Monday, December 22, 2008

Cherry Berry in the Snow

This is my Grandmother's recipe.

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups cream, whipped
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 package frozen strawberries
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Day 1: Heat oven to 275 degrees. Beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until frothy. Gradually beat in 1 3/4 cups sugar. Beat until stiff and glossy. Spread into buttered 9 x 13 pan. Bake 60 minutes Turn off and leave in oven until cool - overnight.

Day 2: Mix cream cheese with cup of sugar and vanilla. Gently fold in whipped cream and marshmallows. Spread over meringue. Refrigerate at least 12 hours.

Fruit Topping: Mix frozen strawberries, cherry pie filling and lemon juice. Spoon on top.

Serves 15-18

Whipped Cream

I finally made my own whipped cream. I took 2 cups heavy whipping cream, and put it into my chilled Kitchen Aid mixer bowl. I used the whisk attachment, that I also had chilled in the freezer for about 2 hours. I started the mixer out slowly, but worked my way up to medium-high speed. It took little less than 5 minutes, and turn out beautifully. The secret was chilling the bowl and whisk. I think this really helped move the process along faster.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Taking a Break

I am taking a break from the Martha Cookie Project until after Christmas. Or probably more like New Years. I have so many other baking projects, that there just isn't enough space in our tummies! All apologizes to my husband's co-workers for not getting their weekly cookie treats!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Glue Removal

I am making some Christmas gifts, and needed canning jars. I guess in Winona you have to special order those things as well. So, I decided to re-use jars that had store bought jam in them. But the glue on the label was hard to remove. I tried extremely hot water, which worked pretty well. I read somewhere to try peanut butter, so I did. I put a pretty thin layer of creamy peanut butter where the glue was, and scrubbed away with an old dish cloth. It actually worked well. Give it a try.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Apricot Windows

So, these didn't turn out to look as fabulous as Martha's, but they are tasty. I was suppose to make them in a 11 x 17 pan, which I didn't have, so I used a 9 x 13 and a 9 x 7. One is made with apricots, and the little one was made with strawberries. Just to mix things up. I also don't have a pastry bag and set, so I did the trick where you put it in zip-lock bag and cut off the corner. I cut the corner a little big, so the piping was bigger than I would have liked, but it kind of worked. So, basically they don't look that nice, but they are pretty good tasting. Check out what they are really suppose to look like here.

With Thanksgiving last week, I didn't have time to make up a cookie. Sorry.