This is a traditional type Red Velvet Cake that contains chocolate. If you've never had this cake it can look strange because of the color but it's red due to the food coloring and also because the chemical reaction between the vinegar and buttermilk turns the cocoa a reddish brown. You can frost this any way you want. Traditionally cream cheese frosting is used, but there are plenty of versions that call for pecan or pecan/coconut frosting. Be sure to use cake flour for the best texture.
Purists will recoil in horror because as my Texan friend told me “no self respecting Southern woman would ever put sugar in her cornbread recipe” but even she admitted this is good and could not believe there was sugar in it. This bread is thin and crusty yet still tender and moist. It’s nice and savory, not sweet like Northern corn breads which tend to taste like cake. This is from Cook's Illustrated.
This is a wonderful creamy dessert. Not as rich as flan or or other custards because it has no eggs. Serve with whatever topping inspires you - fresh fruit, fruit compote, chocolate, you name it. I prefer fresh raspberries. It should be served very cold. If you plan to make this a day ahead, decrease the gelatin by 2 5/8 teaspoons (2 1/2 teaspoons plus 1/8 teaspoon) otherwise it may be too firm. Cooking time is chilling time.
I based this recipe on several others I've seen. It is so good! The cranberries cut the sweetness of the white chocolate. Don't leave them out or it may be too sweet. If you use evaporated milk, one large can = 1 1/2 cups. Toasting the nuts is optional but it brings out their flavor. This is a great holiday sweet.
I based this on a combination of Mike's Fabulous Fruitcake (Recipe #51347) and Alton Brown's Free Range Fruitcake (Recipe #106542). This is truly a great cake. The only candied fruit my family can stomach is some good quality cherries so that's all the candied stuff in here, the rest is all dried. I suppose you could eat it after a day or two if you don't want to baste it with alcohol but then you miss the point of a good fruitcake. Even people who don't like fruitcake like this because it's got no candied fruit besides the cherries.
This is my family recipe for flan. It is very easy to make and it is very versatile in that you can use reduced fat dairy products and anywhere from 4 to 10 eggs and it will still come out great. Traditionally flan is made with caramel sauce but you can skip it if you like, just bake the flan without it. You can also use individual ramekins if you like. If you prefer a firmer flan you can bake it without the water bath for about 30 minutes.
I have been making these during the holidays for a few years. The original recipe came from a condensed milk recipe book but I made several changes, including adding alcohol which makes them really great. They are very good with or without the booze. They are no cook and easy to make. The yield is approximate.
Don't add too much hot sauce as this is not supposed to be a spicy dish, it's just there for a little punch. This dish makes for great leftovers so don't worry if there is some left. This is such a great dish that you should use all fresh ingredients and make your own French fried onions. You can make it with any type of cheese but adjust the salt level if not using Parmesan. This is a great make ahead dish - make the casserole and refrigerate, when ready to bake make the topping, add it and heat the casserole.
Variations of this recipe can be found on many web pages. One page credits the NY Time but I am a Times Select member and have not been able to find it there. Wherever it came from, it’s really the best recipe. Below is how I’ve been making it for years. I usually double or triple the recipe because it goes fast in my house. I put it in empty decorative rum bottles. The alcohol is optional – it’s delicious without it and kids love it. I add the alcohol to part of it and leave the rest plain so that each person can add as much of the type of alcohol they prefer. I like to add a bit of rum and bit of orange liquor such as Grand Marnier. This is great stuff so don’t skimp on the spices – use fresh ones, especially nutmeg.
This recipe is based on one found on the Food Network website but after I made it a few times I tweaked it and it’s even better. This is so good, super easy and best of all guilt free because it’s low in fat and calories because there is no cream in it. You won’t miss it though – it’s full of real banana flavor. For even more savings on fat and calories use a real dairy light whipped cream from a can. If you don’t have a hand blender just mash the extra banana with a fork and mix it well into the pudding. Time to make stated does not inlude chilling time.
This is a classic Puerto Rican dish that is also popular in Cuba (similar to the Dominican "mangu"). If you don’t have a tostonera (two pieces of wood hinged together to flatten plantains) use a glass or a small plate to flatten the plantains. If you don't use bacon and stop at step 2 you have tostones which also a great side dish.
I would not be allowed at the family Christmas party if I didn't make these. Super easy, inexpensive and delicious. Cut into small or large bars. The filling must be added to the hot crust – do not let the crust cool. Make sure to use a 9 inch pan (not an 8 inch). Also good when made with limes.
This recipe came from a Borden's condensed milk recipe book. I adapted it a bit. I make it every year during the holidays. Heath chips are sometimes hard to find. Skor chips work well, but the result is a bit sweeter. Six oz of Heath chips is one cup.