Apple Cranberry Cake

The perfect fall dessert. You can nap while it cooks. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Apple Cranberry Cake
  1. 11⁄4 cups all-purpose flour 300 mL
  2. 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar 175 mL
  3. 2 tsp baking powder 10 mL
  4. 1 tsp ground cinnamon 5 mL
  5. 1⁄2 tsp salt 2 mL
  6. 1 egg, at room temperature 1
  7. 1⁄2 cup 2% or whole milk 125 mL
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract 5 mL
  9. Grated zest of 1 orange
  10. 2 apples, peeled and chopped 2
  11. 1 cup cranberries (thawed if frozen) 250 mL
  12. 1⁄4 cup orange marmalade 60 mL
  13. 1⁄4 cup melted butter 60 mL
  1. Grease the insert of a 31⁄2- to 4-quart slow cooker. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, whisk together egg, milk, vanilla and orange zest. Pour over flour mixture and stir just until evenly combined. Spread batter in prepared slow cooker. In a bowl, combine apples, cranberries and marmalade. Arrange on top of batter. Pour butter over top. Cover and cook on High for 2 to 21⁄2 hours, until apples are tender and a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Turn off slow cooker, remove lid and let stand for 15 minutes before removing cake.
  1. Look for this great recipe and more in Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook
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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
  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!
  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).
  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
  1. 1 1/3 cups (325 mL) flour
  2. 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) sugar
  3. 3/4 cup (175 mL) butter
  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
  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.
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  5. Book Reference – The Best of Bridge (Page: 195)
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Pumpkin Cheesecake


Pumpkin Cheesecake
  1. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  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
  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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Chocolate Raspberry Torte

God made chocolate in heaven and the devil threw the calories in

Chocolate Raspberry Torte
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 500 mL
  2. 2 tsp. baking soda 10 mL
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt 2 mL
  4. 1/2 tsp. baking powder 2 mL
  5. 3 squares (1 oz. / 30 g size) unsweetened chocolate 75 g
  6. 1/2 cup butter 125 mL
  7. 2 cups light brown sugar,packed 500 mL
  8. 3 eggs
  9. 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  10. 3/4 cup sour cream 175 mL
  11. 1/2 cup strong coffee 125 mL
  12. 1/2 cup coffee flavoured liqueur 125 mL
  1. 1 cup whipping cream 250 mL
  2. 2 Tbsp. icing sugar 30 mL
  3. 1-12 oz. jar raspberry or strawberry jam 340 mL
Chocolate Sour Cream Icing
  1. 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips 375 mL
  2. 3/4 cup sour cream 175 mL
  3. dash of salt
  4. fresh raspberries or strawberries
  1. 1 good quality dark chocolate bar (at room temperature).
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. (180 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch (1.5 L) layer cake pans. Sift dry ingredients. Melt chocolate and let cool. In a large bowl beat butter, brown sugar, and eggs at a high speed until mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla. At low speed, beat in flour mixture (in fourths), alternating with sour cream (in thirds). Add coffee and liqueur, blending until smooth. Pour batter into pans and bake 30 to 35 minutes or until surface springs back. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool on wire racks.
  2. Filling:Beat cream with icing sugar until stiff. Refrigerate. Slice cake layers in half horizontally to make four layers. (Hint: Cake layers slice more easily if frozen first.) Place one layer, cut side up, on cake plate. Spread with 1/2 cup (125 mL) raspberry jam and 1/2 cup (125 mL) whipped cream mixture. Repeat with remaining layers, ending with top layer, cut side down.
  3. Icing:Melt chocolate chips in top of double boiler. Add sour cream and salt and beat until icing is creamy and smooth. Ice top and sides of cake. Garnish: Using a vegetable peeler, shave along long side of chocolate bar to create small curls. Make lots! – and “spill” some onto the cake plate.
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Grand Cake

The perfect “grand occasion” cake – always a hit. If you are not a baker at heart, but you volunteered for dessert, use a good cake mix and carry on….. best of all, you can make this a day head. Simply cover and refrigerate

Grand Cake
  1. The perfect “grand occasion” cake – always a hit. If you are not a baker at heart, but you volunteered to produce the dessert, use a good cake mix and carry on!!
  2. Make the day ahead, cover and refrigerate.
  1. 1 3/4 cups flour
  2. 1 tsp. baking soda
  3. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  6. 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  7. 1 2/3 cups sugar
  8. 3 eggs
  9. 1 tsp. vanilla
  10. 1 1/3 cups water
  11. 1/4 cup Grand Marnier liqueur
  1. 3/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 Tbsp. gelatin (1 envelope)
  4. zest of 2 oranges
  5. 1/4 cup Grand Marnier liqueur
  6. 2 cups whipping cream
  7. 3/4 cup icing sugar
  1. To make cake: Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 2, 8″ round cake pans. Line with waxed paper and grease again. Measure flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa into a bowl and sift together. Cream butter using electric beater. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Add vanilla. At low speed, beat in 1/3 of flour mixture, then 1/2 of the water, beating only until mixed after each addition. Beat in another 1/3 flour, remaining water and rest of flour. Pour into pans and bake for 30 – 35 minutes, or until center of cake springs back when lightly touched. Let cakes cool 5 minutes, then turn out. Remove waxed paper and cool thoroughly on racks.
  2. 1-2 hours before assembling, slice each cake in half horizintally to make 4 layers. Place layers cut side up and sprinkle each with 1 Tbsp. Grand Marnier.
  3. To make filling: Combine juice, sugar and gelatin in a saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar and gelatin are dissolved, abour 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in orange zest and Grand Marnier. Press a sheet of waxed paper on surface and refrigerate until cool, about 20 minutes. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in icing sugar, then fold in Grand Marnier mixture.
  4. To assemble: Place 1 layer of cake, cut side up, on serving plate. Spoon on 1/4 of filling and spread. Top with another layer and continue until all are used, ending with filling. Refrigerate immediately, let set at least 4 hours to “let the flavours get to know each other”.
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