My Mum’s Christmas Pudding Recipe

My Mum’s Christmas Pudding Recipe. We’re quite traditional with our Christmas meal but, our Christmas pudding is a little different. A lot of people don’t like it; it can be dense, have lots of crunchy currants, taste burnt or overdone and perhaps seem steeped in too much alcohol. That’s the difference, though similar in some ways, my mum’s Christmas pudding recipe is light, full of juicy, tasty fruit and...

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Mom’s Apple Pie: Grand Prix Gourmet, USA

There isn’t much sweeter than the aroma of an old fashioned Apple Pie baking in the oven.  Not only for the scent of the apples and cinnamon, but also for the reminiscing.  It always takes me years and decades back, to family times when we were all together.  Mom in the kitchen making crusts, Dad teasing about how many apples he had to peel to make the pies.  Happy moments laughing together. Besides, doesn’t an apple pie...

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Grand Prix Gourmet: German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake. This recipe dates from 1931! And unlike other apple cakes, this features a dough rather than pastry. It’s a very adaptable recipe but I have written it below in its original version.  There are many changes you can make to suit your tastes. For example: Add a little nutmeg – I always find that it goes so well with apple dishes Top the cake with slivered almonds Sprinkle powered sugar on top before...

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Jello Fruit Cocktail

Fruity desserts are a very refreshing summer treat. Especially this simple jello dessert. Doesn’t it look yummy! This is super easy to make. All you do is pick your flavor of jello out and make it as directed on the package. Then you add a fruit of your choice either canned or fresh. Mine is made with a strawberry flavored jello with canned fruit cocktail. I topped it with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. A mixture of...

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Easy Recipes: Heavenly Hash – A Cool Treat

Heavenly Hash – A Cool Treat Heavenly Hash is a versatile recipe. Use it as a side dish, or as a light dessert. Either way, it’s “heavenly.” I look for recipes in the summer that don’t take a lot of labor or heat to prepare. I also look for light foods, things that don’t sit too heavily in my stomach. Eating heavy things seems to make it harder to have a cool body temperature. In addition, my...

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Summer Pudding. Grand Prix Gourmet, Britain

Summer pudding with strawberries and blackberries. This was a popular dessert in our family when I lived in England and we still love it. It’s easy to make and inexpensive, especially when strawberries and blackberries are plentiful. In fact, you can use other berries too and the fruit will go even further if you add chopped apple. This recipe is incredibly versatile. It’s quick to prepare too. The pudding requires just a...

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Summer Fruit Salad with Creamy Honey-Lime Dressing

Summer Fruit Salad with Creamy Honey-Lime Dressing Do you love fresh fruit, especially spring and summer fruits? Those luscious strawberries, melons, blueberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, all just call my name at the beginning of summer. As soon as the fresh crop hits my supermarket I’m making my Summer Fruit Salad with Creamy Honey-Lime Dressing, because it’s soooo delicious!   I make this Summer Fruit Salad...

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Mom’s Cherry Cobbler

Mom’s Cherry Cobbler Today it was time to go back in time to when my mother used to make this basic, light cobbler for our family.  It is so easy to stir up, takes little time to bake, and makes a wonderful, colorful dessert.  There is barely any sugar in the mix, but it is just enough to add a slight sweetness to the Bisquick mix.   Compared to some of the heavier, richer toppings, this is just right. I served it with whip...

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How to Hull Strawberries

The best way to prepare strawberries. It’s so very easy to hull strawberries to prepare them for your favourite recipes. Use this method and you’ll have even more recipes at your fingertips. By removing that hard central core cleanly, you’ll be able to make strawberries stuffed with ice cream or chocolate or any other inventive ideas that will surely occur to you. See the image above – aren’t those...

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes

Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes. Tricia, she works a full time job, takes care of a baby (our granddaughter) a husband (our son) and still finds the time to come home from a busy day of work and whip up this delicious sweet treat. Cream cheese crepes with fresh strawberries and then drizzled with caramel sauce. This is a great desert or any time snack, especially if you’re in the mood for something sweet. This one is so easy to...

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Strawberry, Cream Cheese Pie

Sweet, Sweet Memories. As long as I can remember, my mother made the best pies! Everyone always loved them, and asked her to bake one kind or another. Naturally she made her own wonderful flaky crusts for each of them too. When we had our apple trees, she would make a bunch to freeze. Dad would always tease that he was the one always peeling apples so he should get credit for the pies. Apple, Banana Cream, Lemon Meringue, an...

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Irish Ice Cream and Chocolate

Irish Ice Cream and Chocolate recipe This is our absolutely favourite dessert. And that’s not just because it’s delicious. It takes only a few minutes to make and yet it’s elegant enough to serve at your next dinner party. It’s also a wonderful finale to a romantic dinner a deux. You can make this ahead by assembling the ice cream and the chocolate in attractive glassware and then keep them in the fridge...

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Banana Fritters Recipe

Banana fritters with maple syrup – recipe from 1975  I admit that I’m fascinated by older recipes. 1975 doesn’t seem terribly long ago (to me anyway) but this recipe for banana fritters surprised me. This is mainly because, when I think about this dish, I imagine bananas dipped in batter and deep fried. These are different. Although the original author doesn’t specify, I like to serve these garnished with more...

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Luscious Strawberry Crumble

Luscious Strawberry Crumble Use That Bumper Crop of Strawberries to Make This Luscious Strawberry Crumble. Strawberries are one of the most loved fruits in the world. This is quite possibly because there are so many ways you can use them. Some years strawberries really outdo themselves and we wind up with a bumper crop. There are a number of ways to use them, including baking them in a pie, crisp, crumble, buckle or scone. You can...

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New Orleans Beignets recipe

New Orleans Beignets recipe. If you’ve been to New Orleans,then the chances are that you’ve visited the Café du Monde in Jackson Square. And if you have, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that you enjoyed a plate of beignets. There are many very excellent reasons to visit New Orleans and the beignets are certainly on this list. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to recreate them at home? Or maybe you haven’t...

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New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce Oh, this is so delicious. It’s remarkably easy to make and the bourbon sauce elevates this from a family meal to a dessert you’ll be happy to serve to your guests – and they’ll love it. The crowning touch is by far the bourbon butter and this can be made in advance. The pudding itself takes about forty minutes to bake in the oven but only  few minutes to prepare....

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Tipsy Laird Recipe for Burn’s Night

Tipsy Laird Recipe for Burn’s Night There’s nothing more romantic than Burns night in Scotland. It certainly celebrated around the whole country, and if you are lucky enough to be in a Scottish highland hotel, then you’ll be celebrating in style too. Haggis, tatties, (potatoes) and turnips or neeps are served, there should be a piper in traditional Scottish dress, and of course a Ceilidh, so that everyone can dance and be merry after...

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French Apple Pie

This apple pie is a new twist on an old favorite. I ate dinner at a restaurant recently and had French Apple Pie for dessert. Thinking that was just a name to give it some style on the menu, I expected regular, yummy apple pie. Imagine my surprise when slicing off a bite, I discovered custard on the bottom. I thought, “oh this can’t be good…!” But I was so wrong, it was absolutely delicious! The smooth velvety...

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Peach Melba: Nellie Melba and her Prince

Peach Melba – Nellie and her Prince. Sadly, many of the recipes we see for Peach Melba today use canned peaches. These are all very well and good but when this recipe was developed by Auguste Escoffier in 1892 or thereabouts, the lovely, fresh fruit was used. Famously, the dish was created for Australian Dame Nellie Melba, a celebrated opera singer of the day. At the time, she was having a torrid affair with Prince Philippe, the...

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Tangy Lemon Pie

Lemony, Cream Cheese Goodness. Tangy lemon pie with cream cheese has been a hit with my family for over fifteen years. I’d been looking for another pie recipe using cream cheese, since Mom’s Strawberry Pie—also using cream cheese—is my favorite. I was pleased when I found this one. This recipe provides the tart lemon flavor much like you would find in a lemon meringue pie. Instead of the meringue, which I’m not crazy...

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Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Pie

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Pie. A cool, delicious dessert for the hot summer months, the recipe below is made with Dulce de Leche ice cream. You could actually use any ice cream, this is just my favorite. What makes it stand out is the caramel flavor, enhanced by the deeper caramel of the sauce. The term Dulce de Leche means “candy of milk,” made by boiling down sweetened condensed milk until it achieves a caramel-like...

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Pumpkin Pie Dessert

Pumpkin Dessert A delicious pumpkin pie dessert is just as good a pumpkin pie! I learned to make this dessert from my oldest sister. We have a big family so making a whole pan of dessert goes over really well and sometimes isn’t enough especially if they all love it. It’s turned out so good now that it’s a family favorite for the Fall holidays. My younger son loves pumpkin so this is his all time favorite dessert...

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Pumpkin Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

These pinwheel cookies look so inviting and if included with other more plain cookies, they dress up the entire group. Make a festive cookie display very easily by placing a few of these on your cookie tray this year. We already know the ingredients are good for us; pumpkin itself has Vitamins and dietary fiber that can’t be beat. This dough is a rolled dough that is frozen for at least 3 hours or overnight before baking. The...

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Mom’s Blueberry Dessert

My Mom made the BEST blueberry dessert when I was growing up. It is my very favorite dessert besides German chocolate cake of course! Mom started making this Blueberry Dessert for family gatherings when I was a young girl. It became such a hit and a to die for dessert each time it was served. The flavor of this is so rich and blueberry tasting! It’s not to hard to make. I have a hard time making the carton whipping cream up so I...

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Indian Pudding for a Treat

Indian Pudding Recipe: Sometimes Known as Corn Pudding. Indian Pudding or Corn Pudding, whichever you prefer to call it, was one of the earliest dishes created using corn in the form of cornmeal. This recipe would be an appropriate one to celebrate National Indian Pudding Day on November 13th. When the pilgrims first came to what is now America, they learned how to plant, harvest and use corn (or maize) in creating new recipes from...

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Baked chocolate dessert

 Delicious baked chocolate recipe. This recipe dates from the late nineteen seventies and I’ve reproduced it here just as it was originally given. I rarely cook with salt though and find that I don’t need it in this delicious, chocolate-y recipe. It’s easy to make and I like to serve it in individual glasses or ramekins. The originator of the recipe suggests serving it with whipped cream but I find that a little rich...

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Crème Caramel Authentic French Recipe

Crème Caramel Authentic French Recipe Crème Caramel is a very famous and delicious pudding style desert from France, which is also enjoyed in many other parts of Europe. There are many varieties of this egg custard pudding, for example a very famous sweet in Portugal known as Bolos de Nata, is just like crème caramel, the only difference between them is that the crème caramel does not have a pastry base. Here’s the recipe:  ...

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Betty Crocker Apple Crisp

I’ve made this apple crisp recipe for as long as I can remember. I have a Betty Crocker Cookbook that I’ve had for years. It looks quite worn but this is where this recipe comes from. Apple crisp is so easy to make. I love to fill my pan to the top with apples which means I don’t always go by the recipe in how many apples to use. Apples cook down and I like my crisp to be thicker not thin. I’ve never had a pan of apple crisp that...

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Apple Crock Pot Dessert

Apple Crock Pot Dessert Recipe. Autumn is time of the year that apples are ready to pick and enjoy. I know I do since I grew up on an apple farm when I was younger. We had many apple trees always loaded with many different kinds. With those apples are all kinds of desserts you can make but I’d never made one using a crock pot before. So I looked up some recipes and thought I’d give it a try. I soon found that out that not only is a...

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Apple Crisp, The Old Fashioned Way

Apple Crisp, The Old Fashioned Way Mom often made this simple, old fashioned apple crisp for us when we were growing up. It was always a favorite. Dad liked ice cream with it, but I like it just the way it is, especially when still warm from the oven. The flavor is delicious, the crumb topping just crumbly enough. It’s very easy to make too which is always a plus to me. The hardest (or most time consuming) part of the recipe is...

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Almost instant strawberry tart

Ten minute strawberry tart. This was a popular recipe in the nineteen sixties and seventies and I see no reason why it can’t be revived today 🙂 Yes, it uses a pre-baked pie case (I use the graham cracker type) and, apart from the fresh strawberries, it uses items from the store cupboard but the labour involved is ten minutes tops. Kids love it but you can give it a more adult, sophisticated flavour by adding just a few drops of...

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Berry Ice

Yum Leftover berries? Make a Refreshing Icy Dessert With all the berries looking so appealing last week, I stocked up on strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. A little too much, I guess, since I couldn’t use all of them. So into the freezer with a portion of each. So today, I thought I’d try to make an iced dessert to use them. This one combines strawberries, raspberries, and a few blackberries. I bet...

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Fresh Fruit Salad

Calling All Fresh Fruit Lovers! A fresh fruit salad is delightful and refreshing on a warm summer day! This is a super easy salad to make. I had a variety of watermelon, honeydew, strawberries and blueberries in my refrigerator and thought I’d put them all together to make a nice salad with. All I did was cut up the fruit except the blueberries of course. I tossed them on top and stirred it all together. You can use any fresh...

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Fruit Salads

Fruit salads What could be more healthy, refreshing and delightful than wonderful fruit salad? In honour of National Fruit Salad Day, here are our favourites: Summer Fruit Salad with Creamy Honey-Lime Dressing Summer Fruit Salad with Creamy Honey-Lime Dressing Do you love fresh fruit, especially spring and summer fruits? Those luscious strawberries, melons, blueberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, all just call my name at...

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Rhubarb Cobbler

Mom’s Rhubarb Recipe I learned about this cobbler recipe from my sister. She made it for a family outing while visiting. It turned out so good that there wasn’t any left over. She said it was a dessert Mom made. I don’t remember her making this rhubarb dessert. I have all my Mom’s recipe boxes so I got them out and starting hunting through them for the recipe. I found it! It said on the recipe in the corner my...

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Easy Recipes: Potatoes O’Brien Casserole

Potatoes O’Brien Casserole The crunchiness of the topping on this Potatoes O’Brien Casserole, contrasted with the smooth flavor of the potato mix is always a hit with everybody. Frozen Potatoes O’Brien, are shredded potatoes with onion and bell pepper, and they’re tasty by themselves. This recipe takes them to a whole new level. Save Print Easy Recipes: Potatoes O'Brien Casserole Rating  5 from 1 reviews...

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Friar’s omelet recipe

Try a Friar’s Omelet recipe from 1886 I have in possession a battered old leather-bound notebook.  In the front page is  lady’s name and the date – 1886. It is a collection of hand-written recipes from England. Many of these recipes were given to her. Some are marked ‘Mother’, others are from ‘Alice A’, ‘Sissie’  and ‘Florrie’ amongst other contributors. I’m...

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How to make proper English pancakes

How to make proper English pancakes I’ve seen many an English person try to hide their bafflement when, on visiting America, they have ordered pancakes and syrup for breakfast. Instead of what they expected, they were served with thick little cakes rather than the delightful plate-sized English pancakes they were expecting, slathered in lemon juice and Tate and Lyle Golden Syrup. I’ve never tried to make American pancakes...

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Baked Alaska: Recipe and history

Baked Alaska: Recipe and history In 1867, ownership of Alaska was transferred from Russia to the United States. Delmonico’s restaurants celebrated the fact with the invention of a special dessert created by chef Charles Ranhofer. You can imagine how these Victorian-era guests were delighted. The dish, named Baked Alaska, consisted of a beautifully light cake covered in delicious meringue. Inside the straight-from the oven-cake...

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