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Countdown to 2011: Desserts

2 Jan

Okay, so I am a day late in this post but I wanted to share some of the desserts I made over the past year.  I am joining Finding Joy in My Kitchen’s countdown. 

Here is some of the delightful goodness we enjoyed!


Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Bars

31 Oct
This has been one busy week so I once again made a quick but very delicious bar recipe.  These are quick, easy and awesome!  And although these would be great for Christmas, they would be even more fantastic on your Thanksgiving table.

We all enjoyed these and I hope you do as well.

Pumpkin Spice Bars

1 pkg spice cake mix
1 egg
2 tbsp butter, melted

1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can pumpkin
2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt
1 cup pecans, chopped

Make crust:  In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg and melted butter; stir until mixture is well blended.  The mixture will be dry.  Press into bottom of a 9 x 13″ pan that has been sprayed.

Make filling:  In another large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Add sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin, eggs and salt.  Beat mixture until it is smooth.  Pour over crust.
Sprinkle pecans over filling.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until filling is set.  Cool in pan on a wire 20 minutes;  chill.  Cut into bars.


Linked To:
  * Mommy’s Kitchen – Potluck Sunday
  * 11th Heaven’s Homemaking Heaven – Homemaker Monday
  * The Girl Creative Party Blog – Just Something I Whipped Up
  * Blessed with Grace – Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
  * Simply Sweet Home – Friday Favorites
  * Mom’s Crazy Cooking – This Week’s Cravings
  * It’s A Blog Party – Day of Thanksgiving
  * And Baby Makes Five – Homemade Holiday Recipe Swap

Week 5 Twelve Weeks of Christmas:

Recipe Review: German Apple Cake

27 Oct

It is October and although the weather is still warm here in Texas, I am craving the flavors of fall.    I also had some apples that were getting to the point of no return and needed to use them as well.  I wanted to make something simple and delicious to go with our dinner tonight and this cake fit the bill.  It will go well with our sausage and apple dinner as well.

I saw this recipe while I was watching one of my new favorite cooking shows, Mad Hungry.  Have you watched it yet?  It is an awesome show and I love Lucinda Scala Quinn’s cooking style…fast, simple and delicious.  This is the first recipe of hers that I am trying but I have several more that I will be trying soon.

German Apple Cake
by Mad Hungry/Lucinda Scala Quinn

1 cup AP flour
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp coarse salt
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 to 4 tart apples (Granny Smith, Cortland or Winesap)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Butter or spray an 8-inch square baking pan.  In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  In a medium bowl, cream together butter and 1 cup sugar.  Stir in eggs and vanilla. Add the flour mixture to beat until combined.  Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan.  In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/3 cup sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice.  Peel, core and slice the apples into the bowl.  Toss the apples thoroughly to coat each apple slice.  Arrange the apple slices on top of the batter in overlapping rows pressing lightly into the batter.  Bake for 45 minutes or until a cake taster inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving.

Linked To:
  *  And Baby Makes Five – Homemade Holidays Recipe Swap

Recipe: Texas Gold Cake

24 May

If you love Paula Deen’s Butter Gooey Cake, you will love this recipe too!  I used walnuts, but pecans also work.  Even better, it uses a cake mix so it is super easy and fast.

Texas Gold Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg

1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 box powdered sugar
1 cups chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 pan.  In a mixer, add base ingredients until well mixed.  Dough will be stiff.  Pour into pan and press into the bottom.  In a mixer, add filling ingredients except for nuts.  Mix until smooth.  Pour into pan and spread covering base.  Add chopped nuts.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

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Recipe Review: Pumpkin Crumb Cake

8 Feb

I found a new website, Southern Plate.  I love her style…she cooks southern just like I do.  Not only is she just plain funny but it looks as if she has some very tasty recipes.  I tried one of her recipes, Pumpkin Crumb Cake.  It was easy to put together and very moist.  Not overly sweet.  My kids loved it.  Troy thought it was good, but seemed to be missing something.  I added a powdered sugar glaze and he thought it tasted better.  It was eaten before I could get a picture…maybe next time. 

The one thing that I really liked about the recipe was the crumb.  I have been looking for a Maple Muffin recipe.  When I was a working girl there was a company that came to our office and delivered muffins.  They had a maple muffin that a struesel bottom and top.  It was to die for….so good.  I have yet to find a recipe that duplicates it but that struesel recipe is very close to what I remember. 

Give this recipe a try.  You won’t be dissappointed!