Suzanne's Basil Cheese Cake | added 2/15/08

K's Pumpkin Bread

Bobbie's Escarole, Beans and Sausage Soup

Molly's Cinnamon-Butter Coffee Cake

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Kregli - Plum Dumplings - new!

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Grandma Vi's Walnut Cake - new!

 

Suzanne's Basil Cheese Cake

1/2 cup fine bread crumbs
1 plus 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon soft butter
2 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups ricotta cheese, room temperature
4 cups cream cheese, room temperature
5 large eggs
1/2 cup pine nuts

In a small bowl mix the bread crumbs and the 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Sprinkle mixture into a 10-inch spring form pan, buttered on sides and bottom. Turn to coat completely. There will be excess breadcrumbs, just leave them.
In a food processor, fitted with the steel blade, mix the basil, oil, salt. Mix until a smooth paste forms, scraping occasionally.
In a mixing bowl beat the ricotta, cream cheese and the one-cup Parmesan until smooth and light, approx. 5 minutes. Scrape sides of bowl and fold in eggs, one at a time beating another 2 minutes. Fold in basil mixture and pour in to prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with pine nuts.
Bake in a 325 oven for 1 1/2 hours. Let cool 15 minutes before e serving!

 

K's Pumpkin Bread

1 ½ cup sugar
1 ½ cup flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp each nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup water
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts

GREASE pan [recipe makes enough for a Giant loaf pan 11 3/4 x 5 ½ x 3 ¼]
MIX all ingredients together with a whisk
BAKE at 350 degrees for 1 ¼ hour
LET STAND 15 minutes before removing from pan

 

Bobbie's Escarole, Beans and Sausage Soup
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

1 cup dried navy beans
1 pound sweet Italian pork sausage, casing removed
1 large onion, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
2 gloves of garlic, thinly sliced
6 cups chicken broth
1 head escarole (about 1 pound) chopped (about 8 cups)
Grated Parmesan cheese

SOAK beans according to package directions. Drain.
COOK sausage in saucepot over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to separate meat. Remove sausage.
ADD onion and cook 2 minutes (I drain off most of the grease first) Add garlic and cook 30 seconds
ADD broth and beans. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 1 hour and 30 minutes or until beans are tender.
ADD sausage and escarole. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until escarole is tender. Serve with cheese and black pepper.

 

Molly's Cinnamon-Butter Coffee Cake

Everyone needs a classic coffee cake recipe. And Molly likes things simple, so she consulted Betty Crocker and the Bisquick box. She took the liberty of doubling the streusel topping. You'll thank her for it. Simple to make and leaves your house smelling really good on Sunday morning.
Heat oven to 375°F.
Ingredients:
Cinnamon Streusel (below)
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
2/3 cup milk or water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg

Directions:
1. HEAT oven to 375°F. Grease 9-inch round pan. Make Cinnamon Streusel; reserve.
2. STIR remaining ingredients until blended.
3. MIX in a 1/4 of the Streusel topping and spread in pan. Cover with Cinnamon Streusel.
4. BAKE 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown, testing with a toothpick.
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Cinnamon Streusel Topping
2/3 cup Original Bisquick® mix
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter or margarine (firm)
Mix all ingredients in small bowl until crumbly. Cutting them with a knife and fork helps separate the butter.

 

Kregli – Plum Dumplings

15 plums
1½ cup mashed potatoes
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup flour
¼ cup farina
7½ teaspoons sugar

Add salt and eggs to potatoes and combine farina & flour.  Mix and knead.  Roll out dough and cut into 15 squares; wash, pit and dry plums.  Place plum in center of each square and fold dough around plum so that it’s covered entirely.  Drop into boiling salted water & cook 20 minutes.  Drain and serve with buttered breadcrumbs.  ENJOY

Grandma Vi's Walnut Cake

1½ cups of water
1 cup of raisins
1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of Crisco vegetable oil
3 eggs
3 cups of flour

Boil together water and raisins add baking soda and cool.
Mix sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla, add raisin mixture, flour and nuts.
Beat at medium speed. Bake in well greased and floured tube pan .
350 degrees for an hour.