Twice-Baked Ranch Potatoes

Twice-Baked Ranch Potatoes “Creamy twice baked potatoes with a ranch taste.” Ingredients 5 (5 ounce) baking potatoes 4 ounces Neufchatel cheese, softened 2 tablespoons milk 1 (1 ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese Directions Scrub and dry potatoes, then prick several times with a fork and place on a microwave-safe plate. Heat in microwave on high until tender, 18 to 20 minutes; remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Combine Neufchatel cheese and milk in a small bowl; beat in salad dressing mix. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; remove pulp, leaving a thin … Continue reading Twice-Baked Ranch Potatoes

Perfect Baked Potato

Perfect Baked Potato “This baked potato has a crisp, golden skin, and is light and fluffy on the inside. Great comfort food!” Ingredients 1 medium baking potato 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons butter 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese Directions Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Scrub the potato, and pierce the skin several times with a knife or fork. Rub the skin with olive oil, then with salt. Place the potato in the preheated oven, and bake for 90 minutes, or until slightly soft and golden … Continue reading Perfect Baked Potato

Christmas Fruitcake

Christmas Fruitcake Recipe By:Karen Uffelman “It’s a shame that fruitcake as a species gets such a bad rap. With its two key ingredients–rum and butter–it ought to be a hit. This recipe includes dried fruit, instead of the glowing, candied stuff we’ve all learned to associate with fruitcake, and is less dense and more cake-like than many fruitcake recipes. It has become a favorite of my friends and family around the holidays (even the skeptical ones), and is delicious by itself, or covered with a layer of almond paste.” Ingredients 1/8 cup chopped dried cherries 1/8 cup chopped dried mango … Continue reading Christmas Fruitcake

English Walnut Date Cake

English Walnut Date Cake Recipe By:HoneeBee “This has been a favorite of my husband’s since I can long remember. His mother always manages to bake him one every year (she’s 75) for Christmas…though she claims it’s always his last.” Ingredients 2 pounds dates, pitted and chopped 2 pounds English walnuts, coarsely chopped 1 cup white sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 4 egg yolks 4 egg whites Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch tube pan. In a large bowl, combine dates, walnuts, sugar, baking powder and … Continue reading English Walnut Date Cake

Gluten-Free Fruitcake

Gluten-Free Fruitcake Recipe By:Buckwheat Queen “A dense cake filled with dried nuts and fruits and spiked with spiced rum that just happens to be gluten free. It will change your mind on fruitcakes. No re-gifting here!” Ingredients 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup golden raisins 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup dried cherries 5 1/2 fluid ounces spiced rum 1 orange, zested and juiced 1/2 cup brown rice flour 1/2 cup almond meal 1/3 cup potato starch 1/4 cup tapioca starch 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger … Continue reading Gluten-Free Fruitcake

Bacon and Egg Doughnuts

Bacon and Egg Doughnuts Recipe By:Chef John “I’ve always wanted to try making some kind of sweet/savory bacon-studded fritter using pate a choux, also known as that stuff you make cream puffs with. I went full breakfast theme, and topped mine with a little maple syrup, but feel free to get your beignet on, and cover them with a pile of powdered sugar.” Ingredients 1 cup cold water 2 tablespoons cold water 1/2 cup butter 2 tablespoons white sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 large eggs 12 strips bacon, … Continue reading Bacon and Egg Doughnuts

Polish Doughnuts

Polish Doughnuts Recipe By:Susan “A yeast doughnut coated with sugar.” Ingredients 1 (0.6 ounce) cake compressed fresh yeast 3 tablespoons warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) 1 teaspoon white sugar 3 cups milk 3/4 cup margarine 5 egg yolks 3/4 cup white sugar 8 cups all-purpose flour 8 cups shortening for frying 1/4 cup white sugar Directions Smash up yeast in a medium bowl. Add water and 1 teaspoon sugar, and mix until pasty. Set aside. Let rise until spongy. Scald milk with margarine. Cool to lukewarm. Beat egg yolks. Add 3/4 cup sugar, and mix thoroughly. Add the … Continue reading Polish Doughnuts

Glazed Yeast Doughnuts

Glazed Yeast Doughnuts Recipe By:Sanah “Yeast doughnuts covered with glazed icing… even better than the store bought ones! Easy and fun to make.” Ingredients 3/4 cup scalded milk 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast 1/4 cup warm water 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional) 1/3 cup butter or margarine 2 eggs, beaten oil for deep frying 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 6 tablespoons milk Directions In a medium bowl, stir together the scalded milk, sugar, and salt. Set aside to cool until tepid. If using nutmeg, stir it … Continue reading Glazed Yeast Doughnuts

Buttermilk Doughnuts

Buttermilk Doughnuts Recipe By:krisyk “Cake-like buttermilk doughnuts are fried and topped with an optional vanilla sugar glaze. Decorate with nuts or candy sprinkles, if desired.” Ingredients 2 cups vegetable oil for frying Doughnuts: 2 cups buttermilk 1 cup white sugar 2 large eggs, beaten 5 cups sifted all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup melted butter Glaze: 3 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 tablespoon margarine, softened (optional) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons milk, or as needed Directions Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large … Continue reading Buttermilk Doughnuts

Potato Donut Holes

Potato Donut Holes Recipe By:JAN NORGAARD “These delicious treats are best eaten when fresh and hot.” Ingredients 4 potatoes, peeled 1/3 cup margarine, melted 2 cups white sugar 3 eggs 1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 quart vegetable oil for frying Directions Wash and peal potatoes. If using large potatoes cut them in half. Place potatoes in a medium sauce pan covered with water. Cook over medium heat until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, cool, and mash. In a large mixing … Continue reading Potato Donut Holes