Friday, July 31, 2015

Mississippi Mud

Mississippi Mud

I made this for Family Home Evening tonight. Its one of my fall-back recipes when I can't think of anything to make. Its delicious and really bad for you. My husband likes to brag to people about how many cubes of butter are in them.

Mississippi Mud
(by my mom-Norma Jensen)

First, preheat oven to 350. Put two cubes of margarine or butter in 13x9-inch pan and put in oven for the margarine to melt while the oven preheats.

Meanwhile, mix 2 cups of sugar and 2 eggs.

Then add:
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour

Mixture should be pretty crumby.

When the margarine is melted, should take about five minutes, add 4 tbl. cocoa to the margarine. Mix until a chocolatey syrup in pan.  Sprinkle crumb mixture on top of the chocolate mixture.

Bake at 350 for 27 minutes.

Rasp. Cheese Danish

Rasp. Cheese Danish

Raspberry Cheese Danish
 I discovered this recipe a while back and its one of my husband's favorites.

It makes four loafs and it also freezes well so its easy to store. I recommend making the whole recipe and then freezing the leftovers.

Raspberry Cheese Loaves

Adapted from a Taste of Home magazine
What you need:

2 packages yeast (about 2 tbsp.)
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter or margarine cubed
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 cups flour

For the filling:
One 8 oz. package of cream cheese and one 3 oz. package
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 can (21 ounces) raspberry pie filling

2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

I do the dough in the bread machines but you could use a mixer or do it by hand.

In a large bowl (or bread machine) dissolve yeast in warm water.

In a saucepan mix the sour cream and cubed butter over medium heat to about 110 degrees. I used my candy thermometer. Stir often or the entire time.

Add this to the yeast mixture. Then add sugar and eggs. Mix well. (If you are using the bread machine put it on the pizza dough setting and start mixing.)

Gradually add flour and mix well. Do not knead. (In the bread machine let it mix until dough becomes a well formed ball then stop and take it out.)

Cover and refrigerate overnight. I only put it in the fridge for four hours and it turned out fine.

For the filling: beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and extract until it is smooth.

Take the dough out and divide it into four equal sized balls. Roll onto a floured surface to make a 12x8 inch rectangle.

Spread a fourth of the cream cheese mixture into middle and then 1/4 of the pie filing on top of that.

 Fold over the edges.
Then fold it into thirds by folding over one flap.
 And then the next.
Pinch the seems together and flip over onto on a well-greased cookie sheet or a Silpat. Cut with scissors or a knife to make diagonal cuts into the loaf.
 Repeat three more times. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour. I put mine in the oven without the heat on. Then bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Careful that you don't burn it. They seem to brown quickly.
 Then drizzle on the glaze while its still warm. Cool and refrigerate leftovers or freeze it in aluminum foil when completely cool. Enjoy!

 You can make 1 or two big Danish or lots of little ones.


I made English Trifle for mutual tonight. We're having a cultural night and I'm doing mine on New Zealand. They eat a lot of old fashioned English stuff there. It is so good and so easy!

English Trifle

Here's how you do it. Bake a cake or use an old, stale cake. Its actually meant to use an old cake, but I usually just bake mine that day. Allow the cake to cool and then cut it into strips. Place those on the bottom of a dish. Make some vanilla pudding ahead of time and put a layer of that on top of the cake. The pudding re-hydrates the cake. That's why you can use a stale cake.

Then add some fruit. I used raspberries here, but you can use anything. Fresh is best but not vital. Use raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or bananas... Then whip some cream or use cool whip and put that on top of the fruit. You can then add another layer of cake and start all over again until you feel like stopping. I always finish with some whipped cream on top and then a few pieces of fruit.

Then you're supposed to put it in your fridge overnight to let the pudding sink in but I rarely do this. I sometimes make it just before serving it. If you are using fresh strawberries or bananas this is a must or they get brown and soggy.

Homemade Gummy Candies... the Bad Kind

We had a fun time making gummies together the other day.  Its hard to find a recipe that is not healthy so here you go... 

You need:

2 packets of unflavored gelatin
1 big box of jello (any flavor)
1/2 cup cold water
1/4 cup corn syrup

(We did two batches)
First stir the corn syrup into the cold water.  When it looks well blended like this:
add the two packets of gelatin and the box of jello.
Stir until clear like above, not below.
Cook on medium low for about 10 minutes.  If it still isn't as well blended as you would like then pour it into a tall heat proof cup and let sit.
Then spoon off the top layer.
Then pour into any molds you like.

Be careful not to over fill.  It takes a few hours to set up.

Then enjoy!