Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

THESE LEMON MERINGUE CUPCAKES ARE MADE WITH A LIGHTLY LEMON FLAVORED CUPCAKE, LEMON CURD FILLING AND LIGHTLY TOASTED MERINGUE FROSTING! IT’S LIKE LEMON MERINGUE PIE IN CUPCAKE FORM – SO FUN!


INGREDIENTS :
Lemon Filling:
3 egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue)
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
3 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. lemon zest, loosely packed
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Cupcakes:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Meringue:
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1/4 cup sugar

Preparation:

1) Make lemon filling: In small saucepan over low heat, whisk egg yolks, sugar, flour, and salt; whisk in lemon juice, lemon zest, water, and melted butter; increase heat to medium and, whisking constantly, cook until lemon filling is smooth and thick, about 7 minutes; remove from heat and set aside

2) Preheat oven to 375 degrees

3) Make cupcakes: In medium bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs, lemon juice, baking powder, and salt; beat in flour until just combined

4) Divide cupcake batter between 12 cupcake liners in a muffin pan; bake 15-16 minutes until center of cupcakes firms up; remove cupcakes from oven and cool 5-8 minutes (do not turn off oven)

5) Meanwhile, make meringue: beat egg whites with salt until mixture begins to stiffen; add sugar and beat until meringue is stiff and forms pretty peaks (don’t overdo it)

6) With a sharp knife, remove center of each cupcake (about 1″ in diameter), leaving a layer of cupcake beneath cut out; discard cupcake core (or treat the weary baker to a tart little snack); fill cupcake centers with lemon filling

7) Divide dollops of meringue between cupcakes, spreading out to edges and gently tapping with back of spoon to form peaks; return cupcakes to oven and bake an additional 5-6 minutes until meringue peaks are golden brown; remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes; refrigerate an hour or more before serving – Makes: 12 absolutely delicious cupcakes

The Original “Easiest Pineapple Cake”

Ingredients:

2 c all purpose flour
2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1 – 20 oz can of crushed pineapple ( undrained ) in it’s own juice – not syrup
1 c chopped nuts, optional

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1/2 c butter or 1 stick
1 – 8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c confectioners’ sugar
coconut for garnish – optional

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
Mix all of the cake ingredients together in a bowl.
Pour into a greased 9X13 inch pan and bake at 350 for 35 – 40 minutes (until top is golden brown).
Frosting:
Beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla together until creamy.
Gradually mix in powdered sugar.
Frost cake with cream cheese frosting while still warm.
Sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired.
Enjoy!

Hot Jezebel Dip

Hot Jezebel Dip/Sauce
5 minutes to prepare serves 8-10

INGREDIENTS
1 (18 oz) jar apricot preserves
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2-3 tablespoons horseradish
Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
Ritz crackers or chips

PREPARATION
In bowl, whisk together apricot preserves, Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons horseradish, and black pepper. Add more horseradish and black pepper to taste.
Optional: pour sauce into mason jars and store, refrigerated, until ready to serve.
Chill overnight OR serve immediately poured over top of cream cheese.
Serve with pita chips or crackers.

SALTED PRETZEL CARAMEL BROWNIES

INGREDIENTS:

Hmm. It looks like these ingredients aren’t on sale today.

1 (14 ounce) bag individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped, divided
1 (19.8 ounce) package fudge brownie mix (such as Betty Crocker®)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup chopped pretzels
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup chocolate-covered toffee bits

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Cut 9 caramels in half.
Beat brownie mix, vegetable oil, water, and eggs together in a bowl until batter is well-combined. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Place caramel halves in 3 rows of 6 in the brownie batter so that there will be a caramel half in the center of each brownie.
Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Melt remaining caramels, butter, and milk together in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 3 minutes (depending on your microwave). Pour caramel mixture over warm brownies and top with pretzels, chocolate chips, and toffee bits. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Mama’s Buttermilk Pie

Cook time: 50 Min Prep time: 10 Min
Ingredients
1 c butter, melted
6 eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp cornstarch
2 c sugar
1 tsp salt
1 c buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2 (9in) deep dish unbaked pie shells


Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract.
  3. In a large bowl, add salt, corn starch, and sugar.
  4. Melt butter in the microwave. Pour the butter on top of dry ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Once all this is mixed then pour the egg mixture on top. Stir until all is incorporated.
  6. Pour into pie shells evenly. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Pies will be a little jiggle but not runny when done.
  7. *TIP: If you have a pie shield, place it on top of crust about 35 min into cooking. If you don’t you can cover the crust with foil to keep it from burning.
  8. *TIP: When the pie is done, if the butter looks like it is sitting on top of the pies. Just give it time to rest and it will seep back into the pie. Also placing the pie in the fridge will also help this.
    Last Step: Don’t forget to share! 😋

Breakfast Recipe: Perfect French Toast

French Toast Recipe
30 min to prepare serves 4

INGREDIENTS
8 thick slices bread (a hearty white bread should work, about 1/2″ slices)
1 1/2 cups whole milk, warmed
4 eggs
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted plus extra for skillet
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 350F.
Place bread on a wire rack or baking sheet and bake bread for 7- 8 minutes. Flip, then bake another 8 minutes. Remove from rack and let cool 5 minutes.
Whisk together milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended.
Transfer the mixture to a large baking dish.
Soak the bread in the mixture about 20 seconds per side, then transfer to a separate baking sheet, so it doesn’t get soggy.
Lower oven temperature to 200F (to keep cooked french toast warm).
Add butter to a skillet, and cook over low heat. Transfer slices of bread to the skillet and cook until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
Transfer toast to a baking sheet, and place in the oven.
Repeat until all toast is cooked. Serve warm with butter, powdered sugar, and/or maple syrup.
Enjoy!

Sunny No-Bake Lemon Icebox Cake

If you like quick and easy recipes that are spicy, you’ll love this Instant-Pot Buffalo chicken dip. It’s super cheesy, easy and has that real Buffalo wing taste! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ingredients
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup Buffalo wing sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened, cubed
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
5 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
1 green onion, sliced
Tortilla chips

Directions
Place the first 3 ingredients in a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 8 minutes. Quick-release pressure. A thermometer inserted in chicken should read at least 165°.
Remove chicken; shred with 2 forks. Return to pressure cooker. Stir in cream cheese, salad dressing, sour cream and 1 cup cheddar cheese. Sprinkle top with remaining cheddar cheese, blue cheese and green onions. Serve with tortilla chips.

Pressure-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

If you like quick and easy recipes that are spicy, you’ll love this Instant-Pot Buffalo chicken dip. It’s super cheesy, easy and has that real Buffalo wing taste! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ingredients
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup Buffalo wing sauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened, cubed
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
5 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
1 green onion, sliced
Tortilla chips


Directions
Place the first 3 ingredients in a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 8 minutes. Quick-release pressure. A thermometer inserted in chicken should read at least 165°.
Remove chicken; shred with 2 forks. Return to pressure cooker. Stir in cream cheese, salad dressing, sour cream and 1 cup cheddar cheese. Sprinkle top with remaining cheddar cheese, blue cheese and green onions. Serve with tortilla chips.

Nebraska’s Stuffed Beef Sandwiches

When I moved to Nebraska, I discovered many ethnic foods that I had never heard of before. A friend introduced me to this runza recipe, a German-Russian beef sandwich, and it quickly became a family favorite.

Ingredients
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup sugar
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup shortening
2 large eggs
FILLING:
2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
2 medium onions, chopped
4 cups chopped cabbage
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper


Directions
Place 1-3/4 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Heat the milk, water and shortening to 120°-130°. Pour over flour mixture; add the eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until blended. Beat 3 additional minutes on high. Stir in the remaining flour; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the cabbage, seasoned salt, garlic powder and pepper; cook until cabbage is wilted.
Punch dough down; divide into 12 portions and cover with plastic wrap. Working with one piece at a time, roll into a 6-in. square. Place 3/4 cup meat mixture in the center of each square. Fold dough over filling, forming a rectangle. Pinch edges tightly to seal and place on greased baking sheets.
Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 433 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 524mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein.

Butter Pecan Fudge

INGREDIENTS :
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup pecan halves, toasted and coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS :
In a large heavy saucepan, combine the butter, sugars, cream and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Stir in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Fold in pecans.

Spread into a buttered 8-in. square dish. Cool to room temperature. Cut into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Yield: 1-1/4 pounds.