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Hot Chocolate

12 Nov

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2 heaping teaspoons pure cocoa

1/2 cup boiling water

3/4 cup hot milk

1 teaspoons honey

Mix the cocoa and water together till smooth

Add the hot milk and honey

I like this heated in the microwave to make it pipping hot.

Add whipped cream or marshmallows

 

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Wine Biscuits

5 Nov

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This is such an Italian biscuit in my house.

Every neighbor has a slightly different recipe.

This is my Moms recipe and I love it but I did change the wine.

One cup oil

One cup of a sweet red wine. My Mom would use whatever red wine she had on hand but I like the taste of the sweet red wine.

One cup of sugar

3 heaping tablespoons of baking powder

One teaspoon salt

4 cups all purpose flour

Mix everything together and kneed till the dough is soft.

Roll into long ropes on a floured surface.

I make my biscuits into hearts but you can make circles or sticks.

One egg beaten very well.

Place on a silpac and brush with the beaten egg  just to give the biscuits a nice glaze.

Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes then keep cooking in the oven till they are golden brown. This usually takes maybe a couple of minutes more.

Always look on the bottom of the biscuit to see if it is a good color.

Cool and place in a airtight container.

Serve with your best pot of tea or coffee.

 

Dairy Free Brownie Cookies

4 Sep

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I found another recipe for my grandchild who is allergic to dairy.

I’m so happy because he loves chocolate.

3 cups powdered sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt. Only use kosher salt or else it will be too salty.

2 egg whites

One whole egg

8 ounces of dairy free chocolate morsels

Sift the sugar, cocoa and salt together.

Set aside.

Beat the egg whites until they are whiter but not stiff.

Add the whole egg and mix  into the whites

Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

It forms a pretty, silky chocolate batter.

Add the chips and fold them into the batter.

Drop one full tablespoon on a baking pan coated with parchment paper or a Silpak.

Place the cookies at least two inches apart.

Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes.

I did not grease the baking pan but when I made my second batch I did spray the silpak just a little.

These cookies only have the fat from the dairy free chips so they do stick a little.

Wait till they are cool before removing them from the pan.

The cookie is chewy and delicious.

 

Cherry Pie with Fresh Cherries

9 Aug

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The cherries have been great and on sale so of course I over bought…

I pulled out my trusty cherry pitter and decided to be thrifty.

After I pitted the cherries, I could have frozen them but I decided to make a pie.

6 cups of cherries

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

4 teaspoons corn starch mixed with 4 teaspoons water to make a slurry

Put the cherries, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan.

Mix everything together on medium high heat

Keep stirring until all the sugar is melted and the cherries are coated.

Taste to see if you want more sugar and add maybe 1/2 cup more if you like.

Bring to a boil and slowly add the cornstarch mixture.

Keep stirring until the liquid starts to thicken.

Take off the heat

Preheat the oven to 350degrees

Bake a single pie crust to a light brown in a deep dish pie plate.

Mix one pound of cream cheese with one cup of powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla.

Beat till fluffy

Put it into the pie shell

Top with the cherries

This will thicken up as it sets.

Serve with whipped cream.

This is fabulous with strawberries, blueberries, peaches or any other fruit in season.

I actually put some strawberries and blueberries in with the cherries.

 

 

 

Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

7 Aug

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2 sticks butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups uncooked quick oats

14 ounces raisinetes

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Beat butter, sugar and vanilla till creamy.

Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

Mix flour, baking powder and salt and beat all together.

Add the raisinetes

into a 2 inch ball

Bake 16 minutes until the edges are brown.

Cool on a wire rack

The Struck Cafe Carrot Pinapple Bread

7 May

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There used to be a fabulous restaurant in Worcester, Ma. called the Struck Cafe.

This was thirty five years ago.

It did close and I was miserable.

Thank God I found this recipe in the newspaper before they closed.

It was so nice they used to serve this bread and a lemon poppy seed bread when you sat down.

This is my go to recipe when I want to serve a nice bread BUT since my grandchild cannot eat dairy it is now a staple for him.

Plus he is eating carrots and does’t know it.

4 cups sifted all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

6 large eggs

4 cups sugar

2 cups vegetable oil

2 cups grated carrots

2 cups canned unsweetened drained pineapple

4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In another bowl, beat the eggs and sugar till they are pale and smooth.

Stir in the oil slowly then add the grated carrots, pineapple, vanilla and flour mixture.

Butter and flour THREE 9x5x2 1/2 inch pans

Divide the batter between them but only fill 3/4 of the way up.

If you have extra batter pour it into another pan but do not overfill the pans.

Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for one hour or until it pulls away from the sides of the pan.

Let them cool for ten minutes before you take them out of the pans.

I started using disposeable pans so I can give them away or freeze them.

They freeze great.

Thank you Struck Cafe, where ever you are, and the Telegram and Gazette for printing the recipe.

 

 

 

 

Authentic Tiramisu

24 Apr

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Get ready I just went to Italy for a week and took cooking classes.

WOW!!!

What a blast.

I ate all week and lost weight.

My theory about eating non processed food has been proven.

If you eat good food you will not gain weight so put down those chips and hot dogs.

This tiramisu was whipped up in ten minutes and was delicious.

This makes enough for four to six people.

4 eggs

4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extraxt

10 to 12 biscuit cookies or lady fingers

One cup of strong coffee

4 Tablespoons mascarpone

Cocoa powder

You can use sweetened or unsweetened but I use the unsweetened baking cocoa.

One to two tablespoons Amaretto liquor

Take out four to six pretty glasses or any other 3 ounce dish

Separate the egg yolk from the egg white

Whip the whites till they are firm and set aside.

In a separate bowl whip the egg yolks till they are light yellow

Add the sugar and whip till the sugar has completely dissolved and the yolks are like satin.

Add the vanilla

Whip in the mascarpone till everything is smooth

Fold in the whipped egg whites.

Mix the Amaretto and coffee together

Now it is just an assembly process.

Put some of the egg yolk mixture in the bottom of the glass

Dip the biscuit in the coffee mixture and place over the egg mixture

Sprinkle with the cocoa

Repeat the process till everything is used up ending with the egg mixture and then the cocoa.

Cover and place in the refrig for a couple of hours.

Thats it!

I like small dishes because it is a rich dessert but you can make a huge bowl and just serve it with a spoon.

This should be made the same day it is served.

Thank you Alessandros’ Mom.