Monthly Archives: May 2013

Apple-Cheddar Bread

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Apple-Cheddar Bread

This is not a sweet bread, although it is lightly sweetened and delicious.  My husband and I couldn’t stay out of it.  So, so, good!!

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 apple, cored, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Combine milk, oil, whole egg and egg yolk in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened.  Gently fold in apple and cheese.

Divide batter between 2 greased 8″ x 4″ loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 to 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes, remove from pans and cool completely.  Store in the refrigerator.  Makes 2 loaves.

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Chicken Liver and Onions

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I don’t get hungry for liver of any kind very often, but when I do, I like chicken liver the best.  You can use baby beef liver if you prefer and you can use bacon or not.  I have made it all ways.  I don’t usually make the gravy with it, but I have given you directions for gravy if you want to make it.

  • 1/2 lb. bacon
  • 1 lb. onions, sliced
  • 1 lb. chicken liver or baby beef liver
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Fry bacon and drain, reserving bacon grease.  Keep bacon warm in oven.

Return 2 tablespoons grease to same skillet, and on medium-high heat, saute onions till translucent;  add more bacon grease 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed.  Remove onions to oven to keep warm.

Return remaining bacon grease to skillet.  Coat liver in flour, and sear in skillet over medium-high heat;  watch carefully.  As soon as liquid seeps to top of meat, turn and cook 2 minutes on other side.  Remove meat to oven to keep warm only if you are making the gravy.

Sprinkle remaining flour into hot skillet, and stir constantly until flour begins to brown, then add broth.  Boil for 1 minute, then reduce heat and simmer 1 minute longer.  Pour gravy over liver and onions, and sprinkle crumbled bacon on top.

Now, if you’re not making the gravy, when liver is done, add the onions and bacon to it and serve.  You can add the crumbled bacon in it or on it, whichever you prefer.

Serves 4.

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake

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Oh my goodness!!!!  You can literally inhale this cake, it’s so good.  I just love poke cakes because they are so quick and easy to make.  And I love banana pudding.

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) pkg. instant banana pudding
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 cups whole milk, divided
  • 2 large bananas, sliced thick
  • 1 (8-oz.) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 15-20 vanilla wafers, crushed

Prepare cake mix according to package directions for a 9 x 13 cake.  Once cake comes out of oven, allow it to cool until it’s just warm to the touch.  Then, with a wooden spoon handle, poke holes in the cake.  You want the holes to be BIG so the pudding will go down into them.

In a bowl, whisk together banana pudding with 2 cups milk.  Stir until all the lumps are gone.  Pour pudding over cake making sure you get the holes filled, gently pushing the pudding into the holes and then spread rest over the top of cake.

In another bowl, whisk vanilla pudding with 2 cups milk.  Stir until all the lumps are gone.  Add sliced bananas to pudding and mix gently.  Spread over top of cake.

Put cake into the fridge to set and cool (about 2 hours).  Once cake has cooled, spread on Cool Whip.  Top with crushed vanilla wafers.  (I put my vanilla wafers into a ziploc bag and crushed them with a rolling pin.)  Leave some bigger pieces for a little bit of crunch when you eat the cake.

(I couldn’t wait, I put my Cool Whip on before I put it in the fridge to cool, and it came out just fine)

Serves 12 to 15.

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