans. Place a pan containing about 2″ of water on the bottom oven rack while cake is baking. Bake at 275 for two hours. Check the baking time after one hour. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick – it should come out dry. Cool cakes. If desired, poke cooled cakes with a skewer and drizzle with rum.
Notes
  1. Wrap well and store in cool place.
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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

You’ll be ‘thankful’ for this one

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
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Ingredients
  1. You’ll be ‘thankful’ for this one.
Ingredients
  1. 1 envelope unflavoured gelatin (1Tbsp.) 7 g
  2. 1/2 cup cold water 125ml
  3. 4 eggs, separated
  4. 1 cup evaporated milk 250ml
  5. 1 cup canned pumpkin 250ml
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar 125ml
  7. 1/2 tsp. salt 2ml
  8. 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 2ml
  9. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 2ml
  10. 1/4 tsp. ginger 1 ml
  11. 1/4 cup brown sugar 50ml
  12. 1 – 9″ baked pie shell 23cm
  13. 1 cup whipping cream, whipped 250ml
nstructions
  1. Soften gelatin in cold water. Set aside. In double boiler heat egg yolks, milk, pumpkin, 1/2 cup brown sugar and spices. Cook, stirring for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add gelatin, stirring until dissolved. Refrigerate until thick. Beat egg whites and 1/4 cup (50ml) brown sugar until thick. Fold into pumpkin mixture. Turn into pie shell, top with whipped cream and refrigerate until ready to serve
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