Thanksgiving Sweet Recipies

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Apple Cider Pie


3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice,
1/2 chopped pitted dates or raisins,
1 tablespoon cornstarch,
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger,
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind,
2 store-bought or homemade pie crusts,
1/2 cup sugar,
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour,
5 cups cooking apples (thinly sliced, peeled, tart)

Preheat the oven to 375F. In a small saucepan, stir together the apple cider, dates, cornstarch, ginger, and lemon rind. Bring to a boil over moderate heat, stirring constantly. Cook for 2 minutes or until mixture is thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Line a 9-inch pie plate with 1 of the pie crusts. Trim crust even with edge of pie plate. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and flour. Add the apples; toss until apples are coated. Spoon the apple mixture into crust. Spoon cider mixture over apple mixture.
Cut slits in the remaining pie crust; place on top of cider mixture. Trim top crust to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold top crust under bottom crust and crimp edge. Sprinkle with a little additional sugar. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden. (If the edge of the crust seems to be browning too quickly, cover with foil.) Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours before serving.

This recipe is from:

Like Grandma Used to Make


Cranberry-Nut Bread


2 cups all-purpose flour,
2 teaspoons baking powder,
1 teaspoon salt,
1/2 teaspoon baking soda,
1/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine or vegetable shortening, at room temperature,
1 small unpeeled orange, seeded and cut into small pieces,
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries,
1 cup sugar,
1 large egg, beaten,
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until coarse crumbs form.
In a food processor or blender, process the orange pieces until almost smooth. Pour into a glass measuring cup and add boiling water to make 1 cup. Transfer to a medium-size bowl and mix with the cranberries, sugar, and egg.
Add this fruit mixture to the flour mixture all at once and stir just until blended. Fold in the walnuts and spoon into the pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool the bread in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes before removing.


Pecan Pie

from Best Recipes From the Back of Boxes, Bottles, Cans, and Jars by Ceil Dyer

3 eggs
1 cup light or dark corn syrup
1 cup sugar
2 tabs. corn oil butter melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup pecans
1 9-inch unbaked pastry shell

Beat eggs slightly in a small bowl with mixer at medium speed. Beat in corn syrup, sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Stir in pecans. Pour filling into pastry shell. Bake in 3500 oven 55 to 64 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean. Cool. If desired, serve with whipped cream. Makes one 9-inch pie.


Pumpkin Bread

This recipe is from The Victorian Sampler Cookbook. The Victorian Sampler. One must have pumpkin bread every fall.

2 3/4 sugar
1 cup shortening
3 eggs, beaten well
2 cups pumpkin
3 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp.. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. each of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg,

Cream sugar and shortening. Add pumpkin. Stift all dry ingredients together and combine. It will be thick. Plance in two greased loaf pan and bake 1 to 1 1/4 hours at 325 degrees.


Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

This recipe is from The Victorian Sampler Cookbook.. This one of my favorite cakes. It is very rich and moist. Have you ever helped make a collection of recipes for a new bride? This is one of the recipes I always add to those collections. I make this for many a fall occasion like church suppers or a sunny October day. One must celebrate the important things in life.

2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup salad oil
2 cups canned pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons salt

Combine all cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer until thoroughly blended. Pour batter into a buttered and floured 13x9x2 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, or until cake tests done. Cool.
For variation, try adding 1/2 cup raisins or chopped nuts to the cake batter before baking. This cake freezes well.

Cream Cheese Icing

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 oz,) pkg. cream cheese
1 (1 lb.) box powdered sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla

Combine icing ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer until smooth. Spread on cooled cake. Makes 10 to 12 servings.


Pumpkin Cookies

1 cup oil
3 cups sugar
2 eggs -- beaten
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder >br>2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 29 ounce can solid-pack pumpkin
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 teaspoons vanilla

Beat oil and sugar in mixing bowl. Add eggs, beating well. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt together. Add to sugar mixture alternately with pumpkin, beating well after each addition. Fold in chocolate chips, walnuts, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes 60 cookies.


Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie

from Best Recipes From the Back of Boxes, Bottles, Cans, and Jars by Ceil Dyer.

2 eggs slightly beaten
1 16 ounce can pumpkin or 2 cups fresh pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
(Instead of cinnamon. ginger, cloves, I use 2 tsps pumpkin pie spice.)
1 1/2 cups (12 ounce can) evaporated milk.
(If you are using real pumpkin, use only 1 cup milk.)
1 9 inch unbaked pie shell

Mix filling ingredients in order given. Pour into pie shell. Bake in preheated 4250 oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 3500 and continue baking for 45 minutes, until knife inserted in center of pie filling comes out clean. Cool. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired. Makes one 9-inch pie.



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