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This is a moist, dense, not-too-sweet cake — a birthday favourite around here. Note that this recipe includes raw egg whites. Serves at least 12.

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I'm trying to watch what I eat and lose some weight, but I still have my chocolate cravings. My biggest issue with desserts and my goal is that I won't eat "fake" foods - things like fat free cool whip (or any cool whip for that matter) or alternative sugars (no splenda, truvia, nutrasweet, etc).

I modified a mug brownie recipe based on what I had in my pantry and came up with this. It tastes rich and chocolatey, but won't kill my waistline. And it has only real ingredients.

brownie in a mug )
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This recipe originally called for 1-1/2 cups white sugar, but that drowned out the wonder that is cranberry. I fixed that for me, and now, for you.

Large saucepan with lid
Silicone or wooden spoon
1 cup measure
Five to seven inch chopping knife
Fine-tooth grater or sharp knife (for zesting)
Citrus juicer (there are many complex devices. You won't need those).
Tablespoon measure

1 US bag fresh cranberries (12 oz/340g)
2 under-ripe pears
2 oranges
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup apple juice
3 Tbs cornstarch (or arrowroot or kuzu or other fine grain white thickener)

1. Turn cranberries into large bowl, add water to float. Pick over and remove any moldy or crushed berries. Let soak while you're doing the other things.

2. Peel pears, make four slices vertically to isolate the core and yield 4 pieces. Turn each to its flat side and slice to 1/4inch, then slice crossways to yield 1/4 inch pear cubes

3. Wash one orange well; some oranges have a light wax you need to remove with a stiff brush. Zesting citrus fruit takes much longer to describe than to do. The plan is to scrape off the colored layer of skin to yield approximately 1 Tbs orange zest. (Don't go into the white pith, which is bitter.) Hold a sharp knife blade perpendicular to the peel and scrape, or hold the peel against the rice-size holes on a grater and scrub. Once done zesting, cut both oranges in half and squeeze out the juice. One way is to cradle the half-orange in your palm, gently push a fork into the center of your palm (but stop before you hit the peel!) place the middle of the fork over a glass, and squeeze.

4. Pour 1/3 cup white sugar into your measuring cup.

5. Add in apple juice to reach 2/3 cup.

6. Put the pears, orange zest, oranges, orange juice, sugar, and apple juice in the saucepan on medium heat. Drain the cranberries and add them to the saucepan. Cover and let it slow boil for 10 minutes. Check it every 2 minutes and stir gently. Around ten minutes, you'll hear plop plop pip as the cranberries pop in half.

7. Before that point measure 3 Tbs white thickener into the measuring cup. Add 3 Tbs cold water. Stir thoroughly. If it turns lumpy, add a little bit more cold water until it stays in solution.

8. Adjust the heat so the berries are again at a slow boil. Pour in the thickener. The mixture will change from deep fuchsia to opaque light pink. Stir slowly for around 90 seconds. When the berries are again translucent, let it cook 15 more seconds and you're done.

9. Turn into a storage container, and if your weather is like mine, put it on the porch to cool, then stick it in the refrigerator. This will keep covered for at least a week. I've served it at Thanksgiving meals; it's a great side dish with pork chops; it's a welcome addition to hot cereal; and we just eat it for dessert at my house.
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So today I got back from a long trip to find bare cupboards, and a hankering for something fresh and tasty for breakfast. Preferably also hot...

We *did* have blueberries and eggs, somehow, along with stock pantry items such as whole wheat pastry flour (yet somehow not all purpose flour?). I made blueberry muffins, altering a recipe I found online. Thus, "Substitution Sunday Blueberry Muffins were born."

Read on for the recipe and a glorious photograph, as well as a link to the original recipe )

I found the brown sugar and whole wheat worked really well together, as it gave the muffins a sugary crunch that contrasted nicely with warm exploding blueberry goodness. Om nom nom indeed.

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Courtesy of the Family Circle Kids' Cookbook lo these many moons ago:

150 grams of chocolate (usually dark), chopped
400 grams condensed milk
100 grams white marshmallows, diced into small bits

Microwave the chocolate for 1 min on medium & stir. Add condensed milk. Zap for another minute & stir. Add marshmallows. Continue zapping & stirring until it's all smooth.

Now, recipe says to serve hot or cold on ice-cream. I usually (read: at parties in my teens) serve with marshmallows and fruit, as a fondue or dipping sauce.
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[personal profile] aquinasprime
There is nothing more impatient than a four-year-old who knows there are fresh cookies in the oven.

This is my mother's modified version of the old Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe that comes on the bag of chocolate chips. When I say it makes cookies for a crowd, I have in the past made 7-8 dozen + from a single batch of this recipe. The dough can be kept frozen for up to 2 months (but it never lasts that long). This was a big favorite when I was in school, especially for bake sales.

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Just found this wonderful recipe that combines two of my favorite flavors ever.

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For [personal profile] stultiloquentia, who has a birthday coming up.


Details behind the cut for cake & amazing cream cheese frosting )
Source: Bernice Rock - "CARROT CAKE", 'From Wine Country Kitchens', compiled and edited by the Women's Auxiliary of the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital, Bath, NY, 1976.
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Every year we go to an Apple Cider Pressing party and being a potluck everyone brings a dish.  Last year I brought this cobbler.  A couple of days ago I got an email from our hostess requesting that I bring it again this year. :D

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Cranberry Ripple Cake

If you like cranberry sauce, you'll love this moist cake! It's delicious with or without the glaze.

SERVES 12 , 1 bundt cake


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[personal profile] jjhunter
9 by 13 inch pan filled with slices of peach and blueberries
Blueberry Peach Crisp in progress - fresh fruit layer complete

Easy, delicious Blueberry Peach Crisp recipe behind the cut )

What's especially lovely about this particular recipe is the particular combination of ingredients for the topping. It's relatively light on butter, yet the nuts (I usually use pecans) & sesame seeds keep it very satisfying. All in all, easy prep and a reliably delicious result. Excellent for dinner parties and using up excess fruit.
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The dough smells awesome and when it bakes, it makes your house smell amazing. The taste is subtle and the texture is very much right in between a cookie and a southern biscuit. The closest approximation to anything else would be a tea cake. This recipe is great for fans of Lord of the Rings.

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It's almost apple season here in New England and this is one of my favorite things to do with them.


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There are a few steps but this is fun to make with the kids.

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Quick and easy ice cream.

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This is basically heaven on a plate.    The mascarpone absorbs the chocolate/hazelnut flavor, and the powdered sugar almost caramelizes as it melts on the warm buttered bread. 

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Saw this on Facebook. :) Quick and easy home made pastries even kids can make.

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Hello everyone.   A friend of mine wants to find a way to convert this to gluten/dairy/soy/sugar free.  She says she has reactions to honey as well as cane and beet sugars but is ok with Agave.
  Any help would be fallen on with gushing praise and thankfulness. :)  

UPDATE::  One of the gals in my Amtgard Cooking guild came up with the modification we were looking for.  It's after the original recipe.


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A great dessert for Mexican or Caribbean food.

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This is another one I found in Taste of Home


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