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Pumpkin Creme Caramel

Pumpkin Creme Caramel

For the caramel base:
3/4 cup super fine sugar
3 tablespoons water

For the flan:
1 cup super fine granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)
1 12-ounce can evaporated skim milk
3/4 cup egg substitute
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

For the caramel base:

1. Melt sugar with water in a small copper or heavy-gauged saucepan over moderate heat. Stir occasionally to melt sugar.

2. Let the mixture boil without stirring for at least 5 minutes until the liquid turns golden brown.

3. Immediately pour into a 9″ baking dish.

For the flan:

1. Mix the pumpkin, evaporated milk, egg substitute and vanilla in a bowl by hand or mixer.

2. Add the dry ingredients and blend well.

3. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

4. Place the dish in a larger pan and pour hot water into the larger pan until the water comes halfway up the edge of the baking dish.

5. Bake for 1 hour or until the flan is set.

6. Cool until room temperature then refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 1 day before serving.

7. Before serving run a sharp knife around the edge of the flan and invert onto a platter making sure that the caramel runs down the top and sides.

Serving Size: 1/10th

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November 1, 2006 Posted by | Candy, Candy Recipes, Dessert, Dessert Recipes, Events, Famous Recipes, Food, Fruit Recipes, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Recipes, Thanksgiving | Leave a comment

Zombie Eyeballs

Zombie Eyeballs

Perfect for Halloween hors d’oeurve. You can even freeze them ahead and bake them in small batches. We like to use Jalapeno Jack cheese, as its flecks of red and green peppers add a ghoulish visual effect.

1/2 stick butter or margarine
1/2 pound grated cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
About 24 small stuffed olives

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Leave the butter or margarine out until soft. Combine it with the cheese in a mixing bowl until well blended. In a different bowl, mix the flour, paprika, and salt. Combine the two mixtures until completely blended together. Teaspoon by teaspoon, form “eyeballs” around the olives. Place them on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

Or freeze them on the baking sheets. When hard, place them in plastic bags then thaw and bake them as needed. If successful, your guests will say “Oooooo! GROSS!”

November 1, 2006 Posted by | Cheese, Events, Food, Halloween, Halloween Recipes, Ingredients, Recipe | Leave a comment

Baked Apples with Raisin-Nut Stuffing and Caramel Sauce

Baked Apples with Raisin-Nut Stuffing and Caramel Sauce

8 large apples, such as Gala or Granny Smith
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons softened butter
1 1/2 cups water or apple cider for cooking the apples
fresh mint, for garnish

Caramel Sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup hot water

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Remove the core from the apples with an apple corer or hollow out the core with a vegetable peeler.

3. Mix the raisins, chopped walnuts, sugar and butter together. Stuff as much of the raisin-nut mixture as you can into the hollowed-out core of each apple.

4. Put the apples into a baking pan, add enough water or cider to cover the bottom of the pan, about 1/4 of an inch high. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, or unitl the apples can be easily pierced with a knife and are cooked through.

For the caramel sauce:

5. Heat the sugar in a small saute pan on medium-low heat until it starts to melt and turns a dark amber color, about 5 to 7 minutes.

6. Add the water carefully; it can spatter because the sugar is so hot. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the caramel disolves and the mixture is syrupy. Remove the sauce from the heat. It will thicken more as it cools.

7. Pour some of the caramel sauce onto the center of each plare. Place a baked apple in the middle and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Serving Size: 1 apple with sauce

November 1, 2006 Posted by | Apple Recipes, Apples, Candy Recipes, Christmas, Dessert, Dessert Recipes, Events, Famous Recipes, Food, Fruit Recipes, Fruits, Recipes, Thanksgiving | Leave a comment