Monday, November 30, 2009

PEANUT BUTTER FINGERS

This recipe is from an old grocery store give-away years ago.

1 pkg active dry yeast
2 tbsp water at 105 to 115 degrees (warm)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or 3/4 cup all-purpose and 3/4 cup whole-wheat)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Cocoa Glaze: Recipe follows

Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a large bowl. Mix in the granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg, peanut butter, and shortening until smooth. Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Remove dough from refrigerator and shape by teaspoonfuls into 2 1/2-inch fingers on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Make the cocoa glaze and dip one end of each cookie into the cocoa glaze.

COCOA GLAZE:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cups baking cocoa
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix the powdered sugar and cocoa in a medium bowl. Stir in the milk and the vanilla until smooth. Gradually add more milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until of dipping consistency, if needed.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

INDIANA PERSIMMON FUDGE

4 cups sugar
1 stick butter
1 cup evaporated milk
2/3 cup persimmon pulp
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup marshmallow creme (1/2 pint)
1 cup chopped nuts

Butter the sides of a large saucepan; combine the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and persimmon pulp together in the pan. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, to the soft ball stage or 236 degrees. Remove mixture from the heat. Add the vanilla, marshmallow creme and chopped nuts. Beat thoroughly until mixture begins to thicken. Pour into a buttered 13 X 9-inch pan. Allow to cool completely and cut into small squares.

Monday, November 23, 2009

CRANBERRY ORANGE WITH CHERRY GELATIN

This is an old recipe from my childhood that my mother made every year for the holidays.

2 pkgs (3-oz each) cherry flavored gelatin
2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup crushed pineapple (juice and all)
1 pkg (10-oz) frozen cranberry orange sauce, thawed (Mom used the brand Indian Trail)

Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water. Stir in the cranberry orange sauce and the pineapple. Stir to blend well. Pour into a mold and chill overnight or until set.

Note: This makes a good recipe for busy days as it needs to be made ahead of time anyway.

Friday, November 20, 2009

HERSHEY'S HOLIDAY FUDGEY PECAN PIE

This is an old recipe from the back of a Hershey's Cocoa can many years ago.

1 9-inch unbaked pie shell
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup Hershey's cocoa
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 cup chopped pecans, optional
1 cup pecan halves

Prepare the pie shell and set aside.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium saucepan over low heat melt the butter. Add the cocoa to the butter and stir until the mixture is smooth. Remove the saucepan from the heat; cool slightly. Stir in the sugar, salt, eggs, and corn syrup; blend thoroughly. Stir in the chopped nuts, if desired. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie shell. Place the pecan halves over the top of the mixture. Bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool completely. Cover and let stand about 8 hours before serving. Top the slices of pie with whipped cream, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings

Monday, November 16, 2009

CREAM CHEESE PINEAPPLE PIE

This is a recipe from an old cookbook from the Northeastern United States.

1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust

Fruit Layer:

1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 (8-oz) can crushed pineapple with its own juice

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and pineapple (do not drain). Cook the mixture over medium heat while stirring constantly until the mixture is thick and clear. Set aside and allow to cool.

When cooled, spread the mixture over the bottom of the unbaked pie crust.

Cream Cheese Layer:

1 pkg (8-oz) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Blend the cream cheese, sugar, and salt together in a mixer bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each one. Blend in the milk and vanilla. (It is okay if the mixture looks curdled.) Pour the mixture over the pineapple layer in the crust. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over all. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 50 minutes. Cool before cutting.

Note: To keep the crust from getting too brown, tear 2-inch strips of aluminum foil and shape over the crust before putting in the oven. Remove the foil for the last 5 or 10 minutes of baking if crust needs to be browned more.

Friday, November 13, 2009

PAM'S BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

4 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 to 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Coat an 11 1/2 x 15 1/2-inch baking pan with 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the milk gradually to the dry mixture until the dough is moist and pliable. On a large sheet of waxed paper, sprinkle about 1 cup of flour. Lay the dough on the floured waxed paper and pat dough down to about 3/4-inches in height. Using a biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass, cut the biscuits from the dough. Transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking pan. Place a small pat of butter on top of each biscuit. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 375 degrees or until the tops of biscuits are a golden brown.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

AUNT ALLIE'S PEA SOUP

This is another old Southern Indiana recipe.

1 lb dry green split peas
2 qts water
1 meaty ham bone
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp dried marjoram, crushed
dash of pepper
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup diced carrot
1 tsp salt

Put the peas in a large saucepan and add the water. Let set to soak overnight. Next morning, add the ham bone, onion, garlic salt, marjoram, and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 2 hours stirring occasionally. Remove the bone and cut the meat from the bone. Cut meat into small pieces and return to the pot. Add the carrots, celery, and salt. Cook slowly for 45 minutes, stirring once in awhile.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

DUTCH APPLE WALNUT BREAD

This recipe is from Northern Indiana.

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup chopped peeled apples
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until creamy. Beat in the eggs and the vanilla. Combine the flour with the baking soda and salt; stir into the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Fold in the apples and walnuts. Pour into a greased 9-inch loaf pan. Make the following topping and sprinkle over the batter. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes until done. Cook in pan for 10 minutes before removing.

TOPPING:

1/3 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp butter

Combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over the batter before baking.