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Gobble-Up Strata

Flipping through some cooking magazines at grandma’s house this recipe for gobble-up strata struck my attention.  It is an article on ways to use up leftovers after Thanksgiving.  Well it is no are we close to Thanksgiving and my Grandma and me wants to know who has leftover stuffing or dressing?  It is always the first thing to disappear at our meal and we usually make double dishes.

I figures I could make this whenever and it sounded pretty good.  Mr.Picky is not a huge fan of strata but I served it when company was around so I knew he would eat it no matter what.  Knowing that I would never have leftover stuffing I prepared some with the purpose of this recipe alone.  I also used some rotisserie chicken that I had pulled apart and frozen previously.  The peppers and onions give it great color, it reminds me of Christmas.

The strata turned out great and was very filling.  Mr.Picky said it would be even better with a bit of turkey gravy over the top, I must agree that it would make it even better.

Gobble Up StrataGobble-Up Strata:

  • 3-4 cups leftover stuffing or dressing
  • 2 cups cubed and cooked chicken or turkey
  • 4 green onions,chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

 

Lightly grease a 9×13″ baking dish.

Layer stuffing, then chicken, followed by the green onions and peppers.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, and mayonnaise and pour evenly over the top of the casserole.

Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 60-65 minutes.  Allow to cool about 10 minutes before serving.

Gobble-Up Strata

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Zucchini Pineapple Bread

Here is another quick bread recipe.  I found Zucchini Pineapple Bread II Recipe – Allrecipes.com.  It was a different from the normal Grandma’s Zucchini Bread recipe but I am not sure it was better.  I love trying new things and thought the added pineapple sounded interesting.

I substituted out some oil and didn’t not add the pecan’s due to Mr.Picky.  This was a very moist zucchini bread and it was enjoyed.  Next time I will leave out the raisins and add the pecans, I think the flavors would work better.  Also make sure you really drain the pineapple well so there is not to much liquid in the batter.

Zucchini Pineapple BreadZucchini Pineapple Bread:

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups zucchini,grated
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained.

Mix together eggs, sugar, vanilla,oil, applesauce, and zucchini.

Sift together the flour,baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Add this mixture to the wet ingredients.

Stir in nuts, raisins, and pineapple.

Pour into 2 9x5x3″ pans that have been lightly greased.

Bake in a preheated oven for 325 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

(If doing mini loaves reduce cooking time by about 20 minutes or so)

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Sweet Potato Spice Bread

I had a rather large bag of sweet potatoes to use up.  Usually we eat them rather quickly but I guess I had no motivation.   I planned on making some mashed sweet potatoes to go along dinner.  With the leftover sweet potatoes in the fridge the plan was to eat them up.

My Grandmother passed me some Taste of Home magazines she was through with.  I found a recipe for Sweet Potato Bread that I needed to try, as I am sucker for quick breads.  Grandma always has quick bread at her house.  She often served little quick bread sandwiches to us for snack.  Filling the quick bread with peanut butter or cream cheese was so exciting as a kids.  As it turns out my kids love these little sandwiches also.

Sweet potato spice bread turned out great, very similar to a pumpkin bread.  Unlike the original recipe I reduced the sugar and fat by substituting the oil out.  This bread has just a bit of spice and is filled with raisins, and nuts would be great but Mr.Picky will not tolerate them.  The only think I would do differently is whip or blend my sweet potato instead of mashing it.  Mr.Picky questioned the chunks and I lied and said it was pumpkin.

Sweet Potato Spice BreadSweet Potato Spice Bread:

Yields: 2 (9×5″) loaves

  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cup mashed or whipped sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tbs flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together flour,baking soda,salt, baking powder, cinnamon,ginger, and cloves.

In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl whisk together eggs, sugar,applesauce, flax-seed, milk, and sweet potatoes.

Add in the dry mixture until just combined.

Fold in raisins and nuts until all are combined.

Grease 2 (9×5″) loaf pans.  Split the batter evenly between the pans.

Sweet Potato Spice Bread

Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes.  Cool in pans about 15 minutes before turning out.

 


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Blackberry Pie Bars Recipe

Blackberry Pie BarBlackberry Pie Bars Recipe | Key Ingredient was a new recipe I decided to try out for Christmas dessert.  At this point I had made fudge and all sorts of chocolates and needed a chocolate break.  I had all the ingredients on hand, thanks to my summer berry picking.  This dessert was just what I wanted.  Although it is awfully rich and only a small piece is needed.  It tasted like pie but in a less mess bar form, with a bit of flavor of a shortbread cookie. I doubled the  recipe produces a large 9×13″ pan full.  It made more than enough for the thirty of us to eat dessert at Christmas.  I then took the remaining half a pan to a group of 10 for dessert.  Some how I managed to still end up with a few pieces to bring home.  Next time I will follow the recipe if going to a smaller group. This recipe is simple but does use a lot of product and has some steps.  I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t turn out and I was going to waste all that butter and fruit.  Don’t worry it turned out amazing and was worth any effort needed to put it together.  I did alter the recipe even though it was the first time I made this, the sugar amount was a bit much and I was very glad I reduced the sugar.  I also substituted some butter for shortening because when I make pie crust I use shortening.  I hope you enjoy it, if you would like to try the original use the link above.

Blackberry Pie Bars:

Blackberry pie comes together with a crumble to produce a moist and wonderful pie bar.

Blackberry pie comes together with a crumble to produce a moist and wonderful pie bar.

crust and topping:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled
  • 1/4 cup shortening

filling:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • pinch of salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen thawed and drained)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×9″ baking pan. Combine flour, sugar, and salt.  Cut in the butter and shortening until you form a crumb. Reserve 3/4 cup of this mixture for the topping (set aside).  Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan. Bake the crust for 8-12 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool for at least 10 minutes. While the crust is baking whisk together eggs and sugar. Add in sour cream, flour,salt, lemon zest and vanilla whisking until smooth. Gently fold in berries and spoon the mixture evenly onto the crust. Sprinkle evenly with the reserved crust. Bake 45-55 minutes. Cool before cutting and serving.

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Honey Oat Bread

This Soft Honey Oat Bread – Bakingdom looked great.  I was looking for a homemade bread recipe to go along side dinner.  Honey Oat bread was the perfect pairing with a hot bowl of soup.  Not to mention the next morning it made the best toast ever.

My mother-in-law is so intimidated by yeast breads don’t be scared of yeast it is fun.  I love baking with yeast and watching my creation grow the kids love this part as well.  This method was new to me because I usually proof my yeast with the warm water and whatever sugar is in the bread.  This usually assures me that the yeast is active and ready.

This honey oat bread recipe turned out to be a light bread with a good chew.  The sweetness of the honey shows through but without becoming a sweet bread.  Great recipe to mix up the same old bread.

Honey Oat BreadHoney Oat Bread:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup oats (old fashion or instant)
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water, warm
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup honey

bread topping:

  • 1 1/2 Tbs honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbs oats

In a mixing bowl combine flour, oats, yeast and salt.

Warm milk and add butter to it until it melts.  Add in the water and honey to this mixture.

Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture.  Use a dough hook or spoon until a dough forms.

Knead the dough ball by hand or with a dough hook for about 10 minutes, the dough will be stretchy.

Place dough in an oiled bowl and allow to rise 1/2-1 hour until doubled in size.

Once doubled flatten to a 9×12″ rectangle.  Tightly roll and tuck ends underneath.

Prepare a 9×5″ loaf pan by greasing lightly.  Place roll into the loaf pan.  Cover with a towel and rise another 1/2-1 hour.Honey Oat Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brush the loaf with warm honey and sprinkle with oat topping.

Honey Oat Bread

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes.

Honey Oat Bread

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Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Once again I needed a dessert to bring to a dinner, Thibeault’s Table: Blueberry Upside Down Cake was the recipe of choice that day.  Two reasons it was on my list of recipes to try and I had all the ingredients on hand.  I selected the right dessert because this turned out great.

This cake could pass as a coffee cake and I would probably serve for brunch.  The berries were a great combo with the somewhat cinnamon flavored cake.  The cake was not to sweet and not dry.  When I left the event I took the first few slices home and left the remaining.  I received a call to say my tray was clean and every bit of dessert was gone.

All those berries I so diligently picked and froze all summer are finally paying off.  I have made some great desserts lately with frozen berries.  I am so glad to enjoy a bit of summer in the dead of winter.  Berries just make me happy!

Blueberry Upside Down CakeBlueberry Upside Down Cake:

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder

In a 9″ square cake pan prepare by lightly greasing or spraying with baking spray.

Combine melted butter and brown sugar.  Spread evenly on the bottom of the pan.

Sprinkle the sugar layer with the berries and sprinkle those with the lemon juice.

Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Meanwhile for the cake:

Cream butter and sugar until light.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Sift together the salt, cinnamon, flour, and baking powder.

Alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk to the butter mixture.  Mix until smooth.

Spread the cake batter over the blueberries evenly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

Blueberry Upside Down Cake

Let cool completely and turn out onto a platter or plate.

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Vanilla Magic Cake

Vanilla Magic CakeI was so intrigued over Magic Cake | Kitchen Nostalgia, I mean three layers one batter?  This recipe has been on my list of desserts for a while.  After tasting it I am sure it will be made more often.  I was headed to a planned dinner and was asked to bring a dessert at the last-minute.  Magic cake contained ingredients on hand and seemed easy enough.

Bringing dessert is always my dream because my list of things to try goes on and on.  How many desserts can one family eat?  I rarely make dessert unless we are attending an event or having company so the recipes to try add up quickly.

Magic cake was easily assembled and placed in the oven.  The longest point is allowing it to cool fully.  I was so nervous because I hadn’t made it before and was taking it some where.  Usually I know if something will turn out, to be honest I didn’t have confidence in the three layers turning out.

After the cake filling the pan to the brim and watching it puff up as if it was a souffle, I wasn’t sure what I got myself into.  Of course as I took it out of the oven it deflated and started the long cooling process.  I only had two hours when the recipe required three hours.  After the two hours the cake came out nicely on a plate and I allowed it to cool the last hour during the drive and dinner.  At this point I still had no idea if this cake was going to turn out.  It looked great and smelled great, then it came the time to slice and serve.  With the first slice much to my surprise it had three layers and yelled out with joy.

I served the cake and my family had the first bites.  They loved it, almost as much as I did when I finally got a  chance to have a piece.  It tasted almost like custard but with some cake like texture to it.  It was a wonderful and light dessert.  Next time I will serve it with fresh berries or a berry sauce.  Alone it was great as well.  I can’t wait to try different flavors of magic cake!

Magic Cake:Vanilla Magic Cake

  • 4 eggs, separated at room temperature
  • 1 Tbs water
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk, lukewarm
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • sprinkle of powdered sugar, if desired

Beat egg whites until stiff peak forms, set aside.

In another bowl mix egg yolks and sugar until combined.  Stir in water and vanilla until light in color.

Add the melted butter to the yolk mixture and beat another minute or so, last but not least add the milk and beat until combined.

Fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture about a third at a time until combined.  A few small bits of egg white is fine just no large clumps.

Pour into a lightly greased 8×8″ round cake pan.  It is fill it to the very brim, do  not worry.

Vanilla Magic Cake

Bake in a preheated oven at 325 degrees for about 60 minutes.  It will puff and should have the slightest shake in the center when done.  It will deflate when cooling and this is also ok.

Vanilla Magic Cake

Cool 2-3 hours in pan, turn out onto a plate.

Vanilla Magic Cake

Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired or serve with berries.

Vanilla Magic Cake


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