Saturday, February 4, 2017

Honey Nut Date Loaf


Chocolate chips
added for extra flavour.
Moist and full of nutrition.
Great with afternoon tea
or dessert.








Ingredients:

3/4 cup dates
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup of vegetable oil. (canola can be used also.)
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
3/4 cup chocolate chips.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 deg. F
Grease a loaf pan

Place dates in a bowl and cover them with very hot water
Let the dates soak while you prepare the cake batter.

In a large bowl add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt,  nutmeg and brown sugar.

In another bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, honey, eggs and vanilla.

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and stir until a batter is formed.

Drain the dates and chop into small chunks.
Fold dates into batter

Coat walnuts and chocolate chips with 1 tsp. of flour
and fold into batter.

Place batter in loaf pan

Bake about 1 hr. or until a toothpick inserted in the centre
 comes out clean.
The aroma coming from the kitchen while 
they are baking is absolutely divine.
Remove from oven and set on a wire rack to cool







Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Salmon Pie

Salmon is an excellent source of high 
quality protein, vitamins and minerals. 
High in omega-3 fatty acids.

This salmon pie is easy to make
with few ingredients and
only one pie crust on top.

Ingredients:
 2 cups of salmon with 
 with skin and bones removed.
(I used red Pacific wild salmon)
About 6 potatoes
2 celery stocks chopped
1 onion chopped
1 garlic clove chopped
Pepper, parsley and savory.

Boil and mash potatoes



Sante onions, celery and garlic
Add to onion mixture to salmon
along with pepper, parsley and savory.
(Or your favourite herb)


Grease a 9 inch pie plate
Press 1/2 of the potatoes in the bottom

Place the salmon on top of the potatoes

Add the remaining potatoes on top of the salmon

Roll out dough to cover pie
Place dough on top of pie
Bake 400 degrees F 25-30 minutes.



Enjoy





Serving suggestions: 
A white sauce:
     1 can cream of mushroom or 
     cream of celery soup and 1/2 can water.
Or serve with ketchup or chili sauce.

Thanks for your visit. xo







Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Coconut Snowballs



If you're a coconut lover,
you'll love these snowballs.

Dipped in icing sugar
(confectioners sugar), 
and rolled in coconut, 
these decadent snowballs are
 sure to add sweetness
 and prettiness to an
afternoon tea, also 
great for a children's party.

Ingredients:
Makes 1 dozen 

1/2 cup unsalted softened butter
3 tablespoons icing sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (I used coconut extract)
Pinch of salt.
1 cup all-purpose flour.
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

For the dipping:
1 cup icing sugar (confectioners sugar),
2 tbsp. milk (approx)
1 1/2 cups coconut 
    Instructions
Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
Add the vanilla and salt.
Add in the flour.
Stir in the nuts.
Place dough in refrigerator wrapped in plastic wrap
 for approx. 1/2 hr.


Remove from fridge,
Preheat oven to 350 deg. F
Shape dough in small balls approx. 1 inch in diameter
Place on cookie sheets.




Bake for 12-14 minutes.
Do not over bake.
They should be slightly brown on the bottom
but not cracked on the top.

Cool completely.


Glaze
Mix together the icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
and milk until smooth but not thick.
Place coconut for dipping in another bowl.

Dip cookies in glaze letting it drip down sides.
I hold it between 2 forks and let the excess drip off.
Dip and roll into coconut until completely covered.

Place on a rack to let the glaze harden. 

Enjoy!

They taste as good as they look!!



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