RECIPES FOR 2012

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January, Reuben Pizza (makes 8 servings) May, Overnight Coffee Cake September, Double Peanut Butter Cookies
February, Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies June, Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Pie (A delicious and easy desert) October, Apfel- Streuselkuchen (a great German apple cake recipe using only one bowl)
March, Potato and Ham Bake (Schinkenkartoffein) July, Cranberry Pineapple Cream Salad (A quick and easy summer recipe) November, Sour Cream Apple Squares
April, Apple Puffed Pancake with Orange Syrup August, Cherry Surprise Cake December, Speculaas - Helga Shultz (The most popular Dutch Christmas Cookie)

January,  Reuben Pizza (makes 8 servings)

1 refrigerated pizza crust

1-2 tablespoons butter or olive oil

1 cup sliced onion

1/2 cup mayonnaise

4 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

1 12 ounce can corned beef

1 14 ounce can sauerkraut, drained and squeezed dry

Heat oven to 425 degrees

Unroll pizza crust onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 9 minutes or until golden brown.

Saute the onion slices in the butter until tender.

Mix the mayonnaise and mustard together and spread half the mixture on the baked crust.
Sprinkle with ½ cup cheese. Spread corned beef evenly over cheese. Then top it evenly with the rest of dressing, onion, the sauerkraut and the remaining cheese..

Bake an additional 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated through.

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February,Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

1 cup soft butter

1 cup confectionery sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 teas. Vanilla

2 teas. finely grated lemon rind

4 cups flour

1 teas. baking soda

1 teas. cream of tartar

1 teas. salt

Mix together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, lemon rind and salt. In separate large bowl beat butter or margarine and sugars together until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beat well. Add oil and vanilla and mix until smooth. Gradually add the flour mixture.

If dough is too soft chill it for several hours. Shape dough into balls and flatten on cookie sheet, or drop dough onto cookie sheet with teaspoons (my method). Dip a cookie stamp in sugar and flatten cookies slightly (you can also use a fork or other creative things).

Bake cookies at 325 for 12 to 15 minutes. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

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March, Potato and Ham Bake (Schinkenkartoffein)

2 lbs. potatoes, cooked

1/2 lb. cooked ham

2 onions

1 tbs. butter or oil

1 cup cream

4 eggs

Salt, pepper and grated nutmeg to taste

1-1/4 cup grated cheese

Preheat oven to 400.

Peel cooked potatoes and slice thinly. Cut the ham into strips. Peel the onion and cut into rings and fry in the 1 tables p. butter or oil until translucent Grease a gratin or casserole dish with butter. Layer the potatoes, onions and ham in the dish. Mix together the cream, eggs, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Mix in half of the cheese. Pour the mixture over the potatoes and bake for about 30 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake a few more minutes. (Makes 4 servings)

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April, Apple Puffed Pancake with Orange Syrup

6 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1 cup flour

3 tbs. sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

8 tbs. (1 stick) butter

2 apples, peeled and sliced thin

2 tbs. packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine eggs, milk, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon in bowl, blender or food processor. Beat with electric mixer, blend or process, set aside.

Place butter in 9 x 13 glass baking dish, place in oven just long enough to melt butter. Layer apples in melted butter and return to oven until butter sizzles. Do not let butter brown. Remove pan from oven, immediately pour hatter over apples and sprinkle with brown sugar.

Bake 20 minutes or until puffed and golden.

Meanwhile prepare orange syrup.

When pancake is done serve immediately with orange syrup. (6 servings)

Orange Syrup: Combine

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup orange juice

2 tbs. orange peel in saucepan.

Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.

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May,  Overnight Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup sour cream

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Butter a 13 x 9-inch baking pan and lightly dust with flour. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and sour cream. Mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Add to batter and mix well. Pour into pan. Mix in a separate bowl the brown sugar, nuts, and cinnamon. Mix well and sprinkle evenly over batter. Cover and chill overnight.

In the morning, uncover and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes or until cake tests done.

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June, Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Pie (A delicious and easy desert)

2 containers (8 oz. each) vanilla yogurt

3 1/2 cups non dairy whipped topping

2 cups finely sliced or chopped sweetened strawberries

1 graham cracker crust

Fold yogurt into whipped topping, blend well, fold in strawberries. Spoon into crust.

Freeze until firm, 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with additional berries, if desired. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before serving. Store leftover pie in freezer

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July, Cranberry Pineapple Cream Salad (A quick and easy summer recipe)

2-3oz. Pkg. Cream cheese

2 tbs. mayonnaise

2 tbs. sugar

1 can (16 oz.) whole cranberry sauce

1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained

1 cup sour cream

3 tbs. sugar

Beat cream cheese, mayonnaise and sugar. Add cranberry sauce and drained pineapple. Blend well and pour into glass bowl. Mix sour cream with sugar and frost salad.

Chill over night and serve.

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August, Cherry Surprise Cake

1 cup vegetable oil

4 eggs

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 can cherry pie filling

Mix oil and 1 cup sugar thoroughly. Add eggs, one at a time and beat till fluffy, add vanilla. Sift flour and baking powder and add to egg mixture. Beat well. Pour half into a 9 x 13 pan.

Mix cinnamon and ½ cup sugar together and sprinkle half of it over the batter.

Pour pie filling over topping and spoon remaining batter over pie filling and sprinkle with remaining topping.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 50 minutes.

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September, Double Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks) room temperature

1/2 cup chunky or creamy peanut butter

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 cups peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. In second bowl cream butter, peanut butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add flour mixture and peanut butter chips.

Drop dough by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets and bake for about 10 minutes.

Makes about 40 cookies.
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October, Apfel- Streuselkuchen (a great German apple cake recipe using only one bowl)

4 cups of flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon rum flavoring

About 1 1/2 lbs apples (I like Cortlands for this), peeled and sliced

Combine flour, baking powder and sugar in large bowl. Work in the egg, butter and the
flavoring until mixture is crumbly.

Pat half of the mixture into a spring form, put the apple slices on top and top with the rest of the Streusel.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 60 minutes or until it is done.

Drizzle with powdered sugar icing right after baking.

This cake can also be made in a 9 X 13 pan. You might need a few more apple slices.
A dollop of whipped topping makes it even better.

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November, Sour Cream Apple Squares

2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup chopped nuts

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup sour cream

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

2 cups finely chopped peeled apples

Preheat oven to 350
In large bowl combine flour, brown sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until crumbly (I make the streusel by hand). Stir in nuts. Press 2 1/2 cups crumb mixture into a 9 x 13" pan.

Add cinnamon, soda, salt, sour cream, vanilla and egg to remaining mixture, blending well. Stir in apples and spoon evenly over crust. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Cut into squares and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

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December, Speculaas - Helga Shultz

(The most popular Dutch Christmas Cookie)

1 cup softened, unsalted butter

2 tsp. vanilla

1 cup white sugar

1-1/4 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed

2 large eggs, beaten

3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. ground cloves

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/8 tsp. salt

Combine butter and vanilla with the white and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add beaten eggs and blend well.

Sift the flour and all remaining dry ingredients together and beat into butter mixture.
At this point you may do several things:

Form cookies by rolling small pieces of dough into balls and baking on a greased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes in a 3500 oven.

OR

divide the dough into 2 equal rolls about 2-1/2 inches in diameter, wrap well, and chill for several hours or overnight. After chilling, either cut the rolls into 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch slices, place on greased cookie sheets about 1/2 inch apart, or roll the cool cooled dough out to 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thickness and use cookie cutters.

Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Yields 10 dozen.

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