This recipe is very near and dear to my heart. My mother, Darlet, made THE BEST pumpkin and zucchini bread. In honor of her would-be 70th birthday, I would love to share with you one of her most loved recipes. She was never known as Mrs. M., but as Mom to everyone that came into the house. Even the boyfriends (which, now that I look back on that, I find it a little disturbing. But she WAS the most kickass mom EVER!!)
Although I’ve never tried to emulate it before, I did recently roast a whole pumpkin for homemade pumpkin ravioli (recipe will be posted later this week!! Promise!) and had a lot of leftovers that I froze, their fate to be determined at a later date. Now I know what I’ll be doing with them
- 2/3C Shortening
- 2 1/2C sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1lb pumpkin (canned or fresh cooked and mashed/food processed)
- 2/3C whole milk
- 3 1/3C flour
- 1/2tsp baking powder
- 2tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2tsp salt
- 2tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2tsp ground cloves
- 2/3C chopped walnuts
- 2/3C chopped raisins (I always hated them in this when I was younger, but I may try them out this time)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 loaf pans.
Cream shortening and sugar.
Add eggs one at a time
Alternate milk and flour until well combined.
Add spices, nuts and raisins.
Pour into loaf pans and bake for 60-70 mins.
Thank you for everything, Mum. <3
This looks good. Like, wicked good. I was cruising the my index of recipe sites and found this scrumptious looking pumpkin pie. I’m not much or a baker. I’m not much of a dessert person, but this looks killer. I might actually try this next week.
A fluffy cream cheese and whipped topping layer is spread onto the bottom of a graham cracker crust. And then comes the pudding, pumpkin and spice layer. This luscious pie is then chilled and garnished with ginger-flavored whipped topping.
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
- 1 cup cold milk
- 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- In a large bowl, whisk together cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of milk, and sugar until smooth. Gently stir in whipped topping. Spread into bottom of crust.
- Pour 1 cup of milk into large bowl, and thoroughly mix in pudding mix, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. When thickened, spread over cream cheese layer.
- Refrigerate 4 hours, or until set.
- Yankees suck!
A tin chock full of hand-iced sugar cookies with Boston-themed artistry has put this small Beantown bakery on the map. Gourmet baker A Dozen Eggs not only produces the coolest Boston-themed cookies, but they also do hand-iced cookies with custom corporate logos, congratulatory messages, holiday themes, new baby boy/girl and several other occasions.
Thanks to my friend Melanie for showing me this. She’s almost as big a Red Sox fan as I am. The Red Sox-like jersey cookie is what caught my eye in the Beantown cookie tin offering. As you can see they also have the Citgo sign, the T logo, Newberry Street sign and others. I hope they’re as good as they look. I’m placing an order right now. You can also buy them online at Chocolate.com.
When I originally tried to write this post and link it to their site, they were offline. There was a message on their site that led me to believe they were overwhelmed with online orders. They had to shut down and stop taking new orders for a while. Now they are back and my order, hopefully, will go through.
They were covered by Boston Magazine, local Boston food & restaurant review television show The Phantom Gourmet, the Boston Globe, and South Boston Online. The bakery and it’s owner, Laura Courtemanche, were covered on an episode of the Food Network’s Recipe for Success. Maybe my site linking to them will drum up enough business to knock them offline too.
I love whipped cream, but I hate the stuff in aerosol cans. I’ll admit to a Cool Whip addiction. Sometimes I’ll eat cool whip out of the tub like it’s ice cream. However, I still maintain good taste in other whipped toppings. This is a simple way to make your own whipped cream. Adjust the sweeteners to your own liking.
1 cup of heavy cream
1 or 2 tablespoons sugar or Splenda
½ teaspoon vanilla
Tiny pinch of salt
To start, the cream should be as cold as possible, and the bowl should also be very cold.Â It’s best to use an aluminum mixing bowl that has been set in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. The cream will whip easier and to a higher volume when very cold. Add the cream to the bowl along with the pinch of salt. Whip with an electric hand mixer clockwise or counter clockwise (always whip in the same direction). I use my KitchenAid stand mixer. When the cream is about half-way whipped, add the sugar (or Splenda) and vanilla and continue to whip. If you add the sugar and vanilla at the beginning, the cream will not whip to a high volume. Keep whipping till sugar is dissolved and the cream stiffens.
Try to find fresh, creamy ricotta cheese with no preservatives for this recipe. Don’t use the stuff you get in the grocery store that comes in mass-produced fashion in tubs.
Â½ pound fresh ricotta cheese
1 quart fresh strawberries or blackberries
2 tablespoons granulated raw sugar
1 banana, sliced thin
6 tablespoons banana liqueur
Drain the ricotta through a cheesecloth for 15 minutes. Wash the berries, clean and hull them, and drain until dry. Place ricotta on a deep serving plate. Add the berries, sugar and banana slices and mix gently. Spoon banana liqueur over the top. Serve with ladyfinger cakes.
4 large red apples, cored (I like Fuji Apples)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
4 tablespoons sugar or Splenda
Â¼ cup Burgundy
1 cinnamon stick
4 lemon slices
Heat oven to 375Â°. Place apples in a large saucepan and cover with water. Boil apples, covered, for five minutes. Transfer apples to a small baking dish, just large enough to hold the apples. Whisk together butter, sugar and wine. Pour the butter mixture into the hollows and over the apples. Pour a few tablespoons of hot water into the bottom of the dish. Break up the cinnamon stick and add it to the dish. Add the lemon slices. Bake for about 40 minutes basting several times during baking.
I must thank the great Paula Deen for this yummy southern treat.
2 tablespoons butter
4 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 (8-piece) container refrigerated flaky biscuit dough
For the filling: add the butter to a large sauté pan and melt. Add the apples, sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice and cook over medium heat until the apples are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.
When the filling is cool, roll the biscuits out on a lightly floured surface so that each biscuit forms a 7 to 8-inch circle. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of the filling on ½ of each circle. Brush the edges of the circle with water. Fold the circle over the filling to make a half-moon shape. Seal by pressing the edges with the tines of a fork.
Heat a deep fryer or a deep pot halfway filled with oil to 350°. Carefully add the pies to the oil, one at a time, and fry until golden brown, turning the pies as necessary for even browning, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar immediately.