Dessert

Panettone (2 Loaves)

Listen to Episode 52: 2nd Anniversary & Panettone

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 c flour
  • 1 c very warm water
  • 1/4 c melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • Fruits & almonds, listed in directions
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbs or 1 packet yeast

Directions:

  • Mix 2 c flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a large bowl. Add melted butter, water, vanilla, orange extract, and eggs, mix well.
  • Knead in additional 1-2 c flour to make a soft dough. Cover and let rise.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together 1/3 c each of golden raisins, craisins, dried cherries, dried apricots, and slivered almonds.
  • After dough doubles in size, press dough down. Knead in fruit and almond mixture and let rise again.
  • Form into two balls. Place into paper baking cups or tall round pans and let rise for a 3rd time before baking.
  • Bake 10 minutes at 400°F, 10 minutes at 375°F, then 30 minutes at 350°F. Cool on a wire rack.
Dessert, Lunch/Dinner, Side Dishes, Vegan

Harvest-Stuffed Pumpkin

Listen to Episode 50: Harvest-Stuffed Pumpkin

Ingredients:

  • 1 pie pumpkin
  • 3/4 c dried cranberries
  • 3/4 c dried blueberries
  • 3/4 c dried cherries
  • 3/4 c dried apples
  • 3/4 c black raisins
  • 3/4 c golden raisins
  • 3/4 c walnuts
  • 3/4 c pecans
  • 2 Tbs melted butter
  • 1/4 c honey

Directions:

  • Pie pumpkin should be about 8-inches diameter. Clean the outside well. Cut a lid with a nice flat surface on it so it stays on during baking, cutting horizontally works well. Clean out seeds and strings, like a jack o’ lantern.
  • Microwave 5 minutes on high to pre-cook or bake 20 minutes in a 350°F oven while preparing the filling.
  • Layer filling (all but honey and butter) into pumpkin 1/4 c at a time, repeat until pumpkin is filled.
  • Pour melted butter and honey over top of filling, place lid on top.
  • Bake in 350°F oven for 30-45 minutes.
Dessert

Cookie Icing

Listen to Episode 30: Classic Cut Out Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c butter, soft but not melted
  • 32-oz bag powdered sugar
  • Milk

Directions:

  • In a big bowl, whip butter with a wooden spoon. Add vanilla and blend.
  • Add half of the bag of powdered sugar. Blend and add 1 Tbs of milk at a time until smooth.
  • Add the rest of the powdered sugar, then milk 1 Tbs at a time until the icing is a nice spreading consistency. If it’s too thin, you can add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add more milk.
  • Divide icing into separate bowls to tint. If using liquid food coloring, make the icing a little thicker as the color will thin it.
  • Decorate and let cookies sit on a rack for a while so icing can set up. It will get stiff on the outside but stay soft on the inside.
Dessert

Cut Out Cookies

Listen to Episode 30: Classic Cut Out Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 c butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbs milk
  • 4 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Directions:

  • Cream together butter, sugar, and salt. Add eggs and milk, mix well.
  • Blend in flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix well, divide into two balls of dough, and chill in the refrigerator for two hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Use a lightly floured surface to roll out dough. Roll out dough so that it is 1/4 inch thick or slightly thinner and cut out desired shapes. Place cookies on baking sheets that have a sheet of parchment paper on them.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes, until edges are slightly brown. Do not overbake!
  • Cool on a cooling rack and ice.