15 Minute Chocolate Fudge Recipe

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old fashoned chocolate fudge recipe

This is the quickest and most simple Old-Fashioned Chocolate fudge recipe I have ever made, and the texture is almost perfect. The recipe is basically a combination of semi sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and sweetened condensed milk. This recipe makes 2 ½ pounds, so there is plenty to eat fresh, with left overs for the freezer.

15 Minute Chocolate Fudge Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2½ pounds
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped fine
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon table salt
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14-ounces)
  • 1tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Line a 8 x 8 baking dish with aluminum foil; lightly spray foil with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the chocolates, salt, and baking soda until well combined, and then stir in the condensed milk.
  3. Place 2 cups of water in a 4 quart sauce pan and heat until simmering. Place the bowl in the pan to create a double boiler. Stir chocolate constantly until most of the chocolate is melted, but a few small pieces remain, remove from heat and continue stirring until all the chocolate is melted; and then fold in the nuts.
  4. Using a rubber spatula layer the chocolate mixture over the bottom of the baking dish; refrigerate at least 2 hours before cutting, and serving.
  5. Wrap left over fudge with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out and store it in the refrigerator, or freezer (can freeze for up to 3 months).

Adapted from Cooks Country

Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Ice Cream Recipe

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strawbberry rhubarb custard ice cream recipe

Strawberry season is here in Upper Michigan so I thought it would be a great time to post this Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Ice Cream Recipe. The sweet strawberries with the sour flavor of the rhubarb makes for a delicious combination of flavors – and the opportunity to use fresh fruit makes it even better.

This is a simple recipe, but it is a little time consuming, but worth the effort.

Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Ice Cream Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 12 ounces of heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar (divided)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Ingredients of Rhubarb Swirl
  • 1 cup strawberries (diced)
  • 3 rhubarb stalks (sliced)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. To make the swirl combine all the ingredients into a medium size saucepan and cook over medium heat until rhubarb is tender and syrup forms; set aside to cool in the refrigerator.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the egg yolks, ¼ cup sugar, and the cornstarch; set aside.
  3. custard egg mix
  4. In a large pot or saucepan (be sure to use a large enough pan for this the mixture will boil up pretty high)mix together the milk, cream, ¾ cup sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, reduce to simmer. Mix 1 cup of the milk mixture slowly into the egg mixture to temper the eggs, and then mix the egg mixture back into the milk and cream mixture to form the custard. Continue cooking on simmer stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until custard thickens; remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. (custard is ready when you slide your finger across the spoon and the streak it makes stays in place).
  5. cooking custard
  6. Pour the custard into a food grade zip lock bag and place it in a large bowl seam side up. Surround the bag with ice cubes and water – mostly ice cubes and let the mixture cool for 30 minutes.
  7. cooling custard
  8. Process custard in ice cream maker according to ice cream maker directions.
  9. Layer the ice cream in a dish starting with the strawberry rhubarb sauce. (A 9x5 glass bread pan is just the right size for this)
  10. ice cream mix
  11. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 3 – 4 more hours.

Note: I prepared this recipe as written and thought it was really good – but if I make this again I will use 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in place of the amounts it calls for; I do believe that is a typo in the recipe.

Adapted from  A Cookie Named Desire

 

Rhubarb Bars Recipe

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raw rubarb recipe

rubarb recipe picture 2

It’s rhubarb season here in Upper Michigan and I figured I should post at least one recipe with rhubarb as the main ingredient.

This recipe almost didn’t get posted because I had some issues putting the crust together – I double checked it to make sure it was right, but had trouble getting the crumbly texture I wanted. The crust mixture was more on a dough side than crumbly. I thought, what is, is, and continued to finish the recipe.

The deciding factor for posting this recipe was that these bars are delicious – it turned out to be one of those that you just can’t eat one recipe. I had to have my wife take them away!!

If you decide to try this Rhubarb Bars Recipe don’t be shook if the crust is a little on the doughy side; just crumble it the best you can when you apply the topping, other than that the doughy texture works out well for forming the bottom crust for the bars. (I used the flat part of a glass to press the topping into place; Enjoy

Rhubarb Bars Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 3 cups fresh (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shortening
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Slice rhubarb into 1 inch pieces
  3. In a small bowl mix together 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, and ½ cup granulated sugar; set aside.
  4. In a medium sauce pan mix together the rhubarb, one cup granulated sugar, and water. Cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir the sugar flour mixture into the rhubarb and continue cooking until thickened; stir in vanilla and set aside.
  5. rubarb sauce
  6. In a large bowl mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender or fork cut the shortening into the flour mixture to form a crumbly dough; reserve 1 cup of the dough for the topping.
  7. bar crust
  8. Lightly spray a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with cooking spray, and press the dough into the bottom of the pan. Spread the rhubarb over the crust and then sprinkle the remaining dough over the top.
  9. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown – cool before serving.

Adapted from Midwest Living

Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe

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It has been awhile since I have done any baking and this Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe sounded really good so I thought I would give it a try. The end result was moist on delicious muffins – especially good warm with melted butter over the top. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require much prep time and you can save the left overs for a couple of days, or freeze them. I prepared the recipe as written, but if I make them again I will add 1 cup chopped nuts into the ingredients.

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious muffin recipe give this Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe a try; it’s really good.

This recipe makes 12 regular or 6 jumbos.

Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 bananas (mashed)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • Ingredients for the Crumb Topping
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter (cut into small pieces)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. For the muffin batter in a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. in another large bowl mix together the bananas, sugars, egg, vanilla, and oil. Mix the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened; spoon equally into muffin tins lightly sprayed with cooking spray, or use liners.
  4. For the topping in a small bowl combine all the ingredients together, using a fork press the butter into the ingredients until a crumbly mixture forms. Sprinkle the mixture equally over the top of the muffins.
  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes for regular muffins, or 25 to 30 minutes for jumbos, or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Set on wire rack to cool

banana crumb muffins recipe

Adapted from My Baking Addiction

Whole-Wheat Blueberry Muffins

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jumbo whole wheat muffins recipe

With whole-wheat being the main ingredient in this muffin recipe, they turned out a lot better than I thought they would be. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries in this recipe making it really nice if you have left over blueberries in the freezer from the summer. Serve them hot, with butter, and they are really good.

Whole-Wheat Blueberry Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6 jumbo or 12 regular
Ingredients
  • Streusel
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • Muffins
  • 3 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups blueberries
Instructions
  1. Directions for streusel
  2. In a medium size bowl using a fork mix all the ingredients together until mixture forms small bits and pea size chunks; set aside.
  3. Directions for muffins
  4. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. In a medium size bowl lightly beat the eggs, and then mix in the melted butter, oil, vanilla, sugar, and butter milk; mix until well combined.
  6. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just moistened and then fold in the blueberries.
  7. Preheat oven to 400F.
  8. Spray a 6 cup jumbo muffin tin with cooking spray including the top of the tin. Using a heaping ½ cup measuring cup fill the muffin tins with the batter. (Cups will be very full) sprinkle the Streusel over the top of the muffins.
  9. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until muffins are golden brown on top and a table knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Let muffins cool for about 5 minutes, remove them from the muffin tin, and cool on a wire rack for 5 more minutes – serve hot with butter.

jumbo whole wheat muffins recipe 2

Adapted from Cooks Country

Chocolate Pudding for Two Recipe

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chocolate pudding for 2

pudding for 2 single

With Valentine’s Day this week-end I thought it would be a great time to post this Chocolate Pudding for Two Recipe. This is a simple recipe to prepare but you have to allow enough time for it to cool. I used whole milk in this recipe, but you can convert it into a low fat recipe by using 2% milk.

If you’re looking for a good desert dish to go with your Valentine’s Day dinner give this homemade Chocolate Pudding recipe a try; you and you guest will love it; enjoy!

Chocolate Pudding for Two Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk (or 2% for lower fat)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. in a medium sauce pan mix together the milk, cornstarch, cocoa, salt and sugar.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a microwave, or double boiler. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Whisk the chocolate into the milk mixture, bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, reduce heat to low, and continue cooking, mixing with a rubber heat proof spatula, or wooden spoon, scraping the edge of the pan to incorporate all the ingredients. Cook for 2 minutes – mixture will be thick on glossy.
  4. Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla. Pour the pudding mixture into a heat proof bowl though a fine strainer, pressing lightly with a spatula to eliminate any solid materials; discard solids. Cover the pudding directly on top with plastic wrap to keep skin from forming on top of the pudding.
  5. Cool for at least 4 hours before serving; will keep for 2 days.

Adapted from Cooks Country

 

Eggnog Pancakes Recipe

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eggnog pancake recipe

Every holiday season I look forward to eggnog turning up in the grocery stores. If you like eggnog, here’s a delicious holiday breakfast treat. This is a basic pancake recipe incorporating the eggnog in place of the eggs and milk.

Eggnog Pancakes Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ cups eggnog
  • 2 tablespoons butter-melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until well blended.
  2. Stir in the buttermilk, vanilla and butter; batter will be a little lumpy. (Depending on the consistency of the eggnog you are using you might want to thin the batter a little bit. I like it thick enough so it barley pours. If you need to thin it a little bit use regular milk.)
  3. Use a lightly greased griddle at 350 degrees. I use cooking spray-it works very well for this.
  4. Pour batter onto the griddle or pan so the pancakes are about the size you want them. Cook until the top is covered with tiny bubbles. Flip the pancake and cook until golden brown.

 

Brown Sugar Glazed Butternut Squash Recipe

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glazed butternut squash recipe

Squash is supposed to be really good for you – and I guess it is, until you add all the good stuff to it like brown sugar and butter; but it’s so good!!
If you want a great recipe for a Thanksgiving Day side dish here it is.

Brown Sugar Glazed Butternut Squash Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • 1 butternut squash (2 to 2½ pounds)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Peel and remove seeds from squash and cut into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Place the squash pieces in a large bowl. Add the sugar, salt, pepper, and brown sugar. Pour in the melted butter and toss to coat.
  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, lightly spray with cooking spray, and arrange the squash pieces in a single layer on the foil.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes. Mixing the pieces about every 15 minutes until squash is glazed and tender. (While mixing them try to flip as many as you can so they brown on both sides)
  6. If using the vinegar, drizzle the vinegar over the pieces, and serve hot. Enjoy

Adapted from cookscountry.com

Apple Cranberry Pie Recipe

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apple cranberry pie recipe

This is a great combination of fall flavors with the tart cranberries offsetting the sweetness of the apples. Outside of the crust this is a very simple recipe to put together.
I cheated on this one and used a store bought pie crust. If you looking for a good pie recipe for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day holiday give this one a try; it’s really good.

Adapted from ocean spray

Apple Cranberry Pie Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: one 9 inch pie
Ingredients
  • 4 cups apples (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or almonds
  • Pie crust for a 2 crust pie (favorite recipe or store bought)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. In a large bowl staring with the apple slices mix all the ingredients together using a wood spoon until well combined.
  3. apples and cranberries
  4. apples and cranberries pie filling
  5. Place one crust into the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate, tilt the bowl over the crust and spoon the apple mixture into the crust, and cover with the other crust, cutting several slits in the crust to vent it.
  6. unbaked apples and cran berry pie
  7. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown and place on a wire rack to cool.
  8. (if edges on the pie start to get to dark cover edges with aluminum foil)
  9. Tip: I cover the edges with aluminum foil right from the start and then remove the foil toward the end of the baking cycle.

baked apples and cranberry pie

Simple Deep Fried Apples Recipe

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deep fried apple recipe

Deep Fried Apples are one of my favorite treats in the fall. There are many ways to prepare them, some use cinnamon and sugar, others just cinnamon. I don’t like to hide the taste of the apple slices so I just dip them in batter and deep fry them; lightly salting them when they are done. They make a great side dish or standalone treat.
Give these Deep Fried Apples a try; enjoy
Ingredients
1 egg
½ cup milk
11/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
4-5 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced into ½ inch slices)
Oil for deep frying
Directions
Preheat deep fryer to 375F.
1. In a medium bowl whisk together the egg and milk.
2. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until smooth. (Batter will be on the thin side)
3. Dip apple slices in batter and deep fry until golden brown. Place on paper toweling to drain, and salt to taste.