Dessert 15 March 2019

Sweetness Made Simple

(Family Features) It's time to enjoy summer entertaining with easy, no-bake desserts that let you relax and enjoy time with friends and family while your creations are chilling in the fridge. To help you keep your cool, Eagle Brand(r) Sweetened Condensed Milk is sharing expert tips and recipes to satisfy your family, friends and guests alike without ever turning on the oven.

Foolproof Ice Cream: Homemade ice cream is easy to make with Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk. It lends a rich, thick consistency, so no eggs are required - and you don't need an ice-cream maker, either. Try this luscious Butter Pecan Ice Cream recipe, or use your favorite fruit, candy pieces, nuts or coffee to create your own delicious and refreshing ice cream flavors.

Make It Mini: Mini desserts are perfect for summer parties - small, bite-sized treats are easy to handle and let guests enjoy something sweet without feeling like they're overindulging. Try different variations of Creamy Mini Tarts using chocolate, peanut butter or your favorite fruit to satisfy everyone's taste. Also try making mini-size Raspberry Mocha Mousse Parfaits by layering the ingredients in small juice glasses.

Fresh and Fun: Make the most of the season's freshest flavors with this Fresh Fruit Cream Cheese Pie. Mix and match your favorites for a show-stopping dessert.

Sweet Inspiration: If life hands you lemons, make easy, no-bake party desserts. When combined with acidic fruit juice from a lemon or lime, Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk thickens - without heating - to form velvety pie fillings, puddings and other desserts. Get inspired and whip up these Creamy Mini Tarts.

To get more easy dessert recipes, see how-to videos, and to down­load a free recipe book, visit www.eaglebrand.com.

Fresh Fruit Cream Cheese Pie

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Chilling Time: 3+ hours
Yield: 8 servings

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk OR 1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand Low Fat Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 9-inch frozen deep-dish pie crust, baked
  • Fresh fruit (blueberries, strawberries, bananas*)
  • Seedless red raspberry jam
  1. BEAT cream cheese in large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour into baked pie crust.
  2. REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until set. Arrange fruit on top of pie. If coating berries, stir jam until smooth. Brush berries with jam and serve.

*If using bananas, dip in lemon juice before placing on pie to keep them from turning brown. Do not coat with jam.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freezer Time: 6+ hours
Yield: 1 3/4 quarts

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted*
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  1. WHIP heavy cream to stiff peaks in large bowl. Combine sweetened condensed milk, pecans, butter and maple flavoring in large bowl. Mix well. Fold in whipped cream.
  2. POUR into 9 x 5-inch loaf pan or 2-quart container; cover. Freeze 6 hours or until firm. Store in freezer.

*To toast nuts: Place nuts in dry nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat, shaking pan until nuts are lightly browned. To avoid over-browning, remove from pan immediately.

Raspberry Mocha Mousse Parfaits

Prep Time: 40 Minutes
Chilling Time: 20 Minutes
Yield: 8 servings

  • 4 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Folgers® Instant Coffee Crystals
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream
  • 1 can refrigerated whipped cream
  • 2 cups Nature's Peak® Frozen Raspberries OR 2 cups fresh raspberries
  1. MELT chocolate in a microwave-safe dish on HIGH (100% power) in 20 second intervals until melted. Stir until smooth.
  2. POUR sweetened condensed milk into large bowl. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla. Dissolve coffee in hot water. Add to chocolate mixture, beating until smooth. Chill 15 min­utes. Chill beaters and mixing bowl from electric mixer 10 minutes in preparation for next step.
  3. BEAT cream in chilled bowl with chilled beaters until stiff. Fold into chilled choco­late mixture. Reserve 8 raspberries for garnish. Layer parfait glasses as follows: 1/4 cup chocolate mousse, refrigerated whipped cream, 1/4 cup rasp­berries, 1/4 cup chocolate mousse. Refrigerate parfaits 20 minutes before serving. Just before serving, garnish each with refrig­erated whipped cream and a single raspberry.

Creamy Mini Tarts

Prep Time: 1 hour
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Yield: 60 mini tarts

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 1.9-ounce boxes mini phyllo shells
  • 2/3 cup Smucker's® Blueberry Preserves
  1. BEAT cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened con­densed milk until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla until blended. Spoon about 2 teaspoons into each mini shell. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
  2. MAKE a slight indentation in the filling using the back of small round measuring spoon. Fill with 1/2 teaspoon preserves. Refrig­erate until ready to serve.

Variations
Fresh Fruit: Top mini tarts with fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, bananas, raspberries, cherries, kiwi, grapes or pine­apple. Garnish with mint leaves.

Hot Fudge: Place 2 tablespoons hot fudge topping into corner of resealable plastic bag. Cut small corner off bag. Squeeze to drizzle over top of mini tarts.

Preserves: Use different flavors of preserves or orange marmalade to create a colorful assortment. Garnish with mint leaves.

Source: Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

Dessert 01 November 2018

Deliciously Easy Pumpkin Desserts

Enjoy an organic twist on seasonal sweets

(Family Features) Holidays are typically a joyous time filled with gatherings of friends and family, including time spent baking and enjoying seasonal dishes, all while making fond memories. Pumpkin has become a popular holiday ingredient, making it easy to create pumpkin-centric desserts, perfect for entertaining.

This season, try utilizing organic ingredients in holiday dishes as a simple way to add a better-for-you twist to your family’s favorite dishes – including baked goods and other desserts. The
O Organics product line, exclusive to the Albertsons Companies family of stores including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Pavilions, Randalls, Shaw’s, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons, includes 100 percent pure organic pumpkin, as well as more than 400 additional USDA-certified, non-GMO items for every occasion, from fresh fruits and vegetables to wholesome dairy, meats, baking ingredients, cereals, snacks and more.

When it comes to the dessert table, try a new twist on pumpkin with these seasonal sweets featuring high-quality, organic ingredients. Use the online store locator to find a store near you and discover more ways to add organic foods to your family’s meals.

Organic Pumpkin Pie

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Servings: 8

Crust:

  • 1 1/2    cups O Organics all-purpose flour
  • 8          tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1          tablespoon O Organics granulated sugar
  • cold water, as needed (about 4-6 tablespoons)

Filling:

  • 1          can (15 ounces) O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 1/2       cup whole milk
  • 1/2       cup pure maple syrup
  • 2          large eggs
  • 1          teaspoon O Organics ground cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2       teaspoon O Organics ground ginger
  1. To make crust: Place flour, butter, salt, sugar and water in large bowl. Using fingers, mix ingredients together until dough ball forms. Flatten into 1-inch thick disk and wrap in parchment paper. Let rest 1 hour in refrigerator before rolling out.
  2. Heat oven to 375° F. Roll out dough and press into pie plate.
  3. To make filling: In medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, syrup, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Pour into pie plate.
  4. Bake 40-55 minutes until filling is slightly jiggly but set. Let cool 4 hours. Serve.

Notes: Using measuring cup as scoop for flour actually overfills it. Instead, fill cup lightly with spoon and level off top with butter knife. Do not roll dough all the way to edge to keep dough from sticking to surface. Keep surface and rolling pin floured and continue turning dough. Pie dough can be made and frozen ahead of time for easy use – just thaw in refrigerator before using. It can keep up to 6 months in freezer.

Pumpkin Hand Pies

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6-8

  • 1/2       cup O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 2          ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1          tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/8       teaspoon O Organics ground cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla
  • 2          premade pie dough crusts, rolled into 10-inch circles

For brushing pastry:

  • 1          tablespoon whipping cream
  • 1          tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/8       teaspoon cinnamon

Icing:

  • 4          ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/4       cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons milk
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Using mixer, combine pumpkin, cream cheese, maple syrup, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla until well mixed. Set aside.
  2. Spread pie dough. Using 5-inch round cutter, make circles. Whisk together whipping cream, maple syrup and cinnamon for brushing.
  3. Taking round piece of dough, place about 3 tablespoons filling in center and fold dough over to create half-moon shape. Brush edges with whipping cream mixture. Using fork tines, seal edges of pastry. Repeat with each dough circle.
  4. Place pies on parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush tops with whipping cream mixture. Bake 16-20 minutes until bottoms are golden brown. Let cool 30 minutes.
  5. To make icing: Whisk to combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk. Drizzle over pies. Serve.

Notes: Use lid from small pan to cut dough circles for pies. For easier drizzling, load icing into small zip-top bag. Squeeze into corner and twist top to seal. Cut corner and drizzle over pies.

Pumpkin Slab Pie

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Servings: 36-40

Crust:

  • 1          cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8          ounces cream cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2          cups all-purpose flour
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt

Filling:

  • 2          cans (15 ounces each) O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 4          eggs
  • 2          cups whipping cream
  • 1 1/4    cups granulated sugar
  • 2          teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1          teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  1. To make crust: In bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, flour and salt. Use fingers to mix ingredients until dough ball forms. Form into two flat rectangular disks about 1-inch thick and wrap with plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll out each crust into 13-by-10-inch rectangle. Carefully place dough on each side of 12-by-17-inch pan and pinch together, smoothing out crust so it fits into all corners of pan. Trim edges to 1/2 inch of crust and tuck edges under. Crimp edges with fork.
  3. Heat oven to 350° F.
  4. To make filling: In large bowl, whisk to combine pumpkin, eggs, whipping cream, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, ginger and salt. Pour into crust.
  5. Bake 35-45 minutes until filling is slightly jiggly but set. Let cool 3-4 hours before serving.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1/2       cup frozen pumpkin puree made with O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 2          frozen bananas, cut or broken into 1-inch chunks
  • 1          teaspoon espresso instant coffee granules
  • 1          tablespoon cashew butter
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1          teaspoon maple syrup
  1. Remove pumpkin puree cubes from freezer and allow to soften slightly, about 5 minutes. In food processor or high-powered blender, combine pumpkin puree, bananas, coffee granules, cashew butter, pumpkin pie spice and syrup.
  2. Pulse until mixture begins to resemble ice cream consistency, about 5 minutes.

Notes: Freeze pumpkin in ice cube trays. Overripe bananas work best. Peel and place on parchment-lined baking sheet in freezer. Once frozen, store in zip-top bag.

Source: Albertsons Companies

Dessert 01 October 2018

Chocolate Silk Pie

Calling all chocolate lovers!!!  Not only is the pie rich with chocolate, it is easy to make when you need a quick dessert.  Try this recipe and more dessert recipes at culinary.net.

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Chocolate Silk Pie

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shell
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Topping:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Chocolate shavings, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Line pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove foil. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan, combine marshmallow creme, chocolate chips, butter and unsweetened chocolate.
  3. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Cool. Fold in whipped cream then pour mixture into crust.
  4. Topping:  in a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add powdered sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over filling.
  5. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. Garnish with chocolate shavings if desired. 

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

Watch video of how to make this delicious pie!

Dessert 16 March 2018

Sweet Ways to Welcome Warmer Days

(Family Features) Warmer, longer days are made for quality time with friends and family. There’s no better way to cap off an afternoon in the sun than a good meal followed by a great dessert. Plan to end your next gathering on a sweet note with these fruity desserts to conclude a day spent with loved ones.

Fruity treats are hard to resist, especially when paired with tasty, complementary flavors and textures. If you’re looking for a treat that travels a bit off the beaten path, this pie may be just the answer. A crushed pretzel crust and creamy peanut butter filling provide a salty, savory background for plump, sweet strawberries. Or serve up a taste of the tropics with a cream pie that celebrates a medley of textures and flavors from lively blueberries to toasted coconut.

When you make fruit the star of the dessert, there’s no question you need top-quality ingredients. Each of these desserts features Lucky Leaf Fruit Fillings, which are made from fresh fruit, contain no high-fructose corn syrup and are GMO-free, for a delicious dessert every time. With a variety of flavors to choose from, including apple, blueberry, cherry, peach and strawberry, there are plenty of convenient, versatile dessert options for any occasion.

Find more tasty treats for entertaining and beyond at luckyleaf.com.

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Strawberry Peanut Butter Pie

  • 1 1/4    cups crushed pretzels
  • 1/4       cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2       cup butter, melted
  • 1          cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2       cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2    cups frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
  • 1          can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Premium Strawberry Fruit Filling and Topping
  1. Combine pretzels and granulated sugar then stir in butter. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and sides of 10-inch pie plate. Cover and chill.
  2. With electric mixer on medium speed, beat together peanut butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in whipped dessert topping.
  3. Spoon 1/2 cup pie filling into crust-lined pie plate. Carefully spread peanut butter filling over top. Top with remaining pie filling. Cover and chill 2 hours before serving.

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Fluffy Blueberry Cream Pie with Toasted Coconut

  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3       cup sugar
  • 1          tablespoon milk
  • 2          cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1          can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Premium or Organic Blueberry Fruit Filling or Topping
  • 1/2       cup toasted coconut flakes, plus additional for topping, if desired
  • 1          graham cracker crust (9 inches)
  1. In large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar and milk until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add whipped topping, pie filling and coconut; carefully fold together until no streaks remain.
  2. Spoon filling mixture into graham cracker crust. Sprinkle top with additional coconut flakes, if desired. Cover and chill 2 hours, or until firm.

Source: Lucky Leaf

Dessert 09 November 2017

Holiday Baking for Family and Friends

(Family Features) A holiday season filled with gatherings calls for simple recipes that make baking for family and friends easy and enjoyable.

Traditions are often enjoyed more around the holidays and some classic flavors are must-haves for seasonal parties and dinners. Individually portioned desserts are ideal for entertaining, and these smooth, creamy cheesecakes with vivid holiday color are a perfect single serving that is sure to brighten any dessert table. Or put a festive twist on apple pie with a cinnamon roll-inspired crust.

Each of these desserts features quick and easy preparation, and the delicious flavors of Lucky Leaf Fruit Fillings, which use high-quality fruit and contain no high-fructose corn syrup, for great tasting desserts every time. An array of popular flavors like apple, blueberry, cherry and strawberry make it possible to prepare your favorite holiday desserts in minutes.

Find more inspiration for this season’s holiday baking at luckyleaf.com.

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Mini Marbled Cherry Cheesecakes

  • 18        chocolate cookies with white filling
  • 2          packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3       cup sugar
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 1          can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Premium Cherry Fruit Filling, divided
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.  Line muffin tins with 18 paper liners.
  2. Place one chocolate cookie in bottom of each paper liner.
  3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Fold in half of fruit filling. Fill each muffin liner about three-fourths full with mixture.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until done. Cool. Top each cheesecake with spoonful of remaining fruit filling.

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Cinnamon Apple Pie

  • 1          refrigerated pie crust
  • 1          tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2          teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2          cans (21 ounces each) Lucky Leaf Premium Apple Fruit Filling
  • 1          stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1          cup flour
  • 1          cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2       cup powdered sugar, plus additional (optional)
  • 1/4       teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4       teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2          teaspoons milk, plus additional (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. On lightly floured surface, unroll pie crust. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle evenly with cinnamon. Roll up tightly and slice into 1/2-inch rounds, like miniature cinnamon rolls.
  3. Press miniature cinnamon rolls evenly into bottom and sides of 9-inch pie plate, making sure there are no spaces between rolls. Pour fruit filling on top of crust.
  4. In large bowl, using pastry blender, combine stick of butter, flour and brown sugar, until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple filling.
  5. Bake pie until top and crust are golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 40-45 minutes (cover top and crust with foil, if necessary, to prevent from getting too dark). Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  6. In small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and milk to form icing. Add more sugar or milk, if necessary, to reach desired consistency. Drizzle icing over cooled pie.

Source: Lucky Leaf

Holiday 01 November 2016

Family Holiday Tradition — Homemade Pumpkin Pie

(Family Features) What’s that warm and wonderful fragrance wafting through the air? Homemade pumpkin pie! Since 1929, Libby’s pumpkin has helped make that sweet ending to the holiday feast. Whether you use a traditional single crust or create a signature pie crust edging, you’ll be proud you made it yourself. Serve your homemade pumpkin pie warm or cold, topped with whipped cream or not. What’s your family tradition?

Tips for Delicious Pumpkin Pie

Like the classic recipe on the back of the can says, all it takes is “Mix, Pour and Bake.” Here are a few more tips from Libby’s, the pumpkin pie experts:

Before you bake. Make the batter ahead, if you wish, but pour it into the pie shell just before baking to keep the crust crisp.
During baking. The baking instructions start with a high oven temperature and then direct you to turn the temperature down part way through baking. Remember this important step which allows the crust time to crisp.
Is it done? Insert a knife near the center of the pie to test for doneness, as the center will still cook after you take the pie out of the oven.

Put a Crimp In It!

Give your homemade pumpkin pie a signature style. Line the bottom of the pie plate with homemade or refrigerated pie dough (before you add the filling) and trim around the perimeter for a 1-inch overhang. Then, create one of these decorative edges:

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Simple Fork Edge

  1. Fold overhang under and press down with your fingers.
  2. Using the tines of a lightly floured fork, press the edge of the pastry to the rim of the pie pan.

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Fluted Edge

  1. Fold overhang under and pinch to make the edge stand up.
  2. With the thumb and forefinger of one hand, pinch the outside edge of the pastry while pressing from the inside with the forefinger of your other hand.

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Rope Edge

  1. Fold overhang under and pinch to make the edge stand up.
  2. Press the pastry along the edge of the pie plate between the side of your thumb at an angle, pinch and slightly twist.

Find more recipes at VeryBestBaking.com.

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Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie

Makes: 8 servings

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream
  1. MIX sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl; stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
  2. POUR into pie shell.
  3. BAKE in preheated 425°F oven 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F; bake 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 2 hours.
  4. SERVE immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

NOTE: 1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice may be substituted for the cinnamon, ginger and cloves; however, the taste will be slightly different.

 

Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

This quick pastry is a no-fail recipe made easily with ingredients usually found in most kitchens. Be sure to use cold water and keep well-wrapped until ready to use.
Makes: 1 9-inch (4-cup volume)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 tablespoons cold water*
  1. COMBINE flour and salt in medium bowl; cut in vegetable shortening with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle with water; blend until mixture holds together.
  2. SHAPE dough into ball; place on lightly floured surface. Roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Line pie plate with pastry. Trim around perimeter for 1-inch overhang to fold under and crimp as desired.

NOTE: To make two crusts, double all ingredients, follow procedure above, and divide dough in half.
*Add 1 additional tablespoon water as needed.

Source: Libby's Pumpkin

Breakfast & Brunch 27 March 2017

Sensational Spring Flavors

(Family Features) Between blossoming flowers and warmer temperatures, there are plenty of reasons to spend more time outside. Brighten up your spring family gatherings with the sweet flavors of the season. You can prepare a delicious brunch for your family or bring a fun dessert to your next gathering without having to take away any of your time enjoying the outdoors.

Spring is also the perfect time to introduce new twists on classic desserts that will impress your loved ones. Dessert combinations, like a classic cheesecake laced with sweet cherries on a buttery chocolate chip cookie crust or a brunch-perfect cinnamon French toast with your favorite features of an apple fritter, are sure to be the talk of your family’s table.

No matter the occasion, great-tasting Lucky Leaf Premium Fruit Filling and Topping is sure to deliver. With more fruit and many options to choose from, such as apple, cherry, lemon or blueberry, you can add better flavors to your recipes. The premium line contains no high-fructose corn syrup, so you can feel good about whipping up something special for your family.

Find more easy recipes for spring at luckyleaf.com.

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Overnight Apple Fritter French Toast Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Kate of I Heart Eating
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45-55 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1 package (24 ounces) thick-sliced cinnamon bread, divided
  • 1 can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Apple Premium Fruit Filling and Topping
  • 9 large eggs
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  1. Grease 9-by-9-inch baking dish.
  2. Cube cinnamon bread and add half to prepared baking dish. Add fruit filling over bread. Cover fruit filling with rest of bread cubes.
  3. In bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half and cinnamon. Pour evenly over bread.
  4. Cover and chill overnight.
  5. Heat oven to 325° F.
  6. Uncover and bake for 45-55 minutes. If it starts to brown too much, tent aluminum foil over casserole.
  7. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes.
  8. Whisk together powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk, adding more as needed to make pourable glaze. Drizzle glaze over casserole just before serving.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cherry Cheesecake Pie

Cook time: 67-82 minutes

  • 1 roll (16.5 ounces) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 2 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cans (21 ounces each) Lucky Leaf Regular or Premium Cherry Fruit Filling, divided
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Press cookie dough evenly into bottom and sides of deep dish (2-inches deep) 9-inch pie plate.
  3. Bake 12 minutes. Cool completely. While crust is cooling, prepare filling.
  4. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Stir in 1 can of cherry fruit filling. Pour filling into cooled crust.
  5. Bake 55-70 minutes, or until filling is set and golden brown.
  6. Cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with remaining can of cherry fruit filling.

Source: Lucky Leaf

Dessert 14 March 2017

Fluffy Peanut Butter Pie

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Fluffy Peanut Butter Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Makes one (9-inch) pie

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups finely crushed crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (about 20 cookies)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) whipping cream, whipped
  1. In small saucepan, melt butter; stir in cookie crumbs. Press crumb mixture firmly on bottom and sides of 9-inch pie plate; chill while preparing filling.
  2. In large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy; add peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk, beating until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla; fold in whipped cream.
  3. Pour into crust. Chill 4 hours or until set. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Source: Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk

Dessert 14 March 2017

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Pie

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Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 55 minutes
Makes one 9-inch pie

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice from concentrate, divided
  • 1 (9-inch) graham cracker crumb crust
  • 1/2 cup raspberry preserves
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth, add egg and 3 tablespoons lemon juice; mix well.
  2. Pour 1/2 the batter into crust. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice with preserves in small bowl. Spoon half the preserves over batter.
  3. Pour remaining batter on top. Using a knife, swirl remaining preserves into decorative pattern on top.
  4. Bake 55 minutes. Cool. Refrigerate leftovers.

Source: Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

Appetizers & Sides 13 March 2017

Fix Up a Flavorful Spring Table

(Family Features) Finding the perfect recipe to share with loved ones can prove to be a year-round challenge. These tasty dishes that include a flatbread appetizer, shrimp main dish and a favorite seasonal dessert made with strawberries can help you serve up a meal perfect for any spring gathering.

Visit Culinary.net for more tips and recipes to make your springtime gatherings as nutritious as they are delicious.

Hearty and Flavorful
Make your meal a hearty, tasty one by starting it off with this recipe for Herbed Veggie Focaccia Bread, a pizza-esque flatbread that’s a delicious alternative to all-too-common unhealthy appetizers. Topped with mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, olives and onion, this delightful small plate packs a nutritious load of veggies. Find more nutritious recipes at AICR.org.

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Herbed Veggie Focaccia Bread

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research
Servings: 12

Dough:

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water, 125-130° F
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Topping:

  • 7 medium fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, slivered
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons cornmeal
  1. Heat oven to 475° F.
  2. To make dough: In mixing bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, yeast and salt. Add water and oil. Beat until smooth. Stir in remaining all-purpose flour to form soft dough. Place onto floured surface and knead by hand until consistent and elastic, about 4 minutes. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.
  3. To make topping: In bowl, combine mushrooms, tomatoes, green bell pepper, olives, onion, oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, basil and garlic powder.
  4. Coat 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Gently press dough into pan. With fork, generously prick dough.
  5. Bake 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cover dough with topping mixture. Bake additional 10 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

Fast, Flavorful Fish Dinner
If warm spring weather has you in the mood for a simple fish dinner, look to your humble sheet pan. Follow these simple tips from Dr. Wendy Bazilian, McCormick Health Advisor and Registered Dietitian, to enjoy tasty seafood recipes you’ll want to make all year long.

  • Sheet pans are perfect for simple fish dinners because they require minimal cleanup and everything is baked on one pan.
  • While lemon is a great complement to seafood, think about pairing with other citrus flavors like orange and lime. Try marinating shrimp in a mixture of lite coconut milk, lime extract, ginger and red pepper.
  • Add colorful vegetables like zoodles or asparagus to your sheet pan to boost both seafood and vegetable servings. You don’t need a spiralizer to make zoodles because many grocery stores offer pre-made zoodles in the produce section.

Explore more recipes to enjoy during spring and beyond at McCormick.com, or look for McCormick Spice on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Coconut Lime Shrimp with Zoodles

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1/4 cup Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk (regular or lite)
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Pure Lime Extract
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into thin noodles with spiralizer
  • 1 medium yellow squash, cut into thin noodles with spiralizer
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into thin noodles with spiralizer
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Ground Black Pepper
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. In large, re-sealable plastic bag, mix together coconut milk, ginger, garlic powder, crushed red pepper and lime extract. Add shrimp; turn to coat well.
  3. Refrigerate 15-30 minutes. Remove shrimp from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. In center of large, shallow, foil-lined baking pan, arrange shrimp in single layer.
  4. In large bowl, toss vegetable noodles and oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat well. Spread noodles around shrimp in pan.
  5. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until shrimp turn pink and are cooked through and noodles are tender. Serve shrimp over vegetable noodles.

Test kitchen tip: For faster prep, use 4 cups store-bought spiralized vegetable noodles instead of spiralizing them yourself.

Dessert Makeover
Strawberries are a seasonal favorite. Indulge by skipping the shortcake and whipping up this lower-calorie dessert for more flavor and less guilt. A whole-wheat crust layered with simple, low-fat ingredients and topped with fresh strawberries provides a tasty springtime treat. Find more good-for-you recipes at AICR.org.

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Strawberry and Cheese Refrigerator Pie

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research
Servings: 8

  • 1 prepared whole-wheat graham cracker pie crust (9 inches)
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons extra-fine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberry fruit spread
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Place crust on baking sheet and bake 8 minutes, or until golden and fragrant. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
  3. Place cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla in small bowl. Using hand mixer on medium speed or wooden spoon, blend until combined and smooth. Spread cheese mixture evenly over bottom of pie crust. Refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.
  4. Before serving, cut off tops of strawberries. Halve largest ones and place in bowl. Cut remaining berries lengthwise in quarters and place in another bowl. Melt fruit spread in bowl in microwave or in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Mix in lemon juice, if using, and divide hot fruit spread between two bowls of berries. Using fork, toss until fruit is coated.
  5. Spoon quartered fruit into center of pie, turning most pieces cut-side down. Arrange larger halves in circle around edge of pie with flat side facing rim of crust and pointing toward center of pie. Fill open spaces with any remaining fruit spread.
  6. Serve pie within 1 hour.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Herbed Veggie Focaccia Bread)
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Source: Culinary.net

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