Ultimate Plum Torte
This dessert has received many rave reviews. It is the ultimate fall dessert. It’s heavenly, scrumptious, outrageously good! Serve slightly warm with real whipped cream on the side. Make this for your next party and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
I had very sweet plums so I used 3/4 cup sugar, but if your plums aren’t as sweet, you might want to use the 1 cup of sugar. I also sprinkled 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar on top before baking.
- 3/4 to 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup flour, sifted (5-oz.)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- 2 eggs
- 6 purple plums, halved and pitted
- Sugar, lemon juice for topping
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream sugar and butter in a mixer bowl. Add flour, baking powder, salt and eggs and beat well.
Spoon batter into a springform pan of 8, 9 or 10-inches. (I used 9-inch.) Place the plum halves skin side up on top of the batter. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and lemon juice, depending on the sweetness of the fruit.
Bake 1 hour, approximately. Remove and cool; refrigerate or freeze, if desired. Or cool to lukewarm and serve plain or with whipped cream.
(To serve a torte that was frozen, defrost and reheat it briefly at 300 degrees.)
Tip: To freeze, double-wrap the torte in foil, place in a plastic bag and seal.
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Chicken Meatball and Orzo Soup
This soup has the most amazing broth! Very comforting on a chilly day. Those days are coming soon and I urge you to try this soup. You won’t be disappointed. Yum!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 8 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
For the chicken meatballs:
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1/3 cup Panko crumbs
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, Panko, Parmesan, oregano, basil, parsley, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir until well combined. Roll mixture into 3/4-to-1-inch meatballs. You should get around 25 to 30 meatballs.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add meatball, in batches, and cook until all sides are browned, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate; set aside.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the stockpot. Add the garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender. about 4-5 minutes.
Pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Stir in orzo and meatballs; reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and meatballs are cooked through, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and parsley; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Yield: 4 large servings.
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Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas
I have to say, these are so good they are addicting. Very easy and a quick supper on the table in no time.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
- 1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chiles, drained
- 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
- 1 (16-oz.) can refried beans, heated
- 2 avocados, peeled, halved, seeded and sliced
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat and cook until browned, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks. Drain excess fat and stir in taco seasoning and green chiles; set aside.
Top tortilla with refried beans, ground beef mixture, avocado and mozzarella, and then top with another tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas to make 4 quesadillas.
Place quesadillas onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 8-10 minutes.
Makes 8 servings.
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