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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 ¼ Cups all purpose gluten-free flour blend
½ teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your flour blend has xanthan or guar gum already)
1 teaspoon baking soda
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2 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
½ Cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
¼ Cup unsweetened applesauce (room temperature)
1 Cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 egg yolks (room temperature)
2 Cups Nestle milk chocolate chips 
¼ Cup shredded coconut
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Cream cheese and butter in your stand mixer with paddle attachment.  Cream together.  Add brown sugar and granulated sugar.  Cream together well.  Add vanilla and egg yolks (yolks one at a time).  Mix well.  Add 1st three ingredients (flour, xanthan gum, and baking soda).  Mix well.  Add chocolate chips and coconut.  Mix just until incorporated.  Put dough in an airtight container and refrigerate one to four hours before cooking.


Scoop dough and roll in hands into balls and place on parchment lined air bake cookie sheet.  DO NOT SPRAY cookie sheet!  9 to 12 cookies per cookie sheet.  Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees farenheight.  Remove when edges are set and just browning.  The centers will look underdone, the cookies will continue to cook as they cool.  Leave the cookies on cookie sheet for 2 -3 minutes after removing from the oven.    

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fudge

3 Cups Chocolate, peanut butter, butter scotch, vanilla chips.  (You choose which ones to use.  Mix and match  I prefer mild  chocolate)

1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk  (NOT evaporated milk)

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

In a glass microwave safe bowl heat 3 cups "chocolate chips" and the sweetened condensed milk for about 1 1/2 minutes.  Stir until smooth.  Then add in the teaspoon of vanilla, and mix thoroughly.

Poor into or press into a greased, buttered, or sprayed foil lined 8 x 8 pan.

Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours prior to cutting and serving.

Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Frosting

Don't know where I found this recipe, but of course as always I have changed it out.

5 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1 Softened Cup Unsalted Butter OR 1  8 ounce package Cream Cheese FAT FREE, LOW FAT, or REGULAR
4 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Mix first 4 ingredients together, then slowly (so as not to have white powder flying everywhere) add in powdered sugar.

Mix well.  Refrigerate for an hour for a stiffer frosting or use right away for a softer frosting.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cream Cheese Mints

I wanted to try to make cream cheese mints.  I've always been terrified of making them and I don't know why.  They were so easy.

3 Cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
3 ounces softened cream cheese

Granulated sugar for rolling them in.

I mixed the cream cheese and peppermint together and slowly mixed in all the powdered sugar.  I rolled them into balls, placed them in a bowl of sugar, then onto a wax paper and flattened them with the tines of a fork.  They sit for about 12 hours to dry, flip them and give them another 12 hours.  So easy, and delicious.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Key Lime Pie VII

Key Lime Pie VII 

Key Lime Pie VII

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Recipe By:ANNRICHARDSON
"This recipe uses condensed milk and sour cream. Fabulously easy. . . a summertime favorite! If you have time, a homemade graham cracker crust is better! Garnish with whipped cream and thin slices of lime if you like."

Ingredients

  • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
  • 3 cups sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 3/4 cup key lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime rind. Mix well and pour into graham cracker crust.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes, until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of pie. DO NOT BROWN! Chill pie thoroughly before serving. Garnish with lime slices and whipped cream if desired.


The same way you would make a graham cracker crust for a cheesecake you could put that in a pie plate or tin for this crust to make it gluten free.  Use 2 to 3 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter with 1 package crushed gluten free graham cracker crumbs (s'morables).  Press into dish.  

To make low fat you could use fat free sweetened condensed milk and fat free sour cream.  

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pecan Pie

Purchase a pre-made Gluten Free Pie crust at the local grocery store.
Prick several holes in the bottom with a fork.

You could also make the pie crust listed here.

Yield
Makes 8 servings
 
Active Time
35 min
 
Total Time
5 hr (includes making pastry and cooling pie)

Ingredients

    • Pastry dough
    • 3/4 stick unsalted butter
    • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
    • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
    • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3 large eggs
    • 2 cups pecan halves (1/2 pound)
    • Accompaniment: whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
    • 0 or vanilla ice cream

Preparation

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F with a baking sheet on middle rack.
    2. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Fold overhang under and lightly press against rim of pie plate, then crimp decoratively. Lightly prick bottom all over with a fork. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes (or freeze 10 minutes).
    3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, zest, and salt. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk in corn syrup mixture.
    4. Put pecans in pie shell and pour corn syrup mixture evenly over them. Bake on hot baking sheet until filling is set, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely.
Cooks’ note:
Pie can be baked 1 day ahead and chilled. Bring to room temperature before serving

Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie



 http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/old-fashioned-pecan-pie-356072

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Gluten Free Cheesecake

Absolutely the Best New York Cheesecake (Gluten-Free)

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Photo by anniesnomsblog
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 3 hrs
  • Serves: 12, Yield: 1 cake

ABOUT THIS RECIPE

"aka: 'How to Make the Perfect Cheesecake' This recipe includes very detailed instructions for preparation which is the key to any great cheesecake. *This is my signature recipe that I have spent many many hours perfecting the ingredients and techniques for. This is not 'NY Style' but real 'NY Cheesecake'. The end result is a wonderful cheesecake that some will tell you to eat with a towel, because it's like an 'O' in your mouth."

INGREDIENTS

    • 40 ounces cream cheese
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 16 ounces sour cream
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and prep a large spring form pan as follows: Place a sheet of parchment paper over the inside bottom of the springform pan, fit the rim and lock in place. Trim excess paper from the underside of the pan. Place a large sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil on counter. Place the locked pan in center and raise up the foil to top rim. Crinkle around the outer top of rim. Using some firm butter, fill in the inside lower rim of pan, using your finger to form a smooth lining. (like caulking a bathtub). Place in freezer while you make the batter. You can also grease the sides of the pan and cut parchment to fit around the in sides as well.
  2. Beat cream cheese and sugar till smooth. Add sour cream, then eggs (one at a time). Add remaining ingredients. Mix on medium speed until well incorporated (about three minutes), scraping down sides of bowl several times while mixing to prevent lumps).
  3. Remove the spring form pan from freezer. Place pan onto a dishcloth onto counter and pour batter into pan. (So it's not 'loud' when you temp it).
  4. With your palms around the outside rim of the pan, GENTLY lift (about 1") and drop down pan onto the towel. Rotate an inch or so and repeat a few times to raise and release air bubbles from batter. (this will help keep your cheesecake from cracking).
  5. Set the spring form pan into a water bath. (A water bath is a baking pan or heat proof container larger than your cake pan with about an inch or two of water above the bottom of the cake pan). This is for even cooking and to preserve moisture).

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes. WITHOUT opening oven door, reduce temperature to 250°F and continue to bake for an additional two hours or until center of cake registers 150F with a digital thermometer.
  2. Remove from oven, water bath, and outer foil. DO NOT unlock the spring form pan! Place on cooling rack for 60 minutes.
  3. Loosen cake from sides by going between the cake and the pan with the edge of a knife (if you didn't line the sides with parchment paper). Refrigerate for at MINIMUM of four hours but overnight is best. (NOTE: If you are using a topping, you can place it onto the cake about 2 hours after refrigerating the cake).
  4. Unlock and remove the side of pan. For easier slicing, use dental floss. Taut between your hands, press down over cake, then let go of one end, and slide out from side. Rotate and repeat for desired amount of slices, thick or thin is up to you!

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving Size: 1 (169 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Calories 510.6
 
Calories from Fat 369
72%
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 41.0g
63%
Saturated Fat 23.1g
115%
Cholesterol 155.8mg
51%
Sugars 29.4 g
Sodium 444.8mg
18%
Total Carbohydrate 30.1g
10%
Dietary Fiber 0.0g
0%
Sugars 29.4 g
117%
Protein 7.4g
14%

I leave out the salt and also use low fat cream cheese.  I make a crust out of 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted) and a package of S'morables Gluten Free (Graham) Crackers (crushed).

http://www.food.com/recipe/absolutely-the-best-new-york-cheesecake-gluten-free-244193