Almond Coated Jam Cookies

Ingredients: 4 oz butter 3 oz castor sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 oz self rising flour Almond meal for coating Raspberry preserves Method: Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet with butter and set aside In a bowl beat sugar and butter together.  Then beat in the egg and vanilla…

Mini Phyllo Cup Cheese Cake with Hazelnut frosting

  Ingredients: 4 oz semi sweet chocolate broken into pieces 1 teaspoon butter 30 (2 packages) baked miniature phyllo shells ( 1 1/2 inch shells) 6 oz cream cheese room temperature 4 tablespoons sour cream 4 tablespoons powdered sugar 2 teaspoons raspberry extract 2 teaspoons milk To decorate red writing gel and Chocolate Hazelnut frosting…

Vegetable Pasta with Almond Coconut Sauce

Ingredients: 4 oz Penne or Rotini 1 lb mixed vegetables (mushrooms, bell pepper, broccoli, carrots, zucchini etc.) 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 tablespoons almond butter 1/4 cup coconut milk 2 tablespoons water 2 tablespoons chopped almond toasted Method:

Rotini with Broccoli and Croutons

Ingredients: 4 zo Rotini 8 oz broccoli florets 1/3 cup dried navy beans 1/2 cup black olives 2 teaspoons pesto sauce 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1 sprig fresh basil leaves chopped 2 whole wheat bread slices Ground pepper salt to taste Parmesan cheese (optional) Method: Cook pasta, drain and set…

Minced Fruit Pies

Ingredients: 2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup confectioners (powered) sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 5 oz cold butter cut into pieces 1/2 teaspoon orange essence 4 tablespoons iced water 1 1/2 cups minced fruits (mincemeat) 1 egg lightly beaten powdered sugar for dusting Method: Sift flour, sugar, and cinnamon into a large bowl Rub…

Praline Topped Cheesecake Squares

I saw this recipe on Better Homes and Gardens website which is one of my favorite websites (http://www.bhg.com).  When made, most of their recipes come out extremely good and in perfect shape.  So when I saw this recipe, I kept thinking of making and this weekend was the perfect timing since my friend had a…

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Ingredients 1 lb green apple (2 medium, preferably granny smith for its tart taste) 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries Zest and juice of one orange 1/3 cup brown sugar For Topping: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup walnuts ground ¼ cup rolled oats ¼ cup brown sugar 5 tablespoons cold butter ½ teaspoon cinnamon  …

Mixed Nuts & Herb Swirls

Ingredients: 1 17.3 oz. Package Puff Pastry sheets (2 sheets – Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry sheets) 1 egg lightly beaten ¼ cup walnuts ¼ cup blanched/slivered almonds (almonds should not have any skin) ¼ cup Cashew nuts 4 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese ¼ teaspoon dried thyme ¼ teaspoon dried tarragon ½ teaspoon…

Quick Apple Tart

Ingredients 1/2 of 1.1lbs pkg, Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet) 2 small green apples (granny smith) 3 teaspoons sugar about 1 teaspoon butter melted Confectioners sugar for dusting Flour for dusting Method Thaw pastry sheet at room temperature for about 45 minutes, or until easy to handle. Preheat oven to 400 F. Peel…

Apple & Cranberry Strudel

  Ingredients 1 green apple (like granny smith apple) ½ cup fresh cranberries 2 teaspoons butter 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder 1 sheet puff pastry Method Preheat oven to 425°F Peel and core apple and cut them into ½ inch cubes Add butter to a skillet and when it start sizzling…