Kids Activity: Irish Soda Bread Biscuits

Being a mother of two young (active) boys, I’m always looking for activities to do with them during the cold months. As a family, we don’t usually do anything special for Saint Patrick’s Day, but we love to cook and bake together. This Irish Soda Bread Biscuit recipe is really simple and not too complicated for children between the ages of 4 – 10, with minor assistance. I found that this activity was rewarding to them! This baking experience gave them a boost of confidence that they were able to make something for the family, “all by themselves” to eat. Along with this confidence, they also learned “why”, “how” and “when” to do certain steps:

Examples –

  • “How” to identifying measurements – 1 cup, 1 ½ cup, Tbsp. and tsp.
  • “Why” and “When” to add dry and liquid ingredients
  • “How” and “Why” you infuse dried berries before mixing
  • “How”, “When” and “Why” to set the oven temp
  • “Why” and “How” do you grease or line the baking sheet
  • “How” and “Why” do you knead the dough
  • “When” to take biscuits out of the oven

Kid friendly items to have on hand before starting:

  • Step stool (for reaching)
  • Paper towels (for spills)
  • Oven mitts or kitchen towels (oven transfer use)
  • 2” biscuit cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper
  • Electric mixer
  • 1 – large spoon for scraping sides of bowl

Irish Soda Bread Biscuits Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. raisins, rinsed in hot water and dried
  • 1 c. dried cranberries, rinsed in hot water and dried
  • 1 Tbsp. caraway seeds, optional
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. buttermilk

Steps –

  1. Make sure all ingredients and utensils are out and ready for easy access. (Wash those hands!)

  2. Fully submerge raisins and cranberries in a bowl of warm water. Leave them set for about 2 minutes to infuse.


  3. Drain water from the infused raisins and cranberries. Transfer to folded paper towels to remove any remaining water.
  4. Let your child locate, measure, add and mix all dry ingredients.

(We chose not to add caraway seeds)

  1. Add prepared raisins and cranberries to dry mixture. Mix raisins and cranberries until fully coated in dry mixture.

  1. Add eggs and buttermilk until thoroughly combined.


  2. Spread 2-3 Tbsp. flour on to a prepared surface. Remove dough mixture from mixing bowl and knead for about 3 minutes on prepared surface.


  1. This recipe states to roll dough to a ½ inch thickness. We wanted a higher biscuit, so we decided to roll out to a 2-inch thickness instead.

  1. Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter, show your child how to place the cutter each time in order to use most dough the first time around (you’ll need to repeat this step with the additional dough from the first set of cut outs).

  1. Transfer cutouts to your prepared baking sheet. Place biscuits in a 400° F. pre-heated oven. Bake biscuits for 10 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

  1. Using oven mitts or kitchen towel, help your child safely remove biscuits from the oven. Let cool for about 5 minutes. We recommend eating them warm with butter!

Yield: (10) 2-inch round biscuits.

 

Strawberry Cupcakes – a Valentine’s Day Special

This Valentine’s Day, I wanted to make something extra special and came up with these strawberry cupcakes. I used a cake recipe from a 2002 Clabber Girl cookbook and converted it to cupcakes. When the cupcakes come out of the oven, be prepared for a sweet strawberry smell that will fill up your kitchen and attract family from other rooms. Make sure you get the cupcakes onto a cooling rack so they can be filled and topped with frosting quickly or you may have a few plain cakes missing!

I love finding old recipes from our vault and updating them for the modern kitchen! These cupcakes would be great any time strawberries are in season. The cupcake filling isn’t necessary, and the cupcakes would still be really good without it, but it does add a special touch for celebrating Valentine’s Day. I made twice as much filling as I needed and ended up freezing the filling. It was similar to a homemade ice cream!

Strawberry Cupcakes with a Strawberry Purée and Whipped Cream Filling and Pink Buttercream Frosting

  • Prep time: 60 min + 30 min wait time
  • Cook time: 15-20 min
  • Yield: 30 cupcakes

Strawberry cake batter:

  • 2 3/4 c. cake flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 3 oz. strawberry gelatin (one small box)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. strawberries, puréed in 1 1/2 Tbsp. orange juice

Cupcake filling:

  • 8 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. strawberries, puréed in 1 Tbsp. orange juice

Pink buttercream frosting:

  • 1 c. unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 3-4 drops red food coloring

To prepare the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners and set aside.

Whisk together flour and baking powder; set aside. In a separate bowl, cream sugar, butter and gelatin. Add eggs and beat well. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to the creamed mixture. Add vanilla and puréed strawberries.

Pour batter into prepared muffin pans. Bake at 350° F for 15-20 minutes or until the center tests done. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes before piping in filling and topping with frosting.

To prepare the filling:

Whip cream until stiff peaks form. Fold in sugar, vanilla and strawberry puree.

To prepare the frosting:

Beat butter for 2 minutes until it turns a light yellow color. Add vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, alternating with heavy cream until desired consistency. Add in food coloring until you reach the desired pink color.

Strawberry Cupcakes Step-by-Step Instructions

To prepare the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners and set aside.

Whisk together flour and baking powder; set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream sugar, butter and gelatin.

 

 

Add eggs and beat well. Use a spatula and scrape the sides of the bowl.

 

To purée the strawberries, I added sliced strawberries and orange juice to my blender. I pulsed it for a few seconds and it was just the right consistency. The orange juice will help to blend the strawberries, if your berries are very juicy, you may need less orange juice.

Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to the creamed mixture. I poured 1/3 of the flour, then 1/3 of the milk and repeated until everything was incorporated, scraping sides in between additions.

 

Add vanilla and pureed strawberries. Make sure the batter is fully blended without over beating.

Pour batter into prepared muffin pans. I used a 1/3 measuring cup to scoop the batter and pour into the cups. This also helps to make sure you have the exact same amount of batter in each cup for even baking.

Bake at 350° F for 15-20 minutes or until the center tests done. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes before piping in filling and topping with frosting.

 

To prepare the filling:

Whip cream until stiff peaks form. When you lift your beaters, you should be able to see the imprint from the beaters in your bowl.

 

Fold in sugar, vanilla and strawberry puree. I used a spatula to fold everything in and wasn’t too thorough, so that the mixture would have some red streaks in it.

 

Put a piping bag into a liquid measuring cup and fill the bag with filling. This will help to get the filling down into the bag without messing up the top.

 

Use a butter knife and slit the top of each cupcake once it is completely cooled (approximately 30 minutes). Pipe the filling into each cupcake. Wipe away any excess before frosting.

 

To prepare the frosting:

Beat butter for 2 minutes until it turns a light yellow color. Add vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, alternating with heavy cream until desired consistency. Add in food coloring until you reach the desired pink color.

Use the measuring cup trick to fill your bag again. This recipe makes more than will fit in a standard piping bag, so I just frosted in 2 batches.

Garnish with a sliced strawberry, if desired.

 

 

Pound Cake Waffles: A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe

We love breakfast! Especially weekend mornings when we have no plans, a nice home cooked breakfast is perfect. Waffles are definitely a favorite for us and so easy to make. The kids love them too. When looking through the Rumford Complete Cookbook this month, I wanted to try one of the waffle recipes. The pound cake waffle recipe sounded good, so I wanted to try that. I will for sure be making these again they were delicious!

The Pound Cake Waffles recipe is on page 128 of the Rumford Complete Cookbook. A photo of the recipe is below.

 

Here is my version of the recipe with some updates, I actually made these waffles a few times they were very well liked!

Pound Cake Waffles: A Rumford Complete Cookbook Recipe 

Ingredients:
3/4 c. butter
1 c. sugar
5 eggs
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. Rumford Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon or vanilla flavoring

Directions:

In a mixing bowl combine butter and sugar together and beat to a cream. Add the well beaten egg yolks to the bowl. Then the flour, salt, ad baking powder and mix together well. Add the flavoring you like and beat thoroughly. Lightly beat the egg whites and then add by folding them in the batter. Cook the waffles in a waffle maker and serve. One batch makes 12 waffles.

I tried these waffles with vanilla flavoring and they were so good! My family really enjoyed them. The flavoring just added a little extra to them. I made them another time and had almond extract and used that, which was also very good.

We will definitely be making these again. Breakfast or dinner (we like to have breakfast for dinner often) they are delicious!

 

Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake

Strawberry fans will love this homemade strawberry poke cake! The white cake is made from scratch, then strawberry gelatin is combined with bits of strawberries throughout the cake. Top it off with a thin layer of whipped cream and extra sliced berries-this dessert surely is a sweet delight!

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought it would be fun to share such a pretty cake that is perfect for the holiday. But it is also great really any time of the year, especially when fresh strawberries are in season! Strawberries are my favorite fresh fruit in the summer! It is a great summer dessert!

This delicious white cake is the perfect dessert for that fresh and sweet taste in a cake! It looks beautiful when you cut into it. If you need a fun, festive and tasty dessert for any holiday or get-together, this is a perfect and simple treat to make.

I like to bake desserts from scratch, and that is what I share here in the recipe, but you can easily use a white boxed cake mix instead.

 

Homemade Strawberry Poke Cake

Ingredients

White Cake:

  • 2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 C. shortening
  • 1 3/4 C. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 c. buttermilk
  •  

Strawberry Filling:

  • 1/2 C. boiling water
  • 2 C. strawberries – cut into small pieces
  • 1 box strawberry gelatin mix
  • 1 container whipped cream
  •  

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix together and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the shortening, sugar and vanilla and beat together with hand mixer until well mixed. Add egg whites to the sugar/shortening mixture and beat well. Then add the flour mixture and buttermilk a slowly and continue beating together until it is all mixed together well.

Pour the batter into a well greased 9×13-inch baking pan and bake at 350° F. for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

While the cake is baking and cooling, prepare the strawberry topping. Boil the water in a small saucepan.Cut the strawberries into small pieces and crush them slightly. Add the crushed strawberries and strawberry gelatin mix to the saucepan and bring back to a boil, then let cool.

Once the cake is cool use the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes into the cake. Pour the cooled strawberry gelatin mixture over top of the cake and into the holes. Some of the strawberries can be spread out on top of the cake as well to give a little strawberry layer on top of the white cake. Top off the cake by spreading the whipped cream all over the cake and add sliced strawberries on top. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Top Ten Recipes of 2016

We are counting down the top ten recipes on our website in 2016! These are the top ten most visited recipes on our website throughout the year in 2016. It should be no surprise that our Old-Fashioned Biscuits (as shown on the back of the Clabber Girl Can) are at the top of our list!

  1. Old-Fashioned Biscuits (as shown on the Clabber Girl can) – This is the classic baking powder biscuit recipe that can be found on the back of the Clabber Girl Baking Powder can. You need to ensure your oven is very hot and ready to go before putting in the biscuits inside.
  2. Clabber Girl Baking Powder Hamburger Buns – Our hamburger buns are quick and easy to make – no yeast and no rising time. Now, admittedly, the dough is sticky, and things can get a little messy when you scoop it out and plop it on the baking sheet. But just keep a bowl of water handy and wet your fingers before you scoop and shape the dough to make it easier to handle.
  3. Baking Powder Biscuits – You can use this basic baking powder biscuit recipe and with a few minor changes make buttermilk, drop, cheese, sour cream or cornmeal biscuits.
  4. Good Ole Fried Chicken – This fried chicken comes out moist with a crispy crust; it’s the ideal old fashioned recipe that has withstood the test of time.
  5. Lemon Drop Cookies – These cookies are bursting with lemon flavor-you actually bake them with lemon zest and use frozen lemonade concentrate as your liquid.
  6. Orange Cake – Originally featured in our Brickyard to Backyard cookbook, this has become a favorite for the holidays when oranges are in season. The cake is light and delicate, the orange glaze is packed with flavor.
  7. Applesauce Spice Bars – There are 3 different spices in this bar, giving them so much flavor! Top them with cream cheese frosting for an extra decadent dessert.
  8. Golden Corn Bread – This corn bread only requires 8 ingredients and first appeared on the back of the Clabber Girl Baking Powder can.
  9. Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake – This recipe is another one of my favorites I have learned from my grandma! I know I have said it before with some other recipes, that I am wanting to learn some family recipes that everyone loves and that are favorites of mine. Texas Sheet Cakes are like a family tradition, you might have eaten it as a kid as well as your parents may have as well. Enjoyable every time!
  10. Irish Cream Bundt Cake – This cake is perfect for fans of Irish cream liqueur; it is an ingredient in both cake and glaze. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or a fun event where a special Irish-inspired cake is called for.

Mincemeat Bars

 

With Christmas rolling around, I get to thinking about what are my favorite treats I most look forward to and mincemeat bars are definitely one of them! Now they can surely be made any time of the year, but I think I’ve had them most around the holidays.

If you have read many of my other recipes, you know I have shared several family recipes that are my favorite that I have learned to make myself. Several of the recipes have been passed down through the generations. This is another one of them! My mom got this recipe from my grandma, where she is sure it was a family recipe that she learned as well.

So many flavors mixed together in mincemeat bars they are mouthwatering delicious!

Mincemeat Bars

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/s tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup mincemeat
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup crushed pineapple (drained)
1 1/2 cup powered sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp hot pineapple juice

Directions:
In a medium bowl mix together the flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda and set aside. In a separate bowl combine the sugar and shortening and cream together. Then add the eggs, mincemeat, chopped walnuts, and crushed pineapple. Mix it together. Then combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix it all together. Pour mixture into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Prepare the icing by combining the powdered sugar and the hot pineapple juice together and mixed well. Pour the icing mixture over the warm mincemeat bars and spread evenly. Cook completely and serve.
How to make the mincemeat:
1 1/2 pints chopped tart apples (peeled)
1 pint chopped green tomatoes
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp each salt, all spice, ground cloves
3 cups sugar
1 pound raisins
1/4 cup vinegar
1 cup ground suet

Mix all the ingredients together in a pot and bring to a rapid boil. Then reduce heat and simmer until thickens. Pour into sterilized jars and seal. Jars will self seal.
If you like a spice cake/fruit/moist cake with light icing you will love these! They are seriously so so good!

Gingerbread Loaf with a Spiced Icing Glaze

Nothing says Merry Christmas than the smell of freshly baked gingerbread, am I right?? What if you could have a moist, flavorful loaf filled with all that gingerbread-y goodness and drizzled with a spiced icing that is irresistible? Then do I have the recipe for you! This gingerbread loaf with a spiced icing glaze is not only festive and delicious, it’s also incredibly easy. Mix, pour, bake, enjoy. Not too challenging, right? Christmas can already be stressful enough, why bake something overly complicated. I want easy and tasty out of my holiday desserts and this one takes the cake…I mean loaf.

Christmas time is here and you know that means?? Holiday baking! Oh yeah! This time of year is arguably my favorite. Final exams are almost over, the holiday is just around the corner, and it’s a time of year when I can get back in the kitchen baking with Momma Crawford. One of my favorite holiday traditions is spending time at home, cooking and baking with my mom. Christmas music can be heard on the radio as we dance and groove around the kitchen, mixing batters and fixing up casseroles. It’s something fun I always enjoy around the holidays!

Since this recipe is so easy, it’s a great one to get your kids or grandkids involved with! Make it an afternoon they won’t soon forget. Gingerbread loaf, hot cocoa, and Christmas specials: now that sounds like a great time to me!

Gingerbread Loaf with a Spiced Icing Glaze Recipe

Ingredients

For the loaf

½ cup white sugar

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 egg

1 c. molasses

½ c. apple sauce, unsweetened

2 ½ c. all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. nutmeg

¼ tsp. allspice

1 c. hot water

            For the icing

1 c. confectioners’ sugar

2 Tbsp. heavy cream

1 Tbsp. eggnog

½ tsp. vanilla extract

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground allspice

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

1/8 tsp. ground ginger

 

Directions

For the loaf. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans.

In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light, fluffy, and pale in color. Add the egg and beat until well incorporated. Add in the molasses and apple sauce and beat until well combined.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg until combined. Blend the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until combined. Stir in the hot water (carefully!) until incorporated. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for 1 hour until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan before serving.

For the glaze. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla until well combined. Stir in the cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and ginger until incorporated. Drizzle over the loaf before serving. Store in an airtight container in the fridge when not using.

Egg Drop Soup with Roasted Turkey

It’s November and Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays, is on the horizon.  Any excuse to get together with family and friends and cook a ton of food and eat is my favorite holiday.  However, I think one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers! I absolutely love leftover turkey sandwiches on white bread with mayo, salt, and pepper. But, once I have had my fill of those, I usually still have leftover turkey to cook with.  Which brings me to the recipe I have developed to share with you. Egg Drop Soup with Roasted Turkey.

 

I have a deep love and fascination with Chinese take-out food. A few months ago, my favorite Chinese restaurant closed permanently. After getting over the initial shock and grief, I am on the search for a replacement. Sadly, I haven’t found one yet. But, in the meantime, I’ve been biding my time recreating some of my favorite dishes at home.

 

Egg drop soup isn’t something I usually order but, I have begun making it home to compliment my Chinese take-out inspired meals. It is surprisingly easy to make. The broth is usually flavored with ginger, garlic, and peppercorns. I have added star anise to mine to enhance the flavor a bit more and bring in some notes of Chinese 5-spice.

 

Cornstarch is an important staple of this recipe. It is whisked into the broth to ever so slightly thicken and give a little body to the finished soup. It is also whisked into the eggs allowing them to remain delicate and soft once they hit the hot broth.

 

Turkey isn’t something that you traditionally find in Chinese take-out cuisine but, since it is that time of year, I have been looking for ways to add it to my Chinese take-out at home. And, it goes surprisingly well in this soup. The star anise really compliments the turkey and rounds out the soup in a delicious way. I hope you enjoy!

Egg Drop Soup with Roasted Turkey

6 c. chicken stock
3” piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into slices
4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 tsp. whole black peppercorn
2 star anise
2 dried bird’s eye chilies, or serrano
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 c. leftover roasted turkey, shredded
1 c. green peas
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp. cornstarch + 1 tsp. cornstarch

Pour the chicken stock into a saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Add the ginger, garlic, black peppercorn, star anise, bird’s eye chilies, and soy sauce.
Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low. Allow stock to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Strain the broth into another saucepan and return to the heat. Bring back to a low simmer. Add the roasted turkey and green peas.

Scoop out about ½ cup of the broth into a small bowl. Whisk it together with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch until cornstarch is dissolved. Pour back into the saucepan and stir.

In the same small bowl, whisk the eggs with 1 tsp. cornstarch until eggs are completely beaten and cornstarch is dissolved.

Holding a fork over the saucepan, gently pour the egg cornstarch mixture through the tines, allowing it to form ribbons. Let the egg “set” for about 10 seconds and then stir to break them up as you like.

Pumpkin Pie 3 Ways

Every family has its own holiday traditions, and each year new favorites are discovered and requested the following year. This year, I decided to try pumpkin pie in three ways: pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cake and a standard pumpkin pie.

As a kid, we always had Thanksgiving at my Aunt Dixie’s house. Pumpkin pie was the epitome of Thanksgiving to me. We enjoyed it only once a year and any other pumpkin pie would always be measured against her perfect recipe. This pie was so good that all of us kids would eat slice after slice. We’d all run around outside, make extra room for pumpkin pie, then come back in to eat more. It was a fun tradition that I get to see the next generation of kids in our family do today. I wanted to share my Aunt’s pumpkin pie recipe with her permission. She isn’t sure where she got the original recipe, but she’s been making it for Thanksgiving for decades. Every time she makes it, she uses the recipe as a general guideline, making small changes here and there. But every time, it comes out as the best pumpkin pie recipe ever.

Recipe #1: Aunt Dixie’s Pumpkin Pie

Classic Pumpkin Pie

This pumpkin pie is perfectly spiced-just the right amount of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg that aren’t overwhelming for younger palates. You can make this pie ahead of time, freeze it a couple of weeks and then bake it the day before Thanksgiving when you need it. When you pair the pie filling with a homemade pie crust, it is the best pumpkin pie ever. The crust is flaky and slightly puffed from the addition of baking powder. I like to use up any leftover crust to make little sweet treats. I just cut shapes out of the pie dough, top with melted butter, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. The pie crust bites can be baked simultaneously with the pie, just remove after 10 minutes or when the edges turn golden brown.

Filling:

  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 12 oz. evaporated milk

Clabber Girl Pie Crust Recipe:
(watch our 60 second video on how to make pie crust here)

  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 10 Tbsp. butter cold and cut into chunks
  • 3-4 Tbsp. ice water as needed

To prepare the pie crust:

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add the butter. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs with some pea-size pieces of butter. Gradually stir in enough of the water for the dough to clump together. Gather up the dough and form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled but not hard, 1-2 hours.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 1/8-inch thick round. Transfer to a 10-inch pie dish, trimming the dough to a 1/2-inch overhang around the edges of the dish. Tuck the overhang under the dough on the rim and flute the edges.

To prepare the filling:

Mix ingredients in order. Pour into uncooked pie crust and bake at 425° F. for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350° F. and continue to bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Recipe #2: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

This cheesecake is smooth and light with a slightly sweet, slightly sour finish. You can either make it as two 9-inch pies or one spring form cake as the recipe advises. The cheesecake does take a long time in the oven, but could be made a few days in advance and refrigerated. Completely cool the cake before refrigerating. If you wrap it in foil or plastic before it is cool, condensation can drip on top of the pie and make the sour cream look thin.

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 c. melted butter
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar

Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling:

  • 24 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 15 oz. canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 c. evaporated milk
  • 2 lg. eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. Rumford Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Pumpkin Cheesecake Topping:

  • 2 c. sour cream
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

To prepare the crust:

Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and press into a 9-inch spring form pan or two 9-inch pie pans.

To prepare the filling:

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, white and brown sugar and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, cornstarch and spices. Add to cream cheese mixture. Pour into prepared crust(s).

To prepare the topping:

Mix all ingredients thoroughly.

Bake for about 65 to 70 minutes at 350° F. Remove from oven, spoon topping mixture over cake(s). Return to 350° F oven and bake for additional 5 minutes.

Recipe #3: Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Pie Cake

This pumpkin cake is a mix of two batters: a cream cheese and a pumpkin batter. It is very mild and not overly pumpkin tasting. One thing I liked about this recipe is that you don’t have to worry about portioning out the pumpkin batter evenly, the cream cheese filling bakes up just fine. The end result is a beautiful layered cake dotted with chopped pecans.

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbsp. Rumford Cornstarch
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 eggs

Pumpkin Batter:

  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter melted
  • 1 c. canned pumpkin
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Rumford Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

To prepare filling:

Combine ingredients for filling mixture; set aside.

To prepare batter:

Beat together eggs, sugar, pumpkin and butter. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture; stir in nuts.

In a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, pour 1/2 of batter into bottom, spread it out to coat the bottom completely (about ½-inch thick). Top with filling mixture; pour the other half of batter on top.

Bake in a 350° F. oven for 25 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.

White Cheddar & Chive Scones

Holiday baking, isn’t it the best? With Thanksgiving just around the corner, my head is flooded with sweet recipe ideas, from fruit galettes to pumpkin coffeecake. But if you’re looking for a bread recipe that’s both cheesy and savory, then I have the recipe for you: savory scones. You might be thinking to yourself: “Savory scones Nate, really?” And to that I say “Yes!!” Just like sweet scones, savory ones are equally as versatile. I made mine with chives and white cheddar, but you can feel free to substitute and experiment with other cheeses and herbs.

Versatility: one of the many reasons why I love cooking.

Try some of these combinations of pairings for inspiration!

  • Feta & Basil
  • Gouda & Sage
  • Or, Mozzarella & Rosemary, just to name a few!

These scones have a perfectly golden, crusty exterior with a warm, buttery, and cheesy interior which is perfect dipping in a bowl of beef stew or in a pool of mashed potatoes and gravy. Savory bread is definitely the way to go this Thanksgiving!

White Cheddar & Chive Scones

Ingredients

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
2 tsp. granulated sugar
4 Tbsp. cold butter, cubed
1 c. white cheddar cheese, grated
1/3 c. chives, finely diced
1 c. heavy cream + 1 Tbsp.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles a slightly crumbly meal, making sure a few larger pieces remain. Mix in the cheese and chives until combined.

Add the cream, stirring to combine until the dough begins to come together.

Mixing Scone Dough

Transfer to the dough to a well-floured work surface.

Scone Dough on Cutting Board 2

Roll the dough out into a 7” disk about 3/4” thick.

Scone Dough on Cutting Board 1

Use a knife to cut the disk into 8 wedges.

Raw Scone Dough Close Up

Transfer each wedge to the prepared baking sheet.

Raw Scone Dough

Brush scones with the 1 tablespoon of cream and bake for 16-18 minutes or until they are golden brown and your kitchen starts smelling amazing. Cool on the pan and serve warm or at room temperature.

White Cheddar Chive Scone Hero