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MAKES 8 SERVINGS CAKES 1/4 cup sugar, plus 8 teaspoons for coating the ramekins4 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, divided2 large eggs, whites and yolks separated and brought to room temperature 1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurtSAUCE 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (if frozen, thaw, drain and retain the liquid)1 1/2 tablespoons sugar Coat eight 1/3- or 1/4-cup ramekins with cooking spray. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of sugar into each, swirling it around to coat the bottom and sides, then dumping out any excess. Finely chop 21/2 ounces of the chocolate. Cut the remaining 2 ounces into 16 pieces, … ]]> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:15:46 -0600 <![CDATA[ Nutella Pop Tarts ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 10 SERVINGS 3 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup (2 sticks) chilled butter, cubed ¼ to ½ cup cold water 1 (13-ounce) jar Nutella 1 egg, whisked with 1 tablespoon water Combine flour, sugar and salt in bowl of food processor or electric mixer with paddle attachment. Add butter and pulse or mix on medium speed until butter is pea-sized. With mixer on low, add water slowly, just until dough comes together, then mix briefly at medium speed. Shape dough into two equal portions, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. … ]]> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:50:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ UPSIDE PEAR CRUNCH COFFEE CAKE ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 2 LOAVES Crunch:1½ cups packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon flour 2 tablespoons butter Coffee cake: 2 pears (Royal Riviera, preferred), cored and sliced into ½-inch slices with skin on 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 cup sour cream ¼ cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1½ cups flour 1½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt For crunch: Using a spatula or fingers, work all crunch ingredients in a bowl; set aside. For cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In … ]]> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 06:03:55 -0600 <![CDATA[ CHOCOLATE-GLAZED BROWNIES ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 12 SERVINGS 2/3 cup extra light-tasting olive oil 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup water4 cups semisweet chocolate morsels, divided 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 4 large eggs, beaten 1 cup toasted, chopped pecans (optional) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large saucepan, combine olive oil, sugar and water. Cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Add 2 cups of chocolate morsels and the vanilla extract; stir until smooth. Let cool 15 minutes. Add flour, baking soda and salt to cooled chocolate mixture. Stir in eggs and, if desired, pecans. Spread … ]]> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 06:03:56 -0600 <![CDATA[ PUMPKIN CREME MUFFINS ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 18 MUFFINS Batter: 2 eggs 1 cup sugar ½ cup chopped nuts 1¼ cups flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon ¾ cup oil 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt Filling: 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese 1 egg 1/3 cup sugar Streusel topping: ¼ cup sugar ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 3 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, mix all batter ingredients together; set aside. In separate small bowl, blend filling ingredients together until smooth; set aside. In another separate small bowl, combine streusel ingredients; set aside. Pour pumpkin batter into 18 greased or lined muffin tins; fill each tin 2/3 full. Spoon heaping teaspoon of … ]]> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 09:32:16 -0600 <![CDATA[ GILDED CHOCOLATE-DIPPED HANUKKAH PRETZELS ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 8 SERVINGS The tradition of eating pretzels during the Jewish festival of lights is a relatively new one. The pretzels often are shaped to resemble Hanukkah symbols, such as menorahs and dreidels. This version from Chicago chef and cookbook author Laura Frankel gives the tradition a deluxe twist with a coating of dark chocolate and a dusting of gold leaf (available at craft and baking supply shops). Start to finish: 2 hours 15 minutes 1 1/2 cups warm (110 degrees) water1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 packet active dry yeast 22 ounces (about 4 1/2 cups) all-purpose … ]]> Sun, 06 Jan 2013 09:35:04 -0600 <![CDATA[ VANILLA-BOURBON PUMPKIN TART ]]> Lead story image

MAKES 8 SERVINGS Crust:3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 tablespoon finely chopped pecans 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 tablespoon butter, melted Cooking spray Filling: 1 cup (8 ounces) 1/3 -less-fat cream cheese, softened½ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup packed light brown sugar 1 (15-ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons bourbon 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/3 teaspoon ground allspiceTopping: ½ cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To prepare crust: Combine first 3 ingredients in bowl. Drizzle butter over crumb mixture; stir with … ]]> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:05:09 -0600 <![CDATA[ Basic Pie Dough ]]>

MAKES 1 (9-inch) pie crust 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 -inch slices 1/2 cup cold vegetable shortening, cut into 4 pieces 1/4 cup well chilled vodka 1/4 cup ice cold water In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse a few times the flour with the salt and sugar. Add the butter and shortening and process until the dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides and pulse again until pea-size pieces start to form. … ]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:00:35 -0600 <![CDATA[ Hoosier Mama Pumpkin Pie ]]>

MAKES 8 SERVINGS Hoosier Mama’s Paula Haney likes the Spice House’s pumpkin pie spice blend, but you could make your own. Combine 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, and a pinch each of nutmeg, allspice and ground cloves. 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 large eggs 1/3 cup whole milk 1 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons vanilla paste or extract 2 cups canned pumpkin 1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie crust, baked Preheat the oven to … ]]> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 06:04:13 -0600