Easy Fruit Stollen

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I really love this version of stollen which is easy and fairly quick to make.  The ricotta gives the dough an interesting texture and the bits of dried fruit are delicious.  Even with a heavy coating of powdered sugar, this is not overly sweet.  Lovely with hot coffee or tea.

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Easy Fruit Stollen


Dough:
2-¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
1-½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup cold butter, cut in cubes
1 cup ricotta cheese, part-skim milk type
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-½ tsp. butter flavoring (optional)
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
l/4 cup each of figs, dates, apricots, raisins, chopped to ½ inch cubes
1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted and cooled

Topping:
3 Tblsp. butter, melted
½ cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Blend the butter cubes into the flour mixture to form uneven crumbs.

In a separate bowl, mix together the cheese, egg, vanilla and flavorings.

Toss the fruit and almonds with the flour mixture until evenly distributed.  Than combine the wet and dry ingredients, mixing until most of the flour is moistened.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead it two or three times until it holds together.  Divide dough in half.

Form each half of dough into a rectangle about 4 inches x 7 inches, 1-1/2 inches thick.
Place shaped stollen on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the stollen until they’re lightly browned around the edges – about 40 minutes.  A cake tester inserted into the center of a stollen should come out clean.

Remove stollen to a rack and allow to cool.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle heavily with powdered sugar.

Wrap in plastic wrap until ready to serve.  Cut into one-inch wide slices to serve.
Yield:  Two one-pound stollen.

This version of stollen does not keep for weeks as traditional stollen does.  Best if used within 3 days or  so. 

stollen-2Fresh from the oven

stollen-3Topped with butter and sugar

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Easy Tuna Dill Wraps

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This is an easy wrap that makes a nice, satisfying lunch any time.  Other than warming the tortillas, there is no cooking required.

EASY TUNA DILL WRAPS

  • Four 10-inch burrito-style flour tortillas
  • Dill Sauce*
  • Two 5-oz. cans white albacore tuna, drained
  • One medium tomato, sliced
  • 4 large pieces of lettuce
  • Salt/Pepper

*Dill Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ tsp. dried dill weed (or 1 tsp fresh dill)
  • ½ tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice

Whisk sauce ingredients in a small bowl until blended

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To assemble wraps:

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Warm tortillas in the microwave for about 10 seconds until they are pliable.  Place a tortilla on a plate and spread with sauce to within one inch of edge.  Spoon 1/2 can of drained tuna down center of tortilla.

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Place a piece of lettuce and tomato slices on top of tuna.

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Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Fold down top and bottom edges of tortilla….

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…and roll tortilla from sides, placing seam-side-down on plate.

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Slice completed wrap on the diagonal in three equal pieces.

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Complete remaining wraps and serve immediately.

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4 servings.  If made ahead of time and refrigerated, microwave for a few seconds to soften tortillas.

There will be enough sauce to have a little bit for dipping, if desired.

Easy and Quick Lemon Mousse

In 1976, I saw a cookbook at a reduced price in a book store and took a chance on it.  I’ve never regretted it.  The book was called The Garden Club Desserts Cookbook and this is the first dessert I made from it….certainly not the last.

EASY AND QUICK LEMON MOUSSE

  • 14 oz. can of condensed milk (I use non-fat)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 8 oz. (2 cups) lite frozen whipped topping, thawed

In a medium bowl, whisk together the condensed milk and lemon juice.  Fold in the whipped topping.  Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours.

Serve in a pretty dessert dish.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.