Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Cranberry Cheesecake Squares

cup sugar
cup butter, softened
1 1/4
cups all-purpose flour
(8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
cup sugar
teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons jellied cranberry sauce

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and butter; blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour; mix until crumbly. Press mixture in bottom of sprayed pan.
  2. Bake at 350°F. for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine all filling ingredients; beat well.
  4. Remove pan from oven; pour filling over partially baked crust. In small bowl, stir 2 tablespoons of the cranberry saucecr until softened. Spoon over cream cheese mixture. With tip of spoon, carefully swirl jam into top of cream cheese mixture. (Do not disturb crust.)
  5. Return pan to oven; bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until filling is set. Cool 30 minutes.
  6. Stir remaining jam; spread evenly over bars. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Cut into bars. Store in refrigerator.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cranberry-White Chocolate Trifle

I love cranberries. OK I love chocolate too. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Tis the season for cranberries and indulgent desserts. Right? I found this recipe in Taste of Home Magazine. Can't wait to try it. Triffles are so good, mixing whipped cream, fruit and cake. With the layers, you get all the ingriends in each bite. Yum. Enjoy.


6 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2-2/3 cups milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
5 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
1/3 cup raspberry liqueur
1 loaf (10-3/4 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed and cut into 1/2-in. cubes


1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.

Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in white chocolate and vanilla. Cool to room temperature without stirring.

In a small bowl, whisk cranberry sauce and raspberry liqueur until smooth.

Place half of the cake cubes in a 3-qt. trifle bowl or glass bowl. Spread with half of the cranberry mixture; top with half of the custard. Repeat layers. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.

In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Pipe over top. Yield: 14 servings (3/4 cup each).

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin, and well the cuermogeon is allergic, but tis the season. I may try this out at the next pot luck of food at at work.

Lets face it  the Thanksgiving dessert is always pecan pie.


Bread Pudding:
1 loaf French bread, torn in pieces
1 quart 40 percent whipping cream
1 dozen eggs
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
2 ounces vanilla extract
4 ounces pumpkin pie spice
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin

Rum Sauce:

4 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 quart whipping cream
2 cups granulated sugar
1 stick butter
1 cup dark rum


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the bread pudding: Blend all the ingredients together, except the French bread, until mixed well. Place the French bread in a 1-gallon aluminum pan. Pour the mixture over the French bread and let sit for 30 minutes. Bake for 1 hour or until firm.

For the rum sauce: Blend the cornstarch with the water. Mix all the ingredients together and cook over low heat until thick.

Serve the sauce with the bread pudding.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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