Pistachio Wreaths


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  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix altogether and set aside.

In a mixer bowl, beat

  • 1 stick (4 oz) of soft butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

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Holiday Pumpkin Praline Torte

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Grease and flour two 8″ or 9″ cake pans

In a saucepan, put:

  • 1/3 cup butter (5-1/3 tbsps)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsps heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.  Pour half into each pan.

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Caramelized Asian Pear Cake

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Asian Pears CakeGrease and flour a 12 or 15 cup bundt pan.

In a small fry pan, put 1-1/2 tbsps butter and 1/3 cup sugar and 2-3 Asian Pears, peeled, cored and diced large. (NOTE:  You can use regular pears or apples)

Cook over medium high heat until the mixture boils.  Keep it boiling until it begins to turn a light tan color.  At this point, stir in 1 tbsp. heavy cream.  Stir well. Continue reading