If you are looking for a good read for the holiday season we have a recommendation~ Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke. Ms. Fluke writes murder mystery books set around bakery owner, Hannah Swensen. Not only do you get a quick, easy-to-read story, but all her books contain recipes! We each chose something to make from Plum Pudding Murder.
Warning: don't read if you are on a diet.
From Casserole Gal Rhonda.....
Pork and Beans Bread: When I first saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. Growing up we ate tons of Pork and Beans, but I never would have thought about making them into bread. It was surprisingly good, you do not taste the Pork and Beans and you can make a couple of loaves and have your guest guess it's unique ingredient.
1 15 ounce can pork and beans
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup vegetable oil (not canola or olive, use vegetable oil)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
3 cups all-purpose flour
Spray two 9 x 5 loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.
Don't drain the pork and beans. Pour them into a food processor or a blender and process them until smooth with no lumps.
Mix eggs and pork and beans in large mixing bowl. Add oil and vanilla, mix. Add sugar and mix. Then mix in baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, stir well. Stir in nuts.
Add flour in one-cup increments, stirring after each addition.
Divide batter between loaf pans and bake 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Test bread with a long food pick inserted in the center. If it comes out sticky, the bread needs to bake a bit more. If it comes out dry, remove pans from oven and place on wire rack to cool for 20 minutes.
Run a sharp knife around inside of all four side of pan and turn out and let cool completely and wrap in plastic wrap.
The bread can be frozen in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.
Next is Casserole Gal Rachel's recipe.....
Fudge Mallow Cookies Bars: With chocolate and marshmallows, I definitely wanted to make these Fudge Mallow Cookie Bars. They were delicious and traveled really well! -Rachel
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar (I decreased it slightly from the original recipe)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1 tsp vanilla
About 8 oz miniature marshmallows
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Unwrap the baking chocolate and put them in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until the chocolate is smooth, stirring after each increment. Let that cool.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Add the butter and beat until it is fluffy. Add in the eggs and mix well.
When the baking chocolate is cool, add it and the vanilla to the butter mixture. Mix well.
Spray a 13x9 casserole pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with foil and spray again. Be sure some foil hangs over the edges. Pour in the chocolate mixture and spread out. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
As soon as you take it out of the oven, pour the marshmallows on top. Carefully cover with foil or place a cookie sheet on top the pan for 20 minutes. The marshmallows need to melt and stick to the chocolate bars. Once the 20 minutes have passed, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Microwave them in 30 second increments, stirring after each time. When they are completely melted, spread them over the marshmallow chocolate bars. Let the bars cool.
Carefully lift the bars out of the pan using the foil. Place them on a cutting board and cut them into bars. Make sure there is no foil stuck to the bottom of them before serving!
Last, is the recipe Casserole Gal Kristen just had to try!
Orange Julius Cookies: Anything that promises to taste like an Orange Julius - I have to try. Reminiscent of my favorite mall treat, these cookies are slightly sweet with a zesty citrus flavor. The white chocolate chips give it a nice creamy balance.
Idea--- dip half of the cookie in melted dark chocolate, then place on a wax paper lined cooking sheet and let set. Wrap in a pretty bag and you have a tasty & unique gift!
-Preheat oven to 350 F degree.-
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 sticks softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 beaten egg
3 tsp grated orange zest
12 oz bag white chocolate chips
Prepare cookie sheets by spraying with nonstick cooking spray, or lining with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt & baking soda. Set aside.
In another bowl, beat together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Add the egg and stir well, then the orange zest. Next, add the flour mixture in batches. Stir in the white chocolate chips - probably by hand.
Drop batter with teaspoonfuls on your prepared cookie sheets. Flatten cookies with fork - like you do for peanut butter cookies. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.
Leave cookies on the sheet for a minute or two, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. This recipe should yield 5-6 dozen cookies.
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