Date and Pecan Passover Cookies

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1 Cup Chopped Dates
1 Cup Roughly Chopped Pecans
1 Cup Powdered (Icing) Sugar
1 Egg White

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl add the chopped dates, chopped pecans and powdered sugar.
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3. Mix well until all combined.
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4. Add the egg white and mix well.
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5. Place tablespoon sized scoops on a baking sheet spread an inch apart.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden.

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Carrot/Cheese Cake with an Orange Frosting

I found this recipe on Facebook. The author is Carlsbadcravings. I’ve made some changes to the method. I made it in Miami and found it to be dense so changed the Method. It is novel and delicious.
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INGREDIENTS
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt -can be low fat
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp orange extract
2 cups all purpose/cake flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 tbls ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 1/2 cups peeled and finely grated carrots
1 cup finely chopped pecans

CREAM CHEESE FILLING
8 oz (250g) cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbls all purpose (cake) flour

ORANGE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
4 oz (125g) cream cheese
2 tbls butter, softened
2 tbls orange juice
1 tbls orange zest
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp orange extract
2 cups powdered (icing) sugar
Chopped pecans to decorate

METHOD
1. Preheat oven to 350 (180) degrees. Butter and flour a 10″ bundt cake pan.
2. Make the cream cheese filling. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in remaining filling ingredients until smooth. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl beat the 4 eggs with the two sugars until light and fluffy. Add the oil and beat again. Add the yogurt,vanilla and orange extract and beat.
4. Sieve the dry ingredients and add to the wet beating till combined. Fold in the pecans & carrots.
5. Pour 2/3rds of the mixture into the bundt pan.
6. Using a spoon, gently place the cheese filling over the carrot mixture being careful not to touch the sides of the pan.
7. Cover with the rest of the carrot mixture.
8. Place in oven and bake for an hour. Turn the pan after 45 minutes. Check that a knife inserted is clean otherwise bake a little longer.
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.
10. To make the Orange glaze, using a hand beater cream together all the ingredients except the powdered(icing) sugar. Once creamy add the powdered(icing) sugar beating all the time.
11. Place on a plate and drizzle the glaze over the cake. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.IMG_8934

Coffee Cake

 

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INGREDIENTS

250 g (1/2lb) Butter
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Vanilla
2 cups Flour
5ml (1tsp) Ginger
5ml (1tsp) Cinnamon
5ml (1tsp) Baking Powder
5ml 1(1tsp) Bicarb
250ml (1 cup) Sour Cream
80g (1/2cup) Chopped Pecan Nuts
100g Handful of Raisins.

TOPPING

2 tbls Butter
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 cup Pecan Nuts

METHOD

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C (350F)
2. Cream butter and sugar very well.
3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat till very smooth.
4. In a separate bowl sift together the dry ingredients.
5. Add the dry ingredients and the sour cream to the wet mixture alternating between the two.
6. Fold in the pecans and raisins.
7. Pour into a large buttered glass dish or baking tray.
8. Mix the ingredients for the toppings in a small bowl.
9. Cover batter with the mixed topping.
10. Bake for 35 minutes till golden.
11. Serve with a steaming cup of coffee

Blue Cheese, Apple, Dried Fig and Apricot Salad

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INGREDIENTS
1 package mixed lettuce leaves​
2 red apples
1 tsp lemon juice
2/3 cup dried apricots
2/3 cup dried figs
1 cup roasted pecans​
1/2 cup blue cheese
1/4 large cucumber

DRESSING
¼ cup canola oil
2 tbls grape vinegar
¾ tsp mustard powder​
2 tbls sugar
Salt and freshly ground pepper

METHOD

  1. Lay lettuce leaves on a platter.
  2. Quarter apples and remove the core but leave skin on.
  3. Thinly slice the apples. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  4. Thinly slice apricots and figs and cucumber.
  5. Crumble blue cheese.
  6. Place apples, figs, apricots, cucumber, cheese and pecans on top of lettuce leaves.
  7. Combine all ingredients for the salad dressing in a small bowl and mix.
  8. Pour dressing over salad just before serving.