Lemon Custard Bars

 

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I’m trying to make more things from the Riesberg Recipes cookbook. These are the yummy lemon custard bars. I made them using my mini muffin tins to create ready to serve pieces. The last time I made these I used my brownie pan and they ended up burning, so this time I really watched them closely since I was making them even smaller. I don’t think I baked them long enough as most broke in half. They still taste great!

Lemon Custard Bars

1 c flour
¼ c powdered sugar
½ c butter
Pat in 8” pan and bake 20 min @ 325°.

2 eggs
1 c sugar
3 Tbsp lemon juice
Beat until creamy. Fold in 2 Tbsp. flour and ½ tsp. baking powder. Spread over crust. Bake 25-30 min @ 350°.

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Walnut Butter Cookies

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Since spring is still undecided if it should be freezing or warm, I figured it is a good day to bake some cookies. Yesterday I made Oatmeal A, B, C, which are delicious, but I decided it has been so long since I baked anything I would try another new recipe. I also have more time on my hands since I left my full time job to work on my photography business.

This recipe is from the Dining on a Dime cookbook. Also another huge plus of this recipe 6 ingredients! You read that right a whole 6 things. This recipe is egg-free if that is something you are looking for as well. I ran out of butter, so mine aren’t as buttery flavored as the title suggests.

Walnut Butter Cookies

1 c butter (I subbed out ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce)
4 Tbsp sugar (took this down from 6 Tbsp)
2 c flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 c walnuts (I chopped them, recipe doesn’t say to)
powdered sugar (I used maybe 2 Tbsp)

Cream butter and sugar together. Add flour, vanilla and nuts. Roll into walnut-sized balls (I used my small scooper and didn’t pack it full for each one) onto a greased cookie sheet and lightly flatten. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, place on waxed paper and sprinkle with or roll in powdered sugar. Makes 3 dozen. (I got 37 😛  probably could have leveled off the scoop to make it the even 36)

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Rhubarb Bread

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On an extra warm day I decided it would be a good idea to turn on the oven to bake some bread. This is from the family cookbook. I did have some rhubarb to harvest and thought this would be a good use for it.

The sugar has been cut down and I replaced ¼ cup of the flour with coconut flour just for fun. Doesn’t taste half bad. I also wanted to take the idea from making cheesecake and placed the 4 loaf pans on a cookie sheet with water on it. Kept the bread very moist, actually more of a sticky moist…so might not have been the best idea ever, but hey that’s what experimenting is, right?

Rhubarb Bread

⅔ c brown sugar
⅔ c unsweetened applesauce
2½ c flour
1 egg
1½ c diced rhubarb
1 c sour milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Topping
½ c sugar
1 Tbsp soft butter
1 Tbsp Cinnamon

Combine sugar & applesuace, add egg, milk, vanilla, beat well. Stir dry ingredients. Add to sugar mix. Add rhubarb. Pour into 4 greased & floured loaf pans sprinkle topping on. 325°- 40 min.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

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So sorry I have been away for a while. I’ve been catching up on projects and making the same old stuff over and over again. I thought it was high time to try out a recipe that’s in the cookbook I’ve been typing up (from all sorts of sources).

This recipe was adapted from an almond flour gluten free recipe. Just replace the flours I used with 3 cups of almond flour. I used really ripe (pretty much blackened) bananas, so the flavor was off, and smells a bit rancid. So use a little bit fresher bananas. Apparently the baking process won’t help make old bananas taste better.

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

2 c flour
¼ c almond flour
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
½ c unsweetened applesauce
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
½ c dark chocolate chips
1 c (2-3) mashed very ripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 9-inch cake pan with coconut oil and dust with flour.

In a large bowl, combine the flours, salt and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the applesauce, eggs and vanilla extract. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Fold in the chocolate and bananas. Scoop the batter into the prepared cake pan.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 1 hour, then serve.

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Oatmeal A, B, C

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From the family cookbook.
This one is from my late Grandma’s kitchen. It has ingredients you will recognize! I used my small spoon scoop thing for cookies to make these. It makes a wonderful little snack that way, keeping the cookie count up and the calorie count down.

Oatmeal A, B, C

½ c (1 stick) butter
½ c applesauce
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c firmly packed brown sugar
1 c sugar
1 tsp salt
¾ c chopped nuts (optional)
2 c quick oatmeal
c all purpose flour
1 c raisins
½ c mini chocolate chips
2 eggs

In large bowl cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Add flour, soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover. Refrigerate until chilled or overnight. Preheat oven to 350°. Put a tablespoon of dough 2” apart on baking sheet. Bake 12-15 min. or until golden brown.

And voilà you have these awesome homemade oatmeal (and fruit), with chocolate 🙂 cookies!

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Pecan Tassies

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Another recipe from the family cookbook. This one is from my aunt’s kitchen and will use a little cream cheese, your mini muffin tin, and of course those pecans that are just sitting around.

Pecan Tassies

1 (3 oz) pkg cream cheese
½ c butter
1 c sifted flour

Filling:
1 egg
¾ c brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp butter softened
Dash of salt
⅔ c pecans

Blend cream cheese and butter. Add flour. Chill 1 hr. form into small balls and shape into muffin pans. Beat together egg, brown sugar, 1 Tbsp butter, vanilla and salt until blended. Divide pecans among pastry-lined pans. Add egg mixture. Bake at 325° for about 25 min. or until filling is set.

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Sesame Seed Bar Cookies

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I’m not sure where I got this recipe, but at some point I typed it up and boy is it good. Just a fair warning that they are fairly addicting and hard to stop eating. I think in part it’s the brown sugar flavor that keeps me wanting to eat more. It’s also fairly easy to make, I just need to take the time to make it again.

Sesame Seed Bar Cookies

8 Tbsp butter
½ c applesauce
¾ c brown sugar
2/3 c tahini
1 egg
1½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
2 c flour
1 c raisins
½ c sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Center an oven rack.
In a large bowl with an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the tahini and beat until combined well. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and salt. Add the flour and beat batter until just combined. Beat in the raisins and benne seeds. Spread the batter evenly in a buttered or lined with parchment paper, jelly-roll pan, 15 ½ by 10 ½, and bake in the middle of the oven until a tester comes out clean, about 16 to 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack and cut into 36 bars. The cookies may be made 3 days in advance and kept in an airtight container. (Or freeze/refrigerate for even longer lasting)

Swedish Apple Pie

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Apple season is upon us! This new take on apple pie is simple because you don’t even have to worry about making a crust. You also pretty much just mix everything together, put into a pie pan, and bake. This tasted like something familiar I think it’s the cinnamon and apple flavors together. If possible I would highly recommend using toasted walnuts, it adds really great flavor.  Your house will smell really nice after baking this. I cut back on the sugar, as usual. This recipe is adapted from Taste of Home.

Swedish Apple Pie

¼ c sugar
½ c flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2 (187g) medium tart apples, chopped (I’m lazy and didn’t peel the apples, it still turns out great)
¾ c chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk egg and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples and walnuts. (Mixture will be dry and crumbly)

Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

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Mock Apple Strudel

Mock Apple StrudelThis morning was my first attempt at making a pastry. I’ve never had success with dough. It just never works out in my favor. This time I wasn’t so stingy with the “lightly floured surface”. For the most part this worked out. The center of my board however seems to be a black hole for flour, it just disappeared. Anyway it all worked out and made it into oven.

This recipe came from Beth Dauenhauer of Taste of Home, I’m really glad it’s not too hard to make. I modified the sugar amounts a bit, so feel free to add more, but I think it tastes great with less, but then I never had it with the full amount.

Mock Apple Strudel

2 c flour
31 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ c
cold butter
¾ c milk
1 Tbsp butter, melted
3 c cupped tart apples
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Frosting
½ c confectioners’ sugar
2 tsp milk
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Chopped nuts are optional, I didn’t use any.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until mixturecutting butter into flour resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times.

Roll out into a 14-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Top with apples; sprinkle with cinnamon and remaining sugar. Roll up jelly roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet about 15-in x 10-in. Bake at 425° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Not really a rectangle, but for a first try not bad.

Not really a rectangle, but for a first try not bad.

Remove from pan to a wire rack. In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla; drizzle over the warm strudel. If you chopped some nuts sprinkle them on now.

Anytime Bars

anytime bars_0613_03This recipe is from The Cancer Fighting Kitchen. I picked it up when I found out my cousin’s then-fiance had leukemia. You can read her story and journey here. These bars are suggested for when someone is receiving chemo to help give them more energy. My husband and I make them when we are on the go, traveling or just want a tasty (healthy) snack.

These bars take a little time to make, but they are worth it!

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1 c raw pecan halves
1 c whole raw almonds
2 Tbsp spelt flour
2 Tbsp unbleached all purpose flour
2 Tbsp finely ground flaxseeds
¼ tsp sea salt
⅛ tsp baking powder
⅛ tsp baking soda
¼ c old-fashioned rolled oats
1 c pitted dates, quartered (preferably Medjool)
1 c unsulfured dried apricots, cut in half
1 organic egg
5 Tbsp maple syrup (I use grade A)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly oil a 9-inch square pan.

Spread the pecans in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and toast for 7 to 10 minutes, until aromatic and slightly browned. Watch them carefully, as they can burn easily. Repeat this process for the almonds. Turn down the oven to 325°.

Combine the spelt flour, all-purpose flour, flaxseeds, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a food processor and process for 5 seconds to combine. Add the pecans and almonds and pulse 5 times to coarsely chop the nuts. Add the oats, dates and apricots and pulse 10 to 15 times, until the mixture is well chopped but still coarse.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg, maple syrup and vanilla together until thoroughly combined. Add the fruit and nut mixture and use your hands to mix thoroughly, being sure to separate any clumps of fruit. Spread the mixture in the oiled baking pan in an even layer and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until set and golden brown; don’t over bake, or the bars will be too dry. Let cool 5 minutes and cut into 25 squares. Leave bar in pan to cool all the way so they’ll hold together when you remove them.

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Variations

Use walnuts instead of pecans.
Add ¼ cup dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries, raisins or currants when mixing together at the end.
Add 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest when mixing together at the end.
Add 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds when mixing together at the end.
Add ¼ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut when mixing together at the end.
For gluten-free substitute gluten free muffin mix for the flours. Make sure oats were not processed alongside wheat.