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November 20, 2011

Cranberry Sauce


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June 8, 2010

Raspberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Crêpes

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June 8, 2010

Crêpes

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January 1, 2009

Raspberry Tarts

Tarts are typically an open faced pie, no top, and most generally have fruit with a custard type filling; not to be confused with torte, which is a European cake.  They are historically a British dish, though they have found themselves on the menu of many restaurants across the world.  Random trivia for your guests:  What was believed would happen to you if you ate a tart made by a witch?  Answer:  You’d become mean.

If you have used my recipes in the past you will know I don’t do pastry breadings – not pie shells, puffs, dough, etc.  I fail at it.  So for this recipe I use pastry puffs which you can buy at your local grocery.  You can also layer phyllo dough in a well buttered dish, or use a flaky deep dish shell.  This recipe will fill about 18 pastry puffs – so you can cut it down if you need to pretty easily to 6 puffs.

There is nothing I love more in the fruit department than raspberries, their smell, their taste, their everything.  And while you can make this recipe with just about any fruit you desire – strawberries, cherries, rhubarb, blueberries, blackberries, peaches – I love raspberries.  And the only thing that trumps raspberries is raspberries with cream cheese.  You can serve this as a dessert, snack or even as a breakfast dish.

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8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

4 eggs

1 1/2 cup half & half cream

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup fresh raspberries, rinsed

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese at medium to high speed for 2 minutes, scraping walls.
  • Add in sugar slowly, beating at a high speed until well blended.
  • Add in eggs, one at a time, continuously beating.
  • Add in vanilla and cream and beat at high speed for 2 minutes more, scraping walls.
  • In a small saute pan or skillet over low heat, warm raspberries, shuffling often in pan.  Be careful not to stir them as they can break up.  Heat only until they begin to bleed and remove from heat.
  • Strain raspberries well and fold into cream cheese mixture.
  • Discard raspberry juice.
  • Pour mixture into prepared puffs*.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 – 25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

*Puffs should be baked in advance to a golden hue, just barely crisp.  Cool them at room temperature or even for fifteen minutes in the freezer if you are under the gun before you pour the filling in.  Otherwise the cream cheese mixture may crack and separate from the shell.

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January 1, 2009

Kiwi Lime Cheesecake

This was my final fling of summer.  I caught a great deal on kiwi fruit at the grocer and kind of needed a means of getting rid of them all.  So I present to you a kiwi lime cheesecake.  It turned out a bit bland in colour, so you might want to add a drop of green food colouring to yours to liven it up, but I thought about that a bit late in the game.  This turned out with the citrus tang of a key lime pie but the kiwi mellowed it out slightly.

One of the biggest problems with baked cheesecakes is the cracking.  There are a few tricks to prevent this.  Firstly, the most critical part is beating.  You want to smooth out the creams very well before adding the eggs.  Use the back of a spatula after beating with a mixer, pulling the cream from the centre and then pressing against the sides of the bowl.  When you add the eggs, they should be your final step and blend them in by hand.  If you beat them with the mixer you run the risk of bringing too much air in and then you get air pockets.  Also, make certain you really prepare your springform pan with plenty of grease or butter or spray.  If the sides of the cake while cooking are able to pull away from the pan, that will reduce the risk of it cracking in the centre.  Lastly, I use two different sized springform pans.  The larger one I fill with water once my batter is in the smaller pan.  The water helps keep the oven humid and makes the cake cook evenly.

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2 cups (16 ounces) cream cheese, softened (not the whipped kind, it is too airy)

2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese

1 cup sour cream

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup flour, unsifted

5 eggs, room temperature

4 kiwis

1 lime

1 Tablespoon vanilla

 

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream and ricotta until well blended.
  • Add flour and sugar and beat at a medium speed until mixed thoroughly.
  • Cut kiwis in half and set one halve aside.
  • Juice remaining halves, allowing for pulp, but no skin.*
  • Halve the lime and juice one half.  Set aside the remaining halve.
  • Add vanilla and lime to kiwi puree and fold into cream mixture using a spatula.
  • Break eggs into a separate bowl and beat with a fork only enough to blend yolks.
  • Fold eggs into cream batter.
  • Heavily butter the walls of a springform pan or round cake dish.
  • Pour in batter.
  • Set springform pan or cake dish into a larger dish.  Fill larger dish halfway with water.
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.  The centre will be slightly jiggly, but remaining cake will be firm when ready.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool at room temperature for at least one hour before chilling.
  • Slice remaining lime and kiwi for decoration.
  • Serve chilled.

 

*I used the juicer for the kiwi puree as it worked better than trying to skin them and then puree the meat of the fruit.

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January 1, 2009

Grape Salad

I don’t know if this recipe was my grandmother’s or if she got it elsewhere, she was a very creative cook; but it was one of my favourite fruit salads she would make and every time I make it people tell me how much they love it and ask for the recipe.

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4 cups of seedless grapes*
8 oz tub whipped cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 cup whipped topping
1/4 cup powdered sugar
*I like to do half red and half green but my dad had written down just green, I seem to recall grandma using both colours.

  • In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, sour cream, whipped topping and powdered
  • sugar.
  • Thoroughly wash and remove stems from grapes. Drain and shake dry.
  • Fold grapes into cream mixture and transfer to serving dish.
January 1, 2009

Carrot Salad

This was one of my favourite jello based salads that my grandmother used to make and it’s a fun recipe that you can let the kids get involved in too.  I have seen this done with raisins added in, but I am not a fan of the lil’ buggers, so you won’t see them here.  You also won’t see the walnuts that my grandmother used to throw in because I don’t like the crunch they give to the salad, it just seems out of place.  This stores well overnight and is a great dish for pot lucks.

Ingredientscarrotsalad

1     3 oz. box orange Jell-O

1 c. carrots, grated

1     15 oz. can crushed pineapple

  • Bring one cup of water to boil over medium to high heat.
  • Stir in gelatin packet until thoroughly dissolved.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Drain pineapple juice into a liquid measuring cup.
  • Add water to pineapple juice to make 2 cups of liquid total.
  • Stir into Jell-O mixture.
  • Pour Jell-O liquid into casserole dish, 13 x 9.
  • Stir in crushed pineapple and carrots until well blended.
  • Chill until set.
  • Serve.