White Chocolate Cheesecake

IMPORTANT: when mixing the filling, only use a hand held mixer. Don’t use a Bosch Universal because it is so powerful and whips too much air.

For crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
4 Tablespoons sugar
4 Tablespoons butter, melted

For Cheesecake:
1 1/2 lbs cream cheese, softened (3 – 8oz packages)
12 oz. Swiss Chalet white chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 Tablespoons white flour
1 Tablespoon white vanilla
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 eggs

For topping:
Frozen mixed berries
Sugar
Water

Instructions:
In a double boiler, melt 12oz. chopped Swiss Chalet white chocolate.

Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Place bake liner or parchment paper circle in the bottom of an 8″ springform pan. Pack crumb mixture in pan. Set aside.

Mix cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla with hand held mixer on speed 3 until well blended. Add cream and eggs; mix for approximately 2 minutes or more. Add white chocolate.

Pour onto crust in springform pan. Place second parchment paper circle directly on filling and cover with foil, making sure to crimp the edges well so that no moisture gets into the cheesecake.

Use your turkey lifter chain to place trivet in pressure cooker. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Place cheesecake on trivet. Put lid on cooker and bring to the second red ring. Maintain pressure for 40 minutes. Allow pressure to drop on its own. Remove cheesecake and chill for 3 hours or overnight.

Top with berry topping.

SOFT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

4 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups butter, softened
1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
2 – 3.4oz packages Instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  

Sift together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets.

Variations: can use Chocolate pudding, white chocolate chips, nuts, etc.

Yield: 72 cookies
Source: Grandma Velma Smithson

Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies courtesy of Lisa Beavers.

1 1/4 cups butter

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

Combine until fluffy

Beat in:

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

Mix together in separate bowl and add:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

Stir in:

3 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup chocolate chips

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 13 minutes will give you crunchy outside, soft inside.

Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pie

This is very similar to my zucchini pie family recipe, which includes a crust, but the corn in this version makes is so yummy and sweet!
Serves: 6-8
INGREDIENTS
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 ears sweet corn
  • 2 large zucchini, sliced thin (about 4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces shredded cheese (I used both Mozzarella and Swiss)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Heat the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and zucchini. While the veggies saute, cut the corn kernels off the cob. Add them to the pan and continue to saute until the veggies are soft, 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the basil, oregano, and salt. Stir once to combine. Add the cheese and the beaten egg. Line a pie pan (9-inch or larger) with parchment paper or just grease a pan with nonstick spray. Transfer the mixture to the pan. Arrange the top so the zucchini slices lay flat and look nice. Top with a little extra cheese for looks, cover with greased foil, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes to brown the top. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before cutting into slices.
NOTES
It will bubble up a little bit as it bakes, so put a pan under to catch drips if it’s really full. Also, there was a little extra watery-ness (about 2 tablespoons) in the bottom of my pan when I sliced it, but the pieces held together perfectly so NBD. I think the moisture could be prevented by just being a little more patient before cutting.

I sprinkled mine with fresh herbs (parsley and cilantro) like I always do on everything. Basil would also be yummy.

Source:  Pinch of Yum

Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

55 minutes | 20 minutes prep. | Serves 18

CAKE
1-15oz. can pumpkin puree
2 whole eggs
1/3 cup water
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1-18oz. box yellow cake mix
1 teaspoon baking soda

TOPPING
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
4 Tablespoons butter, melted

GLAZE
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a Bosch, mix together the pumpkin, eggs, water, 1 Tablespoon of vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice until well combined. Add the cake mix and baking soda and mix until just combined.
3. Grease a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and pour batter into pan.
4. In a small bowl mix together 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, pecans, and melted butter. Use fingers to sprinkle over the top of the cake.
5. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
6. For the glaze, combine the other 1/2 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and heavy cream in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir until all sugar is dissolved.
7. When cake is finished baking, poke holes in the top with a skewer. Pour glaze over the cake, making sure to cover all surfaces. Serve cake warm or at room temperature.

Caramel Apple Cobbler

Makes enough for a 2.2qt (2 Liter) pan. For 9 x 13″ size, add 1-2 extra cans of fruit and increase cobbler topping (see Peach Cobbler recipe)

2 – 21oz cans of Comstock Apple Pie filling
sprinkle of cinnamon
1/3-1/4 cup Caramel sundae topping
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1 1/2 cups flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Pour the cans of apple pie filling in a baking dish. Sprinkle the top of fruit with cinnamon (enough to your liking- I tend to shy on the side of caution and do less=more). Next, drizzle caramel sundae topping over the cinnamon until covered (can use more caramel if needed), and follow with the melted butter. In a small bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add shortening and work in with pastry blender until it look like meal. Gradually add milk while stirring to combine dry ingredients. Drop dough by the spoonfuls, spreading gently to cover the fruit. It’s okay to leave patches uncovered so fruit shows through. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes until lightly golden.

Arnett’s Baked Beans

*May 2015* Not my favorite beans recipe. Made them on the Big Green Egg and they were too thick and smoky flavored.

1 large can Campbell pork and beans
1/2 pound bacon diced
1 medium onion
1 green bell pepper
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Saute bacon. Add onion and green pepper. Add brown sugar, ketchup, W. sauce. Mix with pork and beans. Bake for 2/12 – 3 hours.