Fruit Poof

Fruit Poof
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Ingredients
Puff
  1. 2/3 cup water
  2. 1/3 cup butter
  3. 2/3 cup flour
Crust
  1. 2/3 cup flour
  2. 1 Tbsp. sugar
  3. 1/4 cup butter
  4. 3 eggs
Filling
  1. 3 1/2 oz. (102 g) box instant vanilla pudding
  2. 1 1/2 cups milk
  3. 1/2 cup whipping cream
  4. 2 cups fresh sliced peaches, kiwi, halved strawberries, halved grapes, blueberries, or raspberries
  5. 1/4 cup apple jelly, melted
Instructions
  1. To make puff: Combine water and butter in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to melt butter. Add flour all at once. Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball that doesn’t separate. Set aside in saucepan to cool for 15 minutes.
  2. To make crust: Combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Firmly press crumbs in an 8″ circle on an ungreased baking sheet. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 F. Add eggs to dough in saucepan, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gently spread 1/4 of the dough over crust., forming a 5″ circle. Drop remaining dough in spoonfuls around edge of smaller circle. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 F. and continue baking for 35-40 minutes. Cool.
  4. To make filling: Prepare pudding using milk. Beat cream and fold into pudding. Spoon filling into center of puff. Arrange fruit on top and brush fruit with melted jelly. Chill for 2 hours. Serves 8 astounded guests!
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Diddle Diddle Dumplings

You’ll love this old-fashioned apple dessert that features a new twist

Diddle Diddle Dumplings
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Ingredients
  1. Sauce
  2. 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  3. 1 1/2 cups water
  4. 1/4 cup butter
  5. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  7. Dough
  8. 2 cups flour
  9. 2 tsp. baking powder
  10. 1/2 tsp. salt
  11. 3/4 cup butter
  12. 2/3 cup milk
  13. Filling
  14. 4 Granny Smith apples
  15. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
nstructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. To make sauce: In a large saucepan, combine ingredients. Bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. To make dough: In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until pieces are pea-size. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add milk all at once. Stir just until moistened. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently for 10-12 strokes, or until nearly smooth. Roll dough into a 10″ x 12″ rectangle.
  4. To make filling: Peel and grate apples. Spread evenly over dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Starting from long side, roll dough into a tight roll. Pinch seam to seal. With a sharp knife, cut into 12, 1″ thick slices. Arrange slices face up in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Pour sauce over dumplings and bake for about 50 minutes, or until golden. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
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Fresh Apple Cookies

These cookies are a nice alternative to bars or squares

Fresh Apple Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 tsp. baking soda
  3. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  4. 1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp. ground cloves
  8. 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  9. 1 egg, beaten
  10. 1/4 cup apple juice or milk
  11. 1 cup chopped apples
  12. 1/2 – 1 cup chopped nuts
  13. 1 cup raisins
Vanilla Glaze
  1. 1 cup icing sugar
  2. 1 Tbsp. butter, softened
  3. 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  4. 1/4 tsp. salt
  5. 1 1/2 Tbsp. milk
nstructions
  1. To make cookies: Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine flour and baking soda in medium bowl. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves nutmeg and egg. Add half the flour to the butter mixture and blend well. Mix in juice or milk. Add the apples, nuts and raisins to the remaining flour. Add this apple mixture to the butter mixture. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are firm.
  2. To make glaze: Blend all ingredients together until smooth. While cookies are hot, spread with vanilla glaze. Makes 3 dozen.
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Plum Upside Down Cakes with Mascarpone Cream

Simply fabulous

Plum Upside Down Cakes with Mascarpone Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 6 medium-sized ripe, firm red plums, pitted and thinly sliced
  4. 1/2 cup milk
  5. 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  6. 1 1/2 cups flour
  7. 1 tsp. baking powder
  8. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  9. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  10. 1/4 tsp. salt
  11. 1/2 cup butter
  12. 1 cup sugar
  13. grated zest of 1 orange
  14. 2 large eggs
  15. 2 tsp. vanilla
Mascarpone Cream
  1. 1 cup whipping cream
  2. 6 Tbsp. Mascarpone Cheese (Italian cream cheese)
  3. 2 tsp. sugar
  4. 1/4 tsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. To make cakes: Butter 8, 8 oz. (250 ml) ramekins. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine butter with brown sugar, whisking until smooth and combined. Immediately pour into buttered ramekins, dividing evenly. Arrange a layer of plum slices in each ramekin, over-lapping slightly. In a small bowl, combine milk and lemon juice (don’t worry – it curdles). In another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Using a mixer, cream butter with sugar and orange zest. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk mixture, mixing just to combine. Divide batter among ramekins. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until cakes are firm to the touch and juices are bubbling, 35 – 40 minutes. Cool on a rack. Before serving, heat oven to 350 F. Set ramekins on a baking sheet and heat until just warmed, about 5 minutes. Run a small knife around the inside edge of each ramekin and invert onto a plate. Top with a dollop of Mascarpone cream. Serves 8.
  2. To make Mascarpone Cream: Beat all ingredients in a small bowl until peaks form.
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Chilled Lemon Souffle

This simple citrus soufflé is a refreshing finale for a big dinner and  serves 6-8.

Chilled Lemon Souffle
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp. unflavored gelatin (1 pkg.) 15mL
  2. 1/4 cup cold water 60mL
  3. 4 eggs, separated
  4. 1 cup sugar 250 mL
  5. 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 125mL
  6. 1 1/2 Tbsp. grated lemon zest 22mL
  7. 1 cup whipping cream 250mL
Instructions
  1. Place gelatin in water and set aside to soften. In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Whisk in the sugar, lemon juice and zest. Cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir in softened gelatin and cook until dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Pour into large mixing bowl and allow to cool. Whip cream until soft peaks form, do not overbeat. Fold whipped cream into chilled lemon mixture until blended. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold into lemon-cream mixture. Spoon mixture into a glass dish and refrigerate until set – about 2 hours.
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Berry Topped Chocolate Torte

A very showy and easy way to celebrate fresh raspberries. We like to “demo” this recipe in front of live audiences -it always works and we get rave reviews

Berry Topped Chocolate Torte
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup ground almonds
  2. 3 Tbsp. flour
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 3/4 cup butter
  5. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  6. 1/2 cup sugar
  7. 3 eggs, separated
  8. 1/2 cup sugar
  9. 3 Tbsp. Grand Marnier liqueur or orange juice
  10. 1 cup whipping cream
  11. 1 Tbsp. Grand Marnier liqueur
  12. 2 cups raspberries
  13. good quality chocolate bar to make chocolate curls
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9″ springform pan and line with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine almonds, flour and salt. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in saucepan and stir in cocoa and sugar.
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick; gradually blend in cocoa mixture. Stir in almond mixture.
  4. In separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually add sugar. Fold whites into chocolate mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 375 F. for 25 or 30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of torte and remove sides of springform pan. Gently peel off parchment paper.
  5. (The torte will fall in middle, but don’t worry, you can fill it with whipped cream!)
  6. Drizzle 3 Tbsp. Grand Marnier over cake. Cool completely and wrap with plastic wrap. This can be stored in refrigerator for two days.
  7. Whip cream and fold in Grand Marnier. Spread on torte and decorate with berries and chocolate curls.
Notes
  1. To make chocolate curls: Shave room temperature chocolate bar with a vegetable peeler directly onto the cake. Be sure to scatter some on the plate for a “chefly” look!!
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