Posted by goodcookbecky on July 26, 2011
My folks are in town for a few weeks. We wanted to make some German/Austrian food while they were visiting. Today we made Marillenknödel (German for Apricot Dumplings) for lunch. They are apricots wrapped in a cheese dough, then cooked in simmering water for 15 minutes. Then you roll the dumplings in toasted breadcrumbs and coconut flakes. Sprinkle each crumb coated dumpling with a little sugar and extra breading on the side and enjoy. It was nice to work with my mother to make these. One word of caution though, if the fruit is very juicy you need to take care or it could squirt hot fruit juice. You could easily swap out the fruit with plums (but they would be called “Zwetschkenknödel”in German).
Marillenknödel- Austrian Apricot Dumplings
adapted from a traditional recipe used in Austria
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp flour (plus more if needed)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup dry plain breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
6 apricots (or plums- or even large strawberries)
Mix cream cheese, egg and salt together. Gradually add flour – enough to make the dough not overly sticky and easy to handle, but soft and pliable. Split the dough into 6 equal size balls. Flour a pastry board and us a rolling pin to gently make small discs of dough. Roll the apricots in flour and place in center of the dough rounds. Gently wrap the dough around the fruit and seal the seams. Repeat with remaining dough and fruit. The process of wrapping the dough takes some patience, but it is well worth the effort.
Allow the dumplings to rest (at room temperature) while you get a large pot of water to the boiling point. When it is at a full boil, lower the dumplings carefully into the hot water. They may sink to the bottom while others may float. Lower the heat so it is still simmering, but not a full boil while the dumplings are in the water. Gently stir the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to loosen any dumplings that may stick to the bottom, but this is usually not a problem. Cook for about 15 minutes.
In a large non stick skillet, over medium heat, melt butter. Add the dry breadcrumbs (Progresso is fine) and coconut flakes and stir to toast the crumbs. Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon and place in the crumb mixture, carefully roll and spoon the crumbs over the dumplings. Place on a serving platter.
To serve, sprinkle each dumpling with about 1/2 tsp of sugar and enjoy. This makes a great breakfast, lunch or dessert.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on July 5, 2011
My 14 year old daughter likes to cook too. She took it upon herself to make a red white and blue jello flag mold. It had some imperfections, but tasted really yummy. We especially enjoyed the lemon mixed with cool whip layer. You can find the recipe here. We decorated the red stripes with fresh raspberries, but that is the only change we made to the recipe. We will look forward to making it again.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on June 17, 2011
This festive looking dessert is in the theme of red, white, and blue.
I cut the tops of the strawberries off and used canned whipped cream to decorate the cut tops. Next, I dotted them with blueberries and carefully arranged them in dessert bowls. It is a great and easy to make dessert (even kids could make).
Then the kids had a little fun with the remaining strawberries. They made strawberry creatures… I am not sure if it looks like a dinosaur or not. You decide. They cut a little mouth in the tip of the strawberry and then made small holes for the eyes and placed blueberries into the holes. I thought it was cute enough to share!
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Posted by goodcookbecky on May 12, 2011
My 14 year old daughter surprised me for Mother’s Day by making these for me. She took a lot of time decorating them as well. She found the recipe at: food.com
They turned out nicely I thought.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on November 26, 2010
No, I did not make turkey ice cream — you will need to watch Iron Chef to see that happen! My kids got crafty and used Fudge covered grahams, shortbread cookies, Reese’s peanut butter cups (mini), Rolo Chocolate Caramel candies and candy corn and melted chocolate to make these cute little creations. I found the idea in a Pillsbury booklet.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on June 14, 2010
My husband grew up with this sandwich and now it is one of my family’s favorite sandwiches as well. It consists of toast, topped with American Cheese slices, sliced tomato, and cooked bacon which is then broiled for a few minutes until the cheese is melted. We made this while we were vacationing in NJ on the shore and wanted something easy to make that did not take long. Clean up is easy if you use those convenient (all be it expensive) Microwavable bacon.
Angels on Horseback
- 8 slices white bread, toasted
- 8 slices american cheese
- 8 slices tomatoes
- 8 slices bacon
Toast the bread and top with American cheese slices, tomatoes, and bacon. Broil under a watch full eye. Once the cheese melts and bacon bubbles it is ready to eat.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on May 16, 2010
Is there anything more refreshing than a glass of fresh Lemonade on a hot summer day? My children are always asking me to pick up lemons so they can make lemonade. After seeing what is added to a purchased lemonade in preservatives and flavorings and dyes, I prefer to know what is in this simple enough to make beverage.
- 6 large fresh lemons, squeezed (yields approximately 1 cup lemon juice)
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 cups water
Squeeze the lemons of their juice to make one cup of lemon juice. Add 1 cup sugar and 6 cups of water. Stir. Chill or add ice cubes and enjoy immediately!
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Posted by goodcookbecky on May 5, 2010
I took advantage of the strawberry stand that is not far from my home again today. The one that has California grown giant strawberries. I grabbed my handy dandy bisquick mix and followed the recipe on the box for strawberry shortcakes. My children were all suspicious by now. What was Mommy up to? What was she making? Soon they also were up to their elbows in rinsing berries and cutting them. We had them for dinner!!! I think they are ready to crown me Mother of the Year! Just in time for Mother’s Day too! LOL
- 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/3 cup Original Bisquick Mix
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 Tbsp. sugar
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- cool whip topping (optional) I used Reddi Whip
- Mix sliced strawberries with sugar and set aside.
- Stir Bisquick Mix, milk, 3 Tbsp sugar, and butter until a soft dough forms. Drop by 6-8 spoonfuls onto a un-greased baking sheet. (I used parchment paper for even less clean up!)
- Bake 10-12 minutes at 425F or until golden brown.
- Split warm shortcakes top with strawberries and place top of shortcakes on top with Whipped Cream.
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Posted by goodcookbecky on April 23, 2010
I have been laying in my bed recovering from a back injury that I gave myself falling down the stairs in my home. As a stay at home mom, I would call that a work related injury but it does not work that way! No workman’s comp for me!
Well, here I was looking at my iPhone to find signs of life beyond the walls of the bedroom I was recovering in. I found signs of life on facebook and twitter. I have been following other cooks and foodies on twitter and frankly by now I was downright hungry. The craving: brownies! Did I have a simple mix that I could just have my kids whip up? NO, of course not! But that’s okay. Child labor (when brownies are involved) make willing hands to help.
I dug out a recipe book that was published by Family Fun Magazine. The Family Fun Cookbook and made their Chocolate-Lover’s Brownies (pg 194).
Here is my adaptation:
Chocolate Lover’s Brownies
Serves 20 small squares
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 8 oz semisweet chocolate
- 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups nuts (I used one cup pecans and one cup M&Ms)
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Spray a 9x13x2 inch baking pan with pam or a cooking spray
- In the microwave, melt the butter and chocolate for about 3 minutes or until the mixture is completely melted. I microwave f or one minute, stir and then heat in 30 second increments until it is melted, stirring after each time to combine. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes after it is combined and melted.
- In a bowl, using a mixer on medium high speed combine the eggs and sugar and beat for 3 minutes until the egg mixture is pretty light in color. After the chocolate mixture has cooled add it to your egg and sugar mixture and combine.
- Add flour and salt to the mixture and slowly combine.
- Last minute: throw in your nuts and M&Ms if desired and just stir to combine.
- Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 28-30 minutes.
Allow to cool completely (if they make it that long). Can be stored in freezer if desired.
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