Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Piccadilly Carrot Souffle

Piccadilly Carrot Souffle

3 1/2 lbs. peeled carrots
1 1/2 lbs. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup flour
6 eggs
1/2 lb. butter margarine
Powdered sugar

Steam or boil carrots until extra soft. Drain well.
While carrots are warm, add sugar, baking powder, and vanilla.
Whip with mixer until smooth. Add flour and mix well.
Whip eggs and add to flour mixture, blend well.
Add softened butter or margarine to mixture and blend well.
Pour mixture into baking dish about half full as the souffle) will rise.
Bake in 350-degree oven about 1 hour or until top is a light golden
Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar over top before serving.

Serves 10.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Vanilla Cream Fruit Tart

* This recipe has been removed after Michelle decided it was too delicious to be shared.

* This is her selfish decision and not mine!

* My apologies.  :(

Autumn Pumpkin Bread w/ pecan streusal topping

I like to double the topping recipe, then pour half the batter in the loaf pans (or muffin pans), sprinkle with ½ the topping, then pour the second part of the batter on top and sprinkle the second half of the topping on top.

1 ½ c. pecan pieces
1 c. veggie oil such as canola or safflower
3 c. sugar
4 large eggs
1 (15o) can pure pumpkin
1 c. water
3 c. all purpose flour
2 t. baking soda
1 ½ t. ground nutmeg
1 ½ t. ground allspice
1 ½ t. ground cinnamon
1 ½ t. ground cloves
½ t. salt
½ c. firmly packed golden brown sugar
¼ c. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 t. ground cinnamon
½ c. toasted pecan pieces

To make the bread: Preheat oven to 350. Arrange pecan pieces on a baking sheet in a single layer an toast them in the oven for 7-9 minutes, until golden brown and aromatic. Reserve 1/2c. of toasted pecans for topping.

Grease two 9 by 5 inch loaf pans or 36 standard-size muffin cups with butter or cooking spray.

Whisk the oil and sugar in a large bowl. Add the eggs, pumpkin, and water and whisk until combined. Stir in the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Gently stir in 1 cup of the pecan pieces. Pour half of the batter in to each loaf pan. For muffins, fill the muffin pans almost to the top with batter.

To Make the Topping: Stir the sugar, butter, cinnamon, and the reserved ½ cup of pecan pieces in a medium bowl. Sprinkle the topping liberally over the loaves or the muffins before baking.

Bake the loaves for 1 hour, or until a toothpick, inserted into the center comes out clean. Bake the muffins for 30-35 minutes.

Angel Chicken Pasta

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup butter
1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
1/2 cup white wine
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed golden mushroom soup
4 ounces cream cheese with chives (optional)
1 pound angel hair pasta

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in the package of dressing mix. Blend in wine and golden mushroom soup. Mix in cream cheese, and stir until smooth. Heat through, but do not boil. Arrange chicken breasts in a single layer in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour sauce over.Bake for 60 minutes in the preheated oven. Twenty minutes before the chicken is done, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain. Serve chicken and sauce over pasta.This works great if you double the recipe and save in the freezer and make the fresh pasta to go with the chicken and sauce.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Buttermilk Pancakes

I found this recipe on ( and made it last weekend. I think everyone agreed they were fabulous! Doug mentioned that they didn't bubble up like our "mix" pancakes do, but he figured out how to cook 'em right after one or two. They were thick but not pasty or dense. Wonderful! I also read that you can freeze buttermilk (never knew that before...) so I am going to freeze the rest of my 1/2 gallon to use next time.

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and
salt. In a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk, milk, eggs and melted
butter. Keep the two mixtures separate until you are ready to cook.

2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. You
can flick water across the surface and if it beads up and sizzles, it's

3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, using a wooden spoon or fork
to blend. Stir until it's just blended together. Do not over stir! Pour or
scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/2 cup for each
pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.