Sunday, November 29, 2009

Caramel Pecan Pie

1 9-inch pie crust -- pre-baked for 12 minutes at 350

1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups pecans (toasted and chopped)

Combine sugars, butter, and honey in a heavy-bottom sauce pan; cook over medium heat, and stir only until melted. Heat until mixture reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream and pecans (mixture will bubble slightly).

Pour into pre-baked pie shell and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes.

Serves 6-8

Source: The Florida Department of Agriculture

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cream cheese pound cake

Can't wait to try this one out!

1 1/2 C. butter softened
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese softened
3 C. sugar
6 eggs
2 t. vanilla extract
1 t. lemon extract
3 C. all purpose flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
Confectioners' sugar
sliced fresh strawberries and whipped cream optional

In a large bowl cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; beat into creamed mixture until blended.

Pour into a greased and flour 10" fluted tube pan. Bake at 325 for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Garnish with confectioners' sugar, strawberries.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

7-Layer Meatless Tortilla Pie

from Campbell's Kitchen

Prep Time: 20 min.
Bake Time: 40 min.


2 cans (about 15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 can (about 15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 small tomato, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
7 flour tortillas (8-inch)
8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)


Mash the pinto beans in a medium bowl with a fork. Stir in 3/4 cup picante sauce and the garlic powder.

Stir the remaining picante sauce, cilantro, black beans and tomato in a medium bowl.

Place 1 tortilla onto a baking sheet. Spread 3/4 cup pinto bean mixture over the tortilla to within 1/2-inch of the edge. Top with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with 1 tortilla and 2/3 cup black bean mixture. Top with 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat the layers twice more. Top with the remaining tortilla and spread with the remaining pinto bean mixture. Cover with aluminum foil.

Bake at 400°F. for 40 minutes or until the filling is hot. Uncover the pie. Top with the remaining cheese. Cut the pie into 6 wedges. Serve with additional picante sauce and sprinkle with additional cilantro, if desired.

Serves 6.

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If you like spicy food, stir some minced jalapeno into the Pace® Picante Sauce and garlic powder.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Turtle Praline Tart

1 refrigerated pie pastry
36 caramels
1 C. heavy whipping cream divided
3 1/2 C. pecan halves
1/2 C. semi sweet chocolate chips

On a lightly floured surface unroll pastry. Transfer to an 11" fluted tart pan with removeable bottom; trim edges. Line unpriced pastry with a double thickness of heavy duty foil. Bake at 450 for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5-7 minutes longer or until light golden brown.
In a large saucepan, combine caramels and 1/2 C. cream. Cook and stir over medium low heat until caramels are melted. Stir in pecans. Spread filling evenly into crust.

In a small microwave safe bowl, melt chips, drizzle over filling. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set. Whip remaining cream serve with tart.

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