Friday, January 27, 2012

Pineapple Apple Pie


  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple in heavy syrup, undrained*
  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons butter, melted


  • Line a 9-in. pie plate with pastry; trim and flute edges. In a large bowl, combine the apples and pineapple. Combine the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg; add to apple mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to pastry.
  • In a small bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, flour and butter; sprinkle over filling.
  • Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until topping is browned. Cover edges with foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent overbrowning if necessary. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 10 servings.
*does not have to be heavy syrup

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Easy Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

1 (14 ounce) can  Sweetened Condensed Milk
3/4 to 1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups biscuit baking mix
Granulated Sugar
about 65 Hershey Kisses

In large bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until smooth. Add biscuit mix; mix well. Chill at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned (DO NOT OVERBAKE). Immediately after baking, press solid milk chocolate candy drop in center of each ball.  Cool. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Toffee Almond Sandies


1 cup butter, softened (no substitutes)
1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups thinly sliced almonds
1 (6 ounce) package English toffee bits  (pkg now comes in 8 oz)
Additional sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add oil, eggs and extract; mix well. Combine flours, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in almonds and toffee bits.
Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in sugar. Place on parchment-lined  baking sheets and flatten with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned  Sprinkle with more sugar.  Cool.  Yield:  about 12 dozen

Very Chocolate Ice Cream

3/4 cup sugar
1 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 egg yolk, lightly beaten
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped*
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Chill a bowl. I like to use a metal one. Chop chocolate bar in food processor.  (I tried
 grating it, but it kept melting in my hand.)

2.  Combine sugar, milk, salt, and cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat,
 stirring constantly.  Bring to a simmer. Place the egg yolks into a small bowl.
 Gradually stir in about 1/2 cup of the hot liquid.   Return  egg mixture to the saucepan.
Heat until thickened, but do not boil. Remove from the heat, and stir in the
chopped chocolate until chocolate is melted.

3. Pour into the chilled bowl,  and refrigerate for about two hours until cold,
stirring occasionally.

4.  When chocolate mixture has completely cooled, stir in the cream, and vanilla. Pour into an
ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.

*I used 1/2 of a 3.5 oz bar of Lindt Excellence Smooth Dark 70% Cocoa bar.


Quick- Four Frittata

Serves 2

what you need

Cups baby spinach leaves, chopped
Cup Egg Beaters
Tbsp. KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese
slices Turkey Bacon, cooked, chopped

make it

Cook spinach and 1 Tbsp. water in medium nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray 
on medium heat.
 4 to 5 min. or until spinach is tender, stirring occasionally.

Mix remaining ingredients; pour over spinach. (Do not stir.) Cover; cook 5 min. or until
 center is set.

Nutritional Info for half the frittata
Calories 180, Fat 7g, Sat. Fat 3.5g, Cholesterol 33mg, Sodium 650, Carbs. 5.5g,  Fiber 2g, Protein 21 g, Vitaamin A 142%, Vitamin C 40%, Calcium 22%, Iron 27%

Good points
High in calcium
High in iron
Very high in riboflavin
High in thiamin
Very high in vitamin A
Very high in vitamin B12
Very high in vitamin C

Bad points
High in sodium

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