Showing posts with label treats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label treats. Show all posts

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Grandma's Apple Butter / #appleweek

I have enjoyed Apple Butter several times, but this is the first time that I have made it myself. I love it! It is so much better than the jars I have picked up at the grocery, and it is even better than the time I bought some at an apple festival! It is a sweet, flavorful mix of apples, cider, sugar and spices. No butter is involved, but you can spread it like butter on anything and everything!
This is not a quick recipe, and if you make it like I did, pressing the apples with a sieve, you need a little muscle. A food mill would work much better. But, either way, it is worth your time and energy! I only made enough for one canning jar, and it was gone within the week!
Grandma's Apple Butter
(printable recipe at end of page)
(makes 1 jar)

3 pounds of Apples
1 quart Water
1/2 quart Sweet Cider
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Spice House Apple Pie Spice


Wash the apples and cut them off the core.
Chop the apples into small pieces. Place in a large saucepan, cover with water, and boil until soft. It takes about 30 minutes.
Once the apples are soft, place a small amount at a time into a sieve and press down on the soft apples, pushing them through the holes and into the bowl underneath. This helps the apples breakdown. You could also use a food mill.
Pour the quart of sweet cider into a medium pot, and boil down the cider to half.
Here is a quick tip for making sure you boil the cider to half volume and not more. Pour the cider into the pot, and mark where it is in the pot on the outside with a pen and a piece of paper. Then mark where you want it to end up, which is halfway down. When the cider gets to that point, you are done. This helps you remember to keep an eye on the cider, because it boils down fast, and it is easier to gauge.
Add the apple pulp, sugar and Spice House Apple Pie Spice to the pot. Mix in.
Cook until the apple butter becomes a spreadable consistency, stirring often. The amount on this spoon is at the beginning of the process. Stir often to prevent burning.
The continued cooking and stirring will make the apple butter thicker, like it looks on this spoon.
After cooking, the apple butter wll look like this. Pour into jars and let cool. This Apple Butter is perfect for canning, and would make a great hostess or teacher gift!  

Tip-I should have peeled the apples, but forgot until after I had cut them. So I went ahead and left them on. Some of the peels came off as the apples cooked, and some of the peels came off as the apples went through the sieve. The peels would not go through. 


Thank you for joining me today for another fun #appleweek recipe. I hope you will enjoy making and eating Grandma's Apple Butter!


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Grandma's Apple Butter

ingredients:

3 pounds of Apples
1 quart Water
1/2 quart Sweet Cider
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Spice House Apple Pie Spice

instructions:


  1. Wash the apples and cut them off the core.
  2. Chop the apples into small pieces. Place in a large saucepan, cover with water, and boil until soft. It takes about 30 minutes.
  3. Once the apples are soft, place a small amount at a time into a sieve and press down on the soft apples, pushing them through the holes and into the bowl underneath. This helps the apples breakdown. You could also use a food mill.
  4. Pour the quart of sweet cider into a medium pot, and boil down the cider to half.
  5. Here is a quick tip for making sure you boil the cider to half volume and not more. Pour the cider into the pot, and mark where it is in the pot on the outside with a pen and a piece of paper. Then mark where you want it to end up, which is halfway down. When the cider gets to that point, you are done. This helps you remember to keep an eye on the cider, because it boils down fast, and it is easier to gauge.
  6. Add the apple pulp, sugar and Spice House Apple Pie Spice to the pot. Mix in.
  7. Cook until the apple butter becomes a spreadable consistency, stirring often. The amount on this spoon is at the beginning of the process. Stir often to prevent burning.
  8. The continued cooking and stirring will make the apple butter thicker, like it looks on this spoon.
  9. After cooking, the apple butter wll look like this. Pour into jars and let cool. This Apple Butter is perfect for canning, and would make a great hostess or teacher gift! 
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Decorated Valentine's Day Marshmallows

These cute Decorated Valentine's Day Marshmallows make a great little gift when you want someone to know you are thinking of them on Valentine's Day. They are fun and easy to make and kids would love helping with these!
Decorated Valentine's Day Marshmallows
(printable recipe at end of post)

Jumbo Marshmallows
Colorful Sticks or Straws
White Chocolate Chips and/or Coating
Various Fun Sprinkles


Chop up the white coating, or pour the chips into the top pan of a double boiler. Melt chocolate on low. I found that using just the chips made the melted chips too thick for dipping, so I mixed it 50/50 with the coating. It makes a great consistency. While your coating is heating up, place a stick or straw in to the middle of each marshmallow. Set up a decorating station for each marshmallow with sprinkles and a bowl to catch the sprinkles.
Once the chips/coating is melted, dip the marshmallow into the coating and and spin it around until it is covered. You can cover the top of the marshmallow, or just the sides. Totally up to you! Then place your marshmallow over the small bowl and pour sprinkles over it, turning the marshmallow around as you pour sprinkles on. After trying out a lot of different types and sizes of sprinkles, I found that the best ones to use for the best coverage are small sprinkles, like the ones used above. 
Let the marshmallows set up and dry.
For gift giving, place the marshmallow in a small cellophane bag, and tie with a ribbon. 


I hope you have fun making these Decorated Valentine's Day Marshmallows! Thanks for stopping by! 


You might enjoy some past Valentine's Day ideas:










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Decorated Valentine's Day Marshmallows

ingredients:

Jumbo Marshmallows
Colorful Sticks or Straws
White Chocolate Chips and/or Coating
Various Fun Sprinkles

instructions:


  1. Chop up the white coating, or pour the chips into the top pan of a double boiler. Melt chocolate on low. I found that using just the chips made the melted chips too thick for dipping, so I mixed it 50/50 with the coating. It makes a great consistency. While your coating is heating up, place a stick or straw in to the middle of each marshmallow. Set up a decorating station for each marshmallow with sprinkles and a bowl to catch the sprinkles.
  2. Once the chips/coating is melted, dip the marshmallow into the coating and and spin it around until it is covered. You can cover the top of the marshmallow, or just the sides. Totally up to you! Then place your marshmallow over the small bowl and pour sprinkles over it, turning the marshmallow around as you pour sprinkles on. After trying out a lot of different types and sizes of sprinkles, I found that the best ones to use for the best coverage are small sprinkles, like the ones used above. 
  3. Let the marshmallows set up and dry.
  4. For gift giving, place the marshmallow in a small cellophane bag, and tie with a ribbon. 
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Midnight Black Cookies

I know you are going to love these Midnight Magic Cookies! They are perfect for lots of events, and they are tasty and easy to put together. I made the cookies one day, and made the frosting and decorated them the next day. So no stress, only fun!
These black cookies are definitely different, but sometimes black cookies are needed! They are perfect for a formal party, or a wedding, maybe as a fun food at an "Over The Hill" party! 
Of course, these cookies look great with orange frosting, but any color frosting will work. You know black goes with everything! But, don't forget the sprinkles!
Midnight Black Cookies 
(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 2 dozen cookies)

1 cup Butter
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 cup Granulated Sugar
2 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
5 1/4 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
pinch of Salt

Frosting
 3/4 cup Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar
Super Black Gel Color
Black Sprinkles


Preheat the oven to 350Ⓕ. Beat the butter at medium speed until fluffy. Add sugars and beat well. Add your eggs, oil, vanilla and lemon juice. Beat until blended. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix together.
Once your batter is done mixing, set it on the work table and make a small well in the center of the dough. Add black food color. Don't worry about how much. You can always add more later.
Mix together with your hands, distributing the color all around. I like to use disposable food grade gloves when mixing in color. 
I added more color because there just wasn't enough black color, and it had a purple hue to it. Add in the additional color until you are happy with it.
 Scoop the dough using a one tablespoon scoop. Roll dough in to balls and place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
I used a one teaspoon scoop to create the dimples in the cookies. Anything that you have will work, as long as it is round. Place in oven for 8 minutes.
Remove cookies from oven. Use the same one teaspoon scoop to go over the cookies again while they are hot, and make sure the dimples are true and round, and that they didn't fill up during baking. Let cookies cool while you make the frosting.
To make the frosting, place warm water and meringue powder in a large mixing bowl. Mix together with a whisk for 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk for 30 more seconds. Pour all the confectioner's sugar in at one time. Turn on mixer, on low, and mix for 10 minutes. Once you are done, place frosting in an air tight container. This will make more than you need for this recipe, but it is perfect for any sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies you might be making later. It keeps for weeks in an air tight container. I have used this recipe for many years, but it is not mine. I got it from the cakecentral.com sight. It is called Antonia74 Royal Icing. It is wonderful icing! 
Add the frosting to your cookie dimples. Add sprinkles and let dry.
Enjoy your Midnight Black Cookies!





Midnight Black Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

Cookies
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 5 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • pinch of Salt
Frosting
  • 3/4 cup Warm Water
  • 5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar
  • Super Black Gel Color
  • Black Sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350Ⓕ. Beat the butter at medium speed until fluffy. Add sugars and beat well. Add your eggs, oil, vanilla and lemon juice. Beat until blended. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix together.
  2. Once your batter is done mixing, set it on the work table and make a small well in the center of the dough. Add black food color. Don't worry about how much. You can always add more later.
  3. Mix together with your hands, distributing the color all around. I like to use disposable food grade gloves when mixing in color.
  4. I added more color because there just wasn't enough black color, and it had a purple hue to it. Add in the additional color until you are happy with it.
  5. Scoop the dough using a one tablespoon scoop. Roll dough in to balls and place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  6. I used a one teaspoon scoop to create the dimples in the cookies. Anything that you have will work, as long as it is round. Place in oven for 8 minutes.
  7. Remove cookies from oven. Use the same one teaspoon scoop to go over the cookies again while they are hot, and make sure the dimples are true and round, and that they didn't fill up during baking. Let cookies cool while you make the frosting. To make the frosting, place warm water and meringue powder in a large mixing bowl. Mix together with a whisk for 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk for 30 more seconds. Pour all the confectioner's sugar in at one time. Turn on mixer, on low, and mix for 10 minutes. Once you are done, place frosting in an air tight container. This will make more than you need for this recipe, but it is perfect for any sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies you might be making later. It keeps for weeks in an air tight container. I have used this recipe for many years, but it is not mine. I got it from the cakecentral.com sight. It is called Antonia74 Royal Icing. It is wonderful icing!
  8. Add the frosting to your cookie dimples. Add sprinkles and let dry.
  9. Enjoy your Midnight Black Cookies!
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Texas Sugar Cookies / #foodbloggers4tx

Today I am joining some of my fellow bloggers in a show of virtual support for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. At the end of the page you will find a list of reputable charities, if you wish to donate money to help.
Throughout my life, I have met a lot of people from Texas, but I have never met one who wasn't proud to be a Texan. So I thought I would share this sugar cookie in the shape of the state, with a heart near where Houston is located. Our hearts go out to you and your beautiful state as you struggle with the aftermath. God bless.

Texas Sugar Cookies 
( makes approx. 5 dozen, depending on size)
(printable recipe at end of page)
5 cups Flour
3 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 cups Butter
2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons Almond Extract
Pinch of Salt

Frosting
6 Ounces Warm Water 
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar



Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and almond extract and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together. 
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, a little at a time. Mix until flour is incorporated and dough comes together.
The dough needs to be chilled. On the Kitchen Gifts web site they recommend this great idea so you can start cutting out your cookies sooner than later. Take a spatula full of dough, and put it in the middle of a piece of parchment paper. Cover the dough with the same size parchment paper. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness.
Place the dough on a baking sheet, cover with plastic, and let it chill in the refrigerator. Repeat the process until all the dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be done. Take out the first batch, cut out, and start baking at 350℉ for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely before decorating.
In a large mixer bowl, add warm water and meringue powder. Whisk together until frothy and thickened, about 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk for 30 seconds more. Pour in all of the sugar at once. Mix on low for a full 10 minutes. Icing will be thick and creamy.
Start decorating by mixing navy blue color. Use royal blue and a bit of black to get navy blue. Use a #2 decorating tip and a pastry bag. Outline the blue area, then fill in as shown. Let dry for a couple hours.
 Add the white color as shown. Let dry for a couple hours.
Add the red color to the bottom of the cookie.
Add heart to Houston area.

Thank you for joining me today for this very special blog post! 

Keep reading to find the list of charities, lots of other wonderful food that celebrates Texas, and a printable recipe for the Texas Sugar Cookies.  


CHARITIES:



Find lots of wonderful food that celebrates Texas:


Yield: approx. 5 dozen

Texas Sugar Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

Cookies
  • 5 cups Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 cups Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
Frosting
  • 6 Ounces Warm Water
  • 5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cookies
  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and almond extract and mix well. Mix dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, a little at a time. Mix until flour is incorporated and dough comes together.
  2. The dough needs to be chilled. On the Kitchen Gifts web site they recommend this great idea so you can start cutting out your cookies sooner than later. Take a spatula full of dough, and put it in the middle of a piece of parchment paper. Cover the dough with the same size parchment paper. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness. Place the dough on a baking sheet, cover with plastic, and let it chill in the refrigerator. Repeat the process until all the dough is used, and all the sheets of parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done, the first sheet you put in should be done. Take out the first batch, cut out, and start baking at 350℉ for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely before decorating.
Frosting
  1. In a large mixer bowl, add warm water and meringue powder. Whisk together until frothy and thickened, about 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk for 30 seconds more. Pour in all of the sugar at once. Mix on low for a full 10 minutes. Icing will be thick and creamy.
  2. Start decorating by mixing navy blue color. Use royal blue and a bit of black to get navy blue. Use a #2 decorating tip and a pastry bag. Outline the blue area, then fill in as shown. Let dry for a couple hours.
  3. Add the white color as shown. Let dry for a couple hours.
  4. Add the blue color as shown. Let dry for a couple hours.
  5. Add the red color to the bottom of the cookie. Let dry for a couple hours.
  6. Add the star to the area near Houston. Let dry.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fruit Cones / #ColorMyWorld

 Sometimes simple is best, and these Fruit Cones are both simple and refreshing! Filled with both fresh blueberries and cherries, they make the perfect way to end a meal, or a light treat for the end of the day!


Fruit Cones  
(recipe at end of page)
10 ounces Milk Chocolate
Fresh Blueberries
Fresh Cherries
6 Sugar Cones

Melt chocolate in double boiler. 
While chocolate is melting, wash, pull out the stems, and pit the cherries.
Wash blueberries.
Dip top edge of cones in chocolate. Add some chocolate inside, dripping down for fun!
Refrigerate. Have fruit ready to put the cones in.
Once chocolate has set up on cones, fill cones with a mix of the fruit!
My friends and I at #PBColorMyWorld are cooking with red and blue ingredients today! I hope you enjoy the recipes! Click the link below for more.







Fruit Cones

INGREDIENTS:


  • 10 ounces Milk Chocolate
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Fresh Cherries
  • 6 Sugar Cones

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Melt chocolate in double boiler.
  2. While chocolate is melting, wash, pull out the stems, and pit the cherries.
  3. Wash blueberries.
  4. Dip top edge of cones in chocolate. Add some chocolate inside, dripping down for fun!
  5. Refrigerate. Have fruit ready to put the cones in.
  6. Once chocolate has set up on cones, fill cones with a mix of the fruit!
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