Why do I include this recipe? I’ve lived places which provided a stove and microwave, but no oven. I had to use this to ‘bake.” It's good for the days you don’t want to turn on the oven. And, it’s easy enough for your child to do—and to do well. It’s portable, and a dessert that kids like (but it’s not chocolate).
Rice Krispies Treats
PAN: 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan: coat with cooking spray or other grease
~In large pan melt butter over low heat.
~Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
~Add Rice Krispies cereal and stir until well coated. DO THIS QUICKLY
~ Put a little water on your hands before placing the mixture in the pan and use a spatula or waxed paper to evenly press the mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray.
~Cool then cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.
Basic Apple Crisp Ingredients
4 medium tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups) 3/4 c packed brown sugar 1/2 c all-purpose flour 1/2 c quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats 1/3 c butter or margarine, softened 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
~ Heat oven to 375ºF.
Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.
~ Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples. ~Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream.
Chili in a Slow Cooker
(but can be made on the stove)
Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 3/4 cup diced onion 3/4 cup diced green bell pepper (optional) 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 (10.75 ounce) cans tomato puree 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained 1/2 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon salt
These seasonings to taste: 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley 3/4 teaspoon dried basil 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Directions In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef for 5 to 10 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to a slow cooker. Add the onion, green bell peppers, beans and tomatoes to the slow cooker. Add seasonings & chili powder to taste. Cook on high setting for 4 hours, or until all vegetables are tender.
Ann Tilton Higgins, from the New York Times, June 1967.
Sour Cream Coffeecake
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a greased and floured bundt pan.
1 cup butter
2 cups PLUS 4 tsp sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
1 tsp cinnamon
~Cream together butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
~Beat eggs into mixture, one at a time, very well.
~Fold into mixture the sour cream and the vanilla.
~Sift in separate bowl flour, baking powder and salt.
~Fold in this flour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture.
~In separate bowl, combine the 4 tsp sugar, the nuts and the cinnamon, mix, set aside.
Place about 1/3 of the batter in the greased bundt pan, then sprinkle the top with 3/4 of the cinnamon/nut mixture.
Spoon remaining batter into pan.
Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon/nut mixture.
Bake about 60 minutes or until done.
(Warning: you may get addicted to this coffeecake!)
Ann Charity Higgins,- from the Albany New York, Times Union, 1987
Jeremy's Toll House Pie (chocolate chip)
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F Ingredients:
One 9-inch _deep-dish_ pre-made pie crust, unbaked
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
10 ounces chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup butter or margarine, melted and cooled
~ Blend together the flour and both sugars
~Whip eggs until foamy and gradually stir in the flour/sugars mixture from step 1.
~ Mix all until the batter is smooth.
~ Add the melted butter.
~ Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
~ Pour batter into the unbaked pie crust.
~ Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes.
Best served warm (nice with ice cream)
Ingredients 6 strips of bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces 2 c sliced onions (in rings) 1/4 c. butter 1 cup saltine cracker, crushed into small crumbs 1/2 lb cheese, sliced 2 large eggs, slightly beaten 3/4 c milk For seasoning: salt, black pepper and parsley flakes ----- Partially cook bacon and remove from skillet, add the onion rings to the bacon fat and cook until golden. Add bacon (now in pieces) to onions and set aside. To the slightly-beaten eggs, add the milk. -- ~ Melt butter in a 10-inch ovenproof dish. ~ Add cracker crumbs and pat firmly into the bottom of the dish (as if making crust) ~ Line the dish with cheese slices. ~ Spread over this the bacon & onion mixture. ~ Pour over all the eggs & milk mixture. ~ Dust with salt, pepper and parsley.
~ Bake at 350 degrees F about 30 minutes. ~ Serves 4-6 people.