Pumpkin Crazy Cake from michellestastycreations.com

1-1/2 cups + 2 Tbs. flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup solid pack pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 Tbs. Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 Tbs. canola oil
3/4 cup water

Frosting:
1-1/2 Tbs. Butter, unsalted at room temperature
2 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl or the 8 x 8 pan you are going to bake in place the flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Mix with a whisk until combined.

Make three indentations (wells) two small and one large one in the flour mixture.  Pour the vanilla and vinegar into the small wells and the oil into the large well.

Pour the water over the whole mixture then add the pumpkin.  Mix well until completely combined.  If needed add more water up to a total of 3/4 cup.

Pour into an 8 x 8 baking dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Do not over bake.  Mine was done at just 35 minutes exactly.  Mine took 40 min

Cool the cake completely then frost.  (If you want this to be a dairy free cake choose a frosting without an dairy products instead of the following)

To make the frosting place the butter and cream cheese in a bowl and beat until completely smooth.

Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until it is smooth.
Spoon the whole bowl of frosting onto the cake and spread to the edges.  Slice and serve.

Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad

5 ounces fresh spinach half a 10 ounce bag1 and 1/2 cups dry small pasta
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1 can (15 ounces) can mandarin oranges
1 large Granny Smith Apple
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped*
Optional: Feta cheese

Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2-4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon each: paprika & onion powder
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon poppyseeds
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the dressing. In a food processor or blender (I used my small Twister jar on the Blendtec) combine the apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, sugar, (adjust — more or less to personal preference, we like a less sweet dressing and use about 2 tablespoons) paprika, and onion powder. Pulse or blend for about 10 seconds. Slowly add in the oil and pulse until just combined. Stir in the poppyseeds. IF you don’t have a blender or food processor you can combine the ingredients in a bowl or mason jar and whisk (or shake jar) vigorously.

  3. Drain the pasta once it’s cooked through and immediately toss a few tablespoons of the dressing with the pasta. This helps the pasta soak in the dressing and the flavor.
  4. Chill the dressed pasta in the fridge.
  5. Meanwhile, combine the (washed and de-stemmed) spinach with the chopped celery in a large bowl. Add in the cranberries and a can of drained mandarine oranges.
  6. If desired peel the apple (We like to leave on the peel!) and then slice into thin slices. Toss with lemon juice and then add to the salad.
  7. Pour dressing over the salad and toss. Add in the completely cooled pasta and toss with the rest of the salad.
  8. If you want to toast the pecans, place them in a single layer in a dry saucepan (don’t add anything) over medium heat. Stir constantly until the nuts are barely fragrant — just a couple of minutes. Watch carefully as the nuts are VERY easily scorched/burned.
  9. Alternatively, you can candy the pecans if desired. Check the link in the last paragraph of the blog text for how to candy pecans. *UPDATE: we’ve found we like this salad even more with the pecans coarsely chopped- you’ll get more in each bite! 🙂

  10. Top the salad with the pecans and (if desired) feta cheese.

  11. Enjoy immediately.

 

General Tso sauce from NY Times

  • 1 small chunk of ginger, 1 1/2 inches long, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 small red dry Chinese chilis
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum, optional

In a blender combine ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, and sesame oil. Add chilis, salt, sugar, and xantham gum, if using. Process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl, and set aside.

Yoder’s amish chocolate pie

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 9-inch baked pie crust (Try my Amish Never Fail Pie Crust recipe above!)
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings
  1. In a large sauce pan, whisk together the sugar, flour, and cocoa.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, yolks, and vanilla. Pour into the sauce pan.
  3. Turn the heat to medium and stir in the vanilla and butter. Bring to a simmer and allow to thicken.
  4. Pour into the baked pie crust and smooth the top. Let cool at room temperature for 2 hours and chill in the refrigerator for an additional 2 hours.
  5. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

salted carmel tart from recipetineats.com

Base:
      •  8 oz  Graham Crackers, 
      • 150 g / 5 oz unsalted butter , melted 
    Caramel:
      • 100 g / 7 tbsp unsalted butter
      • 1 cup / 200g (packed) brown sugar
      • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk (395g / 14oz each)
      • 1 3/4 tsp salt (2 ½ – 3 tsp salt flakes)
    Chocolate Ganache Topping:
    • 1/3 cup heavy/thickened cream
    • 150 g / 5 oz dark chocolate melts / chips
    • Sea salt flakes, for topping
    1. Preheat oven to 160C/320F. Grease and line the base only of a 23cm / 9″ tart tin with a loose base. (Or a springform pan of a similar size)

      Roughly break up biscuits and place in a food processor, then whizz until fine crumbs form. Or do this step with a ziplock bag and rolling pin.
    2. Pour crumbs into a bowl, add melted butter, mix until it looks like wet sand and no dry crumbs remain. Pour into tin, then press firmly into base and sides – use something flat like a cup to assist (refer to video).
    3. Transfer to tray (safe handling), place in oven and bake for 10 minutes, then remove and cool slightly (5 minutes in fridge).
    Caramel:
    1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar and whisk to combine – butter may not incorporate fully.

    2. Once it starts bubbling and the sugar is completely melted, pour in the condensed milk, whisking as you go. Whisk constantly until you see steam coming off the caramel (~ 4 minutes), then remove from heat.

    3. Add salt (adjust to taste), then pour the caramel into the tart base.
    4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges of the caramel surface is golden and the surface has a “skin” on it, but the caramel is still soft and the centre jiggles slightly (see video for demo.)
    5. Cool on counter while you make the chocolate.
    Chocolate Ganache:
    1. Place cream and chocolate in a heat proof bowl. Microwave in 2 x 30 second bursts, stirring in between, until smooth.
    2. Set aside for 10 minutes to thicken slightly, then pour over the base. Smooth top or make swirls like I did (just wait until the chocolate thickens slightly). Sprinkle with sea salt flakes.
    3. Refrigerate for 1 ½ hours to allow chocolate to set. Then remove and bring to room temperature before slicing to serve. Handle carefully when sliding the tart off the base – or just leave it on to be safe and just remove the sides.

    Recipe Notes

    1. You need about 2 cups once crushed. No need to be exact here, the crumb crust is fairly forgiving so just eyeball the weight based on the whole biscuit packet weight.

    Another biscuit that is terrific to use for a biscuit crust is Digestives which is very popular in the UK/Europe and also quite popular here in Australia. If you use Digestives, reduce the butter to 75g because they are more buttery than Marie Crackers and Graham Crackers.

    Other biscuits: Basically any plain biscuit works great like Arnott’s Arrowroot works great, and even flavoured ones like Gingernut. The dense sticky filling of this tart makes the crumb crust quite strong so it’s fairly forgiving re: biscuit and butter quantities.

    2. STORAGE – This tart keeps SO WELL! It will keep in an airtight container for a week and still taste like it was made yesterday albeit the crust on the edge does soften a bit, but most people wouldn’t even notice (I don’t think). If it’s super hot where you are i.e. the chocolate becomes melty, keep it in the fridge but always bring to room temperature before serving otherwise the caramel won’t be creamy. It also freezes great – again, bring to room temp before serving. I’ve only frozen it for a couple of weeks but see no reason why it wouldn’t keep for sever

    al months.

    3. This is a VERY rich tart. I find that when cut into 12 (so quarters, then each quarter into 3), a slice is too much for me. So I have said that this serves 14 to 16. The nutrition is for 14 servings.

Fresh and Easy Vietnamese Noodle Salad from foodiecrush.com

  • 12 ounces thin Asian vermicelli noodles such as rice stick or mung bean
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 2 cucumbers, seeded and shredded
  • 4 green onion, chopped
  • 1½ cups fresh bean sprouts
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup fish sauce
  • ½ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Lime
  1. Soften the vermicelli noodles in a large bowl by covering with boiling water and soaking for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Rinse under cold water, drain, and add to a large bowl. Add the shredded carrots, cucumbers, bean sprouts and chopped cilantro to the noodles.
  2. In a glass jar fitted with a lid or a bowl, mix together the fish sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic and crushed red pepper. Pour ¾ of the dressing over the noodles and toss to coat. Add more dressing if desired. Sprinkle with more cilantro and green onion and a squeeze of lime if desired. Salad can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight, however if making ahead, add the cilantro just before serving.

Country Peach Cobbler

1 ( 29 oz.) can sliced peaches, drained well
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. table salt
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed and cold
1 cup heavy cream
cinnamon and sugar (for sprinkling on top)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees
  2. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Drain your can of peaches.
  4. Pour drained peaches into bottom of baking dish (spreading them out evenly).
  5. Sprinkle peaches with a little cinnamon or cinnamon sugar mixture.
  6. For the topping, in a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  7. Then add in the cubed butter.
  8. Begin to “cut” it into the flour mixture.
  9. You can use a pastry cutter. Or better yet, use your fingers. Just work it in with the flour until it becomes small pebbles and has been worked in with the flour/sugar mixture.
  10. Then pour in heavy cream.
  11. Combine until all the flour mixture has become moist. It will be very thick.
  12. Using a spoon, begin plopping the topping all over the peaches. Just put it on in clumps. Doing your best to cover the peaches. Don’t worry about smoothing it out.
  13. Sprinkle the top with sugar or a cinnamon/sugar mixture. (the cinnamon will make the topping appear darker as it cooks.)
  14. Bake for about 40 minutes.
  15. Top will be golden brown, and you can stick a toothpick in the top to make sure the topping has completely baked through (toothpick should come out clean).

Recipe Notes

I made this with fresh peaches and frozen blueberries. It took about 47 min in the oven.

To make this with fresh peaches, you’ll need about 6 peaches, sliced.
Combine sliced peaches with 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour since fresh peaches will produce a lot of juice. Then continue with above steps.
To make cinnamon sugar, combine 2 tbsp. granulated sugar with 1 tsp. ground cinnamon.

Simple Peach Cobbler Dump Cake from theslowroasteditalian.com


1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 ½ cups granulated sugar (divided)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 (29 ounce) can sliced peaches in juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Butter a 9×13 baking dish (or 2-8×8 baking dishes). Set aside.

Place butter in a medium size microwave safe mixing bowl.  Heat butter in microwave until melted.  Add 1 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and whisk to combine.  Add milk and vanilla, whisk until combined.  Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

Spoon peaches over top of batter, placing them evening around the pan.  Reserve the juice from the can.

Add 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the juice.  Whisk to combine.  Pour juice over peaches.

Bake 55-60 minutes until golden brown.  Serve with a scoop of ice cream on top if desired. Enjoy!  serves 12

Blueberry Breakfast Bake from 12tomatoes.com

  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, optional, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt, and mix together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, oil, butter, egg and vanilla extract until combined.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined, then fold in blueberries and almonds, if using.
  5. Transfer mixture to greased baking dish and place in oven.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until oats are tender and cooked through.
  7. Serve warm, sprinkled with more almonds, and enjoy!

 

Sesame Noodles from thisoldgal.com

  • 16 ounces Chinese Egg Noodles
  • 3.5 cups Fresh Water
  • 8 Scallions Sliced Thin
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce, Low Sodium
  • 8 cloves Fresh Garlic Minced
  • 8 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 5 Tablespoons Pure Sesame Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Chili Oil
Add Ons
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
When preparing the noodles on the stove in a sauce pan, you will drain and rinse them and then pour on the sauce. 
  1. Whisk sauce ingredients together in a measuring cup and set aside.

  2. Place noodles into your Pressure Cooker cooking pot and add 3.5 cups of fresh water  Dump in sauce.

  3. Lock on Lid and close Pressure Valve.  Cook at High Pressure for 0 minutes.  When Beep sounds, allow a 2 minute Natural Pressure Release and then carefully and slowly release the rest of the pressure.

  4. Remove cooking pot from Pressure Cooker and dump into a big serving bowl.  Toss with scallions and drizzle with Toasted Sesame Oil.  Serve.

Recipe Notes

If using Rose Brand Gourmet Chinese Egg Noodles, set your Pressure Cooker to “0” minutes.  If using another type of thin noodle, set Pressure Cooker to 2 minutes less than half the time of the lower number on the package directions.