Carrot Cake (The Best Ever)

Carrot Cake

Ingredients

1 pound carrots

2 cups white sugar

1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

4 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup raisins

1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 3 – 10 inch cake pans with Crisco Shortening. Flour pans and tap out excess flour.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, soda and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine coconut, walnuts and raisins. Set aside.  If you don’t have raisins, you can use chopped dates.

Grate carrots (to make 3 cups). Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, pineapple with juice, oil and applesauce. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and carrots.

Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Add coconut, walnuts and raisins and combine.

Put batter into 10 inch greased and floured cake pans.  Bake at 350 degrees F until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Invert onto serving plate.  After the cakes are cool, frost, and refrigerate one hour.

To make the frosting: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, confectioner sugar, orange zest and juice. Beat until smooth.

 

Mince Meat Pie (A recipe from Old England)

 

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Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

1 quart prepared mincemeat

This is the truly old-fashion type of mincemeat that is actually made with meat in it. This is my grandmother’s recipe for mincemeat.

Ingredients

Pastry for 9 inch 2 crust pie

4 pounds beef sirloin

Water

2 1/2 cups suet, finely chopped or grated Suet

(Suet is firm beef fat. Suet can be collected by trimming the hard white fat from steaks and other cuts of beef. You can also purchase packages of suet from your local butcher or from the meat department of your local grocery store. It then needs to be coarsely grated to make it ready to use. It also must be kept refrigerated prior to use and used within a few days of purchase, just like meat.)

7 1/2 cups chopped tart apples

3 cups liquid (liquid from meat of your choice it was cooked in)

5 cups granulated sugar

3 cups apple cider

1 cup molasses

1/2 cup cider vinegar

3 cups raisins

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground cloves

2 tablespoons ground allspice

2 tablespoons ground nutmeg

Juice of 2 lemons

Juice of 2 oranges

1 cup brandy or sherry 

Directions

Trim fat from meat of your choice and discard.

In a large heavy pan over medium heat, place meat; cover with water and simmer until the meat is tender. Remove from heat and refrigerate meat in the cooking liquid overnight.

Remove from refrigerator and remove meat from liquid. Remove all fat from top of liquid; discard the fat and reserve the remaining liquid. Separate meat from bones, discard bones. Chop cooked meat into small cubes.

In a large pot, combine meat cubes, suet, apples, reserved liquid, sugar, apple cider, molasses, cider vinegar, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, lemon juice, and orange juice; simmer for 2 hours. remove from heat. Add brandy or sherry and mix together.

It’s best to let mincemeat stand at least a couple of weeks before using.

Prepared pie pastry from recipe or store bought.

Spoon prepared mincemeat into pastry-lined plate. Cover with remaining pastry and flute. Cut slits in pastry so steam can escape. Cover edge with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning.

Bake pie 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Remove aluminum foil during last 15 minutes of baking. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before cutting and serving.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Farmers Pumpkin Bread

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Ingredients

1 cup water

1 cup vegetable oil

1 pound can of pumpkin or pumpkin pie filling

3 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 cup walnuts chopped

¾ cup raisins

1 1/2 cups dates chopped

3 1/2 cups self-rising flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cloves

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking soda

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Sift together the remaining ingredients. Mix well with the pumpkin mixture. Pour into 2 large greased loaf pans. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 1 and 1/2 hours.

Drizzle with Confectioner’s Glaze if Desired.

1 cup Confectioner’s Sugar

Evaporated Milk, enough to make a glaze

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Kaiserschmarrn

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This is a local German-Austrian specialty that is famous in the South.  An authentic Austrian dessert recipe. Kaiserschmarrn, sugared pancakes with raisins. 

Ingredients

1 cup milk

4 eggs

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons butter

Confectioner’s sugar

Directions

Beat milk and eggs together until well combined. In a separate bowl combine flour and sugar, then pour milk and eggs over dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Heat skillet over medium-high heat, and add butter. Once butter has melted add batter and cook undisturbed until bottom has begun to brown, about 4 minutes. Using a spatula, scramble the pancake batter, and then allow to settle and brown on the bottom again. Repeat until batter is cooked into many slightly browned sections. Serve sprinkled with icing sugar alongside fruit preserve or compote.