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Recipe: Christmas cookie recipes

|October 9, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

 

 
At this time of the year with us being so busy, I' quite sure that sharing some Christmas cookie recipes would be welcomed!

If you are looking for a special recipe – just drop me a line – and I will go through all my recipes for you.

HAPPY BAKING!

These are very good and easy to make – also, great at any time of the year!

Amish Sugar Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup cooking oil
2 eggs
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375* F.

Combine sugars, butter and oil, beat well. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar and vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight. Make into small balls and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Do not over cook.

Recipe: Amish Apple Cake

|February 26, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

This is another popular cake in our home.

I’ve also drizzled this cake with an easy glaze of sifted confectioners’** sugar and a bit of milk or water instead of the Hot Caramel Sauce.

 


Preheat oven to 350* F. Oil (using corn oil) a 9-inch round cake pan; set aside.


In large bowl, cream until fluffy:
½ cup butter (1 stick) (not margarine)
Add and continue beating:
1 cup sugar


Add and beat well:
1 large egg


In medium bowl, whisk until well blended and add to creamed mixture:
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ – ½ teaspoon nutmeg (depending on preference)


Mix well and stir in:
2 ½ cups apple, peeled, cored, finely chopped (Granny Smith is good for this)
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
½ teaspoon vanilla extract**


Pour into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched with your finger. Serve with Hot Caramel Sauce.

 


Hot Caramel Sauce
This is a nice dessert sauce!


In heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt:
½ cup butter (1 stick) (not margarine)
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed**
½ teaspoon Kosher salt


Bring to boil; remove from heat and whisk in:
1 teaspoon vanilla extract**
½ cup evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed)


Serve warm sauce over cake.

 


**You can easily make your own when in a pinch or to save money!

Recipe: Apple Strudel (Apfelstrudel) – Pennsylvania Dutch

|February 26, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

We are apple lovers! Apple cakes, pies, cookies, strudel, dumplings, cobblers – you name it – we enjoy them very much.

 


Apple Strudel (Apfelstrudel) – Pennsylvania Dutch


2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup warm water
5 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed**
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cups nuts, chopped (we like walnuts for this)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Zest from one lemon


Sift flour and salt together in large bowl; cut in shortening; add eggs and water; mix well. Turn out onto floured surface and knead. Beat dough against board or surface until it blisters.


Cover and let dough rest for 20 in warm spot.


Preheat oven to 400* F.


Meanwhile combine remaining ingredients in bowl.


Cover work area with a clean white lintless cloth and flour it (I use lintless flour sack towels). Transfer dough to cloth and stretch very carefully to a thin thickness.

Spread with apple mixture.


Fold in outer edges and roll about 4-inches wide. Bake in 450* F. oven for 10 minutes – REDUCE HEAT TO 375* F. and continue to bake another 25 – 30 minutes or until done.
Cool on wire rack. Slice to serve.


If desired, when cool drizzle with an simple icing of sifted confectioners’ sugar** and water.


NOTE: I sometimes bake for someone that is cinnamon-sensitive and I have left out the cinnamon and this was still good!

 


**You can easily make your own when in a pinch or to save money!

Recipe: Amish Apple Grunt

|February 25, 2011|read comments (2)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

Grunts are not the sounds you make – they are a stewed or baked fruit dish. A biscuit dough is rolled and placed over the top of the fruits. Also call “slumps”.



Preheat oven to 375* F. and butter a baking dish; set aside.


In large bowl, cream:
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter


Beat in:
1 large egg – mix well


In medium bowl, whisk together:
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
½ teaspoon baking powder**


In small bowl or cup, combine:
½ cup buttermilk** or sour milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda


Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and add milk mixture at the same time.


Stir in:
2 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
Pour into prepared pan.


Sprinkle with Crumb Mixture.



Crumb Mixture


In small bowl, combine, blending until mixture resembles crumbs:
6 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed**
1 ½ tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ tablespoons butter (not margarine)
Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until cake tests done and apples are tender.


Serve with cream, ice cream or frozen yogurt.


Serves 4


**You can easily make your own when in a pinch or to save money!


To make sour milk for this recipe:

Place 2 teaspoons white vinegar in measuring cup and add milk to measure ½ cup; let sit for 10 minutes.


To make your own buttermilk for this recipe:

Place 1 tablespoon white vinegar n measuring cup and add milk to measure ½ cup; stir; then stir in ½ teaspoon baking soda.