Friday, January 31, 2020

Valentine Cutie Pies

Little pies,  filled with jam,
Grandkids and children will 
love these handheld pies.
I used basic shortbread cookie
 recipe and filled 
them with my homemade 

raspberry jam.

I had seen a similar recipe of these made 
with piecrust, but I though they would taste
 so much better made with shortbread dough.

No kidding, they melt in your mouth good.


Basic shortbread dough.

2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Jam for filling.

Directions for making the dough

In a bowl whisk the flour with
 the salt, set aside.

With an electric beater or 
hand beater, beat the butter
until smooth (about 1 minute).

Add the icing sugar and 
beat until smooth (about 2 minutes)
Beat in the vanilla extract.

Gently stir in the flour mixture 
just until incorporated.

I used 1/2 of my dough
 for these Cutie Pies

Line two baking sheets
 with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface,

 roll out the dough until 
it is about 1/8 inch thick.

Cut out the cookies with
 a round cookie cutter. 
Divide the cut~out cookies into 2

Flatten the dough into a disk shape, 
wrap in plastic wrap, and 
chill the dough for at least an hour.
 and the other half I used for 
Valentine Sweet-Hearts
another cookies shown below,
 and cut the top ones with 
a small heart cookie cutter.

Knead the leftover scraps of dough
into a ball and roll out again.
Spread some jam on each of 
the cookie bottoms.
 (I use raspberry)

Set a cutout cookie on top of the bottom.
Press around the edges with
 a fork to seal them.

Place the unbaked cookies on
a baking sheet in the refrigerator
 for about 15 minutes.
This will firm up the dough so the
cookies will maintain their shape
when baking. 
Bake at 350deg.F for about 15-20 minutes
or until cookie edges are lightly browned.

I sprinkled some with powdered 
sugar/icing sugar.
I placed the small heart cookie cutter, 
covered with saran wrap,  
over the jam area
as not to get any powdered sugar on it.

Fun to make and oh so good....

To view my blog on, 
 Valentine Sweet~Hearts,
(shortbread cookies, 
filled with strawberry, 
raspberry, apricot and 
wild blueberry jam,) click here.

Thanks for your visit xo

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Asian Instant Noodles

So simple and fast to make
and taste so delicious...
Instant noodles or any other noodles
may be used for this recipe.

Serve as a side dish or
add beef, chicken, fish or pork.
I uses the instant ramen noodles and throw 
away the packet of spices that come with them.


2 packets ramen or other instant noodles
227g mushrooms, (about 13) sliced
or can mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine.
2 celery stocks, chopped
(Optional) 1/2 green pepper, chopped
6 green onion, reserve the
 green ends for later.
2 cups water, or a broth.

The Sauce
1 tbsp Dark Soy sauce
1 tbsp Oyster sauce
2 tsp Hoisin sauce
1 tbsp Mirin sauce.

Mix all the sauces together.

Rinse the mushrooms in cold water,
cut off the hard stem,
 wipe dry with scott towel,

Slice the mushrooms.
I slice them with an egg slicer.


In a large skillet with 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil, fry the vegetables.
mushrooms, garlic, celery, green pepper, and onions, 

Empty sauce in 2 cups of water or stock. 
I used Mushroom Broth,
and sometimes beef broth.

Add the sauce to the cooked vegetables in the skillet.
Push aside the vegetables and add the noodles in the middle.
Cook for approx. 1 minute.

Turn them over and cook on the other side for another minute.

Mix the noodles and vegetables together.
Add the green onion ends and cook  for a few minutes.

Made with leftover pork

Made with chicken. 

Thanks for your visit xo

Monday, January 27, 2020

Classic Dark Fruitcake

Dark, moist and rich with dried and
 candied fruits, nuts, spices and molasses
 makes this cake my favourite fruitcake. 

Fruitcake has been a tradition
 in my family for many yrs. 
After we left home, 
If we couldn't get home for Christmas,
my Mom would mail us a homemade fruitcake

My Mom is no longer with us
 so I decided to make it this year.

Unfortunately, I don't have my Mom's recipe.
I adapted this recipes from a 
Newfoundland blog,
I altered the fruit to my likes.
This is a large recipe and I prepare all
the ingredients beforehand.

1 cup chopped dates
1 cups chopped dried prunes
1 1/2 cups dark raisins.
1 1/4 golden raisins.
1 1/4 cup currants
1/2 cup chopped apricots.

3/4 cup butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses

1/2 cup coffee liqueur or... 
1/2 cup strong black coffee.
Zest and juice of 2 oranges.

1 cup chopped green and 
red glaced cherries - 1/2 cup of each.
1/2 cup candied citrus peel
1/2  mixed fruit
1 cup toasted pecans chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts.

2 tsp allspice
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp powdered ginger
(I leave ginger out because of allergies)
1 tsp cloves
2 tsp nutmeg

3 eggs

1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
3 tbsp. cocoa 
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda.

I prepare and assemble my ingredients together.
The dates, prunes, raisins, currents, and apricots, 

Butter, molasses and brown sugar

Red and green cherries, citrus peel, and the mixed fruit, 

The flour, the ground almond, cocoa, baking powder,
 baking soda also the nuts all in the same bowl.


Preheat oven to 300 deg.F
Prepare your pans.

I used two 9x5 loaf pans and 1 small pan
I greased them and lined with 
waxed paper (or parchment paper)

In a large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat
 and add the raisins, dates, prunes,
 currants, apricots, brown sugar, molasses, 
 spices, coffee liqueur  (or coffee) and 
the orange zest and juice.

Bring to a gentle boil and  
simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to
 cool for 30-45 minutes.

When cooled, stir in the beaten eggs.

Add in the flour, ground almonds, 
cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, chopped pecan 
and walnuts, and add all 
to the cooled mixture above.

Add the cherries, citrus peel, and the mixed fruit 

Pour in the pans and decorate the top with
 pecan halves, (or sliced almonds) and cherries.

Bake 300 degF.  for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. 
depending on the size of your pan.
Do the toothpick test. Insert a toothpick in
 the middle of the cake and if it
 comes out clean, your cake is done. 

Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack before removing.

Add booze, helps preserve the cake.
Poke small holes with a toothpick
 into the cooled cake,  and pour 2 - 3 tbsps of brandy, 
dark rum or whiskey in the holes.
Wrap in cheesecloth and foil.
This will preserve the cake for several months.

Apricot Brandy

Wrap in Cheesecloth

The cake can also be served with a 

glaze of equal parts of water and 
sugar boiled together for approx. 10-15 minutes.


My light fruitcake contains only fruit and no spices.
Light, moist and packed with fruit.
To view, click here. 

It was a rewarding experience
 making these fruitcakes for the first time.
I understand my Mom's "labour of love"
and I'm grateful that she made this a family tradition. 

Many thanks to the 
Sherbrooke Record Newspaper.
for featuring this post.

Thanks for your visit xo