Monthly Archives: April 2017

Lemon Berry Tart

lbtOriginally published March 22, 2015

It has come to my attention that not everyone loves to bake and that easy holiday dessert recipes are something that many people really appreciate to get them through Easter. I saw a video for some lemon tarts yesterday on YouTube on the Simple Cooking Channel. Lots of fun videos to watch!

I decided to try my hand at the Lemon Tarts. I did make two modifications to the very simple recipe.

Lemon Berry Tart
6 mini graham cracker crusts or one regular size one
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp of Knox plain gelatine – not in the original
Fresh or frozen berries of your choice – also not in the original

1. Combine the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and plain gelatine and beat until a little fluffy.
2. Spoon into crusts.
3. Refrigerate for a few hours until set.
4. Top with berries of your choice and serve!

The original recipe didn’t call for the gelatine but I decided to add it because I was skeptical that the tarts would set. I knew that if I added a tiny bit of gelatine they would. Of course, this addition makes them unsuitable for Passover. But have no fear! My Mini Pavlova are perfect for Passover!

Holidays can be such a blessing. Gathering with family and friends to celebrate your faith is a gift, even though it is often fraught with stress and angst. I hope this simple recipe can help relieve you of some of that stress.

Enjoy!

Opening Day Cookies

odcThe 2017 Major League baseball season opens this week. I am not a baseball fan at all but baseball’s opening day does signal the official beginning of spring so I like it.

But, as we inch towards opening day, we are enduring another dreary day in Central Maryland. It’s windy and a little cool and very cloudy. Sounds like a good day to make cookies! I wanted to make something from the Betty Crocker Cooky Book that I got My Faithful Assistant for his birthday. I didn’t think he’d jump for joy when he opened it. I just wanted a copy in our house.

I paged through and settled on the Best Cooky of 1950-1955, the Salted Peanut Crisp. You can find the original recipe on Food.com.  I ended up changing it up a bit.

Opening Day Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar (white or brown or somewhere in between)
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups Prince and Spring Peanut Lovers’ Trail Mix (available from Boxed.com)

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Beat in the eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour, salt and baking soda and mix until combined.
  5. Stir in the trail mix with a spoon. If you use an electric mixer, you will destroy the tiny little pretzel bites in this particular variety of trail mix.
  6. Drop by the spoonful onto a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I made such an attractive cookie. Slightly brown around the edge yet still soft. I’m really proud of myself. And I will probably never meet with such cookie baking success again.

We have a busy week at work which includes a few extra hours tomorrow. Won’t my coworkers be happy when I show up with a little treat for them!

Enjoy!