I have a card in my recipe file behind the “Pies” tab that reads: “I am smarter than Crisco and flour.” It’s like one of those positive affirmations a motivational speaker would teach you at a high-priced seminar. Only problem is, I’m not. I’m not smarter. Oh, I’ve tried, I’ve tried many times. I’ve got friends and relatives who are – smarter, that is – who can bake simply lovely pie crusts, but try as I may, I’ve surrendered; it is not my forte. So today I bring you a recipe for “Pumpkin Squares” for people who AREN’T smarter than Crisco and flour.
1 C. flour
1/2 C. quick oats
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. (1 cube) butter
Mix well and press in 9X13 pan. Bake 15 minutes @ 350º
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
1 can evaporated milk
3/4 Cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
Mix well with mixer, pour over crust.
Bake @ 350º 25 minutes
1 Cup pecans, chopped
3 or 4 Tbs. butter, softened
1 Cup brown sugar
Mix well and sprinkle over filling.
Bake @ 350º 15 – 20 more minutes, or until filling is “set”, but don’t burn the nuts.
Chill. Serve with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream.
Here’s a quick bread recipe. I’m really glad I remembered I had this one too, since I have a package of cheddar I picked up several weeks ago when it was on sale. It’s fine – no mold or anything, just has gotten quite sharp. I like sharp cheese (I remember my dad did too), but the others in the fam aren’t too much of a fan. Whatever kind of cheese you have will work. This is a good one all by itself, or with a bowl of soup, or with a salad. (Hint: I like it best warmed 5 – 10 seconds in the microwave if it’s not hot.)
1/2 Cup butter
1/2 Cup warm milk
1/4 Cup warm water
2 1/2 Cup flour, divided
1 pkg. (2 teaspoons) yeast
2 Cups (8 oz.) shredded cheese
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
Warm butter, milk, and water together. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cup flour and all other ingredients. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, stir in remaining 1 cup flour. Cover.
Let rise until light, ~ 45-60 minutes.
Grease a 9×5 loaf pan (I use a nine-inch round Pyrex). Stir down dough, place in pan. Bake at 375º (350º for glass pan) 40-45 minutes.
When it comes out of the oven and is still hot, I like to coat the top with a generous coat of butter, then sprinkle with coarse kosher salt.
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This recipe usually comes out at Christmas and New Years. I wondered if anyone may be interested because of the Super Bowl coming up in a week or so. You could probably make this just from reading the title or looking at the pictures, pretty simple stuff – and pretty darn tasty.
Cut a package of bacon in half. (You don’t have to arrange them in a lattice pattern like this unless you want your spouse to tease you too.) Drain 1 can (8 oz.) whole water chestnuts and 1 small can pineapple tidbits.
Wrap each chestnut and tidbit with a half-slice of bacon, securing with a toothpick, and place in a 9X9 baking dish. Combine 1 cup barbecue sauce with 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup grape jelly, pour over and around wraps.
Bake covered at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) for 20 minutes; uncover and bake 10 minutes more.
Bacon and barbecue sauce – yum!
If you want to change your payroll withholdings and /or deductions, here’s a link to the new W-4. Most companies merely require you to fill this out and turn it in to their payroll department.
Note: Posts on this blog are for information only, and are NOT legal advice.