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Butterscotch Sauce from Joy of Cooking

This is my never-fail sauce, that I always go back to; it’s from my 1979 copy of the Joy of Cooking, which is literally falling apart, but so wonderful that I can’t let it go!  

The use of corn syrup in this recipe prevents the sugar from crystalizing.

Boil to the consistency of heavy syrup:

  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup PLUS 2 T brown sugar
  • 2 T butter
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Cool the ingredients and add:

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Serve the sauce hot or cold.

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Anne S’s Cranban Cake

Another lower-sugar recipe from my friend Anne S.

  • 1 mashed banana
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp. molasses
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup halved cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (optional)
  1. Beat together egg, banana, molasses, oil, sugar, and yogurt.
  2. Sift in flour & baking powder
  3. Stir in cranberries & nuts
  4. Spoon into greased 8×8 pan or ring mold
  5. Bake at 375′ for 35-45 mins, depending on pan
  6. Cool on rack before removing.

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Salted Toffee-chocolate Squares

From the PBS program “Everyday Food”, these really are yummy!

Ingredients

  • 13 graham crackers (or enough to line the sheet)
  • 1 1/2 cups toffee bits
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped toasted natural almonds
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup (4 ounces) bittersweet chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. Place graham crackers in a single layer on sheet, edges touching. You want to cover the entire baking sheet with graham crackers.
  3. Sprinkle toffee bits and almonds over graham crackers.
  4. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and butter to a boil over medium-high. Reduce heat and cook at a rapid simmer, swirling pan occasionally, until mixture is syrupy, 2 minutes. If desired, pour the hot mixture into a 2-cup glass measuring cup to make pouring easier.  Immediately pour evenly, and slowly over graham crackers.
  5. Bake until sugar topping is bubbling, 12 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate and salt over graham crackers.
  7. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut into 2-inch squares.
  8. Let cool completely on sheet on a wire rack.

(Store in an airtight container, up to 1 week.)

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Pecan Bars (that are not too sweet)

I can’t even begin to express how good these are!   They freeze very well when wrapped in parchment paper, then sealed up in a heavy-duty ziplock freezer bag.

Crust:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pecans, toasted and chopped coarsely
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 6 Tbsp cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Filling/top:

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 Tbsp dark rum (don’t leave this out)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ¾ cups pecans, toasted and chopped coarsely

For the crust:

  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 350F.  Line an 8” square pan with foil, then butter the foil.
  2. Process the flour, brown sugar, pecans, salt, and baking powder in a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal, about 5 pulses.  Sprinkle the butter pieces over the top and pulse until the mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse cornmeal, about 8 pulses.
  3. Sprinkle the mixture in the prepared pan and press firmly into an even crust using your fingers.  Bake until the crust starts to brown, 20 to 24 minutes.

For the filling:

  1. As soon as the crust finishes baking, whisk the brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, rum, vanilla, and salt together until just combined.  Whisk in the egg until incorporated, then pour over the hot crust.  Sprinkle the pecans over the top.  Bake until the top is brown and cracks start to form across the surface, 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. Let cool completely on a wire rack without removing from pan.  This will take about 2 hours.
  3. When completely cool, use the foil to lift out of the pan, and cut into squares or triangles.

 

 

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Low Fat Chocolate Cake

Not a cake lover — at all — but this is really delicious served with a scoop of ice-cream (which I also don’t like!).  This recipe produces a dense texture, rather than being a light and airy cake.

Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8” springform pan.

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup hot strong coffee (or use water or orange juice)
  • 1/3 cup low fat yogurt or buttermilk

In a large bowl, beat together brown and granulated sugars, butter, eggs, and vanilla until well blended.  Add cocoa and mix until well incorporated

Combine flour, baking soda, and baking powder; add to bowl along with coffee and yogurt.  Mix just until combined, being careful not to overmix.  Pour into pan, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre comes out dry.  Let cool completely.

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Lemon Poppyseed Loaf

Preheat oven to 350F, and grease an 9”x5” loaf pan.  Alternatively, make muffins by pouring batter into 12 cups and baking at 375F for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup yogurt or sour cream

Glaze

  • ¼ cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

In large bowl, beat together sugar, butter, egg, lemon rind and juice, mixing well.  Add milk and mix well.

Combine flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and baking soda; add to other bowl alternately with yogurt, mixing just until incorporated.  Do not overmix.  Pour into pan.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until tester inserted into centre comes out dry.

Glaze:   Prick holes in top of loaf with skewer.  Combine icing sugar with lemon juice; pour over loaf.

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1 Minute Peanut Butter “Fudge”

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • Very generous pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pre-measure all ingredients, and have them ready and waiting!

  1. Combine sugar, milk, and butter in a heavy pot, and bring to a full rolling boil.
  2. Boil for 1 minute only.
  3. Remove from heat, and then stir in peanut butter, salt, and vanilla.
  4. Smooth into a buttered 8”x8” pan, and cool, and cut.

Note:  You can melt some chocolate chips with a little butter, and smooth this over the set peanut butter layer.  Cool and cut.

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