Sticky Toffee Pudding

1 cup plus 1 tbsp flour

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup chopped dates (or more if you wish)

1 tsp baking soda

4 tbsps soft butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

Butter a 10″ round or square pan.

Put the dates in a bown and add 1-1/4 cups boiling water along with the baking soda.  Set aside.

Beat the butter and sugar until well combined and fluffy and add the egg and vanilla and blend well.

Mix the flour and baking powder together and add to the butter mixture and then fold in the dates

with the water.  Pour into pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Cool on rack

Sauce:

8 tbsps butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup light brown sugar

Combine all in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Boil over medium low heat until

thickened, about 7-8 minutes.

Spread about 1/3 of the sauce on top of the pudding and put in the broiler for 1 minutes.  Remove.

Serve with additional sauce, and whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

Indian Pudding

2 cups milk

1/2 cup yellow corn meal

1 large egg

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup dark molasses

1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 cinnamon stick

1 vanilla bean

Pour milk into a saucepan and add the ginger, cinnamon and vanilla.  Bring to a simmer but do not boil.

In a bowl combine the cornmeal and 1 cup water and mix well.  Add the egg and salt and mix well.

Strain the milk, removing the vanilla and any ginger pieces.  Pour milk back into the pan and add the cornmeal

mixture along with the molasses.

Cook over medium heat until thick but do not boil.

Pour into a well buttered 2 quart pan.  Bake at 300 degrees for abut 1 hours until mixture is set

Remove – serve warm with either whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

 

Chocolate Caramel Custard

1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsps water

1 tbsps lemon juice

1 cup milk

2 oz semisweet choc

2 eggs plus 2 egg yolks

In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup sugar, water and juice.  Heat over medium while the mixture bubbles,

until it begins to turn a light amber brown.  Immediately divide among 4 ramekins and swirl to coat.

Works fast as this stuff hardens quickly.

In another saucepan, heat the milk and chocolate until the chocolate in melted.  Remove and cool slightly.

In a mixture, beat the eggs, the yolks, the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar until thickened and smooth.  Pour

the chocolate mixture into the eggs – slowly to temper – and mix well.  Skim as much “foam” off the top of

the mixture as you can and then pour the mixture evenly into the cups.  Put into a baking dish and pour

boiling water halfway up the sides of the ramekins.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until set.

Remove from oven and then remove the ramekins from the water bath and cool slightly.

To unmold, run a knife around the sides and invert onto a plate – may be served warm or cold.

Mom’s Strawberry Pudding

10 oz frozen strawberries in syrup – drained – reserve both strawberries and syrup

Put the strawberries in a food processor and pulse 3-4 times

In a small saucepan, mix the syrup with 1 tbsps gelatin and heat 2-3 minutes until gelatin is dissolved

Add the syrup to the strawberries in the food processor and process 3-4 times

In a cold mixer bowl, put 1 cup heavy cream and beat till soft peaks

Fold the cream into the strawberry mixture.  Spoon in individual serving cups and refrigerate at least

2-3 hours until set.  Decorate as desired and enjoy!

Pecan Sticky Buns

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  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2-1/2 tsp yeast
  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp ssalt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 lb butter

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Kolache

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  • 1-1/2 stick butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Put butter and milk into a cup and melt till warm but not hot.  Add the water and vanilla.  Set aside.

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