Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Buckeye Balls

Another family favorite. These cookies have been made by my family every year for as long as I can remember. Tauren has also incorporated these as a regular in her annual cookie party. The best part of her incorporating this into her cookie party is the recipe was already typed up and I just had to copy and paste it onto the website. Score!

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1. Line 2 baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat peanut butter, butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheets. If mixture is sticky, wet hands with cold water and continue rolling. Place baking sheets in freezer for 30 minutes or until balls are firm.

3. Microwave chips in a glass bowl on HIGH for 2 minutes, stirring midway.

4. Pierce each ball with a toothpick and dip into chocolate 3/4 of the way deep, wiping excess chocolate on rim of bowl. Place on waxed paper; repeat with remaining balls. Return undipped buckeyes to freezer for 10 minutes if they get too soft.

5. Chill in fridge for 45 minutes, until set.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Melissa's Homemade Grape Juice

Melissa just moved to a new house which has a huge garden including a grape arbor. 2009 has been filled with all sorts of awesome cooking projects. Among them is homemade grape juice!

Ingredients & Tools
2 big pots
one big bowl
4 or 5 lbs of grapes

1. Place grapes into large vat or sink. Fill it with water and separate all the good grapes into the big bowl.

2. Mash grapes with a potato masher

3. Place into one big pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Let simmer for at least 10 minutes.

4. Mash mixture a few more times while simmering, and stir every occasionally to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom.

5. Place a fine strainer or cheesecloth (strainer would be easier) over the other big pot and strain out all the seeds and skins. There will still be a bunch of sediment, so you may want to strain twice. A third straining will make the juice less thick feeling.

6. Let it cool, or pour over ice and enjoy!

7. Add sugar if you need to, but taste it first without sugar.

Note: 1lb of grapes only makes about a cup or so of juice.

This recipe was obtained from Simply Recipes

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Äppelkaka - Swedish Apple Cake

This recipe is a family favorite on both sides of the pond. Commonly requested for both Thanksgiving & Jul Afton, this is a great recipe for apple lovers.

6 medelstora äpple (6 Medium Apples)
150 g smör (10.5 Tablespoons Butter)
3 dl vetemjöl (1 1/4 cup flour)
kanel 1-2 tsk (1-2 teaspoons cinnamon)
socker 0,5 - 1 dl beroende på hur söta äpplena är (between 1/4 and 1/2 cups sugar depending on how sweet the apples are)

1. Skala och skiva äpplena lägg i en ugnsfast form (Peel and slice the apples. Lay them in a baking dish)

2. Blanda socker och kanel och strö över äpplena (mix the sugar and the cinnamon. Sprinkle over the apples)

3. Hacka samman smör och mjöl till en smulig deg och strö den jämnt över äpplena. (Mix the butter and flour to make dough. Crumble over the apples)

4. Grädda i ugnen i C 225 grader till äpplena är mjuka och pajen fått fin färg. (Cook at 425 degrees F until the apples are soft and the dough has a light brown color)

Denna äppelpaj åt vi på Thanksgiving 2009 hos B&B. (Carin & Gitan made this apple pie for Thanksgiving 2009 at Brittany & Benny's home).

Pepparkakor - Swedish Gingerbread cookies


1) 3 dl sirap
1.25 cups of "sirap". There is no direct substitute. They sell Sirap at IKEA. If I can't find "Sirap" I substitute light molasses or corn syrup (light or dark).

2) 3 dl vispgrädde
1.25 cup whipping cream

3) 3 hg smör (1 hg = 300 g)
1 1/3 cups butter

4) 150 g socker
2/3 cups sugar

5) 150 g farinsocker
3/4 cup brown sugar

6) 1 tsk kryddnejlika
1 tsp clove

7) 1 tsk kanel
1 tsp cinnamon

8) 1 tsk ingefära
1 tsp ginger

9) 1 tsk pomeransskal
1 tsp pomegranite rind. You can substitute orange rind

10) 1 tsk bikarbonat ( blandas med lite mjöl )
1 tsp baking soda - mix with a little flour

11) ca 1,5 l vetemjöl
approximately 7.5 cups flour

1) Smält smöret i en gryta, ( låt det svalna lite )
Melt butter in a pan (let cool a little). Add to mixing bowl.

2) häll i vispgrädde, socker, farinsocker och sirap.
Add whipping cream, sugar, brown sugar, and sirap (molasses or corn syrup) to the mixing bowl. Mix.

3) Blanda kryddorna och bikarbonat och häll i smeten.
Mix the spices and baking soda and pour into the batter

4) Rör ner mjölet i grytan, rör om väl till en jämn smet.
Stir the flour into the batter

5) Låt stå i kylskåp över natten.
Let stand in the fridge over night

6) Ev behövs mer mjöl till utbakningen.
More flour is needed for rolling the cookies and cutting the shapes

7) Gräddas i 200 gr C ca 5 min eller till fin färg.
Cook at 400 degrees F or until the cookies have a nice color (5-10 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of the cookies).