Fantastic Hot Fudge Sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups corn syrup
3/4 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup butter
1 tsp Vanilla

How to prepare

In a saucepan, combine corn syrup, cocoa and salt. Stir constantly over med heat until mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Makes 2 cups of sauce. Keeps well in the fridge and can be re-heated. Great with vanilla ice cream.

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Butter pecan turtle bars

Ingredients

Crust:
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup pecan halves
Caramel:
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk chocolate chips

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crust: combine flour sugar and butter; mix well. Pat firmly in 9×13 pan; sprinkle pecans on top. Caramel layer: in a heavy saucepan over med heat cook butter and sugar, stir constantly; boil 1/2 – 1 minute. Pour evenly over crust. Bake 18 – 22 minutes or until layer is bubbly. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Allow to melt 2 – 3 minutes; swirl for marble effect. Cool completely before cutting. Makes 3 – 4 dozen.

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English country house lemon curd

Ingredients

6 tbsp unsalted butter, cut up
6 tbsp sugar
3 lg egg yolks
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

How to prepare

Combine ingredients in the top of a double boiler, or use an earthenware bowl placed Over (but not touching) simmering water cook, stirring, until mixture thickens and Coats the back of a spoon, 6 or 7 minutes pour through a fine mesh strainer into a Sterilized glass jar cover airtight and refrigerate when cold (mixture will thicken As it cools) use within 4 weeks makes approximately 1 cup.

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Pickled beets

Ingredients

2 cup sugar
1 tbsp whole allspice
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks cinnamon
3/2 cup vinegar
1 1/2 cup water
3 qts peeled, cooked sm beets

How to prepare

To cook beets, wash and drain them first leave 2″ of stems and the tap roots cover With boiling water and cook until tender rinse and let cool until you can just slide The skins off combine all ingredients except beets simmer 15 minutes pack beets into Sterilized jars, leaving 1/2″ head space (cut lg beets in half if necessary ) remove Cinnamon and bring liquid to boiling pour the liquid, boiling hot, over the beets, Leaving 1/2″ head space adjust caps allow jars to cool and store in refrigerator, Allowing 2-3 weeks for flavor processing if canning, process pints and qts 30 Minutes in boiling-water bath yield: about 6 pints.

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Red curry powder

Ingredients

1 1/2 tsp turmeric, ground
1 1/4 tsp white pepper, ground
1 tsp fenugreek, ground
1 tsp ginger, ground
1 tsp cayenne, ground
3/4 tsp coriander, ground
1/2 tsp cumin, ground

1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
1/2 tsp dried sweet basil leaves

How to prepare

It is intended as a starting point for creating other curries. Combine the ingredients. Mix well. Use immediately.

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Vanilla Bean Caramels

Ingredients

vegetable oil
1/2 cup firmly packed golden brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup plus 2 tsp whole milk
1/4 cup plus 2 tsp condensed milk
1/4 cup heavy (double) cream
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
pinch of salt

How to prepare

Line an 8″ square baking pan with foil, covering the bottom and sides. Brush generously with vegetable oil. In a heavy 3-quart saucepan over med heat, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, corn syrup, whole milk, condensed milk, cream, butter, vanilla bean, and salt. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil. Using a pastry brush, dipped in water, brush down the sides of the pan to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Raise the heat to medium-high and clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan. Cook, stirring slowly but constantly, until the thermometer registers 240 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10 minutes [ note: more like 15-20 minutes, by my tests]. from Williams Sonoma’s “Gifts from the Kitchen Remove the pan from the heat. Remove the vanilla bean and discard. Immediately pour the caramel into the prepared pan all at once; do not scrape the residue from the pan bottom. Let the caramel cool completely, about 2 hours.
Coat a cutting board with vegetable oil. Turn out the cooled caramel onto the board and peel off the foil. Oil a lg knife and cut the caramel into strips about 1 1/2 inches wide. Cut the strips crosswise into pieces 1 inch long, re- oiling the knife occasionally to prevent sticking. Wrap each candy in a piece of clear cellophane, waxed paper, or colored waxed paper, twisting the ends. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 3 dozen

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Galaktobourekos (Custard Tarts)

Ingredients

6 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 qt milk
6 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup butter (or margarine)
1 tsp vanilla extract
16 oz filo pastry sheets
12 lb sweet butter; melted
sugar, confectioners

How to prepare

Beat eggs in saucepan; add sugar and beat thoroughly; slowly add milk. cook over med heat, stirring occasionally.
Dissolve cornstarch in water; slowly add to milk mixture before it comes to a boil. Cook until mixture thickens and comes to a hard boil. Remove from heat; add 1/4 cup butter and vanilla.
Cut pastry sheets in to thirds or into 9×5″ pieces. Brush pastry with hot melted butter. Place about 1 tbsp custard filling at bottom left corner of strip and fold the right bottom corner over it into a triangle. Continue folding back and forth into a triangle and brushing with butter to end of strip.
Place triangles, cut side down, on greased cookie sheet. Brush tops with melted butter and bake at 375

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Mock hollandaise sauce

Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup homemade chicken broth or commercial low sodium variety
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

How to prepare

Combine oil and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Stir well. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Add broth and turn up heat to medium. Cook stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and add a small amount of the sauce to the beaten egg yolk. Stir to mix well and slowly pour egg mixture into sauce. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Stir to mix well. Yield: 1 cup

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