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Vanilla and Lime Flan June 2, 2013

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½ cup sugar

3 Tbl water



2 cups condensed milk

2 cups whole milk

3 limes, zested

1 vanilla bean

6 eggs



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  To make the caramel, heat together the water and sugar gently over a medium flame until it is golden brown, about 10 minutes, ensuring the mixture does not burn.  Meanwhile pour the condensed milk and whole milk into a pan.  Add the lime zest.  Slice the vanilla pod in half and carefully scrape out the vanilla seeds and add these to the milk mixture.  Simmer the milk slowly for 15 minutes to let the flavors combine.  Once the caramel is ready, pour it into a cake pan and swirl it around to evenly coat the bottom of the pan.  Set aside.  In a bowl, beat the eggs well.  Slowly pour a little of the warm milk, vanilla and lime mixture into the eggs.  Once the eggs are warmed, pour in the rest of the milk.  Pour all of the mixture into the cake pan over the caramel.  Cook the cake pan in a water bath for 45 minutes to an hour.  Once ready, allow to cool and refrigerate overnight.  To serve, gently flip over the flan onto a serving tray.



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½ cup sugar

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1/3 cup sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp salt

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk



Heat oven to 350. Heat ½ cup sugar in heavy 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and golden brown. Divide sugar syrup among four 6-ounce custard cups; tilt cups to coat bottoms. Allow syrup to harden in cups about 5 minutes.  Mix remaining ingredients; pour into custard cups. Place cups in square pan, 9x9x2 inches, on oven rack. Pour very hot water into pan to within ½ inch of tops of cups.  Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean. Immediately remove from water. Unmold and serve warm, or refrigerate up to 8 hours and unmold at serving time.


Lemon Chiffon Pie with Glazed Cranberries

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Peter served this beautiful pie at Thanksgiving in 2003. The fluffy chiffon was a nice change from the traditional pumpkin and pecan pies. Whipped cream is still compulsory.



Nonstick vegetable oil spray

2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs

3 ½ Tbl unsalted butter, melted



¼ cup water

1 ½ tsp unflavored gelatin

4 large eggs, separated

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1 tsp grated lemon peel

½ cup chilled whipping cream



½ cup sugar

1/3 cup water

2 cups fresh or frozen whole cranberries (about 8 ounces)

½ cup currant jelly




Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch deep-dish glass pie dish with nonstick spray. Mix cookie crumbs and melted butter in small bowl. Press crumb mixture over bottom and up sides of prepared dish. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool on rack.



Place ¼ cup water in small bowl; sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand until gelatin softens, about 10 minutes. Whisk egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar, lemon juice and lemon peel in top of double boiler to blend. Cook over barely simmering water until custard thickens, whisking frequently, about 6 minutes. Transfer to large bowl. Add gelatin to hot custard; whisk to dissolve. Place over bowl of ice water; stir until cool and thickened but not set, about 12 minutes. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar; beat until stiff but not dry. Fold egg white mixture into custard in 2 additions. Using electric mixer, beat cream in medium bowl until peaks form. Fold into lemon mixture. Transfer filling to cooled crust. Cover with plastic and chill overnight. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.



Stir sugar and 1/3 cup water in medium saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high; bring to boil. Add cranberries; cook until half have popped, about 5 minutes. Add jelly; stir until melted. Cool to room temperature. Gently spoon topping over pie. Chill at least 30 minutes to set. (Can be made 4 hours ahead; keep refrigerated.)


Lemon Cheesecake Pies

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From Southern Living, February 2006. Makes two pies.


2 refrigerated pie crusts
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
1 large egg

Lemon Chess Pie Filling (below)



Fit each pie crust into a 9-inch pieplate. Line pastry with aluminum foil, and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. Remove weights and foil. Bake 2 more minutes or until golden brown. Cool crusts completely on wire racks. Beat cream cheese, sugar and egg at low speed with electric mixer until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over both crusts. Spoon Lemon Chess Pie Filling evenly over cream cheese mixture in crusts. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until set, shielding edges to prevent excess browning, if needed. Cool completely on wire racks. Garnish if desired.


Lemon Chess Pie Filling:

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

¼ cup butter, melted

¼ cup milk

1 Tbl lemon zest

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 Tbl all-purpose flour

1 Tbl cornmeal

¼ tsp salt


Whisk together all ingredients. Use filling immediately.


Very Easy Chocolate Pie

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This is a simply wonderful pie and is very rich. The recipe was given to Doris by the wife of one of Scott’s friends about 15 years ago.


Make (please do not buy) a graham cracker crust for an 8-inch pie pan. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes at 350 until toasty. Let cool thoroughly before putting in the chocolate mixture.


Melt one large Hershey Bar (with or without almonds) with ¼ cup milk and 8 large marshmallows over water or in a double boiler until oozy. Stir to mix well. When it has cooled to room temperature, combine it with a ½ pint of heavy cream whipped to fairly stiff peaks. Fold the 2 mixtures together and pour into pie crust. Cool or chill before serving.


Lemon and Vanilla Curd Cake

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1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

1 Tbl sugar

1/3 cup unsalted butter, cold

Cold Water



3 ounces unsalted butter

½ cup sugar

4 egg yolks

2 tbsp (heaped) plain flour

½ cup lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla

¼ tsp lemon extract

1 tsp chopped candied lemon peel

16 oz cottage cheese



2 Tbl flour

2 Tbl sugar

2 Tbl butter, melted

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Caster sugar to dust



Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place cookie sheet in the oven. Prepare crust by combining flour and sugar together, then cut in butter until butter and flour mixture is crumbly. Mix in enough water to make dough come together. Grease a 10-inch tart pan (with removable base), then press dough into pan bottom and sides. Place tart pan in fridge while making the filling. For the filling, cream the butter and sugar, then mix in egg yolks, flour, lemon juice, vanilla, lemon extract, lemon peel and cottage cheese. Pour mixture into tart pan. Make the topping by combining flour, sugar, egg and lemon juice together, then add in melted butter. Pour topping over filling. Place in oven and bake for an hour until the top is golden and the filling is firm. Dust with sugar. Served cooled but not chilled.


Honey Cake

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From “Miriam’s Kitchen.”


Ringing in Rosh Hashanah with honey should lead to a sweet new year, but this cake is delicious anytime. It is especially nice to serve with tea. To help the honey slide right out, spray the measuring cup with nonstick spray first.



1 heaping cup honey

½ cup oil

1 ¼ cup sugar

1 egg

3 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

6 tsp instant tea mix

½ tsp cinnamon

dash of ground cloves



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix honey, oil, sugar and egg. Sift flour with baking soda. Mix instant tea with enough water to make one cup. Add tea to honey mixture. Add flour mixture, cinnamon and cloves. Mix. Grease round Bundt pan with margarine. Bake at 350 degrees for about 90 minutes on the top rack until browned.


Apple Cake

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From “Everyday Food.”

½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup light brown sugar, packed

1 ¼ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 ½ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 ½ lb apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks

½ cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

2 large eggs, lightly beaten



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 baking pan; set aside in a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Add the apples, nuts, butter and eggs; stir just until combined. Spoon into pan; smooth with a spatula. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan. Dust with confectioners’ sugar to serve.


Maraschino Cherry Pound Cake

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This cake is similar to Elsie’s Phillie Cake. It has a delicious and colorful frosting which makes a wonderful variation.



2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 cup butter

1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese

1½ cups white sugar

4 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp almond extract

1 cup maraschino cherries, drained and halved

¼ cup all-purpose flour



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 8-inch tube pan. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Beat into flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Dredge cherries in ¼ cup flour, then fold into batter. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.



3 oz cream cheese

¼ cup butter, softened

2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted

½ cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped


Cream together cream cheese and butter in small mixing bowl. Gradually add sugar. Stir in cherries. Frost cake when completely cool.


Salsa Cake

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2 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

¼ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp ground allspice

1 cup tomato salsa

½ cup shortening

2 eggs

1/3 cup water

1 recipe cream cheese frosting



Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and spices in a mixing bowl.  Add salsa and shortening.  Beat for 3 minutes or until well-mixed.  Beat in eggs and water and beat another 3 minutes.  Grease and flour cake pans, two round or one 9 x 12.  Pour batter in pans and smooth evenly.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until done.  Cool and frost.