Melissa's Cuisine: January 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cherry Danish Dessert

Cherry Danish Dessert (1/18/09)

I made this dessert the other night when my mom had her home group over. Mari requested that I put it up here because "It was so good!" And best of all, it's super easy!

You will need:
2 8 ounce cans of refrigerated crescent rolls
2 8 ounce boxes of cream cheese
1.5 cups powdered sugar (divided)
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla
1 21 ounce can cherry pie filling
1 to 2 TBSP milk

1. Unrolls one can of crescent rolls. Place in the bottom of a grease 9x13 pan. Press onto bottom of pan to form crust, press seams together to seal.
2. Beat together cream cheese, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, the egg white, and vanilla until well blended. Spread onto crescent roll crust.
3. Spread pie filling over cream cheese mixture. I think that I might try using strawberry or blueberry sauce sometime.
4. Unroll remaining can of crescent rolls onto sheet of wax paper. Press it out to form 9x13 crust and press seams together to seal. Flip crust over pie filling to form top crust.
5. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown. Cool at least 20 minutes.
6. Gradually add milk to remaining 3/4 cup sugar, mix until smooth. Drizzle over warm dessert.

Original source: Kraft Food and Family Holiday 2005

Friday, January 09, 2009


Donuts (1/09/09)

The donuts are so easy to make and they are absolutely delicious!!!

You will need:
1 cup sugar
3-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups flour
2 eggs (I only had 1 egg, so I substituted 2 T applesauce for the other turned out really good)
1 cup milk
3 T melted margarine (or butter)
Oil for deep frying

1. Mix together sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and flour.
2. Beat eggs (or egg and applesauce) and stir into dry ingredients.
3. Mix in milk and melted margarine.
4. Roll dough about 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface.
5. Cut with a donut cutter. If you don't have a donut cutter, use a glass and a pop bottle cap for the center cut-out.
6. Heat oil to 375. Fry several donuts at a time (I did 4 at a time, it depends on how big your deep fryer is).
7. Drain on cooling rack or paper towels.
8. Decorate as desired...powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar, or frosting work well.

This recipe made me 31 donuts and 34 donut holes.

Mix ingredients

Roll out dough and cut circles

I used an old play-dough circle cutter to cut out the donut holes

Put them in the oil

They should flip on their own

I let the donuts drain a bit before I put them on the cooling rack

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