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Magic Cookie Bars
Posted on 09.15.07 by itscrazydelicious @

Here is a great recice for Magic Cookie bars. I like walnuts rather than pecans and I don’t like the coconut flakes – but that is just me. Here is a great recipe I have found from Southern Food. Great for treats for the kids too – and one of my favorite desserts too.

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 can (3 1/2 ounces) flaked coconut, or about 1 1/3 cups
1 cup chopped pecans (Personally I like Walnuts)

Preheat oven to 350°.
Melt butter in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over melted butter; pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumbs. Top evenly with remaining ingredients; press down firmly.


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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Posted on 09.10.07 by itscrazydelicious @

It is that time again and I just love to roast those pumpkin seeds. It is messy yes but it is a lot of fun and it is just so good. And pumpkin seeds are actually quite healthy too.
I got this recipe from Fabulous Foods.

1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
2 tsp. melted butter or oil (olive oil or vegetable oil work well)
salt to taste
Options To Taste:
garlic powder
cayenne pepper
seasoning salt
Cajun seasoning blend

Preheat oven to 300° F.
While it’s O.K. to leave some strings and pulp on your seeds (it adds flavor), clean off any major chunks. Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the melted butter or oil and seasonings of your choice. Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.


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Apple Dapple Cake
Posted on 09.06.07 by itscrazydelicious @

Have you ever heard of an apple dapple cake? I found this recipe a while back and I just can not wait to use it again witht he fresh apples I will be picking in the next few weeks! I got this recipe from Plant Answers. THere you can find other great apple recipes.

APPLE DAPPLE CAKE

1 1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
3 cups of flour
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup white raisins (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups diced apples
1 cup of pecans

Cream oil, sugar and eggs. Add soda, salt, flour and cinnamon, which have been sifted together. Fold in apples, nuts, raisins, vanilla. Pour into ungreased tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for l hour and 20 minutes. Remember to cut the baking time in half if baking in two pans — test to be sure it is done before removing from oven.

Topping: 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup butter, l teaspoon of vanilla. Bring to boil for 3 minutes and pour over cake while both are still warm. Cut cake loose from sides of pans and punch holes in top of cake with a fork. Let set 10 minutes, then remove from pan.
–Compliments of Mrs. Lamar Burges, San Antonio


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Homemade Popcycles
Posted on 09.06.07 by itscrazydelicious @

There are still a few more very warm days that will be coming up even though it is September and what better thing to have on a hot day than a popcycle. Here is a homemade recipe I found on popcycles from Mormon Chik

1 package fruit flavored Jell-o
1 package kool-aid
2/3 cup hot water
2 cups cold water
1 cup sugar

In a large pouring pitcher mix together: Jell-o, Kool-Aid, sugar and hot water, until dissolved. Then add cold water. Pour into molds and freeze. Will not drip! Makes 20 ice tups (Tupperware ice molds).


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Peanut Butter Frosting
Posted on 08.27.07 by itscrazydelicious @

If you like peanut butter you have to have this for your next cake or cookie topping!! This was given to me from a recipe from my neighbor…Jeanie 🙂

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat butter, milk and sugar and boil for 2 minutes. Add peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.


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Mix Brownies with Cookies
Posted on 08.18.07 by itscrazydelicious @

Ok…I just love Brownies and I just love Cookies so why not put them together. Make your brownies and then get a toll house cookie roll. Follow the directions for the brownie mix and put it in the 9X9 pan. Then just put 16-20 balls of cookie dough on top and bake it for 25 minutes at 350 – it is so delicious!


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Double Crust Pie Pastry
Posted on 08.16.07 by itscrazydelicious @

This is from

    Betty Crocker New CookBook

– right on the front inside cover

Serving Size : 16 Preparation Time :20 Minutes

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup margarine
7 tablespoons cold water

Stir together flour and salt. Cut in margarine till pieces are the size of samll peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push to side of bowl. Repeat till all is moistened. Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, flatten dough with hands. Roll dough from center to edge, forming a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Ease pastry into a 9-inch pie plate, being careful not to stretch pastry. Trim pastry.


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Caramel Brownie
Posted on 05.15.07 by itscrazydelicious @

I got this from CDKitchen.com. You kids and family will love this. I made these brownies for a picnic I had a gone to and it was a complete and total hit! And so easy and quick to make…even better!

Ingredients:
14 ounces caramels
1/3 cup evaporated milk
8 ounces german sweet chocolate
6 tablespoons butter
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour (sifted)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 ounces chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts ( I didn’t use the walnuts…personally I don’t like nuts in my cookies)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 baking pan. Combine caramels and evaporated milk in top of double boiler over low heat. Cover and simmer until caramels are melted, stirring occasionally. Set aside, keeping warm.

Combine German sweet chocolate and butter in 2 quart saucepan. Place over low heat stirring occasionally until melted. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature. Beat eggs until foamy using electric mixer at high speed. Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture is thick and lemon colored. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to egg mixture mixing well.

Blend in cooled chocolate mixture and vanilla. Spread half of mixture into prepared baking pan. Bake for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and spread caramel mixture carefully over baked layer. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Stir 1/2 cup of walnuts into remaining chocolate batter. Spread batter by spoonfuls over the caramel layer. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool in pan on rack.

This recipe for Caramel Brownies serves/makes 2 dozen


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Homemade Cheesecake Ice Cream
Posted on 05.01.07 by itscrazydelicious @

Here is a hit if you love cheese cake. Homemade Cheesecake Ice Cream…absolutely delicious!!!

Ingredients:
1/2 pint (250ml) double (heavy) cream, 1/2 pint (250ml) sour cream, 6 oz (150g) cream cheese, 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2oz (50g) grated milk chocolate

Place the cream cheese into a mixing bowl and beat until soft and smooth. Slowly add the sugar and then beat in the sour cream followed by the double (heavy) cream. Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice and mix until thick and smooth. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Take the chilled mixture and beat until creamy then transfer the complete mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Source: Ice Cream Recipes – a great site for great ice cream recipies!!!


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Mothers Day Strawberries
Posted on 04.23.07 by itscrazydelicious @

How about some delicious Mothers day strawberries for your Mom or Grandmother this year? All of of their items are hand dipped with the finest of Belgium chocolates. It is also carefully packages and will be sure to be delivered for Mothers Day.

Personally, I love chocolate covered anything 🙂 but my favorite of fruits to be chocolatized is the strawberry. I love it dipped in dark and in white chocolates…absolutely a delicious treat for any occasion and at anytime of day!!

For your chocolate treats definately check out chocolatecoveredcompany.com – they will have exactly what you are looking for.


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Buttermilk Pie
Posted on 04.05.07 by itscrazydelicious @

Here is a great recipe that I just can not wait to try and it just seems so easy…those are the best kind of recipes – the delicous and easy ones 🙂

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, melted
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place beaten eggs in a medium bowl. Gradually beat in sugar. Stir in melted butter, salt, flour, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Pour mixture into an unbaked pie crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour until filling is set. After pie cools refrigerate!

Can be served with a fruit topping and whipped cream much like cheesecake but it’s just as great plain.

This recipe was brought to you by Dabbling Divas – so stop by and check out her site!!


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Portuguese Bacon Pudding with Caramel and Figs
Posted on 03.18.07 by itscrazydelicious @

This recipe is by Alan Coxon from Great Food Live…I have yet to try it but I love bacon! And it sounds simply wonderful!

Alan Coxon’s sensational bacon pudding is served with honey-baked figs flavoured with orange and brandy and topped with an intriguing bacon toffee

Servings: 6-8
Level of difficulty: Intermediate
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

For the pudding:
390 caster sugar
300ml water
1×7.5 cm piece lemon rind
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
80g smoked bacon, rind removed and finely diced
12 egg yolks, well beaten
2 tbsp port
For the baked figs
1 fig, per portion
50ml Honey
100ml orange juice
50ml Brandy
1 tsp grated orange zest
500g toasted flaked almonds
For the bacon toffee
210g caster sugar
125ml water
40g Bacon, finely shredded and blanched in boiling water for 1 minute

Method
1. Heat the sugar with the water, lemon rind, bay leaf, cinnamon and finely diced bacon.

2. Bring to the boil and cook steadily to 104°C/220-225F on a sugar thermometer, or when a little of the mixture separates into threads when dropped into cold water. Remove from the heat, and strain through a sieve and allow to cool.

3. Preheat the oven to 240C/gas 9.

4. Add the egg yolks and port to the syrup and stir well. Then pour the pudding mixture into a large pudding basin or individual basins or dariole moulds.

5. Place the basin(s) in a bain-marie (or roasting tin filled with hot water to come half way up the basins) and cook in the oven for about 1 hour, if using a large pudding basin or about 35 minutes if using individual moulds. The pudding should be set and slightly golden, then remove from the oven and leave to cool until lukewarm.

6. To bake the figs: trim the tops and bases of the figs and prick all over with a toothpick. Stand the figs upright in an ovenproof dish. Mix together the honey, orange juice, brandy and orange zest and pour over the figs.

7. Cover and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes basting from time to time.

8. For the bacon toffee: mix the sugar with the water in a small pan and stir until dissolved. Bring to the boil and simmer until amber in colour. Add the blanched bacon.

9. Using a fork or spoon, drizzle the bacon toffee into patterns on non-stick parchment and leave to cool and set.

10. Turn out the lukewarm pudding(s) and place a fig on top of each pudding. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and drizzle with a little of the pan liquor. Top with the crispy bacon caramel and serve.


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Berry Honey Sherbert
Posted on 03.13.07 by itscrazydelicious @

Here is a great recipe that my kids just loved! It is called Berry Honey Sherbert. I got it from the site GreatRecipesOnline.com which I just love! You just have to try this one..it is truly fabulous. And it is great on a nice warm day. And thankfully those fays are coming up again!!!bbHere is there recipe…

1 orange, juice and rind reserved
1 lemon, juice and rind reserved
4 cups berries (strawberry, blueberry or other ripe berries)
1 cup honey
1/2 cup hot water
2 egg whites

Juice the orange and lemon and then grate the rinds. Reserve. Puree the berries with the juice from the orange and lemon in a blender or food processor. Place the honey and hot water in a large bowl, stirring until the honey dissolves. Add pureed berries and reserved grated rinds and mix thoroughly. Cool the mixture. Beat the egg whites and carefully, but thoroughly fold them into the sweetened berry mixture. Slowly spoon the mixture into the chilled canister of the ice cream machine and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.


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