Yield: 3 loves (16 slices each), approximately 48 servings
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon milk
3 cups sugar
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 cup canola oil
1 cup water
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
Additional chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 8×4-in. loaf pans. In a small bowl, beat filling ingredients until smooth.
In a large bowl, beat sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil and water until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, pie spice, soda, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and cloves; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture. Stir in walnuts, raisins and dates.
Pour half of the batter into prepared pans, dividing evenly. Spoon filling over batter. Cover filling completely with remaining batter.
Bake 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in bread portion comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Wrap in foil; refrigerate until serving.
Just before serving, if desired, in a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over bread; sprinkle with walnuts. Yield: 3 loaves (16 slices each).
1 slice equals 189 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 132 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.
Originally published as Pumpkin Swirl Bread in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1997, p19
1/2 c. yellow grape tomatoes or pear tomatoes, halved
1/2 c. garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 c. coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
4 thick-sliced bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1/2 c. tart cherry preserves
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
Preheat oven to 400°. Scrub beets and trim tops to 1 in. Wrap in foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake 50-60 minutes or until tender. Remove foil; cool completely. Peel beets and cut into 1/2-in. pieces.
In a large bowl, combine salad greens, apples, carrot, tomatoes, beans, walnuts, bacon and cooled beets. In a small bowl, whisk vinaigrette ingredients until blended. Serve with salad. Yield: 10 servings (1 cup each).
1 cup salad with about 1 tablespoon vinaigrette equals 181 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 221 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.
Originally published as Harvest Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette in Taste of Home September/October 2013, p3-7
10 oz. (2 and 1/2 sticks) cool room temperature, unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
6-7 tablespoons ice water
1 egg and 1 teaspoon salt for egg wash
3 lbs apples, such as Gala, Granny Smith or McIntosh, peeled cored and cut into half-inch wedges.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey, preferably local
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Zest and juice of one lemon
White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and the apple pie loved by the president.
Cooking Directions – Make Crust:
Place flour and salt in a food processor and pulse five times. Add butter and pulse until mixture forms chickpea-sized pieces, about 20 seconds. Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time and pulse until mixture just holds together. Divide dough and form into two equal-sized balls, then press each ball down to form a 5-inch disc. Wrap each disc in plastic and refrigerate for at least two hours and up to two days. On a lightly floured surface roll out each disc into a 14-inch circle. Place one circle between sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper and refrigerate.
Grease a 10-inch deep-dish pie pan and gently place the other circle in the pan, leaving a one-inch overhang. Chill the dough in the pie pan for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Remove the pie pan with the bottom crust from the refrigerator and let soften for five to ten minutes. Fold the edge of the overhang under itself and pinch the dough to form a fluted edge. Line with foil and fill with pie weights, rice, or navy beans. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and lift out foil and pie weights; allow pie shell to cool for 10 minutes.
In a large saucepan, sift together the sugar and cornstarch, then toss with apples, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon juice and zest. Let stand for 20 minutes.
Bring fruit mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture has thickened slightly, making sure fruit does not stick to the bottom of saucepan. Remove from heat and cool.
Whisk the egg and salt and brush the rim of the prebaked pie shell. Fill with the fruit filling and then lay the second dough circle over the filling, press very gently around the edges to make sure the egg wash seals the top pie dough to the bottom pre-baked crust. With a paring knife, puncture the top pie dough in a wide circle about 10 times with the tip of the knife to form steam vents. Brush top with remaining egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake another 30-40 minutes or until the pie filling is starting to bubble out the vents and the top pie crust is golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 1-2 hours before serving.
(The egg wash is an egg that is stirred and thinned out by adding salt, it is then used as a paint to give color to the finished baked product or to stick the two doughs together, in this case the top and bottom of the pie.)