Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sweet Treats - Almond Tarts

We love dessert in our house. Make it a mini tart, add fruit and you have the best of both worlds - sweet and healthy. These miniature almond tarts fit perfectly in tiny little fingers, beautifully dress a tea party table, satisfy any sweet tooth. Enjoy Grandma Katie's recipe!

Almond Tarts

PASTRY
1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 fresh egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix these ingredients into a dough. Put one teaspoon in tiny tart shells. Press dough around the sides and bottom leaving centers hollow. Fill with almond filling and top with your favorite fruit. Bake 25-30 minutes in a 325 degree oven.

ALMOND FILLING
2 fresh eggs
1 1/2 cups blanched almonds - finely ground
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Beat eggs well. Stir in remaining ingredients.

TIPS
Cut up small pieces of fruit that is in season
Sprinkle tops with raw sugar just before baking
Dust with confectioner sugar once the tarts have cooled
Substitute pecans, walnuts, or macadamia nuts for the almonds

Drop us a note when you give this almond tart recipe a try.



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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Barbecued Beef Sandwiches- For a Crowd

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Perfect to feed the crowd - your church potluck, a family reunion, for a school fundraiser - this barbecue beef recipe is easy to make. The ingredients are simple and pull together very nicely for a delicious, wholesome, made with love recipe that will have them coming back for more. Maybe you better double it :)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup fat or oil
1 1/4 cups vinegar
1 1/2 quarts water
2 1/2 quarts catsup
1 cup brown sugar - packed
2 cups onion - chopped
2 quarts celery - chopped
1/4 cup dry mustard - powdered
1/4 cup salt
12 lbs 8 oz beef - baked and shredded
100 round buns
1 lb 2 cups butter - melted

Method:
Combine oil, liquids, sugar, vegetables and seasoning. Heat thoroughly but do not cook enough to soften vegetables. Add beef to sauce and stir well to coat. Brush both halves of the buns with the melted butter, warm in a steam pan or a low oven setting. This recipe serves 100 - 1/3 cup portions.

Tips:
~ Make the sandwiches open face - add 1/3 cup barbecue beef to 1/2 of bun
~ Adjust the seasonings - kick it up a notch with your favorite hot sauce
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