Fresh Pear Pie
Fresh Pear Pie
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This sounds very good and adding this for a good friend in Thailand. This recipe is for fresh pears, and making the crust yourself. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Fresh Pear Pie
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This sounds very good and adding this for a good friend in Thailand. This recipe is for fresh pears, and making the crust yourself. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 230 C (450 F). Place a baking sheet on the bottom rack.
  2. Add the pear slices to a large mixing bowl. Mix together the sugar, flour, nutmeg, and lemon zest and sprinkle over the pears and toss to mix in.
  3. Roll out the first crusts and line a 9 inch pie dish, pour in the pear mixture.
  4. Roll out the second pie crust and place on top of the pie, flute the edge to your preference. Cut a few slits in the top crust.
  5. Beat the egg with a tablespoon of water, brush this on the top then sprinkle some sugar on the top (makes a nice and golden crust to give a sweet crunch).
  6. Place pie on the baking sheet and bake sheet for 10 minutes, then reduce the temp to 180 C (350 F) and bake for another 35 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
  7. Cool for several hours before serving. Serve with whipped topping or ice cream as desired.
Recipe Notes

I will say Fair cost per serving until I can locate fresh pears again.

Shortcut: Pie Crust.

Adapted from an internet recipe.Β 

Orange Drop Cookies
Orange Drop Cookies
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These sound delicious and comes to me from a very good friend in the US, and her description of these is "They are a light cookie. Not as heavy as I expected. This is now, my favorite." I look forward to making these as well as enjoying them.
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
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These sound delicious and comes to me from a very good friend in the US, and her description of these is "They are a light cookie. Not as heavy as I expected. This is now, my favorite." I look forward to making these as well as enjoying them.
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Cookies
For the Glaze
Servings:
Instructions
For the Cookies
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until smooth, then add orange juice, zest, and the egg.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt (just put that all in a separate bowl and mix it). Now mix that into the wet ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
For the Glaze
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the Glaze ingredients. Beat together. If glaze is too runny, mix in more powdered sugar, if too thick, add more orange juice a few drops at a time.
  2. Drizzle glaze over the cooled cookies, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe isΒ here.
United States.

Apple Cake
Apple Cake
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This sounds really good and was provided by a good friend also living in Thailand, his words: "This cake is so moist and rich and perfect for any time of the year." Sounds like a great cake to me, on my to cook list!
Servings Prep Time
2 9 inch cakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 9 inch cakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
55 minutes
Apple Cake
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This sounds really good and was provided by a good friend also living in Thailand, his words: "This cake is so moist and rich and perfect for any time of the year." Sounds like a great cake to me, on my to cook list!
Servings Prep Time
2 9 inch cakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 9 inch cakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
55 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 9 inch cakes
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and oil.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F).
  3. Peel, core, and slice the apples. I use an apple corer/slicer, so peel an apple, use the corer/slicer, then slice each piece, add the pieces to the large mixing bowl and stir them in to prevent browning. Repeat for remaining apples.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the flour and baking soda. Slowly mix in the flour mixture into the large mixing bowl until the flour is well combined, highly recommended to use a large sturdy fork to do this.
  5. Pour the batter equally into two 9 inch round cake pans and bake for 55 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack.
  7. To serve, place each cake on top of one another and serve with ice cream or whipped topping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost for a great sounding dessert.

Provided by friend, Kurt Hammerschmidt.
Thailand.

Pumpkin Orange Cookies
Pumpkin Orange Cookies
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These sound really good and pumpkin is very inexpensive. I based this recipe on making the fresh pumpkin yourself, but the canned amount is stated as well for those wishing to use that. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
30
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Prep Time
30
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Pumpkin Orange Cookies
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These sound really good and pumpkin is very inexpensive. I based this recipe on making the fresh pumpkin yourself, but the canned amount is stated as well for those wishing to use that. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
30
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Prep Time
30
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. First thing if not using canned pumpkin is to cook your pumpkin, I steam about 750 to 800 grams of fresh pumpkin until fork tender then peel and mash. Use any method you prefer to cook and mash the pumpkin. If you have a bit more than 2 cups, no problem, no one will complain πŸ™‚
  2. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F).
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In another large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Then beat in the egg, pumpkin, 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice, and 1 tsp of grated peel. Mix well until smooth.
  5. Slowly add the flour and mix in until well combined. Stir in the nuts if using those.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are set.
  7. Place the cookies onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  8. To make the icing, add the powdered sugar to a mixing bowl, and the remaining orange juice and peel, mix until smooth.
  9. Spread about 1/2 teaspoon of icing on each fully cooled cookie.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
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This sounds really good, on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Sweet Potato Pie
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This sounds really good, on my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potatoes whole with skin on until fork tender, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool them under running water and peel them.
  2. If you are using a bought crust, thaw that out. If making your own crust, go ahead and make while the sweet potatoes are cooking, then line a pie dish with the crust and set aside.
  3. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F).
  4. Place the sweet potatoes in a pot and using a potato masher, mash them up well. Add remaining ingredients except for obviously, the crust πŸ™‚
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. As the pie cooks it will puff up then sink down as it cools, perfectly normal.
  6. Allow the pie to cool completely, break out the whipped topping, cut, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Pie Crust.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Crustless Fresh Pumpkin Pie
Crustless Fresh Pumpkin Pie
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This is a from scratch pie, no canned pumpkin, for where I live, plenty of winter squash, which is a pumpkin, but depending on your location, feel free to use orange pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut, or Hubbard squash. The type of pan used, glass or metal, and size will determine temp and bake time.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time
35-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time
35-60 minutes
Crustless Fresh Pumpkin Pie
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This is a from scratch pie, no canned pumpkin, for where I live, plenty of winter squash, which is a pumpkin, but depending on your location, feel free to use orange pumpkin, acorn squash, butternut, or Hubbard squash. The type of pan used, glass or metal, and size will determine temp and bake time.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time
35-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time
35-60 minutes
Ingredients
For the Filling after the pumpkin is cooked
Servings: servings
Instructions
Dish Size, Type, Temp, and Times
  1. 9 inch round glass pie dish: 160 C (325 F), bake for 55 to 60 minutes.
    10 inch round glass pie dish: 160 C (325 F); bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
    8 inch round cake pan: 180 C (350 F); bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
    9 inch round cake pan: 180 C (350 F); bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
    8 inch square baking pan: 180 C (350 F); bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
    8 inch square glass baking dish: 160 C (325 F); bake for 55 to 60 minutes.
    9 inch square baking pan: 180 C (350 F); bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
    11 x 7 inch glass baking dish: 160 C (325 F); bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
Preparation
  1. First thing to do is prep the pumpkin. I normally just cut a large section from a whole pumpkin and weigh it, if you are over the amount stated by a little, no worries, use that.
  2. Remove the seeds and using a large knife, cut the pumpkin into large pieces.
  3. Place the pieces into a steamer basket in a pot or as I do, in a steamer basket for my rice cooker. Add water to your pot or rice cooker and when boiling, add the basket with the pumpkin. Steam for 20 minutes or so until fork tender. Remove the steamer basket and let the pumpkin cool.
  4. Once the pumpkin is cooled enough to handle, peel the skin off each piece and place the peeled piece in a medium sized pot. Once all the pieces are peeled, use a potato masher and mash the pumpkin, there you just made basically a can of pumpkin πŸ™‚
  5. Preheat your oven according to the size and type of dish or pan you are using from the list above. Light grease with butter the bottom of the dish or pan you are going use.
  6. You should have at least two cups of mashed pumpkin, if you have a little more, use that as well, no one is going to complain. Place the pumpkin mash and the rest of the Filling ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together.
  7. Pour the mix into your baking dish or pan and bake for the time specified for the size and type of dish or pan you are using. Check the pie at the minimum time stated, use a toothpick to check doneness. When a toothpick inserted near the center of the pie comes out clean, the pie done. Keep in mind if you used a bit more pumpkin, you may have to bake a few minutes longer.
  8. Remove the pie from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cool for 2 hours then place in the fridge until you are going to serve it.
  9. Serve topped with whipped cream and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Square Pumpkin Pie
Square Pumpkin Pie
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Rectangle pie really, as this uses a 9x13 baking dish. Pumpkin pie was requested by the family for a wedding party and since I only have one pie dish, I opted to go with a 9x13 pan and modified my other pumpkin pie recipe to make this work. This is from scratch recipe, meaning you will make the filling and the crust, so this does take time but well worth it.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Square Pumpkin Pie
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Rectangle pie really, as this uses a 9x13 baking dish. Pumpkin pie was requested by the family for a wedding party and since I only have one pie dish, I opted to go with a 9x13 pan and modified my other pumpkin pie recipe to make this work. This is from scratch recipe, meaning you will make the filling and the crust, so this does take time but well worth it.
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Servings Prep Time
16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour +
Ingredients
For the Crust
For the Filling
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing we need to do is steam the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin into quarters, then cut each quarter into chunks, no need to peel, it is much easier when it has been steamed. Place the chunks in a steamer (I use my rice cooker with a steamer tray) and once the water is boiling, steam for about 15 minutes or so until the pumpkin is fork tender, work in batches if needed depending on the size of your steamer. Once the pumpkin is steamed, remove to a bowl and let cool.
  2. Now we make the crust, make sure you have a large work surface to do the rolling on.
  3. Add the flour and salt to a mixing bowl and mix together, then add the shredded cold butter and cut into the flour with a large sturdy fork until it has the consistency of bread crumbs.
  4. Now add about 4 tablespoons of cold water and mix together with a large sturdy spoon, keep adding water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough forms a nice ball, if too sticky, add flour as needed.
  5. Transfer the dough onto your floured work surface, rub your rolling pin with flour, sprinkle some flour on the dough and roll it out very large, about 1/8 inch thick, you want it larger than 9x13 due to the sides of the dish as well.
  6. Once rolled, roll it up on the pin and unroll it over the dish, gently pushing down and helping it in to cover the bottom and sides. If the side split and break off, no worries, just add them back to the sides and press together the seams. Trim off the excess dough from the edges. Place the dish in the fridge. (You can take the excess dough and roll it back out, cut into strips and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and bake those if you like.)
  7. Preheat your oven to 230 C (450 F). And take the baking dish out of the fridge and set on the counter, very important if you are using Pyrex so you do not do a major temp change.
  8. Now to make the filling. Take the cooled chunks of pumpkin and peel all the skin off using a pairing knife, very easy to do, toss each cleaned piece into a medium sized pot. When all are cleaned and in the pot, use a potato masher and mash the pumpkin.
  9. Add the rest of the Filling ingredients to the mashed pumpkin, mash a few more times then mix with a large spoon.
  10. Pour the filling into the baking dish and spread evenly, dish will be about 3/4 full. Place dish in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  11. Lower temp to 160 C (325 F) and continue to bake until set, use a toothpick to check, this takes 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  12. Once the filling is set, leave the pie in the oven and turn off the heat and let the pie set for 30-40 minutes (this gives a firm texture to the pie).
  13. Remove the pie to a rack on the counter and let completely cool. Then place in the fridge until chilled.
  14. Serve with whipped topping and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from a combination of my pumpkin pie recipe and and internet recipe.

Mexican Churros
Mexican Churros
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These sound wonderful, and appears to be very easy and straightforward. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
15 churros 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15 churros 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Mexican Churros
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These sound wonderful, and appears to be very easy and straightforward. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
15 churros 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15 churros 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: churros
Instructions
  1. Heat about 2-3 inches of cooking oil in a large pot to 180 - 190 C (350 - 375 F).
  2. While the oil is heating, use a large saucepan and add the water, butter, vanilla, and salt. When the butter has completely melted bring to a simmer then remove from heat and turn off the burner.
  3. Stir in the flour into the butter mixture, add the eggs one at a time and mix well to fully incorporate the eggs into the batter. The batter will be thick, like peanut butter.
  4. When the oil is hot, spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star or round tip. The star tip will give nice edges that crisp up but it not required.
  5. Pipe some batter directly into the hot oil to make a long piece almost as wide as the pot, then cut the batter from the tip with a pair of shears. Do this 3-4 times but do not over crowd the pot.
  6. The batter will puff up as it cooks, cook for just 2-4 minutes, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. Remove to paper towels to drain. Repeat for the rest of the batter.
  7. Allow all the churros to cool until you can handle them. Place the sugar and cinnamon in a large zip lock bag and add a few churros to the bag, zip the bag and gently shake to coat them with the sugar mixture.
  8. Serve as is or with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, or caramel sauce. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Rice Pudding
Rice Pudding
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Sounds good, I have not had rice pudding in 12+ years. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Rice Pudding
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Sounds good, I have not had rice pudding in 12+ years. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the cooked rice to a saucepan plus 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar, and salt. Cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes until thick and creamy.
  2. Stir in remaining milk and raisins, and slowly stir in the egg, stirring constantly. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon into serving bowls and sprinkle with just a tiny pinch of cinnamon. Can be served warm or cold.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake
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This was a new cake for me, and it is delicious. I used the shortcuts for the cake mix, buttermilk, and frosting. I made this on 14 Feb 2018, and it is delicious. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Red Velvet Cake
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This was a new cake for me, and it is delicious. I used the shortcuts for the cake mix, buttermilk, and frosting. I made this on 14 Feb 2018, and it is delicious. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Grease and flour two 8 inch rounds spring form pans.
  2. Add the cake mix to mixing bowl, add the butter and work that into the flour. Crack the eggs into another bowl and whisk then pour the eggs into the flour and mix to combine. Slowly add the milk and mix just until the cake batter comes together, do not over work the batter or the result will not be a light and fluffy cake.
  3. Now add the cocoa powder and mix that in.
  4. Then mix in the bottle of red food coloring.
  5. Pour the batter equally into the two pans.
  6. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and place the pans on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the outer spring form and let the cakes completely cool.
  7. When the cakes are completely cool, use your favorite frosting to frost them or do as I did and use the buttercream shortcut.
  8. Slice and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Yellow Cake Mix, Buttermilk, Buttercream Frosting.

Adapted from many internet recipes.