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Welcome! Come on in, pull up a chair, have a cup of coffee and take a look at recipes from different cookbooks, vintage finds from vintage cupboards and enjoy sharing memories.

Friday, December 22, 2017

I have had and used this same candy thermometer for over 30 years

It has helped me make any kind of candy..........
successfully! 

Especially this buttery caramel that I make
every Christmas.
The recipe is at the end of this post.
All you need to make wonderful candy is a great recipe,
a great candy thermometer and a great deal of patience.
When making candy, cook at a medium heat and allow the temperature
to rise slowly.........which takes a good amount of time........
and then, all of the sudden it will rise to the right
degree that is required.   

For these candies........I prepare jelly roll sheet pan......slightly
coated  with butter.  I pour the hot caramel  onto the 
pan and allow to cool. 


and then slice the candies into bite size pieces. 

If I give these candies as gifts, I wrap each piece in parchment paper or plastic wrap
and place in a decorative tin.
The ones I make for my family, I just place on buttered strips
of wax paper and place each strip on top of each other into
a tupperware container.  And then place on the lid.
These get eaten quickly here, so they stay wonderfully
soft in the container.
Here is the recipe:
Buttery Caramels
2 sticks butter
2 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
Dash of salt
1 cup light corn syrup
one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsps. vanilla 
Butter a 9X9X 2 inch pan and set aside.
In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and stir in sugar and salt. Pour in the corn syrup, mixing well with a whisk. Slowly pour in the sweetened condensed milk, stirring constantly to blend. 
Using a candy thermometer, cook the mixture to 245 F. stirring occasionally.........the mixture will be very bubbly. Remove from heat and add vanilla, then pour into prepared pan  Let the candy cool completely before cutting into 1 inch squares. Wrap each square in plastic wrap and store in airtight container. 
ENJOY!


Monday, July 3, 2017

Creamy and cool......perfect for July 4th celebration!

This is such a rich creamy and cool dessert.......wonderful for any hot afternoon and perfect for guests for a July 4th celebration........for it makes a large pan......enough to feed and cool off a crowd!
It is like a very soft cream cheese pie with fresh strawberries. The crust sets it off perfectly!
Always beautiful to serve in vintage dishes of course!

STRAWBERRY ICEBOX SHEET PAN PIE
****Make crust first because it needs to freeze for 20 minutes
CRUST
3 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 1/4 cups butter, melted
3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. sugar
Spray a 15x10 inch jelly roll pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Press mixture into bottom and up sides of jelly roll pan. Freeze until firm for about 20 minutes. 
FILLING
2 ( 8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/3 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh strawberries
1 (8-ounce) frozen whipped topping, thawed
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioner's sugar with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla , beating until combined. Lightly pat strawberries dry with a paper towel. Fold strawberries and whipped topping into cream cheese mixture. Spread onto prepared crust. Loosely cover and refrigerate for up to 6 hours
*** I placed mine in the freezer, when ready to serve, I just set it out for about 5 minutes and it is ready to enjoy!