Thursday, March 23, 2017

Grandma Knight's Cole Slaw

Cole Slaw and Dressing:

And just when I think I've seen the best Cole Slaw Dressing, I come up with another one. This tells me that there are so many varieties and you just have to try some and choose your favorite.
Here's my memory of my Grandmother's Cole Slaw and I'm making this for Easter 2017.

This was my Grandmother's Wooden Cole Slaw Bowl
and Chopping Blade. 

1 Head of Green Cabbage, shredded and Chopped (I do it by hand like my Grandmother did.)
1 Medium Onion, finely chopped.
2 Medium Carrots, peeled and Grated on a Box Grater.

1/4 C Cider Vinegar
1/4 C Real Mayonnaise
1/4 C Sour Cream
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Granulated Sugar
1/2 tsp Caraway Seeds or Celery Seeds
Salt and Pepper to taste.

In a Small Bowl:
Stir to combine well.
Set aside for 1 hour at Room Temperature.

In another Large Serving Bowl
Sour Cream
Whisk well.

Onion/Vinegar Mix
Toss well.
Season to taste with Salt and Pepper.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Sugar Cookie Icing and a Sugar Cookie Recipe

There are 2 links here, 1 is for incredible Sugar Cookie Icing and the other is the recipe for the Cookies.
Christmas decorated Sugar Cookies are icon to serve during the Holidays.
These are my favorite recipes for making the perfect decorated Christmas Cookies.…/best-tasting-sugar-c…

cookie recipe

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Crustless Lemon/Coconut Pie

Here's another simple Pie that creates it's own Crust. Not everyone is comfortable making Pie Crust. This is a great alternative. I have other repose with the same results.

Lemon/Coconut Pie without a Crust

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
1 - 9" Pie Pan greased well with Room Temperature Butter.

2 C Whole Milk
1 C Flaked Coconut
4 Large Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Flour
8 TBS Butter, melted
3/4 C Granulated Sugar
Juice of 1 Lemon
Zest of 1/2 Lemon

In a Large Mixing Bowl:
All ingredients.
Whisk by hand until well combined.

Spoon into the Pie Pan.
Bake 45 minutes.

Remove Pan to a Rack to cool completely.
Refrigerate overnight before serving.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Icing, my favorite recipes

I decided to do a collection of Icing recipes.
I spent some time as a Cake Decorator in the 80's.
My favorite Icing that we made is called Better Cream....... no it's not Butter Cream!
Once you try it, you'll understand the name.

You read that correctly, it's Better Cream, not Butter Cream.
Many years ago....... OK, back in the 80's, I worked as a Cake Decorator.  I was looking for a part time job and someone talked me into it. I was very successful at it and I enjoyed it. My mentor was a woman named Elizabeth and she was a brilliant cake decorator. I learned everything I could from her. I wanted to succeed and I listened and I learned.

 As we were baking this weekend, my wife and I were having a conversation about icing. She's baking a recipe for a cake by Rebecca Rather (I'll post the cake recipe later) and converting it into cupcakes and small individual Cakelettes. We bought a new Cakelette pan from Williams Sonoma. The Cakelettes will be dusted with Confectioner's Sugar. Rebecca's Icing has Jack Daniels Whiskey in it and it's incredible, but these Cupcakes will be served to children, she made the basic Buttercream icing for them. So..... then we talked about the difference between Buttercream Icing and Better Cream Icing. I remembered that we only used Better Cream at the Bakery. I began to research a recipe and was unsuccessful.
Most people mistake Better Cream for Butter Cream and are not aware that there's a difference.
I decided to look at my go to hand written books of my Best of the Best Recipes and I found my notes on Cake Decorating..
I found my recipe for Better Cream Icing

Better Cream Icing:
2 C Crisco
2 pounds of Confectioner's Sugar
a dash of Vanilla extract
a dash of  Almond extract
a pinch of Salt
1 - 8 oz.  Thinnest recommended for a Cake  1/2 Pint of Heavy Cream ( 4 oz. for Medium /Stiff , recommended for Piped Cupcakes and Decorative Piping on Cakes), ( 6 oz. for Thin) recommended for a light filling.
The Stiff Icing is used to create Decorative Borders and Flowers with Icing Tips and Icing Bags.
I recommend using Canvas Icing Bags but Plastic Bags can also be used.

Cream Crisco well in a Stand Mixer with a Paddle Attachment.
Add all other ingredients and mix until well incorporated, don't over mix.

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Chocolate Icing:

36 TBS Butter, room temperature (yes, you read that correctly)
3/4 C Confectioner's Sugar
3/4 C Guittard Noir Cocoa Powder
1/2 C Hot Water
1/2 C Sour Cream
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
A Pinch of Salt
3 1/2 C  Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips, melted.

In a Stand Mixer with a Paddle Attachment:
Beat 5 minutes.

In a bowl, sift together:
Cocoa Powder

On low, in the Mixer:
The Sugar/Cocoa \Water
Sour Cream
Beat on low for 1 minute.
Increase speed to medium.
Beat an additional 2 minutes.

Melted Chocolate
Beat for 1 minute just to incorporate.
Remove the Cakes from the Freezer.
Assemble the Cake traditionally with a layer of Icing between each layer.
Ice the entire sides and top of the cake.
Allow to rest at room temperature at least 1 hour before serving.

Coconut Icing

8 TBS Butter, room temperature
6 TBS Whole Milk
3 1/2 C Confectioner's Sugar
1 tsp Coconut Extract

In a Saucepan on Medium Heat:
Bring to a boil, stirring until the Butter is melted.
Confectioner's Sugar
Coconut Extract
Whisk until smooth.

Pineapple Icing:

8 TBS Butter, softened
1 - 8oz. package of Cream Cheese, room temperature.
4 TBS Pineapple Juice
4 C Confectioner's Sugar

In a mixing bowl and an electric hand mixer:
Cream Cheese
Beat until creamy smooth.

Juice , beat until incorporated.
Gradually add Sugar, until incorporated and creamy smooth.

German Chocolate Icing:

12 TBS Butter, room temperature.
1 - 12 oz. can of Evaporated Milk
1 1/2 C Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
4 Large Egg Yolks, beaten.
7 oz. Baker's Flaked Coconut
1 1/2 C Chopped Pecans

In a Saucepan on Medium Heat:
Butter, until melted.
Egg Yolks
Cook for about 10 - 12 minutes.
Stir constantly until it begins to thicken.
Remove from heat.

Fold in:
Stir by hand until well combined.
Pour over the Cake and smooth evenly with an Offset Spatula.

Cream Cheese Icing

This is a great icing for a Carrot Cake.
Of course I double it because I love Icing.
If you double it and don't use it all, it can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Here's what you'll need:
This is made by hand in a Large Mixing Bowl with a Hand Mixer.

8 oz. Cream Cheese, room temperature.
3/4 C Softened Butter or 5 1/3 TBS.
3 1/2 C Confectioner's Sugar
1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1 1/2 tsp Lemon Zest

If you don't want to make it with Lemon, add 1 tsp Vanilla.

In the Mixing Bowl with Hand Mixer on Medium Speed:
Cream Cheese
Beat until Creamy Smooth and completely combined.


Gradually in 3 separate portions.
Beat just until combined after each addition.
Add Juice and Zest or Vanilla.
Mix just until combined!

Transfer to a covered container and refrigerate until ready to use. Bring to room temperature and spreadable consistency when ready to Frost a Cake.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hippy in the Kitchen Tie Dyed Easter Eggs using Cool Whip

What a crazy concept. Pretty Far Out if you ask me! I love this easy, messy, very Groovy way to Dye Easter Eggs. It's very appealing to The Hippy in the Kitchen.

I'm simply posting the link so I have the authority to add photographs.
I think these will make it into our Easter Baskets this year.

Spread the Cool Whip evenly over the Sheet Pan
Drip a variety of Neon Food Colors over the Cool Whip.
Swirl lightly with a toothpick.
Wear plastic gloves and roll the hard boiled eggs in the Cool Whip.
Allow to sit for 30 minutes.
Remove Eggs, Wipe with a paper towel.
Wash under running cold water.

Tie Dyed Easter Eggs

Here's what you'll need:
1 Sheet Pan
Hard Boiled Eggs
A Container of Cool Whip
Neon Food Colors
Disposable Plastic Gloves

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Easy Apple Coffee Cake

I know that some people are opposed to pre made Cake Mixes, and that's OK. However, in a pinch, when you need a quick dessert, this is it! It's a great Breakfast Coffee Cake or Dessert. There are only 2 ingredients that you can always have available in your Pantry. Mix them together and Bake! That's it.  ( 3 ingredients if you count the Butter to grease the pan.) It really doesn't get any easier that that.

Peach Pie Filling

Easy Apple Coffee Cake

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 - 9" X 13" Glass Baking Pan. (well buttered)

1 - Can of Apple Pie filling
1 Box of Angel Food Cake Mix

Mix well in a Bowl.
Spoon into the Pan.
Bake 20 - 30 minutes. Until the top begins to brown.

Remove to a Rack to cool for 10 minutes.
Serve Warm with a good Cup of Coffee!

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