Saturday, September 17, 2011

Apple Dumplings & Brandy Sauce

Apple Dumplings & Brandy Sauce

Apple Dumplings & Brandy Sauce

A tender butter crust, baked to a golden brown, surrounds these pecan filled apple dumplings smothered in a rich sauce.
60 min.prep time 1:35total time
6 servings, 3/4 cup sauce



2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 medium tart cooking apples, cored, peeled
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened


1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons LAND O LAKES® Butter
1 tablespoon brandy**


Heat oven to 400°F. Combine flour and salt in medium bowl; cut in 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in sour cream with fork until mixture forms a ball.

Roll dough into 19x12-inch rectangle on lightly floured surface. Cut 1-inch strip off 19-inch end; reserve. Cut remaining dough into 6 (6-inch) squares. Place apple in center of each square.

Combine sugar, pecans and 2 tablespoons butter in small bowl. Fill center of apple with 1 1/2 tablespoons mixture. Fold dough up around apple; seal seams well. Place onto greased 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan, seam-side down.

Brush dough with milk; prick dough with fork. Cut leaf designs out of reserved 1-inch strip of dough. Brush with milk; place on wrapped apples. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until apples are fork tender. If crust browns too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.

Combine all sauce ingredients in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil (3 to 4 minutes). Serve sauce over warm dumplings..

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

German Chocolate Pecan Pie

This is a must try and the next dessert I will be fixing.....will let ya'll know how it turns out or if ya try it before me be sure to let me know how ya like it!

German Chocolate Pecan Pie

November 2007
German Chocolate Pecan Pie
Stephen Scott Gross enlarge
By: Silvana Nardone From: Dessert Recipes » Part of this menu: Thanksgiving Feast with All the Fixings »
Chocolate and coconut are the secret to the world's best pecan pie.
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  • 8 Servings
  • Prep 20 min (plus chilling) Bake 55 min
20 55 75


  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) plus 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 stick chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) pecan halves, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup sweetened flake coconut
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In a food processor, pulse the flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the chilled butter pieces and pulse until coarse crumbs form, about 5 seconds. Drizzle in the ice water and pulse just until the dough comes together. Wrap in plastic wrap; flatten to form a disk. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 12-inch round; transfer to a pie pan. Cut the excess dough to leave a 1/2-inch overhang. Using your fingers, roll the dough edge under and crimp. Prick the bottom of the pie shell with a fork; refrigerate for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  3. Line the shell with foil and pie weights or dried beans; bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and beans, reduce the heat to 375ยบ and bake for another 12 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. In a heavy, medium saucepan, whisk together the remaining 5 tablespoons butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt with the brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat until melted and smooth. Whisk the sugar mixture into the beaten eggs. Stir in the nuts and coconut.
  5. Spread the chocolate chips in the pie shell. Pour in the filling and bake until set, about 25 minutes. Let the pie cool completely before slicing.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Friday, September 9, 2011

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Beignets Recipe

Beignets Recipe
Makes about 32 beignets

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 oz unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • vegetable shortening, for deep frying
  • confectioner's sugar
In a small saucepan combine the water, butter, granulated sugar, and salt and bring the mixture to a rapid boil. Remove the pan from heat and add the flour all at once, stirring vigorously. Cook the paste over low heat, beatin briskly, until the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the dough cleanly leaves the sides of the pain and forms a ball. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. By hand or with an electric mixer set at medium speed, beat the paste until it is smooth and glossy. Stir in the vanilla.
In a deep fryer, heat 3 inches shortening 370 degrees F. drop the dough by teaspoonfuls into the shortening, and fry the beignets in bathes, turning them, until golden brown (about 3 minutes). With a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle the beignets with the confectioners' sugar and serve the hot.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Spaghetti and Meatballs

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 slices bread,cubed, crust removed
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup parlesy

preheat oven to 350*. 

Place cubed bread in a bowl and pour in milk, a good splash for bread to soak up.

Mix together ingredients; squeeze out excess milk and add bread---mix well.

take 1/3 cup meat mixture and roll in to a ball.  Place one rimmed baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with nonstick spray.  Bake 15-20 minutes.


2 large cans of whole, peeled plum tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
salt, to taste
sugar, to taste

Saute in olive oil the diced onion, minced garlic and red pepper flakes.

After veggies are tender and lightly golden brown add the 2 cans of tomatoes and break them up....either use your hand as you put them in or use spoon.  Add salt and sugar to taste.  Add your cooked meatballs and simmer.

First Football Game

Sean had his first football game Tuesday evening!!!!  It was so fun!  Sean's team is the JV Leathernecks and all of the boys on his team except for 3 are in 1st grade the other 3 are in 2nd so we are a very young team.  When Sean first started practice, well the first few were hell---not even going to lie!   He whine and fussed and looked at the coaches like they were crazy and he thought I was a horrible mom for not letting him quit!  One day when we got there it was sooo hot and he looked at me and said "these people are crazy it is to hot to be out here." Granted he was right but he was still going to practice!  (Granted his grandma and I found a strip of shade that day and she ended up back in the car watching with the a/c on but that is on a need to know basis and he does not need to know :)  After that day the mean mommy that I am took away the video games and the tv and told him that I was not going to let him give up!  Not going to happen!  After he realized that I was serious he thought he might as well give it a try and he did and he came to find out that he actually likes it!  He is actually pretty good at it considering he has never played a sport up until now!  As a parent I think we were all very surprised at how well our 6 year old boys played the other night; lets just say once they had the first play and our team fumbled the ball and the other team took the ball and scored they realized hey now I know what coach Jason and Dan were talking about during practice it all clicked!  That was the only score of the game so unfortunately we did lose and mom almost fainted when I saw the size of the kids on the other team which 2 were girls (shocked at that too because they were as tall as me!) but them little boys played their little hearts out!!! Great job and it was sooooo much fun!!!! Loved every minute of it!  Will post pics soon.

Tiger Cub

Tiger Cub


First day of practice


Mom making her peach cobbler.

Moms Peach Cobbler