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Pear Bread

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Pear Bread

This recipe makes up two of the most beautiful, delicious quick breads.  These were are treats at the senior center last Tuesday.  More pears from my friends tree.

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups finely chopped peeled ripe pears
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

In a bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla; mix well.  Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; stir into the egg mixture just until moistened.  Toss pears with lemon juice.  Stir pear and walnuts into batter (batter will be thick).

Spoon into two greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

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Rustic Pear Tart

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Rustic Pear Tart

Our good friends, Peg and Harve, had an abundance of pears on their tree this year, so I took a few off of their hands and this is what I made.  I have to say, those pears were so sweet and juicy!  And this tart is so easy to make, you will have a dessert ready to eat in 35 minutes.  (Although you will need to cool it a little before eating it.)  Absolutely delicious!!

  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups sliced, peeled, fresh pears
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons sliced almonds

On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry into a 10-in. circle.  Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar and flour; add pears and toss to coat.  Spoon over the pastry to within 2 inches of edges.  Fold up edges of pastry over filling, leaving center uncovered.  Sprinkle with remaining sugar.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly.  Sprinkle with almonds; bake 5 minutes longer.  Using the parchment paper, slide tart onto a wire rack to cool.

Serves 6 – 8.

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Grape Juice Pie

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Grape Juice Pie

Not too sweet, slightly sour, but oh so good!

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/3 cups grape juice (I used 100% Concord grape juice)
  • 1 egg. slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 baked (9-inch) pastry shell
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Combine sugar and cornstarch in a 2-quart saucepan.  Stir in grape juice; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly.  Cook 1 minute.

Add a small amount of hot mixture to egg, mixing well; stir egg mixture into remaining hot mixture.  Add butter and lemon juice; return to heat.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; boil gently 1 minute.  Cool.  Pour into pastry shell; chill thoroughly.

Combine heavy cream and sugar, beating until light and fluffy.  Spread on pie; chill.

Makes 8 servings.

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Ultimate Plum Torte

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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.

Serves 8.

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Baked Peach Hand Pies

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Baked Peach Hand Pies

August is National Peach Month.  I thought before this month was over, I needed to bake something with peaches.  I made these delicacies and took them to the senior center when I went to play bridge this week.  Everyone just loved them!  And may I just say, I love peach anything!!

  • 4 peaches, peeled, pitted, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 boxes refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 egg white

Glaze

  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk

In medium saucepan, combine peaches, both sugars, lemon juice, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened and syrupy, about 8-10 minutes.  Cool to room temperature and then put in a bowl and refrigerate until cold, about an hour.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Remove pie crusts from the packages and allow them to come to room temperature.

Lightly dust your work surface with flour.  Unroll pie crusts and cut 4 circles from each crust using a 4-inch biscuit cutter.  You’ll have to re-roll the scraps to get the 5th circle.  Or maybe even 6 circles.

Beat egg white with 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl until frothy.

Place 1 tablespoon of the filling into center of the circle.  Brush a little egg wash around the edge of the circle and then fold in half.  With tines of a fork, seal edges.  Make 3 small slits on top of each hand pie with a knife to prevent bursting.  Then brush egg wash over each hand pie.  Bake for about 15 minutes.

While pies are baking, whisk together the confectioners sugar and milk in a bowl until smooth.

Remove pies from the baking sheet onto another baking sheet lined with wire rack.  Drizzle glaze over pies and let dry.

You should yield 20 to 24 pies.

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Banana Layered Pie

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Banana Layered Pie

This pie is so easy to make and so delicious.  You will get rave reviews and will make this over and over again.

  • 2 1/4 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (6-serving size) Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
  • 1 baked 9-inch pie shell or prepared graham cracker crumb crust, cooled
  • 2 medium to large bananas
  • 1/2 cup thawed Cool Whip whipped topping

Pour cold milk into bowl.  Add pie filling mix.  With electric mixer at low speed, beat until blended, about 1 minute.  Pour 1/2 cup of the pie filling into pie shell.

Slice 1 banana; arrange slices on filling in shell.  Top with 3/4 cup of the pie filling.

Blend whipped topping into remaining pie filling.  Spread over filling in the shell.  Chill about 3 hours.  Slice remaining banana; brush with lemon juice.  Arrange banana slices on pie.  Garnish with additional whipped topping, if desired.

Makes 1 (9-inch) pie.

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Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

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Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

This is so yummy!  I made it in individual dishes, but it can be made in a 2-qt. casserole dish also.  Serve with ice cream while it is still slightly warm.

  • 2 1/2 pounds apples (any apple will work, I used Pink Lady because that is what I had on hand)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Topping

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (I used quick, but you can use old-fashioned if you like)
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter you serving dish or dishes.

Peel, core, and cut apples into large chunks.  Combine apples with lemon juice, sugar and spices.  Pour into the dish or dishes.

To make topping, combine flour, sugars, salt, oatmeal and cold butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix on low speed until mixture is crumbly and the butter is the size of peas.  Scatter evenly over the apples.

Place the crisp on a sheet pan and bake for one hour until the top is brown and the apples are bubbly.  Serve warm.

Makes 6 servings.

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Oh Henry Bars

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Oh Henry Bars

This vintage recipe is well over 50 years old.  I have been making it since I got married 56 years ago.  I have seen it made with oatmeal, but I have always used Special K, which I prefer.

  • 1 cup white syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter (I used creamy)
  • 6 cups Special K
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Bring syrup and sugar to boil in a large pan.  Take off heat and add peanut butter.  Then mix in Special K.  Press into a greased jelly roll pan (cookie sheet).

Melt butterscotch chips and chocolate chips in microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until melted.  Spread over bars and cool in refrigerator.

Cut into bars (size is your choice).  Makes 32 large bars.

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Easy Eggnog Pie

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Easy Eggnog Pie

This is the season for eggnog and what an easy dessert to make.  And soooo delicious!!

  • 1 (3.4-oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar
  • 1 (9-in.) graham cracker crust

Whisk pudding and eggnog together until set.  Beat heavy cream with sugar until stiff.  Add half of the whipped cream to eggnog mixture.  Pour into pie crust and top with remaining whipped cream.  (Cool Whip may be used, if desired.)

Sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired and refrigerate.

Serves 8.

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Mini Strawberry Santas

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Mini Strawberry Santas

Not a very professional job decorating these cuties.  But I think they will eat pretty good tomorrow for my luncheon and cookies exchange.

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles

Cut the hulled-side strawberries so they can stand up on a plate.  Slice the tip off each strawberry to make the “hat”; set aside.

Beat cream and confectioners’ sugar in a glass or metal bowl until soft peaks form.  Lift your beater or whisk straight up; the whipped cream will form soft mounds.

Spoon a large dollop of whipped cream on top of strawberry base for the ‘face’ and ‘beard’.  Set the ‘hat’ atop the ‘face’.  Add a dot of whipped cream, using a toothpick, on top of the ‘hat’ for the ‘pom-pom’ and  2 dots on the strawberry base for ‘buttons’.  Place 2 sprinkles on the ‘face’ for ‘eyes’.

Note:  I used Cool Whip for these santas.

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