Desserts Ho!

Well, it’s the promised Desserts issue of RKC! What some readers don’t get is that US Thanksgiving is a HUGE boon to us foodie bloggers. Every housewife, mother, grandmother, and the like all scour the Internet looking for the JUST RIGHT recipe to make their table memorable. I’ve been looking over the search logs leading into the blog, and 99.9% of them have ‘Thanksgiving’ in the search string. Nee! So, as I revel in my hits going thru the roof, I do hope that those who find the blog find what they need Thursday!

But this article is dedicated to desserts! Yes, desserts are something dear to my heart. Growing up, in the Midwest, family potluck dinners were the norm. And of course the best part was that EVERY family member made a dessert to go with whatever side dish they brought. Pies, cookies, bars, and cakes covered a table all by themselves. Ah, good memories… See, that’s what Thanksgiving is to me. It’s not a religious holiday… It’s not a commercial holiday… It’s all about family and friends getting together on ONE day to celebrate food, family, and love. For one day, all misdeeds and anger is forgotten, and the family sits as one to enjoy a large meal.

So, remebering this, let’s get into our recipes for this article! First off, I want to share a recipe for Pineapple Cake. We start with mixing 2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour, 2 Cups Sugar, 1 Can Unsweetened Crushed Pineapple WITH Syrup, and 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Do NOT use a mixer! Once blended, pour into a greased 9×13 in. pan and bake in a preheated 350 Degree F oven for 35 minutes. Let cool completely before serving, or you can also frost it with a Cream Cheese Frosting. To make the frosting, mix 1 Pd. Powdered Sugar, 8 oz. Cream Cheese, and 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract with a mixer until blended smooth. Spread on the cake for a nice sweet treat!

But we can’t do JUST cake! No, let’s head into a n easy cookie that the kids can even help make! Let’s make Puffed Rice Ball Cookies! Start by mixing 1/2 Cup Margarine or Butter, 2 Cups Creamy Peanut Butter, 1 pd. Powdered Sugar, and 3 Cups Puffed Rice cereal in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or spatula. After mixing, melt 1 12 oz. bag Milk Chocolate Chips in a double boiler until liquid. As the chocolate melts, have the kids help you roll the peanut butter & rice cereal mix into 3/4 in. balls. Once the chocolate is melted, dip each ball into the chocolate, then set it on a tray covered in wax paper. Chill in the fridge until chocolate hardens, then serve! This was a regular in my family for taking to potlucks and holiday feasts, as they ALWAYS were popular!

But, let’s get REALLY adventurous! Everyone loves peaches! So why not blow them away with a homemade, from scratch, made-by-you Peach Cobbler? We’ll nbeed to start with the crust. Start with 2 Cups AP Flour, 3 Tablespoons Shortening, 1 Teasoon Salt, and 1 Tablespoon Sugar. Fold the ingredients together in a bowl with a fork until crumbly. Then add 1 Cup COLD Water and knead. If it’s too dry, feel free to add a little more water. It’ll depend how much water you’ll need depending on your altitude, moisture in the air, and the like. Once kneaded into a dough, divide the pastry in half. Roll out even on a flat floured surface before cutting into strips for a lattice crust.

Next we get to the actual filling! We need to begin with pouring 2 Large Cans Sliced Peaches into a 9×11 in. greased baking pan. To this, we want to stir in 1 1/2 Cups Sugar, 3 Teaspoons Nutmeg, & 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon. Once the seasonings are stirred in, sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons Flour over the fruit mixture. This will help thicken the fruit mix, and help keep the crust in place. Next take 1 Stick Butter and crumble it over the top of the flour. Finally, rest your lattice crust atop the fruit mix and trip any excess off. Finally, bake in a preheated 350 Degree F oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until crust is golden, but not burned. Just keep an eye on the Peach Cobbler thru the window of your oven for the last 15 minutes or so. This cobbler is EXCELLENT topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! ^^

As a final recipe, I know not everyone is culinary inclined. A lot of readers, for a pie, are simply going to pick up a pie from the grocery store on the way to whatever family gather they are going to. BUT, there’s a way around the dark glares and shaking heads of some family members! Yes, here at RKC we’re going to teach you to CHEAT! Start with your favorite frozen pie, be it apple, mince, cherry, pumpkin, or the like. Removing the pie from it’s metal pan, set it inside a glass baking dish. Now, bake it as the directions on the box say to, take out of the oven, and wrap the top of the pie in aluminum foil. Now take it to the family dinner, and smile as no one makes any snide comments about your not cooking anything. Comments asking about when you’ll get married, have kids, get a better job, and/or call more often still likely to happen. Take shots of wine, as needed, to overcome this.

For more desserts, click the ‘dessert’ tag on my blog, and it’ll give you a list of EVERY dessert I’ve ever written about! I wish all those cooking this week good luck with the coming holiday! And remember, there’s less than a month until the Festival of Lights! Oh, yeah… And The Day after US Thanksgiving starts the countdown to International Chinese Dinner Day! Until next time, Shalom and Good Cooking!

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November 20, 2006. advice, dessert, recipes.

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