Lace Turtles

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  • 1/4 cut butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsps light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tsps rum extract
  • 3/4 cup finely ground pecans
  • whole pecans

Melt butter, sugar and syrup in a small pot.  Remove and add the flour, extract and ground pecans and mix well. Continue reading

Christmas Gingerbread Pudding

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Butter a pudding mold (or coffee can or bowl)

  • 6 oz. butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup diced candied ginger
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs.

Add the syrup and vanilla and blend well. Continue reading

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.

Put half of the pecans in each pan over the praline.  Set aside. Continue reading

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

Strawberry Zebra Cheesecake

  • 1 lb strawberries, cleaned and hulled

Chop up and put into food processor and process until all chunks are gone.  Strain into  a bowl to remove any little chunks and most seeds.  Set aside.


  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup melted butter

Mix altogether well and press into the bottom of a 9″ springform pan.  Wrap the springform pan with plastic wrap so that it covers the bottom and the sides – not covering the top – press it on well.  Put the crust into the freezer while you make the filling. Continue reading