Sunday Dessert – German Chocolate Cake (Smaller Version)

Since my 86 years have started to catch up with me, I don’t cook as often, particularly experimenting with new recipes that I can share. I do still cook the family holiday meals, though, and every Sunday fix lunch for my two daughters which features a favorite recipe and is followed by 3 hours of various kinds of needlework and chatting. For these lunches, I always make something they especially like from my blogs of over 10 years and I thought it might be fun to share my Sunday desserts each week.

On the two Sundays before Thanksgiving, I try to make something that’s the exact opposite of food we might have on that holiday. This week I went with a sort of German theme with a smaller version of German Chocolate cake as dessert and for an entrée, Reuben sandwiches.

My younger daughter is the only one who loves coconut, so I don’t need a big cake. I adapted my recipe to make this smaller version which is plenty for a lunch serving for the three of us with some left over for my daughter to take home. From my 2012 post:

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/german-chocolate-cake-a-smaller-version/

German Chocolate Cake (A Smaller Version)


2 oz. Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate*
¼ cup water
2 eggs, separated
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
Dash salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
½ cup buttermilk**
*To substitute for German’s Sweet Chocolate, add 2 Tblsp. granulated sugar for each ounce of unsweetened chocolate.

**To substitute for buttermilk, place 1 Tblsp. white vinegar in a measuring cup and add enough milk to reach one cup (8 oz.). Let stand 5 minutes before using.

Cover bottoms of three 7-1/2 inch loaf pans with waxed paper. Spray sides with cooking spray.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate and water on high for 1-½ to 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until chocolate is almost melted. Remove from microwave and continue stirring until the chocolate is completely melted.

Beat egg whites in mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form; set aside.

Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.

In the large bowl of a mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in the melted chocolate and vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until well blended after each addition – beginning and ending with flour mixture.

By hand, gently fold in egg whites.

Divide batter among the three loaf pans.

Bake @ 350 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean. Immediately loosen the sides of the cakes and allow to cool in pans for 15 minutes.

Remove from pans to wire racks. Remove waxed paper. Let cool completely.

To Make Coconut Pecan Filling/Frosting

COCONUT PECAN FILLING/FROSTING

2 egg yolks
¾ cup evaporated milk, undiluted
¾ tsp. vanilla
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup plus 2 Tblsp. butter
1-1/3 cups Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut
¾ cup chopped toasted pecans
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, milk and vanilla until well blended. Add sugar and butter and cook on medium heat for 12 minutes or until thickened and golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

Add coconut and pecans; mix well.  Cool to desired spreading consistency.

Spread 1/3 of the Coconut Pecan Filling/Frosting on top of one layer of the cooled cakes, top with a second layer and spread its top with 1/3 of the filling/frosting. Repeat with the final layer and 1/3 of frosting. 

This is a wonderfully soft, delicious cake but I had a little of trouble handling the layers even in this smaller size. The cake isn’t picture-perfect-looking, but it sure tastes great.

Also served: Reuben sandwiches – corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on homemade rye bread, from my post of 2008

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/rye-bread-and-reubens/

 

 

 

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Walnut Fudge Frosting

Since my 86 years have started to catch up with me, I don’t cook as often, particularly experimenting with new recipes that I can share. I do still cook the family holiday meals, though, and every Sunday fix lunch for my two daughters which features a favorite recipe and is followed by 3 hours of various kinds of needlework and chatting. For these lunches, I always make something they especially like from my blogs of over 10 years and I thought it might be fun to share my Sunday desserts each week.

These pumpkin cupcakes are soft, spicy and so good without using eggs or milk. The Pumpkin-Walnut Fudge Frosting is delicious but very rich. The Cinnamon Glaze at the bottom of the recipe is a good choice and not so decadent.  From my 2011 post:

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/pumpkin-cupcakes-with-pumpkin-walnut-fudge-frosting/

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Walnut Fudge Frosting

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ginger
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup pumpkin puree
¾ cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil (Canola)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 12 cupcake sections or insert 12 paper or silicone liners.

In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, and baking soda.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla.

Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until thoroughly combined. Spoon into the 12 prepared cupcake pans and bake for approximately 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Allow the cupcakes to stay in the pan for five minutes. If using paper or silicone liners, leave in liners and remove to a rack to cool for five minutes.

After five minutes, remove the cupcakes from the silicone liners and allow to cool completely on a rack.

When the cupcakes are cool, frost with rich Pumpkin Walnut Fudge Frosting:

PUMPKIN WALNUT FUDGE FROSTING

¼ cup pumpkin puree
1 Tblsp. butter
1 Tblsp. evaporated milk, undilulted
½ tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

In a medium pan, place the pumpkin and cook over medium low heat (#4 on my electric range gauge) for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. A non-stick pan is helpful to keep the pumpkin from scorching. Add butter and evaporated milk and continue to cook over medium low heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in spices and powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in nuts. Cool. Spread on tops of cooled Pumpkin Cupcakes. Enough frosting to generously cover 12 cupcakes.

*Veronica’s Maple-Cinnamon Glaze (enough for 12 cupcakes)
½ cup powdered sugar
2 Tblsp. real maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over cupcakes.

Also served: Autumn Chicken and Beans – a hearty dish of chicken, cannellini beans and the surprise addition of raisins.  From my 2011 post:

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/autumn-chicken-and-beans/

Sunday Dessert – Apple Sponge Pudding

Since my 86 years have started to catch up with me, I don’t cook as often, particularly experimenting with new recipes that I can share. I do still cook the family holiday meals, though, and every Sunday fix lunch for my two daughters which features a favorite recipe and is followed by 3 hours of various kinds of needlework and chatting. For these lunches, I always make something they especially like from my blogs of over 10 years and I thought it might be fun to share my Sunday desserts each week.

In the 1980s and 90s, we had a home out in the country with all kinds of fruit trees, including three kinds of apples.  I was always looking for something different to use up some of the fruit.  This recipe came from Bear Wallow Apple Recipes.  I first made this dessert in 1995 and have a note in my binder:  “Made with our own Golden Delicious apples.  David (my husband) loved this – ate almost the whole thing for supper.”  From my 2014 post:

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/apple-sponge-pudding-with-cinnamon-whipped-cream/

Apple Sponge Pudding with Cinnamon Whipped Cream


1 egg yolk, beaten
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
¼ cup water
½ tsp vanilla
1 egg white, beaten stiff
¾ cup dark brown sugar
2 Tblsp. butter
5 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced (about 5 cups)
Sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Have at hand a 9-inch baking dish

In a medium bowl, place the beaten egg yolk and whisk in granulated sugar.

Sift together dry ingredients and add to egg mixture alternately with water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add vanilla. Fold in stiff egg white.
Sprinkle brown sugar evenly on bottom of baking dish and dot with butter.  Place sliced apples over sugar, sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.  Pour pudding mixture over apples.

Bake in 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes.

 

Serve with a dollop of:

Cinnamon Whipped Cream:
½ cup whipping cream
1 Tblsp. powdered sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon

Beat cream, powdered sugar and cinnamon until cream is thick

Also served: Pasta with Ham, Pear and Goat Cheese from my 2017 post:

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/pasta-with-ham-pear-and-goat-cheese/

Sunday Dinner Dessert – Nantucket Cranberry Pie

 

Since my 86 years have started to catch up with me, I don’t cook as often, particularly experimenting with new recipes that I can share. I do still cook the family holiday meals, though, and every Sunday fix lunch for my two daughters which features a favorite recipe and is followed by 3 hours of various kinds of needlework and chatting. For these lunches, I always make something they especially like from my blogs of over 10 years and I thought it might be fun to share my Sunday desserts each week.

Today’s dessert has been a family favorite for 10-plus years.  Nantucket Cranberry Pie is not a pie at all, not a cobbler although batter is poured on top of the fruit and not really a cake, but it surely is good. Note that you will need a 10-inch pie pan or baking dish to keep the batter from overflowing. From my post of 2007

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2007/10/29/nantucket-cranberry-pie/

Nantucket Cranberry Pie


Filling:

2 cups fresh cranberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Topping:

2 eggs
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 10-inch pie plate or baking dish. Place the cranberries in the pie plate and toss the sugar and walnuts over the berries.

For the topping, whisk the eggs and the butter with the sugar. Add the flour and almond extract to the egg mixture, lightly tossing with a fork.

Pour the topping over the cranberry mixture. If it’s difficult to get the topping to extend out over the filling, press down with water-damped hands to even it out. Bake for approximately 45 minutes @ 350 degrees F. Place on a rack to cool.

Serve warm with whipped cream.

Also served: Gone-All-Afternoon Beef Stew – a dish that is put into the oven and allowed to bake for 3-4 hours before serving. From my 2010 post:

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2010/02/25/beef-stew-and-orange-tapioca-pudding/

Sunday Dinner Dessert – Brown Velvet Cake

Since my 85 years have started to catch up with me, I don’t cook as often, particularly experimenting with new recipes that I can share. I do still cook the family holiday meals, though, and every Sunday fix lunch for my two daughters which features a favorite recipe and is followed by 3 hours of various kinds of needlework and chatting. For these lunches, I always make something they especially like from my blogs of over 10 years and I thought it might be fun to share my Sunday desserts each week.

Dessert this week was Brown Velvet Cake from a 1988 recipe clipping. I won a ribbon for the cake at the Harvest Home Festival (Cincinnati area) and still agree with my notation from then: “My favorite chocolate cake.” From my 2010 post: https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/brown-velvet-cake/

Brown Velvet Cake

  • Servings: 8-10 slices
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The Cake:

1 cup of chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate)
1/2 cup boiling water
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs plus 2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 Tblsp. white vinegar in a standard measuring cup with milk to equal one cup)

To Make the Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease well and lightly flour two 9-inch round cake pans.

Combine the chocolate chips and boiling water. Let stand, stir and cool.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and peanut butter. Gradually add brown sugar and granulated sugar, creaming well. Add 2 unbeaten eggs and 2 unbeaten egg whites, plus vanilla and cooled chocolate mixture, mixing well.

Add dry ingredients to this batter alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Blend well after each addition.

Turn into the two greased and floured 9-inch cake pans. Bake @ 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes until a tester inserted in the center of a cake comes out clean. Let cakes rest in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then remove from pans and let cool on the rack.

The Filling:

1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 Tblsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup undiluted evaporated milk
1/4 cup water
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1 Tblsp. creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla

To Make the Filling:

In a medium pan, combine the brown sugar and cornstarch. Add evaporated milk, water and egg yolks. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick and mixture begins to bubble. Remove from heat, stir in all but 2 Tblsp. of the chopped peanuts, the peanut butter and the vanilla. Set aside to cool.

The Frosting:

2 Tblsp. butter
2 Tblsp. creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
4-5 Tblsp. evaporated milk, undiluted

To Make the Frosting:

Cream together the butter and peanut butter. Add the melted chocolate chips and vanilla. Blend in the confectioners’ sugar alternately with the evaporated milk to spreading consistency.

To Assemble the Cake:

Place one cooled cake layer on a plate and spread the top with the filling. Place the second layer on top of the filling and frost the top and sides of the cake. Sprinkle the reserved 2 tablespoons of chopped peanuts over the top of the frosted cake. 

This makes a tall (3-1/2 inches) impressive cake …. and it’s delicious.

Also served: A 1940s era Tuna Casserole, like the one my Aunt Mabel used to make. I didn’t have any cheese crackers on hand this time and used a topping of buttered breadcrumbs. Old-fashioned goodness.  From my 2010 post:  https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/a-snowy-day-retro-meal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Dinner Dessert – Baked Pineapple Cups

Since my 85 years have started to catch up with me, I don’t cook as often, particularly experimenting with new recipes that I can share. I do still cook the family holiday meals, though, and every Sunday fix lunch for my two daughters which features a favorite recipe and is followed by 3 hours of various kinds of needlework and chatting. For these lunches, I always make something they especially like from my blogs of over 10 years and I thought it might be fun to share my Sunday desserts each week.

Since we’ll be having a big cookout lunch for Labor Day tomorrow (with apple pies), dessert for this Sunday was simpler and lighter. These pineapple cups are from a 1940 Better Homes & Gardens reader and she describes the dish as, “ Double surprise! Comes cake, then custard hiding pineapple!” It’s easy to make and is a great light dessert. Note: The recipe is for 3 servings – it would be easy to double all ingredients and make 6 servings. From my 2010 blog post:  https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/summer-lunch-for-the-ladies/

Pineapple Cups

8 oz can pineapple tidbits, drained (reserve juice)
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tblsp. all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
1/3 cup juice drained from an 8 oz. can of pineapple tidbits
1-1/2 Tblsp. lemon juice
1 Tblsp. grated lemon peel
1 Tblsp. butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup plus 2 Tblsp. milk
2 egg whites, beaten stiff

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Have 3 small ungreased individual baking dishes at hand. Boil water to pour into a flat pan with a lip that will hold the 3 dishes.

Drain juice from pineapple can into a cup – should measure approximately 1/3 cup. Set aside

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, flour and salt. Add the lemon juice, lemon peel, cooled melted butter and milk, whisking until smooth.  Fold in the beaten egg whites.

Place tidbits in the bottom of three individual casseroles. Divide batter among the three dishes and pour over the pineapple. Place the dishes in a pan with a lip containing an inch of hot water.  Bake @ 325 degrees F for 45 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.

Pineapple cups are best served warm or at room temperature.

Also served, as in the original post: Corn-on-the-cob and Pecan Spinach Toss Salad from my post of 2010.  https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/summer-lunch-for-the-ladies/

 

 

Sunday Dinner Dessert – Blackberry-Pear Kuchen (Cake)

Since my 85 years have started to catch up with me, I don’t cook as often, particularly experimenting with new recipes that I can share. I do still cook the family holiday meals, though, and every Sunday fix lunch for my two daughters which features a favorite recipe and is followed by 3 hours of various kinds of needlework and chatting. For these lunches, I always make something they especially like from my blogs of over 10 years and I thought it might be fun to share my Sunday desserts each week.

Our Sunday dessert this week is another version of an easy fruit kuchen, made this time with fresh blackberries and pears.  The cake layer is thin which lets the good fruit really shine and the flavors are wonderful.  From my 2017 post:
https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/blackberry-pear-kuchen-cake/

Blackberry Pear Kuchen

  • Servings: One 8-inch cake - 6 servings
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3 Tblsp. sour cream
3 Tblsp. milk
3 Tblsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 cup + 2 Tblsp. all-purpose flour
¾ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
1 cup blackberries
1 cup pear slices

Cinnamon-Ginger Topping: 2 Tblsp. granulated sugar
and 1/4 tsp. each of cinnamon and ginger, mixed together

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch baking pan

In medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, oil and sugar.

Mix together the salt, flour, baking powder and baking soda, and gradually stir into sour cream mixture. Place batter in greased pan. The dough will be stiff and somewhat sticky. Dampen your fingers with water and then press the dough into the pan.

Arrange the blackberries and pear slices over the top of the cake.

Bake @ 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Sprinkle Cinnamon-Ginger Topping over top of cake and continue baking for 5 more minutes.

Place on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes before cutting into 6 servings. 

Also served: A great crunchy chicken salad which features veggies (snow peas, green onions, red/yellow peppers, coleslaw mix and romaine) plus an interesting dressing.  From my 2012 post:  https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/crunchy-oriental-chicken-salad/

Sunday Dinner Dessert – Cannoli Cones

 

Since my 85 years have started to catch up with me, I don’t cook as often, particularly experimenting with new recipes that I can share. I do still cook the family holiday meals, though, and every Sunday fix lunch for my two daughters which features a favorite recipe and is followed by 3 hours of various kinds of needlework and chatting. For these lunches, I always make something they especially like from my blogs of over 10 years and I thought it might be fun to share my Sunday desserts each week.

Our Sunday dessert this week is a favorite summertime dessert – Cannoli Cones.  These cannoli cones aren’t going to be as good as the cannolis from your favorite Italian restaurant but they’re really delicious, easy to make and fill the need for a quick cannoli fix. I combined several recipes, ideas and tips from online to make this fun dessert.

To hold the cones while coating them with chocolate and chilling them, you can cut an “x” for the number of portions in the top of the cardboard cone box covered with foil…

 

… or, my favorite, the bottom of a Styrofoam egg carton, inverted with an “x” cut for the portions.

At first, I thought it would be nice to serve the cones in a tall flute along with the filling and garnishes in separate bowls …

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… but the cones are too hard to remove. I found it best to just let each person grab a cone and alternate layers of filling, chips, cherries and nuts.  Here is the recipe from my 2015 post:

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/easy-cannoli-cones/

Easy Cannoli Cones

6 sugar cones (the cake type with pointed ends)
½ cup chocolate chips, melted
¼ cup heavy cream
8 oz. ricotta cheese (one cup)
¼ cup powdered sugar
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup each of mini chocolate chips, chopped pistachios and chopped candied or maraschino cherries

Place a spoonful of melted chocolate into each cone, turning and swirling to coat the inside of the cone. Spread a little bit of chocolate over the rim of the cone. Place cones in a container and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes until set.

To make filling:
Beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Beat in ricotta, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Place in a covered bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

The chocolate coating on the cones and the filling can be done ahead of time, but wait until ready to serve before filling the cones so they will be nice and crisp.

Fill cones with alternating layers of filling, chips, cherries and nuts. 

 

Also served: Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad from my 2008 post: 

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2008/08/10/a-good-sunday-lunch/

 

Sunday Dinner Dessert – Blueberry Crumb Cake


Since my 85 years have started to catch up with me, I don’t cook as often, particularly experimenting with new recipes that I can share. I do still cook the family holiday meals, though, and every Sunday fix lunch for my two daughters which features a favorite recipe and is followed by 3 hours of various kinds of needlework and chatting. For these lunches, I always make something they especially like from my blogs of over 10 years and I thought it might be fun to share my Sunday desserts each week.

Our Sunday dessert this week is taking advantage of the wonderful blueberries available at our farm market and making use of a recipe that has been a favorite since 1995.  It’s an easy cake to put together and always so good.  The optional topping just adds an extra halo.  From my 2013 post:  https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/blueberry-yogurt-crumb-cake/

Blueberry Yogurt Crumb Cake


2-½ cups (1 pt.) blueberries, divided
½ tsp grated lemon peel
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup (1-½ sticks) butter
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 egg
1 cup blueberry yogurt (two 4 oz. packets)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Butter 10-inch baking dish or 10-inch spring form pan.

In a medium bowl, toss berries with lemon peel. Set aside

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour with sugar. Cut in butter. Set 1-½ cups of this mixture aside for crumb topping.

In a small bowl, combine remaining ¼ cup flour with soda. Add to mealy mixture in large bowl and rub in.

In the same small bowl, beat egg lightly. Stir in yogurt and lemon juice. Add to dry ingredients in large bowl and stir briefly with wooden spoon until blended. Fold in 1 cup blueberries.

Spread batter in prepared pan and scatter remaining blueberries on top.

Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

Bake @ 400 degrees F approximately 45-60 minutes or until top is lightly browned and a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Serve warm or room temperature.

Delicious plain or with the following tangy yogurt cream on the side.

YOGURT CREAM

2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed (Cool Whip)
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup of blueberry yogurt (4 oz. packet)

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and whisk until thoroughly blended. Refrigerate covered at least 30 minutes before serving.

Also served:  Buttered corn-on-the-cob and spicy Sirloin strips with homemade soft wrap bread – the bread recipe from my 2011 post is here:  https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/good-soft-wrap-bread/

 

Sunday Dessert – Blueberry-Peach Pie

Since my 85 years have started to catch up with me, I don’t cook as often, particularly experimenting with new recipes that I can share. I do still cook the family holiday meals, though, and every Sunday fix lunch for my two daughters which features a favorite recipe and is followed by 3 hours of various kinds of needlework and chatting. For these lunches, I always make something they especially like from my blogs of over 10 years and I thought it might be fun to share my Sunday desserts each week.

This week at the farm market we found peaches and Michigan blueberries, so our Sunday dessert was Blueberry-Peach Pie, a county fair Best of Show winner for me in 1988. The combination of these two fresh fruits is great and my daughters love this pie when I can manage to get both peaches and blueberries super-fresh. The frozen fruit just doesn’t work as well. From my 2007 post:

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2007/09/20/prize-winning-blueberry-peach-pie/

Blueberry-Peach Pie

  • Servings: 9-inch pie - 6-to 8 servings
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4 cups fresh peach slices (peeled)

2 Tblsp. butter

1 cup fresh blueberries

2 Tblsp. fresh lemon juice

1 cup sugar

2 Tblsp. quick tapioca

pinch salt
1 Tblsp. butter

Pastry for two-crust 9” pie (my favorite recipe is here: https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2007/11/15/my-sure-fire-pie-crust/

1 Tblsp. milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Saute peaches in 2 Tblsp. butter, add blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, tapioca and salt. Let stand while making crust. Place crust in 9-inch pie plate. Fill crust with fruit mixture, dot with 1 Tblsp. butter, put on top crust and flute edges. Brush top crust with milk and cut vents in top crust. Bake @ 375 degrees F for approximately 45 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.

Also served: Corn-on-the-Cob and Balsamic Chicken and Mac Salad, found in my 2015 post: https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/balsamic-chicken-and-mac-salad/

The white balsamic vinegar makes a nice, subtle change in flavor in the salad.