2/20/17

Washington's Cherry Breakfast Cobbler #PresidentsDayRecipe

It's President's Day and the perfect time to get together with other blogs to celebrate! We are all sharing Presidential themed recipes, and the perfect reason to  share Washington's Cherry Breakfast Cobbler! It's not only scrumptious, it is easy to make and perfect to take to morning meeting or potluck.

Cherry Cobbler
 The antique pink china plate is from my Grandmother, and the antique white milk glass bowl from my step mom. 
Fun Fact! George Washington is my first cousin.. ok 7 times removed!  His mother and my ancestor were sisters! Now how cool is that! When I had a chance to share Presidential themed recipes on President's day, I knew I had to do a recipe with my cousin in mind, and Cherry's seemed natural with the story of him chopping down the Cherry tree, even if it wasn't really an accurate story! ha ha..

Cherry Cobbler

But, this Cherry Breakfast Cobbler Coffee Cake from Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen, is just really delicious and will please a crowd for sure! 

Jan's Tip: I reserved a little bit of the cherry pie filling from the cobbler, (probably just under 1/4 cup)  and scooped the pie filling "goo"away from the remaining cherries and stirred it into some of the icing. I drizzled half the vanilla icing over the cobbler and then stirred in the pie filling in the remaining half of the icing, and drizzled cherry icing over the top of as a final "cherry pink" glaze. (For the photo shoot, I did bump up the pink just a tad with a 1 drop of red food coloring). 

Let's get to it!

Cherry Breakfast Cobbler 

Ingredients:
1 box yellow cake mix
2/3 cup milk + 1 Tblsp milk for making icing
2 large eggs
1 can cherry pie filling
1/3 cup butter-cold 
1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 °, grease a 11x7 or 9x13 baking dish
  • In mixing bowl, measure 1 1/2 cups of the cake mix. Add in 2/3 cup milk and eggs. Stir well.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Pour cherry pie filling over top of batter, distributing evenly, but won't cover completely
  • In separate bowl, cut butter into remaining cake mix with pastry cutter or two forks until crumbly.
  • Sprinkle Butter crumble over filling.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes till golden brown or till done.
  • Drizzle with icing glaze: See below: 
Icing Glaze: 
Whisk powdered sugar and milk together for icing. Start with 1 tbsp. first and mix until you can’t mix any more before adding any more liquid. 

Jan's Tip: Go for a thick icing.. it will stick to the top of the cake, and wait till it is cooled completely before drizzling it, or it will just sink into the cake and although delicious, won't "look" iced.

Here are some other Presidential recipes to try out too!


#SoupWeek
Happy #President's Day
We are sharing recipes that honor our past presidents and their birthdays.



2/15/17

Turkey, Bacon, & Guacamole Panini

This Turkey bacon guacamole panini is hands down one of my all time favorites! It's my go to on my busiest night for dinner, (Monday night for me), when I need to pull a quick, yet satisfying dinner together, this one is it.
Sandwich Recipes



No complaints around the table at dinner when you pull out the panini press in my house, and I bet it is the same at yours!

I prefer using guacamole (or even just plain smashed avacados) over sliced avacados in my sandwiches or on burgers (turkey burgers with bacon and guac.. yummo)because the slices usually just slide right out of the sandwich, but with guacamole at least it pretty much stays put long enough to get most of into your mouth!

My husband loves "Club" sandwiches, so I'll add a layer of ham on his too, so feel free to play around a bit with the ingredients to suit you.

Jan's Tip: I choose not to add mayo or other dressings inside the sandwich and let the guacamole take their place, so add that in if you want to, but I do use olive oil mayonnaise instead of butter on the outside of my bread to grill the panini's with. The flavor is fantastic and it lightens it up just a bit.

Here's the basics:

Turkey Bacon Guacamole Panini
Makes 2 sandwiches:

Ingredients:
4 slices bread such as sourdough, asiago, or other hearty bread
2 slices cheese your choice: cheddar, Swiss, provolone or other
4 -6 slices (depending on desired thickness) deli sandwich turkey meat
4 slices thick cut bacon cooked crispy
1/4 cup guacamole or 1 avocado smashed
2 slices tomato
2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil mayonnaise

Directions:


  1. Preheat the skillet or  panini press
  2. on 2 slices of bread layer ingredients:
  3. Spread 2-3 Tablespoons guacamole onto bread
  4. Add 2-3 turkey slices per bread, and top with cheese.
  5. place 2 slices bacon on top of cheese slices and top with tomato.
  6. Place remaining bread on top of each sandwich and spread butter or mayonnaise over the top slice of bread.
  7. Place sandwich buttered side down onto skillet or panini press. Spread remaining butter or mayonnaise onto the top slice of bread.
  8. Press the panini maker together and grill for 3-4 minutes, or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted and warmed on the inside.
  9. If using a skillet take another skillet (like a cast iron if you have it) and press it on top of sandwiches to brown the bread. (I used to preheat the skillet and place it on top of the sandwiches to make my own press). Then flip the sandwiches over and brown the other side.
  10. Remove sandwiches from panini press or skillet.

Grilled Turkey Sandwiches

2/8/17

Old Fashioned Baked Chocolate Pudding

This recipe for Old Fashioned Baked Chocolate Pudding is perfect for serving with a scoop of  vanilla ice cream, With it's Baked Brownie like top, and it's creamy warm pudding below, It's the perfect Valentines dessert for your family! The simple ingredients in this pudding takes you back to your grandmothers kitchen but you don't have to stand over the stove top to make it either!

Homemade Puddng
In my opinion it is so much better than the overly sweetened, overly processed, from the box mixes we have gotten used to from the store.  The crispy baked brownie like top,hides the secret below! The warm, creamy homemade pudding that is scrumptious!

Trust me, the simple ingredients, the ease of letting the oven do the work... this is a must try recipe  for a late night gab session with your teenager,  Perfect on a chilly winter evening, or at my house a Sunday dessert, this is classic, will warm you heart and soul!
Old fashioned Baked chocolate Pudding

Sugar Free Too! I love that this homemade scoop of love, can be made sugar free as well. My husband is a type 1 (juvenile) diabetic, and think about treating a loved one to a homemade sugar free treat, that did not come from a store! Believe me, they will love it and you for doing it! just substitute a sugar free sweeter that measures out equal to sugar.

Jan's Tip: The batter on this pudding will be thick like brownie batter when you pour into your pan to bake, but after it bakes, once you sink your spoon into it; it comes out as a delicious creamy pudding! If you want a crispy crunch sweet topping, sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar across the top before baking. 

Don't have self rising flour? No worries: you can easily make your own self rising flour!

Old Fashioned Baked Chocolate Pudding:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar or sugar substitute for baking
2 cups self rising flour
2 sticks butter melted
4 cups boiling water
optional: 1/2 chopped walnuts

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 °
In a large bowl: mix together cocoa and sugar
Add flour and mash out any lumps.
Add melted butter and boiling water, and mix well. Batter will be thick.
Pour into a 10x10 inch square baking dish.
Sprinkle with sugar if you want a crispy topping
Bake for 30 minutes.

Serve warm.

2/1/17

Homemade Onion Dip

Homemade Onion Dip is a classic dip that is easy to throw together at the last minute, and is loved my most everyone. You do not need to rush to the store to buy a packet of onion soup mix! You can easily do this from scratch! In fact.. You don't ever need to buy another packet again!



 If you are one of my long time followers than you may already have my homemade onion soup mix recipe! I never buy those store bought packets of onion soup mix! too much salt, too many ingredients I can't pronounce, too much money! Most of us have the 4 ingredients on hand already, so lets just make a packet or two up and keep it in our cupboard for dip, or sprinkling on pot roast or cubed beef for kabobs, or .. onion dip for chips!
























Jan's Tip: Let the dip set in the fridge for an hour or more before serving, it will give the flavors time to "marinate" and develop and will just taste better if you make it ahead of time.

Today lets just whip up a batch from scratch and make some dip!  It is my go to dip for last minute company, a get together, or when we find ourselves watching a game!


Printable Recipe

Homemade Onion Dip:

Ingredients:
1 Premade onion soup mix packet or:
      4 tsp. beef bouillon  powder (4 cubes crumbled)
      8 tsp. minced dehydrated onions
      1 tsp. onion powder
      1/4 tsp. pepper
16 oz. container sour cream.

Directions:
  • In a medium sized bowl blend together the first four dry ingredients.
  • Add in the sour cream and stir till dry ingredients are well blended into sour cream.
  • Cover and refrigerate till serving. 

1/25/17

Graham Cracker Crust Master Mix

Keeping this Graham Cracker Crust Master Mix on hand in your pantry will be one of your favorite short cuts, I promise! I love that you only have 3 ingredients in the mix (until you add butter to make the crust), and can even make it sugar free like I do for my diabetic family member. When was the last time you found a sugar free graham cracker crust at the store?
I know one of the reasons we all buy the pre-made crusts at the store is for convenience. When we need to make a dessert that needs a graham cracker crust, in this busy life, we often just don't have time to make a crust completely from scratch, so we've gotten used to grabbing one from the store.

Those store bought ones are THIN... they crumble and crack before you even get them home, and they are rock hard! We've gotten so used to them, we've forgotten what a good homemade crust is like!

This mix will help you cut through the time consuming issue of starting from scratch each time you need a crust. It stores in your pantry for up to 6 months and makes about 6 batches of pie crusts. So by premaking the mix all you have to do is grab your mix, melt your butter and press it into your pan! Bake if your recipe requires it, and bingo... fresh made, THICK..homemade graham cracker crust with ingredients that you can pronounce!

I use sugar substitute in my recipe since my husband is a type 1 (juvenile) diabetic, and use a splenda type sweetener that measures out for baking the same as sugar.

Graham Cracker Crust Master Mix:
Makes 9 cups mix:

Ingredients:
1 (2 lb) box graham crackers
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:
In food processor or in a sealable bag with a rolling pin crush graham crackers into crumbs.
Pour crumbs into large bowl.
Add sugar and cinnamon. Stir to mix well.
Pour into a large 10 cup container with tight fitting lid. Seal and store in pantry. Use within 6 months.
Or measure into 1 1/2 cup portions into 6 quart sized bags. seal and label and store in pantry.



To make Graham Cracker Crust:

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crust Master Mix
6 Tablespoons Butter or margarine, melted

Directions:
To make crust for 9 inch pie pan, 9 inch square pan, or spring form pan:
Combine graham cracker crust mix with melted butter in a mixing bowl.
Press mixture over bottom and sides of pan (as needed for recipe)
For no bake crust: refrigerate 45 minutes before filling.
For Baked Crust: Preheat oven to 375°. Bake 6-8 Minutes. Cool completely before filling.
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