Archive for the ‘Desserts’ Category

Mandarin Kuchen

Friday, February 27th, 2015


I was fortunate to live with my grandmother for 4 years during college. In the span of these years we spent much of our time talking about or making some family favorite foods! One of my FAVORITE desserts she would prepare was Kuchen.

It would never fail, she would bake two or 3 Kuchen’s on the one weekend I worked or was out of town! Now, I’m not complaining as I definetly reaped the benefits of her labor. However, she passed in 2013. We have scoured her recipe cards and many cook books and none of them indicated a recipe she used! For the past few year I have been trying out a few variations and finally have a Kuchen Recipe that is comparable to hers!

I hope you enjoy this little slice of Heavenly Kuchen with a twist- Mandarin Oranges!! (more…)

Tangelo Fruit Popsicles

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

I am always looking for new ways to bring fresh ingredients to our table!

These fresh bright orange Tangelo popsicles were a huge hit with my toddlers- and husband! (more…)

Chocolate Fettuccini & Strawberries

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Sometimes you just feel like giving your family a special treat. With this Chocolate Fettuccine & Strawberries you can do just that. Plus using the fresh produce from your basket makes it even better.
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Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Thanks to Bountiful Baskets I can not only make my cake I can eat it too. I used my homemade applesauce and fresh zucchini from one of my baskets to make a moist and light cake. I did a semi sweet chip frosting to keep it simple. Every one deserves a special treat once in a while so why not try this, you won’t be disappointed.
 

Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 2 cups zucchini

Instructions

  1. Beat sugar and oil together for 1 minute
  2. add eggs, applesauce, vanilla and beat for another minute
  3. add flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sour milk and beat until combined
  4. stir in zucchini
  5. put in a 9 x 13 prepared pan
  6. bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  7. cool
  8. frost as desired

Notes

To make sour milk add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar in a 1/2 cup measuring cup and then fill with milk. Let set for 5 minutes then add to recipe.

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Chai Coconut Ice Cream

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

I am so in love with the young Thai White coconut we got in a basket. There are so many ways to enjoy them and this is at the top of my list. In the notes you will see how to make your own coconut milk to use in this recipe.

Chai Coconut Ice Cream

Chai Coconut Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 3 cups coconut milk (see notes to see how to make your own)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup raw honey

Instructions

  1. Mix all the above together and pour into your ice cream maker.
  2. Follow the directions included with your personal ice cream maker.

Notes

To make coconut milk open your Thai coconut and drain the liquid into a blender. Add the meat from the coconut and blend until smooth. If you do not have 3 cups add milk to bring it to the proper amount.

Blood Orange Sorbet

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Every now and then I make two much juice so that is when I turn to making sorbet. Sorbets are easy to make but take time to freeze unless you have a ice cream maker. Either way they are a wonderful treat. A few simple steps and you can turn any fruit into the perfect sorbet.

Blood Orange Sorbet

Blood Orange Sorbet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • small pinch salt
  • 2 cups blood orange juice

Instructions

  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil.
  2. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in juice and salt.
  4. Refrigerate 3 hours or over night.
  5. Pour into ice cream maker and follow your ice cream makers instructions.
  6. If you do not have a ice cream maker pour into shallow stainless steel pan and freeze for 3 hours.
  7. Scrape frozen mixture and return to freeze.
  8. Let freeze for 7-8 hours and then serve.

Notes

You can use any fruit you like to in this recipe. Try mixing a couple different types of fruit for a special blend.

A Bountiful Thanksgiving~2014

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014


Thanksgiving has always had a special place in my heart. It’s the time of year when everyone gives a little extra effort to spend time together. Work schedules, activities and events become less of a priority and we’re reminded that our families are the real reason for being thankful. Sometimes that family extends far beyond the kind of blood relation. Sometimes that extends across the country to people you have never met. That is the case for our big, beautiful Bountiful Baskets family. We are spread out across the country; most of us wouldn’t even know each other if we crossed paths on the street. We may not know each other by face, but we can see each others’ hearts. And that is what makes us family.

This year, I am giving Thanks for not only my blood family, but to my Bountiful Baskets family as well. I have never seen a group of this magnitude; more dedicated, kind and genuine than the people in Bountiful Baskets. I have felt compassion and acceptance from places I didn’t know could exist. I have felt loved and supported by people who I have never met….People; who are extremely busy with their lives and still find time to give this co-op and each other time and energy. The truth is; most of us don’t have much to give but we would willingly give it all for each other and this co-op. I feel blessed beyond words to be a part of this, a part of something great. The coolest part, I didn’t have to pass a test to join this club…All I had to do was show up, and I was welcomed. I am thankful for no prerequisites…Not sure I would’ve passed! ;)

The 2014 Thanksgiving collaboration joins a few of our talented bloggers and lots of their yummy recipes!! Scroll through and check them out, they are categorized into 5 courses. Check out this Download Thanksgiving Timeline Here for a breakdown of your preparations to the big feast! (more…)

Fried Apple Pie

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Do you have too many apples right now? Well one good way to use those fantastic bountiful basket apples is to make Fried Apple Pies. This may seem like such a lot of work but when you have company stop by you can take them out of the freezer, fry them and in a few minutes everyone will be happy. Serve with ice cream or for adults a little rum hard sauce is fantastic. I always keep them in the freezer along with peach and cherry filled pies.

Fried Apple Pie

Fried Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 3- 4 pounds assorted apples
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • Water
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Put 1 inch of water in a large pan
  2. Add lemon juice
  3. Peel, core, slice apples and add to pan
  4. Add sugar, salt, flour and cinnamon
  5. Cook on medium until tender, about 2 hours
  6. Add butter and vanilla
  7. Put in container, cool, and refrigerate over night
  8. In the morning make your favorite pie crust recipe, or use store bought.
  9. Roll small amount of crust into small circle, add filling, seal, poke holes in top of each pie and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  10. Continue until all the filling is used. Freeze the pies solid, then put into freezer safe container for later use.
  11. When ready to use the pies take out of freezer and deep fry at 365 degrees until crisp and golden brown.

Notes

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve with ice cream. For an adult treat make rum hard sauce to pour over them. To get even sized pie crust portions try using a cookie scoop with the dough.


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Squeezing the most out of your lemons and limes

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

One of my favorite sayings is “Waste not, Want not”. Getting the most bang for the buck out of my basket is one way I do that. I also find it kind of fun to find new ways to use every part of my basket.
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Fig Newtons, an old favorite!

Monday, August 11th, 2014

A guest blog from a Site Coordinator in Montana,  Devannie.

I saw a post for homemade fig newtons on a Facebook page and once I got my basket I decided the recipe looked easy enough so I tried it and am very glad I did.  I had two clam shells of figs which was the perfect amount for making the recipe.  I boiled the figs per recipe and stored in fridge overnight as the temperature outside was warming up fast and didn’t want to use oven.  I made the dough the next morning and it was all so easy.  Had the cookies done by 8am (I’m an early riser) and house smelled wonderful after baking them.  I did see a post where someone cut the sugar in half and I think that would’ve been fine, you drain the figs once cooked anyway and I think the figs have enough sweetness that it would’ve been fine.  Will try that and make with wheat flour or 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white next time I make them.  The recipe is definitely a keeper!!    Devannie
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