Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees


Streusel Topping:
1 and 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (1 pkg cinnamon graham crackers from box crushed and ground)
3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2/3 cup butter melted

1 Package (2 layer size) yellow or white cake mix
1 cup of water
1/4 cup cooking oil (vegetable)
3 eggs

For Streusel, in medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, walnuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl combine cake mix, water, oil, eggs. Beat at low speed with electric mixer, just until moistened. Beat on medium speed for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Pour half of batter into a greased (sprayed with Pam baking spray) 13x9 inch baking pan. Sprinkle with half of the streusel mixture. Carefully spread remaining batter over streusel . Sprinkle with remaining streusel topping. Bake in a 350 degree oven 35-40 minutes or till toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool slightly. Drizzle with powdered sugar icing. Serve warm.
Powdered Sugar Icing:
1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
When making icing stir together ingredients with just enough water till of drizzling consistency. Drizzle onto cake when done. Cake tastes delicious without icing also!
Makes 12-16 servings.
Perfect for a brunch!

French Breakfast Muffins

I loved this recipe when I was a little girl and still love it today. The nutmeg really makes this recipe tasty. You won't be able to stop at'll see!

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Cream together butter and sugar, add egg.
Combine flour, baking powder and nutmeg. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture, with the milk. Spoon dough into greased muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (usually 12 to 15 minutes, sometimes longer.)
Remove from pans and roll first in melted butter, then in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fish Chowder

Mimi K's recipe...sooo flavorful and satisfying!


1 Tb. Mixed vegetable flakes (I used Knorr's dried vegetable soup mix)
2 cups boiling water
1 pound Cod fillet
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup minced scallions
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 qt. milk
2 Tb. minced pimento
2 Tb. green pepper

Add vegetable flakes to boiling water in skillet. Add fillets and simmer tightly covered for 10 minutes, or until fish flakes. Remove from heat. Flake fish and reserve with 1 cup cooking liquid. Melt butter in large saucepan. Add scallions and cook over medium heat until softened. Stir in flour, salt, pepper and bubble over low heat, 1 minute. Gradually stir in milk. Add flaked fish, 1 cup of reserved liquid, pimento, and green pepper. Cook until heated, stirring constantly.