Baking with Betty
This week's column is dedicated to the inventor of the air conditioner - something that we can all appreciate.
Pecan Pie Muffins
1 stick butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 8 muffin tin cups or use paper liners. In medium bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix well. Add the flour and stir until just combined. Stir in the pecans. Spoon batter into prepared cups, about two thirds full. Bake for 25 minutes.
Now that there are fresh tomatoes (not store-bought) why not try:
2 ripe tomatoes, diced
1/2 pound diced sharp cheddar cheese
1 large onion, chopped
1 head iceberg lettuce, washed, drained and chopped
1 pound lean, ground beef, browned, crumbled and drained
1 16-ounce bottle Catalina salad dressing
1 7-ounce bag taco flavored corn chips, crushed
1 8-ounce bottle hot or mild taco sauce
Combine tomatoes, cheese, onion, lettuce and ground beef in a large bowl. Add the entire bottle of salad dressing and mix well. Just before serving, add the taco chips, tossing to combine with the other ingredients. Top each serving with taco sauce.
3 to 4 pounds country-style pork ribs
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Place ribs in a greased roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook for 1 minute. Drain ribs. Spoon sauce over ribs. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Uncover; bake 30 minutes longer, basting once.
1 - 17.6 ounce package brownie mix with walnuts
3 - 6 ounce Symphony candy bars with almonds and toffee chips
Prepare brownie mix according to the package directions. Line a 9-by-12-inch cake pan with aluminum foil (I used a 9-by-9-inch and it worked fine) and spray with cooking spray. Spoon in half of the brownie batter and smooth with the back of a spoon. Place candy bars side by side on top of the batter. (I only used two for the 9-by-9-inch pan). Cover with the remaining batter. Bake according to the package directions. Let cool completely, then lift from the pan using the edges of the foil. Cut into squares. Can be served warm with ice cream if desired.
Our thought for the week: "Give what you have to someone else it may be better than you dare to think." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow