Thursday, August 9, 2012

import blog dec 06

Following are recipes I baked this week, all new ones for me. Enjoy
Oh and something new I just noticed; Yahoo just added tags to our blogs. So I just went thru all my blogs with recipes in them, and added the tag recipes to them. I don't know how this works, but should be able to find all my recipes easier. Have a great day all.
Butter and Jam thumbprints
I got this one from Food Networks 12 days of Christmas cookies this year, I really liked it. These will spread out, so don't make them too big.
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour-I used organic unbleached white
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt-I omitted
2/3 cup sugar, plus more for rolling-I used organic sugar
1 large egg-cage free
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped from pod, or 1/8 teaspoon vanilla bean paste, or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract-use only the best
1/3 cup raspberry, cherry, or strawberry jam-I used fig preserves, and no sugar cherry jam
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl
In another bowl, whip the butter and the sugar with a hand held mixer until fluffy (I used my stand kitchenaid) about 5 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla until just combined. slowly beat in the dry ingredients in 2 additions, mixing just til incorporated
scoop the dough into 1 inch balls with a cookie or ice cream scoop and roll in sugar.(I just use a little spoon)
Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. press a thumbprint into the center of each ball, about 1/2 inch deep. fill each with about 3/4 teaspoon jam
Bake cookies until the edges are golden about 15 minutes. cool cookies on the baking sheets. serve
store cookies in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days
Delicious Whole Wheat Fruitcake Cookies
I got this from allrecipes.com-they have excellent recipes This one is great as no eggs used and only a couple tablespoons fat
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup water
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 cups candied mixed fruit peel, chopped small
1/2 cups chopped nuts
1/2 cups chopped dried mixed fruits
Preheat oven to 350 degreesF grease one 5x9 inch loaf pan
In a saucepan over medium heat, cook together the sugar, water, raisins, butter and salt. remove from heat and allow to cool
Sift together the flour, soda, and spices. Stir into the cooled cooked mixture
Add the chopped dates, peels, nuts, and dried fruit
Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour . Or make cookies by dropping by teaspoon on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Fig and date Bread
I found this one also on the Allrecipes site this turned out very moist, would be good served with cream cheese and a scattering of chopped dates.
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1 cup chopped dried figs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup white sugar-I use organic sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 eggs
3/4 cup all purpose flour-I use organic unbleached white
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt-I omitted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Lightly grease a 8x4 inch bakig pan
In a medium bowl, combine the dates, figs, butter, and baking soda. Pour in the boiling water, stir well and let stand for 15 minutes.
Beat the sugar, walnuts, and eggs into the date mixture. Combine the flour and whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the date mixture just until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan
Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to completely cool.

Favorite Molasses Cookies
from Allrecipes I chose this one as I love to try different molasses cookies, they all have their own flavors and textures. this one is spicy with a bite at the end, and is soft but chewy.-very nice cookie
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar-I used organic sugar
1/4 cup molasses-i used blackstrap molasses-darker and richer
1 egg-uncaged
2 cups all purpose flour-I used organic unbleached white
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the molasses and egg
Combine dry ingredients, gradually add to the creamed mixture. Chill for at least 1 hour til firm.
Shape into 1 inch balls, place on greased or parchment paper lined baking sheets. press flat with glass dipped in sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool on wire racks

Magical Peanut Butter Cookies
I found this in Food Networks holiday recipes. This is a really nice little bite size cookie. super simple, great one for diabetics. This was submitted by Paula Deen
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
1 1/3 cup baking sugar replacement-I used Splenda
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F Grease a large baking sheet
In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir well with a spoon
Roll the dough into balls the size of walnuts. Place the balls on sheets. With a fork dipped in the Splenda press a crisscross design on each cookies
Bake for 12 minutes, remove from the oven, and sprinkle the cookies with some of the remaining Splenda.
Cool slightly before removing from pan

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