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SANDRA'S BANANA-OAT-CRAISIN COOKIES



A newly created incredible cookie that's a synch to prepare and is now my husband's favorite.

What a great method in which to use the ever-infamous ripe bananas,
especially when you have a 'banana lover' in house like my hubby is
so we always have a never-ending supply!

Yields: Appx. 4 doz.
Prep: 20 Mins.
Bake: 14 to 16 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

Wet:
3/4 cup shortening (I use Crisco), room temp
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 medium-size ripe bananas, fully mashed (1 cup mashed)
1 teaspoon bourbon-vanilla extract (or regular)

Dry (sift):
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder (or regular)
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Additions:
1-3/4 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup craisins (or raisins), chopped to your desired fineness

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350F. Place aside a baking sheet topped with a silpat liner or parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together shortening and both sugars; beating until light and airy.  Add the egg, mashed bananas and bourbon-vanilla/regular; mix to combine.

Place a sieve over the mixing bowl; add the flour, baking soda and powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Sift over wet ingredients. Turn on mixer to #3 just until all ingredients are combined (do not over mix).

Add the oatmeal and raisins; turn on mixer just to incorporate.  Scrape bowl using a spatula to ensure all ingredients are fully combined.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let cookie dough rest 15 minutes.

Use a mini-scoop (2-teaspoon measure) to drop cookie dough mounds onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes (turning half way), just until edges began to brown.  Cool cookies 1 minute on lined baking sheet, then completely on a wire rack. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container. ~ Enjoy!






SANDRA'S HOT BUTTERED RUM MIX



This hot buttered rum mix is a tradition that we serve during 
our Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. 

This particular mix is delicious with/without the rum 
so everyone can enjoy this warm and comforting drink any time.

Yield: Appx. 1 cup of mix
Prep: 10 Mins.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup packed, dark brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temp
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
Pinch of kosher salt
--Light Rum

METHOD

Place brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and salt in a small bowl; blend completely using a smashing-motion. Brown sugar should be completely coated in butter and spices, until it's uniform in color (will take several minutes).

Place unused mix in refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.

HOW TO MAKE A HOT BUTTERED RUM:

Preheat an 8 oz. mug by filling it with HOT water, let stand a few minutes, then drain.

To the warmed (empty) mug, add 1/2 heaping tablespoon of Hot Butter Rum Mix, 1.5 ounces of Light Rum, then fill mug with boiling water and give the hot beverage a stir to incorporate all ingredients (a froth will form on top).

Sprinkle hot toddy with a kiss of freshly ground nutmeg. Serve immediately. ~ Enjoy!

SANDRA'S FAMOUS ALASKAN KING CRAB DIP for a crowd

The absolute best recipe, it's addicting and a great method in which to extend your
Wild Alaskan King Crab experience when its richness overcomes you...
Yield: (Appx. 2-1/2 cups)
Prep: 20 mins.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups prepared cooked, Wild Alaskan King Crab (knuckles and legs), shredded and cut into 1/2" pieces



3/4 cup whipped cream cheese
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1-1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon worcestershire
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt (I used Johnny's)
1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Garnish options:
--Green onion (green parts only), finely sliced
--Paprika

Serving options:
--crackers
--whole wheat bread slices quartered
--cucumber slices
--celery stocks
--toasted baguette slices

METHOD

Combine all the above ingredients in a medium bowl, using a dinner fork. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours to allow the flavors to meld. Spoon into a decorative serving bowl, surrounding the bowl with a larger platter spread with your favorite snacking options (a few suggestions are listed above), then top dip with fresh, finely sliced green onions and a light sprinkle of paprika. ~ Enjoy!




SANDRA'S SOUR DOUGH BREAD -- with wheat and herb options


A wonderful texture and tremendous flavor
you're bound to fall in love with...

Yield: 1 loaf
Bake: 35 to 40 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

Sponge:
1/4 cup sour dough starter (straight from frig w/o replenishing)
1 cup AP Flour
1 cup warm water

Mix together all the sponge ingredients in a large glass measure, cover with plastic wrap, and let site a minimum of 12 hours before making sour dough bread.

Sponge you'll prepare 12 hours
prior to making sour dough bread
and will leave at room temperature

Replenish Starter (replenish, cover and let sit out for 12 hrs, then return to frig):
1 cup warm water
1 cup AP flour

Using a wooden spoon and a glass measuring cup, mix together replenish starter ingredients and pour into jar with sour dough starter. Cover and let stand at room temperature 12 hours before refrigerating.

Don't forget to replenish your
starter after removing
a portion for your sponge

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Sandra's Sour Dough Starter
recipe
Sour Dough Bread dough:
1 teaspoon instant yeast
6 tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon honey
2-1/3 cups all-purpose (AP) flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or the same AP)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
--Herb Options: 2 tsp (more/less, to taste) finely chopped fresh rosemary 
   or 1 tsp dried (or any other herb you desire)
--2 TB melted butter, for brushing loaf while baking, then afterwards

METHOD

For the bread, in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook, dissolve yeast and 1/4 cup warm water, add honey and allow to proof for 5 minutes.

Stir in sponge, add white flour (and whole wheat flour, if using), salt [and herb option(s)]. Turn mixer on #2 to combine and continue mixing until dough comes away from sides of bowl to form ball, adding additional water 1 TB at a time if needed, depending upon surrounding humidity environment. Continue to knead on #2 for 10 minutes.

Place dough on oiled plastic wrap. Clean mixing bowl, then lightly oil (not olive oil) it, place dough ball into bowl and turn over to coat in oil all around. Cover with plastic wrap. Nest bowl on kitchen towels, both underneath and around it.  Let dough rise until doubled for 1-1/2 hours. Punch down, re-cover bowl, and let rise a 2nd time for about 45 minutes, until doubled.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead into a rectangle shape of your loaf pan. Let rest 5 minutes, then place in a sprayed, dark loaf pan, reshaping loaf a bit if need be. Cover with a clean cloth, and allow to rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and place rack in the lower third of oven. Set aside an instant read thermometer.

Bake for 15 minutes, brush with melted butter, then return to oven and continue baking 20-25 minutes longer, or until internal temperature reads 192 degrees. (Note: If using a light or glass loaf pan, cooking times will vary in that it'll take longer to bake and won't brown as nicely.)

Remove from oven and brush final time with melted butter, slide a knife around edges to loosen, then remove from loaf pan to a rack. Cover loaf completely with a kitchen towel and let cool.

Store at room temperature in a lg. Ziploc bag for 2 days or refrigerate/freeze to store longer. ~ Enjoy!


A loaf of
Sour Dough-Rosemary Bread
I started last night (i.e., the sponge)
and finished the actual bread-baking portion this morning

SANDRA'S HOMEMADE SOUR DOUGH STARTER



Keep starter on hand to use in preparing sour dough recipes found throughout 
"Sandra's Alaska Recipe" site. 

Starters can be thick or thin but both will work equally well, 
although the amount of flour needed in an actual recipe will vary 
according to consistency of the starter and 
the surrounding humidity of your particular environment...

Yields Approximately 2-1/2 cups
Prep Time 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 envelope Active Dry Yeast or 2-1/4 tsps.
2 cups warm water (100° to 110° degrees)

METHOD

Combine flour and un-dissolved yeast in large plastic, ceramic or glass bowl (don’t use metal).  Gradually add warm water to flour mixture and beat until smooth.  (Batter may be stiff, but will relax as it ages or when brought back to room temperature after refrigeration.)  Cover with a cloth towel or cheesecloth; let stand in warm place until mixture is bubbly and sour-smelling, about 2 to 4 days. Starter may darken, but if it changes to another color, discard and start over.  

The initial sour dough starter
that is prepared and ready to be transferred to an
airtight container

Transfer to a 2-quart or larger mason jar or plastic container with tight-fitting lid.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Sour dough starter
that has fully fermented 2-4 days at room temperature,
which is ready to use or to be refrigerated, which will need to be
replenished weekly

To keep starter alive you need to replenish it:  Once a week, stir in equal amounts of all-purpose flour and warm water (100° to 110°F).  (For example, for every 1 cup of starter removed, replenish with 1 cup flour and 1 cup water.)  Beat using a wooden spoon (not metal) until smooth.  Cover with a towel or cheesecloth and let stand in warm place until mixture is bubbly and sour-smelling, for a minimum of 12 hours.  Use immediately or cover tightly and refrigerate until ready to use.

In preparing actual sour dough recipes,
you'll be required to use different amounts of sponge and it's
best to use sour dough starter straight from the refrigerator
(yes, it's prior to replenishing it)... 
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Tips:


A few dynamics of sourdough: 

The less-used your starter is, the more fermented liquid on top, the more sour it's likely to be; i.e., a starter that hasn't been fed for weeks will yield a dough that rises slowly and tastes quite tangy. 

On the other hand, a starter that's fed regularly, i.e., once a week, will yield a less-sour dough tang and one that will rise more quickly.

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SANDRA'S CHEESY HASH BROWN CASSEROLE


Delicious sides dish that's a 'crowd pleaser' 
when the recipe is doubled,
or for a smaller family (as in recipe shown below) it's just as great too!

After all, you can't go wrong with potatoes and cheese...
(Serves 2 to 4)
Prep: 10 Mins.
Bake: 30 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

1-1/4 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese, divided
1-1/4 cup shredded mozzarella, divided
1 tablespoon unsalted cold butter, divided
1/4 cup low sodium beef broth
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
10 ozs. (about 2 cups) frozen hash browns (do not thaw) 
~ I make my own freezer hash browns using russet potatoes

METHOD

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Spray, with butter spray, a 6x6" casserole dish and set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses to combine; set aside separately 1/2 cup of cheese mixture for the final topping.

Divide the cold butter in half (2-teaspoon-portions each). Melt half the butter; set both cold and melted butter aside.

To the cheese mixture in the medium bowl, add the reserved melted butter, beef broth, dried minced onion, granulated garlic and black pepper; mix to combine.  Gently fold in frozen hash browns (do not over mix).

Place a large non-stick skillet over medium heat; add the reserved cold butter. Once the butter is melted, gently add the hash brown mixture to the skillet (do not pack down) and heat mixture just until cheese melts, while occasionally stirring very gently (do not break up hash browns), about 3 to 5 minutes.

Pour mixture into prepared casserole dish and top with reserved 1/2 cup of cheese mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, just until the top turns a deep golden brown.

Let casserole stand for 5 minutes before serving. ~ Enjoy!

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Tip:


If you wish to double the recipe, it's easily done by using a larger 8x8" casserole and increasing the baking time (but at the same temperature above) to 50 minutes, which will provide 6 to 8 servings.


SANDRA'S BEST ALASKAN SALMON DIP/SPREAD

A go-to appetizer that is a family favorite
which you are able to use with salmon (as I did here),
or sub the salmon for cooked halibut, dungeness or tanner crab, or minced clams...

--for king crab which is richer here's the link for that recipe https://sandrarecipeblogsite.blogspot.com/2017/07/sandras-famous-alaskan-king-crab-dip.html#.WYAQGoTyvDc...



Yield: (1-1/2 cups)
Prep: 10 mins.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup (about 2 fillets) prepared cooked, regular or smoked salmon, flaked (no bones or skin)
--do not use lox--
1/4 cup whipped cream cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
1/2 teaspoon old bay seasoning
1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/4 teaspoon ground paprika
Pinch of ground cayenne
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Serving options:
--crackers
--whole wheat bread slices quartered
--cucumber slices
--celery stocks
--toasted baguette slices

Garnish options:
--Green onion (green parts only), finely sliced
--Paprika

METHOD

Combine all the above ingredients in a small bowl, using a dinner fork. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours to allow the flavors to meld.

Serve with your favorite snacking options (a few suggestions are listed above), then top with finely sliced green onions and a light sprinkle of paprika. ~ Enjoy!

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Tip:
Also great to make halibut, dungeness or tanner crab, or clam dip, simply substitute the 1 cup of cooked salmon for cooked halibut, dungeness or tanner crab, or minced clams, respectively.

If you're lucky to have King Crab...here's the separate recipe link, as it's richer and requires different ingredient proportions: https://sandrarecipeblogsite.blogspot.com/2017/07/sandras-famous-alaskan-king-crab-dip.html#.WYAQGoTyvDc



SANDRA'S HOMEMADE LIME SHERBET (No-cook--Eggless--Lactose Free)

I've created this recipe for many of  my friends,
a lot of whom are lactose intolerant,
even so, those who do not suffer from this are still able to enjoy
this incredible dessert just the same... 



Yields: (1 qt)
Prep: 10 Mins.
Ice Cream Maker - Churning: 30 Mins.

Pre-prep:
Chill paddle and ice cream maker in freezer
for a minimum of 2 days (24 hours) beforehand
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I simply store my clean maker with its paddle in my freezer at all times,
this way it's ready to use when the whim hits me for frozen delectable desserts...

-- Special Equipment:
            Kitchen Aid (which I use), or another type of ice cream maker (see note above)
            Plastic quart container with lid

INGREDIENTS:

2 medium-size limes; zest, plus their juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups 2% lactose free milk

METHOD:

In a 4-cup glass measure, add the lime zest and juice and whisk until sugar has fully dissolved (about 3-5 minutes).  Gently whisk in the milk.

Place your fully frozen (important) ice cream maker with paddle insert onto kitchen aid mixer, including its specified attachment.

Pour in the sherbet mixture into the ice cream maker, and lock stand mixer into place. Set at #2 (stir) and let it churn for 30 minutes. You will notice that the sherbet will increase by volume (almost double) as the churning takes place.

Scrape and remove paddle, then spoon sherbet into a quart container, (placing plastic wrap directly on the surface of exposed sorbet to minimize the formation of ice crystals and prevent loss of texture); place lid on container, then freeze for a minimum of 4 hours or up to 6 hours before serving. ~ Enjoy!

The sherbet will store in the freezer for up to 1 month.


SANDRA'S ALASKAN RUSTIC CABIN VENISON CHILI with TOPPINGS

A tasty and quick 30-minute meal that is delicious and hearty
on a rainy Alaskan summer day as we've had today...


Servings: (4-6)
Prep: 10 Mins.
Cook: 20 Mins.

INGREDIENTS:

Chili:
1 lb. lean ground venison (moose, caribou, elk, beef, or poultry)
1/2 sweet white onion, diced
1 carrot, scrubbed and finely diced
1 (15-oz. can) tomato sauce
1 (15-oz. can) low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup Summer Ale - Alaskan Brewery (save remainder to have with dinner ;)
1 (15-oz. can) Cannellini Beans (I used Bush's), rinsed and drained
1 to 1-1/2 tablespoon(s) chili powder (more or less to your desired spiciness; we use 2 TBs!)
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Toppings:
- Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Diced white sweet onions (soaked in cold water for 5 mins., then drained-keeps 'em mild yet crispy)
- Fresh tomato, finely diced

METHOD:

Heat a medium-size 4-qt. heavy-bottom saucepan over medium-high heat and brown the ground venison. Add all the remaining ingredients in the order listed. Bring chili to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer, cover, and let cook for 20 minutes, while occasionally stirring.  Serve immediately into individual bowls while topping with the remaining ingredients, as listed. ~ Enjoy!

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Tip:

A nice quick addition I added is fresh crispy french bread (cut into 1" slices on the diagonal and placed on a baking sheet after brushing with melted garlic butter) and baked at 375 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes, depending on your desired crispiness. This I did while the chili was simmering.


SANDRA'S HOT ALASKAN MOOSE TACO DIP and MINI-BISCUIT APPETIZER

I created this recipe after being inspired by several variations that I've had in the past.

Here's my 'Alaska Spin' on this delightful appetizer
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You are able to make it to your exact spiciness level versus my medium version ~
simply substitute milder salsa for a lighter dip
or hotter salsa for a dip with more zest...



Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Prep: 15 Mins.
Bake 23-25 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

Dip:
1 lb extra-lean moose burger
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
1 pkg. dry cheesy taco seasoning mix
2 cups medium salsa (from Costco)
1 cup Mexican-blend shredded cheese
1 cup shredded medium cheddar cheese
1 (4 oz. pkg.) cream cheese, cubed at room temperature
--2 green onions (both white and green parts), sliced

Atop dip/mini-biscuits:
1 pkg. Grand Biscuits, quartered and formed into balls
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon dry cilantro
Paprika

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, while placing rack on lower 2/3'rds of oven, including placing a medium-size pan on the rack (you'll later be placing the cast iron skillet on this to catch potential drips).

Heat a seasoned, 10" medium-size cast iron skillet to medium high heat on the stovetop, then brown the burger with 1/4 teaspoon each of granulated garlic and granulated onion. After about 5 minutes of browning, add the cheesy taco seasoning and salsa, stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.  Turn off heat and fold in the three cheeses, just until melted and combined. Sprinkle top-center of mixture with green onions.

While reserving 9, place remaining biscuit balls around the perimeter. Place the reserved 9; one in center, and other 8 around it (see above photo).

Melt in the microwave the butter in a ramekin with 1/2 teaspoon of granulated garlic for 30 seconds. Using a pastry brush to combine. Brush the butter mixture gently over all biscuit balls. Sprinkle biscuit balls with 1 teaspoon dry cilantro and some paprika.


Place cast iron skillet in the preheated oven atop the hot pizza pan and bake for 23-25 minutes, until all biscuits are golden brown. Let hot dip cool 5 minutes (so you don't burn yourself), then serve immediately family style. ~ Enjoy!

SANDRA'S ICE BOX STRAWBERRY POKE CAKE

A perfectly delightful and flavorful cake that's incredibly scrumptious!

This dessert can easily be made a day ahead of when you plan to serve it
or deliver to your favorite function...


Servings (12)
Prep: 20 Mins.
Bake: 30 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

Jello
1 (3-oz. pkg. - small box) Sugar Free Strawberry Jello
1 cup boiling water

Cake
2 large eggs
1 cup water
1/2 cup Mazola oil
1 (5.3-oz. container) Strawberry Chobani Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (15.25 oz. box) Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist French Vanilla Cake Mix

Strawberry Frosting
2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup Yakutat Wild Alaska Strawberry Jam
2 heaping tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons water (or enough until your desired consistency is reached)
Optional: Red organic food coloring gel

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13" glass baking dish; set aside.

In a glass 2-cup measure, pour 1 cup of boiling water, add jello and stir to dissolve; set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, add the water, oil, yogurt and vanilla extract and beat (using a hand mixer) to combine. Add the dry cake mix and beat to combine, for 2 minutes. Pour batter evenly into prepared baking dish, and gently tap to release air bubbles and assist to level cake.

Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, turning half way through, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Place cake, while in baking dish, onto a baking rack to cool completely. 

Once cooled, poke the cake using a wooden skewer about 1/2" apart from top to bottom. Give the jello a final stir and slowly pour over cake surface (avoid the edges of cake).  Place the cake in the refrigerator to solidify the jello for 2 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare the frosting by sifting the confectioners' sugar in a sieve placed over a medium bowl. Add the butter, vanilla extract, strawberry jam, sour cream and water. Use a hand mixer to combine, adding water 1 tablespoon at a time until your desired consistency is reached.  Add a few squirts of red organic food coloring gel, if desired.

Frost cake surface, while in baking dish, cover, and return to refrigerator after serving to store remaining cake. ~ Enjoy!


SANDRA'S LAYERED CARROT CAKE with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING from SCRATCH

An updated classic cake from scratch
that's super delicious and fun to take to any
potluck, picnic, or party...


Servings: (12)
Prep: 30 Mins.
Bake: 30-35 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

Wet:
3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Sift dry:
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder (or regular)
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Cake additions:
1 (8-oz. can) crushed pineapple, undrained (retain juice)
2 cups grated carrots

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 (8-oz. pkg) cream cheese, softened
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons milk (to achieve desired consistency)

Topping:
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using baking spray, spray two 9" round cake pans; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the wet ingredients. Sift together the dry ingredients (using a sieve placed over mixing bowl of wet ingredients); mix to combine. Add the crushed pineapple and its juices, including the grated carrots; mix to combine, while scraping sides of mixing bowl. Pour batter equally and evenly into both prepared cake pans, then tap pans gently on countertop to release potential air bubbles.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, just until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean (do not over bake). Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack, flipping right-side-up, to cool completely (about 45 minutes).

Meanwhile, prepare the candied pecans by stirring the pecans and sugar in a small non-stick skillet over medium heat until sugar melts and starts to caramelize and pecans are toasted and fragrant, about 5 to 7 minutes. Scrape hot candied pecans into a heatproof bowl to cool.

Also, prepare the frosting in a medium bowl, using a hand mixer to combine softened butter and cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and milk (1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached). Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Frost the cooled cake, then top cake with cooled candied pecans, breaking them apart as you do so. ~ Enjoy!


SANDRA'S ALASKAN-BLUEBERRY and PEACH COBBLER

A wonderful method in which to prepare your Alaskan summer-harvested blueberries
that have been frozen, and its combination with peaches to form this decadent
cobbles is nothing short of amazing...



Servings: (12)
Prep: 25 mins.
Bake: A total of 30 mins.
--(At two temperatures: 350 degrees for 15 mins, then 450 degrees for the final 15 mins)

INGREDIENTS:

Fruit and berries:
1 (24-oz. jar) Costco peaches, drained
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons unsalted butter

--2 cups frozen blueberries (keep frozen until ready to use, do not add to above heated mixture)

Cobbler dough:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cube cold, unsalted butter, cut in 12 small cubes
3/4 cups cold milk, mixed with 2 teaspoons lemon juice (let set 5 minutes to activate)

--Topping:
--1 tablespoon granulated sugar
--1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

METHOD:

In a medium skillet melt 3 tablespoons butter, add sugar, cinnamon, and peaches.  Mix to combine, while bringing to a low simmer. Let filling gently simmer, while occasionally stirring, for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (Note: Will increase oven temp mid way through baking to 450 degrees).

Meanwhile, prepare cobbler dough, by adding to a medium bowl the flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Whisk dry ingredients so they are evenly combined.  Using a pastry cutter to work in the cold, cubed butter, until course mixture resembles the size of peas. In a 2-cup glass-measuring cup, add 1-1/4 cup milk and 1 tablespoon lemon juice, then let stand for 5 minutes to activate.  Pour this liquid mixture into dry ingredients, and use a fork to combine (do not over mix).

Pour hot peach mixture in a single layer into a 9x13" baking dish (or other 3-qt. size), sprinkle 2 cups of frozen blueberries evenly over the top of the hot peaches. Use 2 forks to dollop the cobbler dough over the fruit and berries, while leaving spaces for filling to steam through.

Combine topping of cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl, then sprinkle evenly over top of dough.

Place baking dish atop a foil-lined baking sheet (to catch potential spill over), then bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, increase heat to 450 and continue baking for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cobbler dough comes out clean.

When cobbler has finished baking, let cool for 15 minutes prior to serving. If desired, serve warm with French vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. ~ Enjoy!

SANDRA'S BANANA-PINEAPPLE-LEMON BARS

The most succulent dessert bars you'll ever have
with a tropical flair that's simply decadent...


Servings: (12)
Prep: 15 Mins.
Bake: 35-40 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

Wet:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry (sift):
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder (or regular)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup all-purpose flour

Add:
2 medium, ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1 (8-oz. can) crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 teaspoon finely grated, lemon zest

Topping:
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray with baking spray a dark 9 x 9 square pan with cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to combine melted butter and 1 cup granulated sugar. Add beaten egg and vanilla extract; mix to combine (while scraping sides of bowl) until light and fluffy.

Place a sieve over wet ingredients and sift cinnamon, salt, baking powder and soda, and flour over dry ingredients.

Do not mix further until you add the mashed bananas, drained pineapple and grated lemon zest.  Using a wooden spoon, mix batter just until these ingredients are incorporated.

Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan, gently tap to release air bubbles.

In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over top of batter mixture.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, just until cake tester comes out clean (do not over bake or bars will be dry).

Remove pan from oven onto a baking rack and allow to cool in pan for 30 minutes. Carefully cut into 12 even bars and place onto a serving platter. Serve with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. ~ Enjoy!


SANDRA'S FINEST BANANA BUNDT CAKE EVER

What a fabulous dessert that's awesome the day it's baked,
and even more scrumptious the following day...
Servings: 12
Prep: 20 Mins.
Bake: 45-55 Mins.

INGREDIENTS:

1st Wet:
3 (medium) ripe bananas, mashed
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice

2nd Wet:
1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1-1/2 cup 2% milk

Beat:
2/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

3rd Wet:
3 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry (sift)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon table salt

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a bundt pan with baking spray; set aside.

In a small bowl, add the bananas with 1 TB lemon juice, and mash until combined; set aside.

In a 2-cup-glass-measuring-cup, add 1-1/2 cup milk and then 1 TB lemon juice (let activate for 5 minutes).

Meanwhile, in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter with both sugars for 3 minutes.  Add the beaten eggs and vanilla extract; mix to combine for 2 more minutes.

Stop mixer, and place a sieve over wet ingredients in mixing bowl. Add all the dry ingredients to sieve and sift over wet ingredients.

Restart mixer very slow and gently pulsing mix in, while pouring, the milk/lemon juice mixture. Add the banana/lemon juice mixture and then mix gently just until combined.

Use a spatula to scrape sides and bottom of bowl, folding to combine cake batter a few times by hand. Pour cake batter evenly into the prepared bundt pan.  Tap pan to remove air bubbles.

Bake for 45-55 minutes, turning bundt pant half way through baking, just until a toothpick inserted in center of bundt ring comes out clean (do not over bake or cake will become dry).

Let cake cool in bundt pan for 5 minutes on baking rack, then flip using baking rack and let rest on rack then dust while hot with powdered sugar (I place tin foil underneath baking rack to ease with clean up).  Let cake cool completely on baking rack before transferring to a covered cake pedestal/plate.


Serve with whipped cream, if desired. ~ Enjoy!

SANDRA'S CURRIED ALASKAN HALIBUT SKEWERS

A very quick and easy recipe to prepare that's 
very decadent and incredibly delicious!

(Note: The recipe makes 4 skewers-worth, 
even though only 2 are shown above)...
Servings: 4
Prep: 10 Mins.
Marinate: 1 Hr.
Broil: 4 to 5 Mins.

Equipment:
--4 (12") stainless-steel skewers
--Broiler pan
--High-heat cooking spray

INGREDIENTS

Fish:
1 lb. fresh, boneless-skinless halibut, cut into 1" cubes

Marinade:
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

Finishing:
--Ground paprika

METHOD

In a medium glass bowl, add the marinade ingredients; mix to combine. Add the cubed halibut, and gently toss until all pieces are completely coated. Cover bowl and marinate for 1 hour at room temperature.

Preheat oven to broil, ensuring rack is placed in highest position (about 4-5" from element).

Generously spray the broiler pan with high-heat cooking spray.

Skewer, un-touching, the halibut cubes and place onto prepared broiler pan. Sprinkle lightly with paprika.

Broil skewers, with oven door closed, for 4 to 5 minutes, turning pan half way through broiling to ensure even cooking. Be sure to use oven mitts, skewers will be very hot, when removing halibut pieces. ~ Enjoy!

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Tip:

If using bamboo skewers, be sure to soak in water a minimum of 30 minutes beforehand to prevent them from burning.


SANDRA'S CHRISTMASTIME SPRITZ COOKIES

A tradition that's going to take place every year during Christmastime
from now on, they're beautiful and a buttery scrumptiousness...
Yield: Appx. 7 Doz. (depending upon disc sizes used)
Prep: 15 Mins.
Bake: 8-12 Mins. (Per batch, depending upon disc sizes used)

INGREDIENTS

3-1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
--(depending upon humidity, adding 1 TB at a time to reach desired consistency)
1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder (or regular)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2  teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (omit if using salted butter)
2 tablespoons milk

--Assorted colored decorating sugar crystals

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Set aside silpat- or parchment-lined baking sheets.

In medium bowl, sift flour and baking powder and soda; set aside.

In bowl of stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add beaten egg, almond and vanilla extracts, nutmeg, salt and milk; mix to combine. Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture, while gently mixing just until combined.

[Do not chill cookie dough.]

Fill cookie press with dough and desired disc (alternate disc to a new one when desired), press cookies onto lined baking sheets about 1" apart.
Generously sprinkle with your favorite decorating sugar crystal color(s).


In batches, bake 8-12 minutes (depending on size of selected discs), just until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on baking sheet then transfer to a cooling rack. Store, once completely cooled, in an airtight cookie jar. ~ Enjoy!

SANDRA'S PEANUT BUTTER-MINI CHOCOLATE CHIP-CINNAMON COOKIES

A light, buttery cookie that enhances in flavor over time,
they're delectable and deliciously addicting!


Yields: About 42 cookies
Prep 15 mins
Bake: 10-12 mins

INGREDIENTS

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon double-acting baking powder (or regular)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

--Sugar (1/2 cup) for rolling balls, and dipping fork to form criss-cross texture on cookie tops

METHOD

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheets topped with silpat liners or parchment paper; set aside.

In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream together the peanut butter, butter, white sugar, and brown sugar for 5 minutes, until light and creamy. Add the beaten egg and vanilla, mixing to combine. Place a sieve over the wet ingredients in the stand mixer bowl and sift flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt; mix to combine. Add the mini chocolate chips, mix just to combine (do not over mix).

Place 1/2 cup sugar into a small bowl; set aside.

Roll mini scoop full of dough into balls. Roll each ball in sugar, and place cookies 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Press each ball twice with fork tines to form a criss-cross pattern (dip fork into sugar it does not stick while doing so). Be sure not to flatten the cookies too much when doing so, or they will not bake properly.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in preheated oven, until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to a baking rack to cool completely. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container. ~ Enjoy!


SANDRA'S HOMEMADE PIZZAS from SCRATCH

A fantastic recipe for two 14" pizzas you are able to prepare
from beginning to end in 1-1/2 hours,
although an hour of that time is kicking back while the dough proofs...


Yield:2 (14-inch) pizzas
Prep: 20 min
Proof/Rest: 1st Proof = 1 Hr -- 2nd Rest = 10 Mins.
Bake: 12-14 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

Crust (makes two 14" pizzas):
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 envelope instant/rapid dry yeast = 2-1/4 tsps. (no need to pre-proof)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1-1/2 cups water, 110 degrees
2 tablespoons olive oil
--Plus spray to oil bowl and top of ball, plus rolling surface/board

Toppings (divide each topping ingredient in 1/2 for each pizza):
1 (14-oz. jar) prepared Classico Pizza Sauce, divided
4 cups shredded whole-milk mozzarella, divided; plus more for sprinkling on top
1 (5-oz. pkg.) Applegate Naturals uncured pepperoni (3" rounds), cut into quarters, divided

METHOD

Combine the flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. Add more flour if too wet or more water if too dry, but only 1 teaspoon increments at a time. Let machine knead dough ball around hook for 2 minutes.

Scrape dough into a large sprayed bowl. Knead a few times and form into a ball. Flip ball over, spray top of dough, including underside of bowl lid. Cover bowl, place in oven (with no heat) turning on just the appliance light. Let proof for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Remove proofed dough from oven.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees, placing rack 1 level up from bottom rung. Spray and sprinkle two 14" round pizza pans lightly with corn meal; set aside.

Turn dough out onto a lightly sprayed surface (with oil), and divide into 2 equal sections. Cover balls of dough by turning the same empty bowl upside down over them, and let rest for 10 minutes.

Roll each ball out into two separate 14" crusts, place each on prepared pizza pan.

Top each crust with 1/2 pizza sauce, 1/2 shredded cheese, 1/2 of the quartered pepperoni, and finishing light sprinkling of more mozzarella cheese.

Bake, one at a time, in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, letting each pizza rest 5 minutes prior to serving. ~ Enjoy!

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Tip:

These are the topping ingredients I had on hand, but a multitude of other options would be tasty too, i.e., Canadian Bacon and Pineapple vs the Pepperoni, etc.

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