Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fruit Swirl Coffeecake


Fruit Swirl Coffeecake

1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
3 cups flour
1 can fruit pie filling, any flavor
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 Tablespoons milk

Add sugar, butter, shortening, baking powder, vanilla, and eggs to medium bowl.
Mix on low until blended.
Then on high for 3 minutes.
Add flour.
Mix just until combined.
Spread 2/3 of the batter into a greased 10x15" cookie sheet that has sides (also known as a jelly roll pan)
Dump on pie filling. My mom always makes cherry but I prefer apple!
Spread as best you can.
Drop remaining batter by tablespoons over top of filling.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cake area comes out clean.  Cake should be golden brown.  Careful not to overcook!
Mix powdered sugar and milk until smooth.  Start off with 1 tablespoon of milk and then add 1/2 tablespoon at a time until it is runny but not too runny. This particular day I only needed 1-1/2 T.
Drizzle over top of coffeecake while cake is still warm.  Cut and serve.  I prefer mine warm but it is definitely still good at room temp!

Strawberry filling is pretty delicious too!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Quick and Easy Rolls

Quick and Easy Rolls

1/2 C Sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
5 C flour (or a mix I used 1.5 cups wheat here)
4-1/2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
1/2 C solid vegetable shortening
2 eggs
1 stick butter or margarine, melted (plus 1 T or so for brushing on rolls after they are baked)
1 1/2 C warm water

Mix together sugar, salt, yeast, and 2-1/2 cups of flour in medium bowl.
Cut in shortening with pastry blender or fork.
Beat egg in small bowl.
Add egg, water, and melted butter to flour mixture.
Mix.
Add remaining flour and incorporate until there is no dry left.  It will not look pretty and still be sticky. Cover with a dish towel and let sit in a warm place for twenty minutes. 
Remove from bowl and throw onto floured surface. Knead for about one minute.
Pat out into a rectangle about 3/4" thick, 9 x 13" size.
Using a knife or pizza cutter cut into 12 squares or smaller if you prefer.
Place in greased 9x13" pan. Squishing the ones that weren't quite square into squares.
Cover with a dish towel and let sit in a warm place for twenty minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake for 30 minutes or until tops are nice and golden.  Remove from oven and brush on butter.
Serve with honey butter or here I made sausage gravy.

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