Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel

Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel
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Servings Prep Time
20-24 pieces 40 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20-24 pieces 40 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
20-24 pieces 40 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20-24 pieces 40 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Apple Date Cake
Pecan Streusel
Servings: pieces
Instructions
Pecan Streusel
  1. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients and set aside.
Apple Date Cake
  1. In a medium sauce pan combine dates and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occationally until dates are very soft and pasty, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in spiced rum. Allow to cool slightly before adding to recipe.
  2. Preheat oven to 350℉ and lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan with non-stick spray or butter. Line the pan with parchment, overhanging on two sides (this allows you to lift the cake out of the pan).
  3. While dates are cooling, whisk together the 2 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a seperate small bowl toss together chopped apple and 1 tbsp of flour. Set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl whisk together sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating after each. Add dates, applesauce and buttermilk whisking to fully combine.
  6. Whisk in dry ingredients until combined. Add diced apples, shaking off any excess flour as you add them. Stir to evenly distribute.
  7. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with pecan streusel. Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool completely prior to lifting out of the pan and cutting into desired portions. Serving with Spiced Rum Caramel is highly recommended.

Cranberry Pork Rib Roast


Cranberry Pork Rib Roast
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Servings Prep Time
6-10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
120 minutes 20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
120 minutes 20-30 minutes
Cranberry Pork Rib Roast
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6-10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
120 minutes 20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
120 minutes 20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Pork Rib Roast
  1. Preheat oven to 475℉. Pat roast dry with a paper towel and season generously on all sides with salt and pepper. In a small bowl whisk together remaining ingredients until smooth and rub evenly onto the roast. Place roast on a large baking tray or shallow roasting pan fat side up. Cook for 15 minutes in preheated oven then reduce temperature to 350℉. Continue to roast for 90-120 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 145℉. The meat will continue to rise about 10℉ as it rests.
  2. Remove roast from oven and cover loosely with foil. Allow to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes before carving. For larger appetites, you can carve the roast into chops between the bones and serve. Alternatively, you can carve off the bones from the center loin, allowing you to slice the loin to your desired thickness. Cut the ribs between the bones and serve along side.
Cranberry Apple Sauce
  1. Heat oil in a small saucepan and sauté shallots for 1-2 minutes until starting to soften. Add cranberries, apple, 1/2 cup water, white wine, brown sugar, rosemary and ginger. Allow to simmer gently, stirring occasionally until the cranberries are soft and the apples are tender. This will take about 20 minutes and most of the excess moisture will be evaporated.
  2. Stir in jellied cranberry, cinnamon and salt, allowing the jellied cranberry to melt into the sauce. Adjust consistency with a tablespoon or two of water if necessary. The sauce can be made ahead and warmed gently for serving. Makes 1 3/4 cups of sauce.

Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
4 dozen 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-10 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 dozen 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-10 minutes 10 minutes
Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
4 dozen 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-10 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 dozen 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-10 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bring one cup of water to a boil and pour over raisins. Allow to soak for 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside until ready to use.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and salt.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each until incorporated. Stir in molasses.
  4. Add dry ingredients all at once and mix until all dry ingredients have been incorporated. Stir in raisin.
  5. Using a one-ounce cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto parchment lined baking trays, spacing 2" apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with damp fingers or palm of your hand. Bake on middle rack for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

-recipe yields 48 2 1/2" cookies.

-for best results, bake each tray separately on the middle rack.

-you can skip the plumping of the raisins, however, it does make for a very nice chewy cookie.

Almond Peaches


Almond Peaches
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Servings Prep Time
8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Almond Peaches
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 peach halves 20-25 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: peach halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill or oven to 350℉. If using grill, turn on side burners only, cooking peaches in the centre over indirect heat.
  2. Using a food processor, blend almonds, sugar and spices until a course crumb is achieved. Add oatmeal and pulse several times to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture is evenly mixed and crumbly.
  3. Wash peaches, cut in half vertically and remove pit. Lay peach halves cut side up in a cast iron skillet, trimming bottom slightly if needed to make peaches sit flat. Scoop 3tbsp (lightly packed) crumb mixture onto each peach half. Press down mixture until flat and covering entire peach half. Place in centre of grill using indirect heat or alternatively place in oven and cook for 40-50 minutes until peaches are tender and crumble is golden and crisp.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly for warm peaches. Serve with ice cream, sweetened whipped cream or yogurt.

Blueberry French Toast Bake

Blueberry French Toast Bake
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Blueberry French Toast Bake
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Ingredients
Blueberry French Toast Bake
Balsamic Blueberry Sauce
Servings: people
Instructions
Blueberry French Toast Bake
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Generously butter an 8"x8" pan. Spread half the bread cubes evenly in pan and dot with half of the cream cheese chunks. Sprinkle with 1/2 the blueberries. Repeat with remaining bread, cream cheese and blueberries. Pour egg mixture evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375℉. Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes until golden and set in the centre. Remove from oven and serve with balsamic blueberry sauce.
Balsamic Blueberry Sauce
  1. In a medium sauce pan combine blueberries, sugar, and 4 tbsp of water. Cook over medium heat until simmering and sugar has dissolved, approximately 10 minutes. Stir together cornstarch and remaining 2 tbsp of water. Stir into blueberries and heat to a full simmer. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and blueberry balsamic vinegar. Serve warm with french toast.
Recipe Notes

Balsamic Blueberry Sauce can be made a day ahead with the french toast and rewarmed for serving, or cooked while the Blueberry French Toast  is baking. I made the french toast in muffin tins for presentation, however they were fussy to assemble and difficult to remove from tins.  A single 8"x8" pan is recommended.