Chocolate Date-Nut cake

Written by Chacha on Mar 8th, 2014 in Cakes, Chocolate, dates, Desserts | No Comments

Servings: 8 to 10 Ingredients Cake: One 18.25-ounces package chocolate cake mix Zest of 1 orange, grated 2/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1/3 cup canola oil 1/2 cup good-quality coffee liqueur (preferably Kahlua) 3 large eggs All-purpose flour, for dusting the pans Butter, for greasing the pan Special equipment: Two 9-inch-by-2-inch round cake pans Date-nut Filling: ¼ cup sugar […]

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Caramel Sauce

Written by Chacha on Feb 25th, 2013 in Desserts, Sauces, Frosting & Toppings | No Comments

Ingredients 3/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons water 1/2 cup heavy cream, warmed 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Let boil without stirring until the mixture becomes a deep amber color, 3 […]

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Simple Coconut Flan

Written by Chacha on Aug 25th, 2012 in Coconut, Dairy, Desserts, Eggs, Flan, Recipe | No Comments

Servings: 8 Ingredients 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut, divided 1 cup granulated sugar 5 large eggs 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 13.5-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon pure coconut extract Fresh whipped cream, for garnish Directions Special equipment: A 2 1/2-quart casserole and a large roasting pan. Position rack in center of […]

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Pina Colada Pie

Written by Chacha on Aug 14th, 2012 in Coconut, Cream, Desserts, Pies, Pineapple, Recipe | No Comments

Ingredients 1 (9-inch) pie crust, baked For filling: 1 1/2 cup sour cream 3 tablespoon good rum 2 tablespoon sugar 2 tablespoons cream 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut 1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding and pie filling (recommended JELL-O) 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained For topping: 1 cup whipping cream, very cold […]

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Fresh Strawberry Pie

Written by Chacha on Jul 21st, 2012 in Cream, Desserts, Pies, Recipe, Strawberry | No Comments

Servings: 8 Ingredients Crust: 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons cold butter 1/3 cup vegetable shortening 3 tablespoons ice-cold water Filling: 1/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 1/2 cup cold water 1 small package strawberry gelatin 1tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 3 pounds fresh strawberries Freshly whipped cream, for garnish Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees […]

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Butter Cake

Written by Chacha on Jun 14th, 2012 in Cakes, Desserts | No Comments

Ingredients For the Cake: 3 c all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 c unsalted butter 2 c sugar 4 eggs 1 c buttermilk 2 tsp. vanilla extract For the Butter Sauce: 1 c sugar 1/4 c water 1/2 c butter 1 tsp. vanilla extract Powdered sugar, for topping Directions Preheat oven […]

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Baklava

Written by Chacha on Jun 7th, 2012 in Baklava, Desserts, Recipe | No Comments

Servings: 36 Ingredients 4 c finely chopped walnuts or a combo of pecans, almonds and walnuts 1/4 c sugar 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon 1 c butter, melted 1-16 ounces pkg. frozen phyllo dough, thawed SYRUP: 1 c sugar 1/2 c water 1/4 c honey 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tsp. vanilla extract   Directions Note: Let the frozen […]

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Baklava

Written by Chacha on Jun 7th, 2012 in Baklava, Desserts, Recipe | No Comments

Servings: 36 Ingredients 1-16 ounces pkg. frozen phyllo dough, thawed 1 lb. chopped walnuts or pistachios or a combo of pecans, almonds, walnuts, pistachios 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 c butter, melted SYRUP: 1 c water 1 c sugar 1/2 c honey 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tbsp. rose or orange blossom water Directions Note: Let the frozen box of […]

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