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Merry Christmas!

Instead of doing another Christmas mystery, as I had a hard time finding those this year-I decided to post a Christmas recipe!

This comes from the cookbook Christmas Cookies.

Another Way to Make It:

“You can shape this dough into wreaths and attach red cinnamon candies as berries.”

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup of Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of  Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg White, Lightly Beaten
  • Red Decorator Crystals (Optional) or Cinnamon Sugar

Directions:

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Gradually add 1 cup of sugar-beating well.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until blended.
  4. In a seperate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  5. Gradually add flour mixture to butter, beating at a low speed until blended.
  6. Divide dough into fourths.
  7. Divide each portion into 14 pieces.
  8. Shape each piece into a 9-inch rope. Fold ropes in half and twist,
  9. Shape twists into candy canes, brush with egg white, and sprinkle with crystals or cinnamon sugar.
  10. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 mins or until the edges begin to brown.
  12. Remove to wire racks and let cool.

Thoughts After Baking:

This was kind of hard and took a few tries before I got the hang out it. The smaller cookies tasted better, in my opinion, than the larger ones.

But delicious and a great cookie to have at Christmas or give to others.

For more Christmas Cookies, go to Basic Shortbread

For more cookie recipes, go to Christmas Lace Cookies

For more dessert recipes, go to Baked Apple Slices

 

Ham and Cheese Monte Cristos

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

I received this book as a Christmas present one year and was astounded at all the things you could make with Kellogg’s products.

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I had heard of Monte Cristos before, but they always had jelly and cheese which sounds really gross to me.

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This was jelly free so I thought I would test it out and see.

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Ingredients:

  • 5 Cups of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies
  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • 3/4 Cup of Fat-Free Milk
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt, or to Taste
  • 12 Slices of Day Old White or Wheat Bread
  • Approximately 1/4 Cup of Dijon Mustard, or to Taste
  • 6 Medium Thick Slices of Smoked Ham
  • 6 Medium Thick Slices of Swiss, American, or Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon of Butter (Melted) or Olive Oil
  • Butter or Nonstick Cooking Spray

Directions:

  1. Place the Rice Krispies in a resealable bag. Seal the bag, and using a rolling pin, lightly crush the cereal to make a medium crumb.
  2. Open the bag and measure the crumbs, there should be 2 cups. Transfer the crumbs to a shallow bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray or butter. Set aside.
  5. Place the egg whites, milk, and salt in a shallow bowl. Using a whisk, beat until foamy.
  6. Place the six slices of bread on a flat surface. Using a spatula, coat the bread with mustard-as thin or as thick as you like.
  7. Place a piece of ham and then a slice of cheese on top of each piece. Top with remaining slice of bread.
  8. Working with one at a time, dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, turning to coat both sides. Quickly press each side into the crumbs, pressing down to insure that the crumbs adhere to the bread.
  9. Place the coated sandwiches in the prepared baking pan. When all the sandwiches are in the pan, give a light drizzle of melted butter, or olive oil, to each one.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven, without turning for about 15 mins, or until crisp and golden brown.
  11. Remove from the oven and serve with additional mustard if desired.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it.

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It was just delicious!

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For more Rice Krispies recipes, go to Rice Krispies Peanut Butter Banana

For more recipes, go to C is for Chocolate Oat Crackles

Lemon Scones

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So in the Miss Marple mystery we have quite a few tea parties. And what do we need at a tea party?

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Tea and Scones!

As I have a tree that produces a lot of lemons, I am always trying to find lemon recipes to use them. This Lemon Scone recipe comes from Eat Up and Slim Down: Tried and True Recipes and Tips from Real Weight-Loss Winners by Jane Kirby and David Joachim.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Unbleached or All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cardamom or Coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Safflower Oil
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1/2 Cup of Low-Fat Plain or Lemon Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Grated Lemon Peel

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Oven to 400 degrees F and coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cardamom or coriander, salt, and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  3. Drizzle with oil and mix with a fork, until evenly distributed.
  4. Reserve one tablespoon of egg whites.
  5. Stir in yogurt, lemon peel, and remaining egg whites into flour mixture.
  6. Stir gently until mixture holds together.
  7. Put mixture on lightly floured surface and knead about 8 strokes to mix dough.
  8. Pt out dough to form an 8″ circle and cur evenly into 8 wedges.
  9. Arrange wedges about 1″ apart on the baking sheet.
  10. Brush with reserved egg whites and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  11. Bake 15 mins or until golden brown. Makes 8 scones.

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Thoughts After Baking:

I thought it was pretty good, although not really lemon tasting at all.

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Next time I’ll do lemon yogurt instead of plain. But otherwise they were tasty and I’ll be making them again.

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For more scone recipes, go to Harlem Tea Room Baking Powder Scones

For more lemon recipes, go to Mini Lemon Pancake Cookies

For more Low-Calorie dishes, go to Pumpkin Spice Cake

For more recipes, go to Caesar Salad

Caraway Rye Bread

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Thoughts Before Baking:

I got this recipe from an old cookbook by Time Life called American Cooking: The Melting Pot. In it there are recipes from all nationalities that make up the USA.

This recipe is from the Czech Republic, and I wanted to try it out as I love Rye Bread. It’s my favorite.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Lukewarm Water
  • 1 Package of Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 2-2.5 Cups of White All-Purpose Flour
  • 2-2,5 Cups of Rye Flour
  • 1 Tbsp of Salt
  • 1 Cup of Lukewarm Milk
  • 1/4 Cup of Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp of Softened Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup of White or Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 Egg White, Beaten to a Froth
  • 3 Tbsp of Caraway Seeds

Directions:

  1. Pour 1/4 of water into a small bowl.
  2. Sprinkle in the yeast and sugar. Let it rest for 2-3 mins., then stir.
  3. Set the bowl in a warm, draft-free place (such as an unlighted oven) for about 10 mins or until the yeast bubbles and the mixture doubles in volume.
  4. Place 2 cups of white flour, 2 cups of rye flour, and the salt in a deep mixing bowl; and make a well in the center.
  5. Pour in the yeast mixture, 1/4 cup of water, milk and vinegar.
  6. With a wooden spoon, gradually incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet.
  7. Stir until mixture is smooth, then beat until the dough can be gathered into a ball.
  8. Place the ball on a lightly floured surface and knead; pushing the dough with the heels of your hands and then pressing it forward to fold back in on itself.
  9. As you knead, sprinkle equal amounts of rye and white flour over the ball by the tablespoonful until the dough is medium firm.
  10. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic.
  11. With a pastry brush, spread the softened butter evenly over the inside of a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it about to butter the entire surface.
  12. Drape the bowl with a kitchen towel and set aside in a draft-free place for about 1.5 hours, or until the dough doubles in volume.
  13. Punch the dough down with your fist and set aside in a draft-free place for about 45 mins.
  14. Scatter the cornmeal on a large baking sheet and set aside.
  15. Cut the dough in half and shape each half into a tapering loaf about 12 inches long and 2.5 inches wide in the center.
  16. Place the loaves 2 inches apart on the baking sheet and with a large knife make half an inch deep diagonal cuts on the top of each loaf.
  17. Set the loaves in a draft free place to rise for 30 mins.
  18. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  19. Brush the egg white over the tops of the bread loaves.
  20. Sprinkle with the caraway seeds and place in the center of the oven for 15 mins.
  21. Reduce the temperature to 375 degrees F and bake for 30-35 mins, or until the loaves are golden brown.
  22. Transfer to wire racks and cool before serving.

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Thoughts After Baking:

This was a lot of work but tasted way different from anything I ever bought on a store. It was thick, hearty, and delicious.

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I ate pretty much the whole thing by myself.

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You can also pair it with a feta cheese, Brie cheese, or anything you want. A delicious recipe I will make again.

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For more bread recipes, go to Irish Soda Bread

For more recipes from Time Life’s American Cooking: The Melting Pot, go to Pizza Siciliana

For more recipes, go to Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups

Sand Tarts

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Ready for our next Christmas recipe!

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Thoughts Before Baking:

So as I was reading the short prequel, Candy Canes of Christmas Past (from Candy Cane Murder anthology), by Leslie Meier, the main character, Lucy, just went on and on about these cookies. At first I was a little off put by the name, I mean Sand Tart? Why would you name something you want people to eat after one of the most annoying substances on Earth? But hey, what is in a name? Right?

Anyways, reading about Lucy’s love for the cookie made me really, really want to try them myself.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Butter
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Beaten Egg Yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon of Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • Almonds
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • Mixture of 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions

  1. Cream the butter.
  2. Add sugar, egg yolks, milk, & vanilla
  3. Beat mixture until light
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, & salt.
  5. Add dry ingredients to first mixture.
  6. Chill for two hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. Roll dough out very thin and cut with a star or circle cookie cutter.
  9. Place on a buttered baking sheet and put an almond on each cookie.
  10. Brush with unbeaten egg whites and sprinkle the mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
  11. Bake for 10 mins.

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Thoughts After Baking:

So I didn’t follow the recipe one hundred percent. They asked for skinless almonds, but I couldn’t find any so I want with whole ones.

This recipe was A LOT of work, but the cookies were absolutely delicious and extremely enjoyable.

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I will warn you that you have to watch these cookies carefully. Because they are so thin, and you sprinkle cinnamon on them, they can get extremely dark when baked for 10 minutes. I’d give them 8 and then watch them like a hawk.

Otherwise I loved them and will gladly make them again.

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For more Christmas recipes, go to Misdemeanor Mushrooms

For more Cookie recipes, go to Gingerbread Men Cookies

For more desserts, go to Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake

For more recipes, go to Hole in One

Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake

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So the title recipe of this book is Lemon Meringue Pie, something I was planning on making. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to do that recipe or any other from Lemon Meringue Pie Murderso instead I decided to use this delicious recipe.

Thoughts Before Baking:

This recipe comes from a 1971 Betty Crocker cookbook. One year my sister and I made dinner and dessert for my mother’s birthday, and when I asked what cake she wanted, she said this one.

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The picture looked great, and as I love lemon cake too, I thought this would be a winner.

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Ingredients:

Cake:

  • Betty Crocker Lemon Cake Mix

Lemon Filling:

  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Can (6 oz) Frozen Lemonade Concentrate, Thawed
  • 4 Egg Yolks, slightly Beaten

Meringue

  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Grated Lemon Peel
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice

Directions:

Cake:

  1. Bake the lemon cake according to package directions.
  2. Split the batter to make three layers.

Filling:

  1. In a medium saucepan mix the sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. Add enough water to the lemonade concentrate to measure 2 cups.
  3. Gradually stir the lemonade into the sugar mixture.
  4. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute.
  5. Gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into the egg yolks. Stir the remaining half into the hot mixture in saucepan.
  6. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
  7. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat; and cool completely.
  8. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the lemon filling, setting it aside.
  9. Use the rest of the lemon filling to fill the layers.

Meringue:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Beat the 4 egg whites until foamy.
  3. Beat in 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time as you continue to beat until stiff and glossy. Do not under beat
  4. Fold in 1 teaspoon of grated lemon peel and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  5. Frost the sides and top of cake with the meringue.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light brown.
  7. Thin reserved filling with hot water, and spoon over cake allowing some to drizzle down the side.

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Thoughts After Baking:

This recipe is long, complicated, hot, and quite a lot of work. But you know what? It is all worth it. This cake is so delicious, once a piece passes your lips you will forget how tired you are. And how many dishes you need to wash.

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For more cakes, go to Strawberry Shortcake

For more desserts, go to Pumpkin Rice Krispies

For more recipes, go to Dinomite’s Fluffy Bites