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    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Help! I need to bake something.

    I am going to a holiday meeting of a club I belong to. We are all
    supposed to "bake something" to exchange with the other members. It
    should be something that costs about $10 to buy in a bakery or market.

    We don't celebrate Christmas. I have cookie recipes but I don't know if
    they would be suitable. I have cake recipes, but I don't know if they
    would be suitable.

    I went to a dozen recipe web sites and looked at hundreds of recipes. I
    think I totally confused myself.

    We have a new puppy who is keeping me busy. Our friends who winter here
    are starting to arrive and we are always having drop-in visitors so I'm
    looking for something that doesn't take days to prepare. I don't want to
    roll dough for cut-out cookies, either. I *can* do yeast.

    If someone could please help me with a few suggestions, I could take it
    from there. If it helps, some of the things I have on hand (besides the
    usual flour, butter, etc.) are almond meal and unsweetened, flaked coconut.

    All ideas would be welcome.

    TIA,

    Janet, scratching her head in way-the-heck-south Texas
    --
    Janet Wilder
    Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
    Good Friends. Good Life

  2. #2
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.


    "Janet Wilder" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >
    > If someone could please help me with a few suggestions, I could take it
    > from there. If it helps, some of the things I have on hand (besides the
    > usual flour, butter, etc.) are almond meal and unsweetened, flaked
    > coconut.
    >


    My wife makes these every year for the past 30 or 40 years or so and anyone
    that receives one asks for more.


    Fruit Stollen





    Dough:



    7 ½ to 8 cups Flour (2 lbs of flour)

    1 cup of sugar

    3 ½ teaspoons of baking powder



    3 eggs

    1 cup of milk

    1 cup of oil

    1 teaspoon of vanilla



    Blend flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.



    Make a well and add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Mix and divide the dough
    into 5 or 6 sections.



    Let dough rest about 10 minutes.



    Roll out each section and spread out the filling in each section. Roll
    dough up.





    Filling:



    1 Jar of apple butter (1 lb.)

    ¼ cup of minute tapioca

    1 cup of raisins and/or dried fruit

    ½ cup of nuts chopped

    ½ cup of maraschino cherries and/or coconut

    ½ cup of chocolate chips



    Mix the above ingredients and spread out on dough.



    Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.



    Makes about 5 to 6 loaves. Bake in 375-degree oven for 30 minutes.



    Cool and then dust with powder sugar.













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    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    Janet Wilder <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:002d1b28$0$9172$[email protected]..
    > I am going to a holiday meeting of a club I belong to.
    > We are all supposed to "bake something" [..] that costs
    > about $10 to buy in a bakery or market.

    [snip rest of thought]

    Persimmon Pudding


    INGREDIENTS
    1 cup persimmon pulp

    1 cup sifted flour

    1 cup sugar

    ½ cup milk

    2 tsp. baking soda

    2 Tbs. liquid shortening

    1 large egg, beaten well

    2 tsp. cinnamon

    1 tsp. salt

    ½ cup raisins

    1 tsp. baking powder

    ½ cup walnuts, chopped fine



    METHOD:

    Separate persimmon pulp from skin, seeds and fibers. Mash pulp,
    add sugar, soda, egg. Sift together dry ingredients, add
    alternately with milk. Add shortening, raisins, and nuts. Stir
    together until well-blended. Pour into greased molds, cover and
    tented foil. Set in pan of water and steam in oven for 1-¼
    hours @ 350ºF.





    The Ranger



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    BD Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.


    "Janet Wilder" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:002d1b28$0$9172$[email protected]..
    >I am going to a holiday meeting of a club I belong to. We are all supposed
    >to "bake something" to exchange with the other members. It should be
    >something that costs about $10 to buy in a bakery or market.
    >
    > We don't celebrate Christmas. I have cookie recipes but I don't know if
    > they would be suitable. I have cake recipes, but I don't know if they
    > would be suitable.
    >
    > I went to a dozen recipe web sites and looked at hundreds of recipes. I
    > think I totally confused myself.
    >
    > We have a new puppy who is keeping me busy. Our friends who winter here
    > are starting to arrive and we are always having drop-in visitors so I'm
    > looking for something that doesn't take days to prepare. I don't want to
    > roll dough for cut-out cookies, either. I *can* do yeast.
    >
    > If someone could please help me with a few suggestions, I could take it
    > from there. If it helps, some of the things I have on hand (besides the
    > usual flour, butter, etc.) are almond meal and unsweetened, flaked
    > coconut.
    >
    > All ideas would be welcome.
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > Janet, scratching her head in way-the-heck-south Texas
    > --
    > Janet Wilder
    > Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
    > Good Friends. Good Life



    Pumpkin roll



  5. #5
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    On Sat 06 Dec 2008 08:27:53p, Janet Wilder told us...

    > I am going to a holiday meeting of a club I belong to. We are all
    > supposed to "bake something" to exchange with the other members. It
    > should be something that costs about $10 to buy in a bakery or market.
    >
    > We don't celebrate Christmas. I have cookie recipes but I don't know if
    > they would be suitable. I have cake recipes, but I don't know if they
    > would be suitable.
    >
    > I went to a dozen recipe web sites and looked at hundreds of recipes. I
    > think I totally confused myself.
    >
    > We have a new puppy who is keeping me busy. Our friends who winter here
    > are starting to arrive and we are always having drop-in visitors so I'm
    > looking for something that doesn't take days to prepare. I don't want to
    > roll dough for cut-out cookies, either. I *can* do yeast.
    >
    > If someone could please help me with a few suggestions, I could take it
    > from there. If it helps, some of the things I have on hand (besides the
    > usual flour, butter, etc.) are almond meal and unsweetened, flaked

    coconut.
    >
    > All ideas would be welcome.
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > Janet, scratching her head in way-the-heck-south Texas


    The cakes I bake for the holidays are elaborate and time consuming, so I
    can’t recommend them. There are a couple of cookies I bake that fall into
    the same category. However, there are a couple of cookies my mother always
    made at the holidays that are simple and delicious, do not have to be
    rolled out, and have always been popular. I still make them.

    Sandies

    6 tablespoons vegetable shortening or unsalted butter
    2-1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
    1 cup sifted cake flour
    1/2 teaspoon ice water
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup powdered sugar

    Cream shortening until fluffy; add the powdered sugar gradually, continuing
    to cream with shortening until light. Add the flour, ice water, walnuts,
    and vanilla, and mix well. Cover and chill mixture about two hours. Shape
    into crescents about 1-1/4” long by 1/2” wide, or into 1” balls. Place on
    parchment covered baking sheet, and bake at 300°F. for 30-35 minutes, or
    until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheet immediately, and roll in
    powdered sugar. When cool, roll again in powdered sugar. Makes 20
    cookies. Store in tightly sealed container. (I usually double or triple
    this recipe.)

    Christmas Cherries

    1/2 cup vegetable shortening or unsalted butter
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 egg, separated
    1 tablespoon orange zest
    1-1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1 cup sifted cake flour
    1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    6 candied cherries

    Cream shortening until fluffy and creamy; add the sugar gradually while
    continuing until light. Add the beaten egg yolk, orange and lemon zest,
    vanilla, and lemon juice, and mix well. Add the flour and mix well; chill
    for several hours or overnight. Roll into small balls 1/2” in diameter;
    roll in the egg white slightly beaten, then in the walnut meats. Place on
    parchment covered baking sheet and press a small piece of cherry on each.
    Bake in a 350° F. oven for 20 minutes. Makes 33 cookies 1-1/2” diameter.
    Store in tightly covered container. (I usually double this recipe.)

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    (correct the spelling of "geemail" to reply)
    ************************************************** **********************
    Date: Saturday, 12(XII)/06(VI)/08(MMVIII)
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    Countdown till Christmas Day
    2wks 4dys 3hrs 14mins
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  6. #6
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    On Sat, 06 Dec 2008 21:27:53 -0600, Janet Wilder
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I went to a dozen recipe web sites and looked at hundreds of recipes. I
    >think I totally confused myself.


    Make some snickerdoodles (cookies) and call it done, Janet!
    You can google a decent recipe.



    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

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    sf Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    On Sat, 06 Dec 2008 21:27:53 -0600, Janet Wilder
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >If someone could please help me with a few suggestions, I could take it
    >from there. If it helps, some of the things I have on hand (besides the
    >usual flour, butter, etc.) are almond meal and unsweetened, flaked coconut.


    I should have read your *entire* post before replying.

    If you have coconut, do you have sweetened condensed milk? You could
    make macaroons.
    http://southernfood.about.com/od/coc...r/bl30214l.htm


    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

  8. #8
    sf Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    On Sun, 07 Dec 2008 03:56:26 GMT, "BD" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >Pumpkin roll
    >


    My DIL make that for T'day. It was very good.


    --
    I never worry about diets. The only carrots that
    interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

    Mae West

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    Arri London Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.



    Janet Wilder wrote:
    >
    > I am going to a holiday meeting of a club I belong to. We are all
    > supposed to "bake something" to exchange with the other members. It
    > should be something that costs about $10 to buy in a bakery or market.
    >
    > We don't celebrate Christmas. I have cookie recipes but I don't know if
    > they would be suitable. I have cake recipes, but I don't know if they
    > would be suitable.
    >
    > I went to a dozen recipe web sites and looked at hundreds of recipes. I
    > think I totally confused myself.
    >
    > We have a new puppy who is keeping me busy. Our friends who winter here
    > are starting to arrive and we are always having drop-in visitors so I'm
    > looking for something that doesn't take days to prepare. I don't want to
    > roll dough for cut-out cookies, either. I *can* do yeast.
    >
    > If someone could please help me with a few suggestions, I could take it
    > from there. If it helps, some of the things I have on hand (besides the
    > usual flour, butter, etc.) are almond meal and unsweetened, flaked coconut.
    >
    > All ideas would be welcome.
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > Janet, scratching her head in way-the-heck-south Texas
    >


    Pound cake, stuffed with almond paste made from the almond meal and
    sugar. Or stuffed with chocolate

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    cybercat Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.


    "Janet Wilder" <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    > All ideas would be welcome.
    >


    Do a simple carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Tasty and easy and not
    seen much around the holidays. A nice break from the sugar cookies and the
    chocolate.



  11. #11
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    In article <002d1b28$0$9172$[email protected]>,
    Janet Wilder <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I am going to a holiday meeting of a club I belong to. We are all
    > supposed to "bake something" to exchange with the other members. It
    > should be something that costs about $10 to buy in a bakery or market.
    >
    > We don't celebrate Christmas. I have cookie recipes but I don't know if
    > they would be suitable. I have cake recipes, but I don't know if they
    > would be suitable.
    >
    > I went to a dozen recipe web sites and looked at hundreds of recipes. I
    > think I totally confused myself.
    >
    > We have a new puppy who is keeping me busy. Our friends who winter here
    > are starting to arrive and we are always having drop-in visitors so I'm
    > looking for something that doesn't take days to prepare. I don't want to
    > roll dough for cut-out cookies, either. I *can* do yeast.
    >
    > If someone could please help me with a few suggestions, I could take it
    > from there. If it helps, some of the things I have on hand (besides the
    > usual flour, butter, etc.) are almond meal and unsweetened, flaked coconut.
    >
    > All ideas would be welcome.
    >
    > TIA,
    >
    > Janet, scratching her head in way-the-heck-south Texas


    Pineapple upside down cake.
    Simple and one of my personal favorites!
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

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    Lynn from Fargo Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    ==============================================:
    Make either peanut butter or snickerdoodle cookie dough, Roll in 1"
    balls & dip the tops in sugar. Bake until done but still a little
    soft in the middle. Remove from pan. Press an unwrapped Hershey's
    Kiss in the middle of each cookie. Use those new mint flavored kisses
    in the snickerdoodle kind.

    Or just make Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Tea Cakes or Vienese
    Sugar Balls or Italian Butternuts - all the same cookie. I figure if
    they have that many names, people must like 'em.

    Lynn in Fargo
    4 dozen should definitely go for at least$10!

  13. #13
    Cryambers Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    Janet Wilder wrote:
    > I am going to a holiday meeting of a club I belong to. We are all
    > supposed to "bake something" to exchange with the other members. It
    > should be something that costs about $10 to buy in a bakery or market.
    >
    > We don't celebrate Christmas. I have cookie recipes but I don't know if
    > they would be suitable. I have cake recipes, but I don't know if they
    > would be suitable.
    >
    > I went to a dozen recipe web sites and looked at hundreds of recipes. I
    > think I totally confused myself.


    I have a cranberry-pistachio biscotti recipe--or, HAD, since I can't
    find it--that would suit your purposes. I hope having just the idea
    is good enough;-) I'll post the recipe if I locate it. The biscotti
    look very Christmas-y.

    pat

  14. #14
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Cryambers <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Janet Wilder wrote:
    > > I am going to a holiday meeting of a club I belong to. We are all
    > > supposed to "bake something" to exchange with the other members. It
    > > should be something that costs about $10 to buy in a bakery or market.
    > >
    > > We don't celebrate Christmas. I have cookie recipes but I don't know if
    > > they would be suitable. I have cake recipes, but I don't know if they
    > > would be suitable.
    > >
    > > I went to a dozen recipe web sites and looked at hundreds of recipes. I
    > > think I totally confused myself.

    >
    > I have a cranberry-pistachio biscotti recipe--or, HAD, since I can't
    > find it--that would suit your purposes. I hope having just the idea
    > is good enough;-) I'll post the recipe if I locate it. The biscotti
    > look very Christmas-y.
    >
    > pat


    Oh gods... That reminds me of one of my #1 favorite breads I can get
    from Whole Paycheck (Whole Foods Market). Lemon with Cranberries.

    I've not had it in many many months but it's OH so good! Lemon and
    Cranberries is a combo straight from heaven.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." -- Dalai Lama

  15. #15
    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    Wayne Boatwright wrote:
    > On Sat 06 Dec 2008 08:27:53p, Janet Wilder told us...
    >
    >> I am going to a holiday meeting of a club I belong to. We are all
    >> supposed to "bake something" to exchange with the other members. It
    >> should be something that costs about $10 to buy in a bakery or market.
    >>
    >> We don't celebrate Christmas. I have cookie recipes but I don't know if
    >> they would be suitable. I have cake recipes, but I don't know if they
    >> would be suitable.
    >>
    >> I went to a dozen recipe web sites and looked at hundreds of recipes. I
    >> think I totally confused myself.
    >>
    >> We have a new puppy who is keeping me busy. Our friends who winter here
    >> are starting to arrive and we are always having drop-in visitors so I'm
    >> looking for something that doesn't take days to prepare. I don't want to
    >> roll dough for cut-out cookies, either. I *can* do yeast.
    >>
    >> If someone could please help me with a few suggestions, I could take it
    >> from there. If it helps, some of the things I have on hand (besides the
    >> usual flour, butter, etc.) are almond meal and unsweetened, flaked

    > coconut.
    >> All ideas would be welcome.
    >>
    >> TIA,
    >>
    >> Janet, scratching her head in way-the-heck-south Texas

    >
    > The cakes I bake for the holidays are elaborate and time consuming, so I
    > can’t recommend them. There are a couple of cookies I bake that fall into
    > the same category. However, there are a couple of cookies my mother always
    > made at the holidays that are simple and delicious, do not have to be
    > rolled out, and have always been popular. I still make them.
    >
    > Sandies
    >
    > 6 tablespoons vegetable shortening or unsalted butter
    > 2-1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
    > 1 cup sifted cake flour
    > 1/2 teaspoon ice water
    > 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    > 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    > 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    >
    > Cream shortening until fluffy; add the powdered sugar gradually, continuing
    > to cream with shortening until light. Add the flour, ice water, walnuts,
    > and vanilla, and mix well. Cover and chill mixture about two hours. Shape
    > into crescents about 1-1/4” long by 1/2” wide, or into 1” balls. Place on
    > parchment covered baking sheet, and bake at 300°F. for 30-35 minutes, or
    > until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheet immediately, and roll in
    > powdered sugar. When cool, roll again in powdered sugar. Makes 20
    > cookies. Store in tightly sealed container. (I usually double or triple
    > this recipe.)
    >
    > Christmas Cherries
    >
    > 1/2 cup vegetable shortening or unsalted butter
    > 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    > 1 egg, separated
    > 1 tablespoon orange zest
    > 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
    > 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    > 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    > 1 cup sifted cake flour
    > 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
    > 6 candied cherries
    >
    > Cream shortening until fluffy and creamy; add the sugar gradually while
    > continuing until light. Add the beaten egg yolk, orange and lemon zest,
    > vanilla, and lemon juice, and mix well. Add the flour and mix well; chill
    > for several hours or overnight. Roll into small balls 1/2” in diameter;
    > roll in the egg white slightly beaten, then in the walnut meats. Place on
    > parchment covered baking sheet and press a small piece of cherry on each.
    > Bake in a 350° F. oven for 20 minutes. Makes 33 cookies 1-1/2” diameter.
    > Store in tightly covered container. (I usually double this recipe.)
    >


    Those sound awesome. Copied and saved!!!

    Thanks so much Wayne.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
    Good Friends. Good Life

  16. #16
    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    sf wrote:
    > On Sat, 06 Dec 2008 21:27:53 -0600, Janet Wilder
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I went to a dozen recipe web sites and looked at hundreds of recipes. I
    >> think I totally confused myself.

    >
    > Make some snickerdoodles (cookies) and call it done, Janet!
    > You can google a decent recipe.
    >
    >
    >

    I'll look into that. Thanks.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
    Good Friends. Good Life

  17. #17
    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    sf wrote:
    > On Sat, 06 Dec 2008 21:27:53 -0600, Janet Wilder
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> If someone could please help me with a few suggestions, I could take it
    >>from there. If it helps, some of the things I have on hand (besides the
    >> usual flour, butter, etc.) are almond meal and unsweetened, flaked coconut.

    >
    > I should have read your *entire* post before replying.
    >
    > If you have coconut, do you have sweetened condensed milk? You could
    > make macaroons.
    > http://southernfood.about.com/od/coc...r/bl30214l.htm
    >
    >

    I have that recipe and I thought about it. I usually put a half a
    candied cherry on the top. I just thought that everyone would know how
    simple they were and I'd be embarrassed :-)

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
    Good Friends. Good Life

  18. #18
    Janet Wilder Guest

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    cybercat wrote:
    > "Janet Wilder" <[email protected]> wrote
    >> All ideas would be welcome.
    >>

    >
    > Do a simple carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Tasty and easy and not
    > seen much around the holidays. A nice break from the sugar cookies and the
    > chocolate.
    >
    >

    What a great idea! AAMOF, I have Wayne's awesome carrot cake recipe in
    my files.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
    Good Friends. Good Life

  19. #19
    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    Cryambers wrote:
    > Janet Wilder wrote:
    >> I am going to a holiday meeting of a club I belong to. We are all
    >> supposed to "bake something" to exchange with the other members. It
    >> should be something that costs about $10 to buy in a bakery or market.
    >>
    >> We don't celebrate Christmas. I have cookie recipes but I don't know if
    >> they would be suitable. I have cake recipes, but I don't know if they
    >> would be suitable.
    >>
    >> I went to a dozen recipe web sites and looked at hundreds of recipes. I
    >> think I totally confused myself.

    >
    > I have a cranberry-pistachio biscotti recipe--or, HAD, since I can't
    > find it--that would suit your purposes. I hope having just the idea
    > is good enough;-) I'll post the recipe if I locate it. The biscotti
    > look very Christmas-y.
    >
    > pat


    I think Giada did one this morning on Food Network. I thought about it,
    but it might be too "exotic" for these ladies.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
    Good Friends. Good Life

  20. #20
    Janet Wilder Guest

    Default Re: Help! I need to bake something.

    Thanks all for your suggestions. I'm seriously thinking carrot cake, but
    I much appreciate the input. You folks are *the best*

    Holiday hugs,

    Janet
    --
    Janet Wilder
    Bad spelling. Bad punctuation
    Good Friends. Good Life

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