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Friday, November 27, 2015

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Turtle Cake

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Here is an old family recipe for Turtle Cake from a neighbor of mine. It's super tasty and easy to make!
Turtle Cake made with a cake mix, caramel, pecans, and chocolate pieces #recipe
It's been quite a while since I posted a recipe that I got from my friend, Hilda. This is the last of the recipes I got from her over the summer. Now she's gone to Florida for the winter, so I won't be getting any more recipes for a while. In case you missed the other family recipes she shared, here they are: Rhubarb Cream Cake Coconut Poke Cake Vegetable Salad Dip.
I love recipes like this that take a cake mix, add ingredients, and elevate it to something extraordinary. This utilizes a devil's food mix and adds in more chocolate, pecans, and caramel. Not exactly shaped like turtle candies, but just as tasty!

Turtle Cake

by Diana Rambles
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert chocolate cake
Ingredients (24 servings)
  • 1 chocolate cake mix
  • 3/4 cups of butter, melted
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup chocolate pieces
  • 1 bag of caramels, 11 oz.

Mix the cake mix, melted butter, and 2/3 cup of evaporated milk together.
Press 1/2 into a greased and flours 9x13 cake pan.
Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Melt the caramels in 1/3 cup of evaporated milk.
Remove the cake from oven and sprinkle with chocolate pieces and pecans.
Layer the melted caramel on top.
Layer the rest of the cake batter on top and swirl around in the caramel.
Bake the cake for 20 minutes longer.
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Here is a close-up of what it looks like baked. It's got a gooey thickness like a brownie. My mouth is drooling as I write this up. I guess I just need to make it again soon.
How easy is that? I've never seen this recipe before. I've made it a few times and gotten rave reviews.
I served it with a little caramel on top and it was divine. I just love the combo of chocolate and caramel, with the crunchiness of the pecans. YUM!
Turtle Cake made with a cake mix, caramel, pecans, and chocolate pieces #recipe
Are you a turtle fan? Do you want to make this recipe?

Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Monday, November 23, 2015

Here is a recipe for cheesecake bars using fresh cranberries. It is easy to make and super tasty. Perfect for your holiday gathering!
Cranberry Cheesecake Bars #Recipe #Cranberry
As you've noticed lately, I am on a cranberry kick. I just love fresh cranberries so much! The cranberry season is short, so I have to create what I can while they are fresh. I have frozen them to use later, but they only work in recipes where you cook them. They will just turn to mush in non-cooked dishes.

I've already made three batches of cranberry relish this year, so I wanted to create something that used a different preparation technique. My Oatmeal Cranberry Apple Crisp used whole cranberries and it turned out great. This recipe involved boiling down the cranberries to create a jelly type sauce for baking.

Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

by Diana Rambles
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 50-60 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert cranberry Christmas Thanksgiving cake fall
Ingredients (24 servings)
  • fresh cranberries
  • juice from a small orange
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

Combine the cranberries, juice, sugar, and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for approximately 10 minutes, stirring frequently. The cranberries should all pop and form a thick sauce. I smashed a few stubborn cranberries to speed up the process. Set aside and let cool for a few minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
Stir the cake mix, melted butter, and egg together to form a thick dough. Press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the casserole dish.
Blend the softened cream cheese, egg, and powdered sugar with a mixer. Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Spread this mixture over the dough in the casserole dish.
Spoon the cranberry sauce on top of the cream cheese layer. Swirl the cream cheese and cranberry.
Drop the remaining dough into small pieces on top. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool before cutting and serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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I don't have a lot of experience making cheesecake recipes, but I am pleased with how this turned out. It's the right combination of tart and sweet. I will definitely be making this again!
I have apple photographed in the ingredients, but when I went to boil down the cranberries I realized it wasn't necessary. I did use apple when I made Cranberry Pepper Jam a few years ago, but it served as a natural pectin in that recipe. I suppose it would be OK in this recipe, but I don't recommend it.

This recipe can be made with canned cranberry if you want. Would I judge you for not using fresh? Heck, no! I like to cut corners in my cooking by using premade ingredients like cake mixes, so go for it if you want.
Cranberry Cheesecake Bars #Recipe
What do you think of this recipe? Would you like the creaminess of cheesecake with the tartness of cranberry?


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