Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

People said this was the best pumpkin cake/bar they ever had

1 can pumpkin
2 cups sugar
1 cup canola oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

3 oz cream cheese, softened
5 T butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
3 - 4 tsp milk
chopped nuts

In large bowl beat pumpkin, sugar, oil until blended.  Beat in eggs.  Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture, beating until well blended.

Pour into a greased 15 X 10 X 1 baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack

For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy.  Gradually beat in sugar until smooth.  Add milk until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency  Frost cake sprinkle with nuts.

Chicken Wild Rice Soup and bread bowls

Tripled this recipe for a large crowd and it was great!  If tripled it doesn't all fit into the big black crock pot - need a little bigger crock for all to fit in.  Put in the crock before adding half and half and sherry.  Added the half and half and sherry 1 hour before eating.

Served in bread bowls

6 T butter
1 T minced onion
1/2 cup flour
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups wild rice, cooked
1/3 cup ham or chicken
1/2 cup carrot, finely shredded
3 T slivered almonds
1/2 t salt
1 cup half and half
2 T sherry

melt butter in a suop pot
sauté the onion and carrots until softened
blend in flour with wisk and then gradually stir in the chicken broth.  Stir constantly until it comes to a boil, keep stirring for one more minute.
add wild rice, meat, almonds, salt and simmer for 5 minutes
add half and half and sherry, heat until just heated through
garnish with chopped fresh parsley or chives

Bread Bowls

Thaw a loaf of bread in the fridge.  Split into three pieces and shape into rounds.  Spray cookie sheet, put rounds on cookie sheet.  Put egg wash on top (1 egg and a little water) and let rise until doubled.   When rising cover with sprayed plastic wrap.  Bake in 350 degree oven for about 3 minutes.