Baking with Betty
This week's column is dedicated to all the folk who are teaching their children the true meaning of Christmas.
Hot Cranberry Cider
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks, plus additional sticks to use as stirrers
1 tablespoon whole cloves
6 cups cranberry juice
8 cups apple juice
Put the sugar, cinnamon sticks and cloves in the basket of a coffee percolator. Put the juices in the bottom of the percolator. Let mixture perk as if making coffee. Serve with cinnamon stick stirrers if desired. Note: your coffee pot may retain the smell of the cloves and cinnamon sticks. You may want to dedicate a cheap percolator for this recipe.
Easy Turkey Divan
1 pound cooked boneless turkey breast
1 package (10 ounces) frozen broccoli spears, thawed
1 can (13 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut turkey into 1/4 inch slices, set aside. Coat a 6-inch-by-10-inch baking dish with non-stick vegetable spray. Place the broccoli in the baking dish and top with the turkey slices. In a medium size bowl, combine the soup, cheese, sherry and nutmeg. Spread over turkey. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until bubbling and brown.
Pumpkin Pie Pudding
1 can (30 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
In a large bowl, mix pie filling, cinnamon and nutmeg. Fold whipped topping into pumpkin mixture just enough to create a marbled effect. Spoon mixture into custard cups or fancy glasses. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cranberry-Orange Chocolate Meringues
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
dash of salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch processed baking cocoa
Heat oven to 275 degrees. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. In a large bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar, vanilla and salt with electric mixer on high speed until foamy. Beat in sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, continue beating until stiff peaks form and mixture is glossy. Sift cocoa, fold into egg white mixture. Drop meringue by 1/3 cupfuls onto cookie sheet. Shape into 3 inch circles, building up sides with back of spoon. Bake 1 hour. Turn off oven, leave meringues in oven with door closed 1 hour. Finish cooling at room temperature, about 2 hours.
Meanwhile, in a 2-quart sauce pan make cranberry orange sauce by cooking 3 cups fresh cranberries with 1/2 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar over medium heat. Stirring frequently, until cranberries pop and sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in juice of one medium orange (1/3 to 1/2 cup), one can (11 ounces) mandarin orange segments, drained, and 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Cover, refrigerate until serving time. To serve, spoon one teaspoon cranberry-orange sauce in center of each dessert plate. Top with a meringue shell. Spoon about 2 tablespoons filling into each shell. Top with about 1/2 cup cranberry-orange sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup walnuts. Makes 8 servings.
Our thought for the week: " The greatest wealth is health."