Finger sandwiches

As you all may know my friend is getting married in September. I am listing some finger sandwich idea recipes up that I may or may not use for her bridal shower in July. At the bottom are the websites where i got these recipes from.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Variety is key with tea sandwiches, and for a vegetarian option, make the ultimate classic tea sandwich: cucumber. A good cucumber tea sandwich will be light and fresh, but still flavorful – like these from Great Party Recipes which makes about forty sandwiches.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced very thinly
  • salt
  • ¾ cup soft butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 20 pieces thin-sliced bread
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pepper to taste

Directions: Lightly salt the cucumber slices and place them in a colander to drain for 1 to 2 hours. Combine the butter and garlic and apply to one side of each slice of bread. In a small bowl, stir together the lemon juice, olive oil, and pepper. Add the cucumber slices, coating them well. Arrange the cucumber on ten of the bread slices, top with the other ten slices, remove the crusts, and quarter. Serve immediately.

 

Santa Fe Wraps

But maybe you feel like reinventing the tea-sandwich-wheel — and with Paula Deen’s recipe for Santa Fe wraps, that is exactly what you should do. Cut into pinwheels, there are between twelve and fifteen servings in this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (4½-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 (4¼-ounce) can chopped olives
  • 1 cup (4-ounce) shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons salsa, plus salsa for dipping, optional
  • ½ cup green onion tops, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 packages flour tortillas

Directions: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy. Then add sour cream, green chiles, olives, pepper jack cheese, salsa, and onion tops. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer. Stir in spinach. Spread mixture evenly over the surface of each tortilla. Roll up tortillas tightly and cut each tortilla crosswise into six slices. Skewer each wrap with a wooden toothpick. Serve immediately or chill. Serve with salsa for dipping, if desired.

 

 Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

You’ll need wooden skewers to complete this easy, light dessert idea from Blissful Baking. The measurements below make around twelve to fifteen large skewers, and there are countless variations of this simple skewered dish. One alternative would be to use pound cake instead of angel food cake, cut into cubes as well.

Ingredients:

  • pre-made angel food cake bundt
  • milk, white, or dark chocolate (melting discs, almond bark or chocolate chips, morsels, etc.)
  • strawberries (one package)

Directions: Slice angel food cake into cubes and set aside. Hull strawberries and slice in half. Skewer the cake and push it to the bottom of the skewer. Follow with a strawberry half and continue until you fill the skewer. (about three of each per skewer) Place skewers on a sheet of waxed paper.

Melt chocolate, and pour it into a pastry bag, or plastic bag. (If using a plastic bag, cut off one corner once chocolate is inside.) Drizzle chocolate over each skewer. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Smoky “Pimiento” Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded smoked Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 1/2 (8.5-oz.) jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
  • 14 bread slices (sourdough and dark wheat)

Preparation

  1. Stir together cream cheese and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl until blended. Stir in shredded cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes until combined.
  2.  Spread cheese mixture on half of bread slices (about 1/3 cup on each); top with remaining bread slices.

Goat Cheese-Pecan Finger Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 14 bread slices, divided
  • 1/3 cup red pepper jelly

Preparation

Stir together goat cheese, cream cheese, pecans, and parsley. Spread on 7 bread slices. Spread 7 more bread slices with red pepper jelly; top with cheese-covered bread slices. Remove crusts; cut into desired shapes.

 

7 Simple, Elegant Recipes Ideal for Baby and Bridal Showers

http://www.myrecipes.com/how-to/5-to-try/finger-sandwich-recipes

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Find Your Fit! – Weight Watchers weekly 02/28/16 – 03/05/16

Find Your Fit!

What gets you moving? Try these great ideas.

Maybe you’re new to exercise. Or your routine morning walk has gotten, well, routine. Or joining  the gym isn’t your thing. Take a look at these ideas for  all sorts of likes and lifestyles!

Dance

  • zumba
  • barre
  • dance video games

Being Social

  • Zumba
  • dance video games
  • fun runs
  • bowling leagues
  • 5 k training class
  • hiking clubs

Easy Does It

  • Bowling leagues
  • jumping jacks
  • marching in place while watching tv
  • mall walking
  • walking dog

Working Out at Home

  • Jump rope
  • marching in place while watching tv
  • yoga
  • stair climbing
  • hot5 app (it’s free)
  • wello.com one-on-one training
  • exercise videos

Challenging Yourself

  • kickboxing
  • obstacle course
  • stair climbing
  • hot5 app
  • indoor rock climbing
  • martial arts
  • spin class

Acting Like a Kid Again

  • trampoline
  • obstacle course
  • jump rope
  • jumping jacks
  • fun runs
  • dance video games

Exercising Your Mind, Too!

  • Indoor rock climbing
  • martial arts
  • yoga

Mini Moves: When time is tight, you can get a leg up on exercise (literally!). Download the free fit break by weight watchers to get in fit hits of one minute each. No matter where you are or what your level is you’ll find lots of options.

From Weight Watchers weekly 02/28/16 – 03/05/16

Foo Fighters Concert

So I have been going to concerts since I was 17 years old and last night was probably the best one I’ve been to. The Foo Fighters played at citi field in flushing, ny. My boyfriend and I had waited online back in November for general admission tickets and standing on that light was the best decision because of where we got a spot on the floor. 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Boy Meets World‘s Shawn and Angela Will Reunite on Girl Meets World

Good news, ’90s kids: Boy Meets World‘s other beloved couple will appear on an upcoming episode of Disney’s successful spin-off. Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter) and Trina McGee (Angela Moore) will both guest-star on an upcoming episode of Girl Meets World, creator Michael Jacobs revealed at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas on Friday—but it…

http://time.com/3911622/girl-meets-world/

Recipes that I found on my computer

So I am trying to clean out my computer of documents that I do not need and have no valuable information in them. I came across several documents that have recipes in them. Instead of deleting the file without doing anything with the recipes I figured that I would share the recipes with you all.

Hot Wings with a Blue Cheese Sauce

Ingredients

For sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated red onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the Wings:
  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 pounds chicken wings, split at the joint, tips removed
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons pureed chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon New Mexico chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, quartered
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • Jicama sticks, for serving

Directions:

  1. Make the sauce: Combine the yogurt, blue cheese, red onion, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Make the wings: Heat 2 inches of peanut oil in a large high-sided pan until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F.
  3. Stir together the flour, salt and pepper to taste, 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder and the garlic powder in a shallow bowl. Season the wings with salt and pepper and add in batches to the flour mixture to lightly coat. Tap off the excess flour, add the wings to the oil in batches and fry until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate.
  4. Bring the vinegar, chipotle puree, the remaining 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder and the New Mexico chili powder to a simmer in a large high-sided saute pan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and whisk in the mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, the honey and butter until smooth. Add the wings and toss to coat. Garnish with cilantro, if desired, and serve with the jicama sticks and blue cheese sauce.

Avocado Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 200g cooked chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 large or 2 medium Avocados
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of tahini
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • a big handful of fresh coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil

Directions:

  • put all the ingredients into a food processor (or use a stick blender) with a splash of olive oil and puree until smooth. You can add more olive oil to get the right consistency. Taste and season accordingly.

Pear & Pomegranate Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh pears, cored and diced
  • 1 fresh pomegranate, seeded
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • juice of ½ lemon

 Directions:

  1. toss all ingredients together until combined. Salt to taste.

Cherry Tomato Salad With Buttermilk-Basil Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups red and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved if large
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Put the cherry tomatoes in a large serving bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and toss. In another bowl, whisk the buttermilk, sour cream, basil, shallot and garlic.
  3. Season with pepper.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the tomatoes and toss.

Broccoli Salad  By: Paula Dean

Ingredients:

  • 1 head broccoli
  • 6 to 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar, cut into very small chunks
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Trim off the large leaves from the broccoli stem. Remove the tough stalk at the end and wash broccoli head thoroughly. Cut the head into flowerets and the stem into bite-size pieces. Place in a large bowl. Add the crumbled bacon, onion, raisins if using, and cheese. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Add to broccoli mixture and toss gently.

BLT Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup(s) ketchup
  • 1/4 cup(s) light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon(s) yellow mustard
  • 1 1/4 pound(s) lean ground beefz
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) pepper
  • 8 slice(s) bacon
  • 4 sesame hamburgers buns, split
  • Lettuce, tomato and/or onion, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high (or preheat your broiler)
  2. Stir ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard in a bowl until blended; set aside.
  3. Shape beef into 4 patties, each 3⁄4-inch thick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap each burger with 2 strips of bacon, crossing each other at right angles.
  4. Place patties on the hot grill rack (or broiler pan) and cook about 10 to 12 minutes, or until they reach your desired doneness, turning once. Place the buns on the grill to toast during last 2 minutes of cooking.
  5. Serve burgers on buns with lettuce, tomato, onion and ketchup sauce. Make some frozen fries for a side dish.

Rachael Ray’s Lemon Risotto

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon of EvOO
  • (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 small to medium onion
  • finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • finely chopped or grated
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup of grated Pecorino Romano
  • cheese, a couple of handfuls
  • 2 tablespoons slivered fresh mint leaves
  • A handful of basil leave, shredded or torn

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, heat the stock aand two cups of water over medium-low heat. in a risoto pot or large skillet with round bottom, heat the evoo over medium to medium-high heat. add onions and garlic to the risoto pot and saute to soften for 3 to 4 minutes. stir in the rice and add the zest of the lemon, then heat the rice for 1 to 2 minutes before adding the wine and cooking to evaborate. A few laddles at a time, add the warm stock and stir for a minite to develop the starch (this will make the risoto creamy). Keep adding stock each time the pan starts becoming dry at the edges. the total cooking time will take 18 minutes or so. When the rice is cooked al dente, season with salt and pepper, stir in the butter, lemon juice, cheese, and herbs. Garnish with lemon zest and herbs. Serve immediately.

Avocado Crab Melt

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups picked crabmeat
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 2 avocados from Mexico, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat broiler. In a bowl, mix together crabmeat, onion, jalapeño, cilantro and lime juice; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Spoon 3 tablespoons crabmeat mixture onto each muffin half; top with 3 slices avocado and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese.
  3. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups 1 1/2-inch-cubed whole-wheat bread
  • One 10-ounce package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed (about 2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 3 large red tomatoes, cut into wedges (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 cup pitted black olives, halved
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (about 1 bunch)
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar

Directions:

  1. Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Drizzle the bread and artichoke hearts with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the bread and artichokes until golden brown at the edges, about 6 minutes total, turning every 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the bread and artichokes from the grill and transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Add the tomatoes, olives and basil to the bowl and toss to combine. In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, white wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the salad.
  6. Toss to combine and serve immediately.

Tri-Color Orzo

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound orzo pasta
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1/4 cup
  • 2 cups fresh arugula (about 3 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled ricotta salata cheese (or feta cheese)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta and put the pasta on a large cookie sheet.
  3. Drizzle the pasta with 3 tablespoons olive oil, toss, spread out, and set aside to cool.
  4. Once the orzo is cool, transfer to a large serving bowl.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and toss gently to combine. Serve.

Bacon-wrapped Halibut     By: Rachael Ray

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds baby Yukon gold potatoes
  • salt
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts
  • 4 (6 to 8 ounces) skinless halibut fillets
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seafood seasoning
  • 4 slices smoky bacon
  • 2 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • black pepper
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves removed and chopped
  • ¾ cup of chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces
  • a few stems of fresh tarragon, leaves removed and chopped
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ to 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 4 lemon wedges

Directions:

  1. Halve the potatoes and place in pot.
  2. Cover the potatoes with water, bring to a boil, then salt the water and cook the potatoes until tender, 10-12 minutes
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  4. Halve the Brussels sprouts, place them cut side down on the cutting board, thinly slice lengthwise, and reserve.
  5. While the potatoes cook, season the fish with Old bay and wrap the fish in bacon.
  6. Heat the ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil over a medium-high heat in an oven proof skillet.
  7. When oil is hot, add the fish and cook for 2 minutes on each side to crisp up the bacon, then transfer to the oven for 7 to 8 minutes to cook through.
  8. While the fish cooks, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over high heat.
  9. Add the sliced Brussels sprouts and toss to coat in oil.
  10. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then add shallots, bell peppers, garlic, and thyme.
  11. Toss for a minute or two more, then add about ½ cup of the stock and cook it out for 2 to 3 minutes more.
  12. Turn off the heat and melt the butter, then garnish with tarragon.
  13. Drain the potatoes and return them to the hot pot.
  14. Mash with sour cream, the chives, the remaining ¼ cup of stock and salt and pepper to taste.
  15. Serve the fish on the Brussels Sprouts with mash potatoes and lemon wedges on the side.

Shrimp Primavera with Goat Cheese

Ingredients:

  • ½ (16 ounces) packages whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 green onions, slivered
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar quartered marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 pound crumbled goat cheese

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the rotini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir green onions and garlic until onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Add articholes, tomatoes, capers, and chipotle chile powder; bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to low heat and simmer.
  4. Place shrimp into sauce; cook and stir until they are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, about 5 minutes.
  5. Divide pasta evenly into bowls and top shrimp and tomato sauce. Scatter goat cheese over sauce.

Avocado Filled with Red Snapper Ceviche

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Skinless Red Snapper Fillets ~ cubed
  • 2 cups Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 cup Diced Tomato
  • ¼ cup Diced Red Onion
  • ¼ cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 Medium Diced Jalapeno
  • ¼ tsp. White Pepper
  • 1½ tsp Kosher Sea Salt
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • 2 oz. Tomato Juice
  • 4 Avocados from Mexico

Directions:

  1. Clean and cube snapper fillets into ¼” pieces and place in a ceramic or glass dish.
  2. Combine snapper with lime juice, mix and cover.
  3. Refrigerate for one hour and stir. Let sit covered in refrigerator for 3 more hours. Stir mixture every hour.
  4. Rinse snapper in cold water and drain.
  5. In a large bowl, mix snapper and all remaining ingredients.
  6. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise and remove pit. Fill avocado half with the red snapper ceviche.

BROWNIE PIE!!!

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons butter (3/4 stick)
  • 3 cups chocolate chips, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt]
  • Ice cream, for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Grease and flour a 9-inch pie pan. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave. Add 2 cups of the chocolate chips; remove from the heat and stir until the chocolate melts. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed until light, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cooled chocolate. In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  5. Fold the flour mixture into the batter until just combined.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the center is puffed (the top may crack).
  6. The inside will still be very soft. Cool to room temperature before serving with ice cream, if desired.

Ginger and Chocolate-Chip Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and line it with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and salt.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  3. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely in the pan, then cut into 32 bars (8 rows by 4 rows).
  4. To Wrap: The tight seal on a take-out container will keep the bars moist and chewy. (Soak containers in warm, soapy water to remove glue from labels.) Wrap with a bow and personalize with a handwritten sticker.

**To Freeze: Instead of baking the batter, freeze it in the pan for up to 2 months. To bake, follow the recipe instructions, baking from frozen, and use the upper end of the time range.

Tiramisu Cake

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package moist white cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 1/4 cup coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon coffee flavored liqueur
  • Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 (8 ounce) container mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur

Frosting:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur

Garnish:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 (1 ounce) square semisweet chocolate

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9 inch) pans.
  2. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions.
  3. Divide two thirds of batter between 2 pans. Stir instant coffee into remaining batter; pour into remaining pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  6. In a measuring cup, combine brewed coffee and 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur; set aside.

Filling:

  1. In a small bowl, using an electric mixer set on low speed, combine mascarpone, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur; beat just until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Frosting:

  1. To make the frosting: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium-high speed, beat the cream, 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur until stiff.
  2. Fold 1/2 cup of cream mixture into filling mixture.
  3. Assembling the Cake:
  4. Place one plain cake layer on a serving plate. Using a thin skewer, poke holes in cake, about 1 inch apart.
  5. Pour one third of reserved coffee mixture over cake, then spread with half of the filling mixture.
  6. Top with coffee-flavored cake layer; poke holes in cake. Pour another third of the coffee mixture over the second layer and spread with the remaining filling.
  7. Top with remaining cake layer; poke holes in cake. Pour remaining coffee mixture on top. Spread sides and top of cake with frosting.
  8. Place cocoa in a sieve and lightly dust top of cake. Garnish with chocolate curls. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
  9. To make the chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler and run it down the edge of the cake.

Raspberry Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cups toasted hazelnuts, chopped in food processor
  • 2 cups raspberry preserves (not jelly)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch x 13-inch inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add the salt and flour and mix just to incorporate – do not over-mix. Stir in the nuts and mix until just blended.
  5. Press two-thirds of the dough into the prepared pan.
  6. Spread with the raspberry preserves, then crumble the remaining dough on top. Bake until top is lightly browned, about 1 hour.
  7. Cool completely on a cooling rack and cut into squares.

Monkey Bread

Ingredients:

Bread:

  • 4 cans refrigerated biscuits
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins (these are optional, it’s great with or without them)

Icing:

  • 1/2 pound cream cheese
  • 1/2 pound butter
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

Icing:

  1. Allow cream cheese and butter to get to room temperature.
  2. Beat butter and cream cheese together in a large bowl with a mixer.
  3. Slowly add in the pound of powdered sugar.
  4. After all the powdered sugar is added mix for 12 minutes (do not mix less than that).
  5. When almost done, add in the extract and lemon juice.

Bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9-10 inch tube pan.
  2. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a medium sized plastic bag. Cut the biscuits into halves or quarters and place six to eight biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix. Shake well.
  3. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the greased pan. Continue layering until all the biscuit pieces are coated and in the pan. If you are using raisins, place them among the biscuit pieces as you are layering.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the brown sugar over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute. Pour over the layered biscuits.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a plate.

 

Directions: