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Ricotta Kisses, Italian Style, For Your Honey On Valentine’s

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Italian Kisses

Ricotta Kisses, Italian Style, For Your Honey on Valentine’s  

Easy to whip up and yummy to eat, this will certainly be a treat for you and your honey. Celebrate Valentine’s here in the good ole’ US of A with an Italian twist (Baci Di Ricotta). This recipe can make about 30-40 kisses and goes very well with coffee, espresso or even a nice liqueur.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 Tsp. vanilla extract –but this can vary like almond, rum, liquorish, etc. Use your imagination.
  • 1/2 C. flour (best to use unbleached flour but all purpose also will do)
  • 1 ½ Tsp. baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tblsp. sugar (superfine is the best but regular if sifted is OK)
  • 1/2 Tsp. ground cinnamon but again you can vary like nutmeg, etc.
  • Grated orange or lemon zest (optional)
  • Vegetable oil for frying—I use Canola oil
  • Confectioner’s sugar for last minute dusting

Instructions:

  • In a medium bowl and with a whisk (or you can use your electric beater) beat the egg and then add the ricotta and extract.
  • Place the dry ingredients in a sifter
  • When the liquid mixture is blended till smooth sift in the dry ingredients and mix again so that you have a smooth batter.
  • Next is the slightly tricky part, but fear not, you can do it.
  • Pour the canola oil in a large skillet so that there is about 3/4 inch of oil in it and heat oil over medium heat till the oil is about 350F degrees if you have a candy thermometer, or when you drop a small piece of bread in the oil, the bread will be browned in 40 seconds or so. At this point, test one kiss to see that it does not brown too fast and too much. If it does, turn the heat down, wait a minute and try another kiss. You want your oil to be just perfect heat wise. Visually, your kisses should puff and turn golden brown on one side after about one minute—and then when you turn it over with a slotted spoon, it should brown in another minute.
  • Place about 5 or 6 kisses at one time in your pan so that you are not overwhelmed.
  • When your kisses are browned nicely, place them on a paper toweled lined platter to drain.
  • Let them rest for several minutes; pile them on a pretty platter in a rough pyramid and sprinkle, through a fine-meshed sieve, some confectioner’s sugar over them.
  • Happy Valentine’s and Buon Appetito.
  • These kisses are best devoured immediately; however you can pop them, PRE-SUGARED, on a wire rack over a cookie sheet in a 300F oven and keep them warm for up to 1 hour.
  • As well, I have stored left-over’s in my refrigerator in a closed container and then the next day reheated them on some foil in a 300F oven for about 10 minutes and they certainly still tasted good; not as good as when first cooked but good enough. So, don’t throw those left-over’s away—that is if you have any.

 

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Victorian Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Icing

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Victorian Lavender Cookies with Rose Water Icing

Makes 4 dozen cookies

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This is another cookie that I served at the Sept. 22, 2013 Sun Valley Harvest Festival’s Grand Tasting.  It was a big hit.  The combination of the lavender and rose water is so beautiful and tasty.  I have frozen these cookies with the icing and they taste just fine; however the rose water icing doesn’t seem to have as strong a smell as when first put on but it still tastes like rose water.

Ingredients for the cookies:

  1. 1/2 C. Sweet Butter
  2. 1 C. Bakers Sugar
  3. 2 Eggs
  4. 1 Tsp. Culinary Lavender, crushed
  5. 1 ½ C. flour
  6. 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  7. 1/4 Tsp. Salt

Directions for the cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and lavender.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together and add to the butter, etc. mixture.
  4. Drop by teaspoons onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.  I lined mine 3 across because they do spread out flat-about 2” or so.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes.  Watch carefully to see that the bottoms don’t get too brown.  Mine here took about 8-9 minutes.
  6. Let cookies sit a minute on the cookie sheet and finishing cooling them on racks.

Ingredients for the Rose Water Icing: (I started with ½ of this recipe and that’s about all I used.  You may want more though.)

  1. 2 C. Powdered Sugar
  2. 5 ½ Tsp. water
  3. 6 ½ Tsp. Rose Water (can be procured at Atkinsons’-about $5)

Icing Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar with the water and rose water.

Finishing Directions:

  1. When the cookies have cooled, drizzle over them the icing.

 

Lavender Shortbread Bites

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Lavender Shortbread Bites

Makes about 40 square 1 inch bites

 Here’s an easy and yummy recipe to make for all the little goblins that come visiting you on Halloween or anytime for that matter.  You don’t have to put in lavender, however I did and presented this as an appetizer course at my presentation at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival’s Grand Tasting last Sept. 22nd.  I thought that the lavender gave it a nice little tasty twist but use your imagination for another like ingredient if you wish such as cinnamon, rosemary, etc.

 Ingredients:

  1. 1 ¼ C all-purpose flour
  2. 3 Tblsp. sugar
  3. 1/2 C. butter at room temp is best (1 cube and I used salt-free)
  4. 2 Tsp. dried lavender
  5. 2-3 Tsp. Lemon zest (or grated lemon rind-finely or not is up to you.)
  6. Sifted powder sugar for final dusting when bites are done

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, lavender and lemon till blended.
  3. Using a pasty cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the dry, lemon, lavender ingredients till the mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling.
  4. Form mixture with your hands into a ball and knead till smooth (this won’t take long).
  5. Roll or pat dough on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.  I patted the dough on the cookie sheet sized parchment paper on my counter top and placed some saran rap (or another piece of parchment paper would do) on top. I then rolled the dough to my desired thickness.  The recommended rolled size could be anywhere from 8 X 5 inches to 12 X 10 inches.  I do the 12 X 10 inches but if you want thicker cookies, your roll size should be smaller.  When you have finished rolling the dough, place the bottom parchment paper with the dough on your cookie sheet. Discard the top saran rap sheet. Then cut/score through the dough into the size cookies you wish.  I made 1” bites.
  6. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes or till lightly browned on top.
  7. Remove from oven, let sit for just a bit and then break the bites apart gently and transfer them to a wire rack to cool.  If you place some paper towels or something similar under the wire rack, it’ll be a breeze to dust them with the powder sugar if you wish to do that.
  8. Store the bites in a tightly covered container for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months (thaw before serving).
  9. Try hard not to eat them all at once.

Patty’s Plumped Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

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raisinsPatty’s Plumped Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Makes about 45 two-inch round cookies

I was over at Patty’s helping her do a little cooking.  She’s a terrific cook herself having been a home economics teacher, but she had a little handicap—a broken clavicle.  OUCH!!!  She introduced me to these fabulous cookies that her son, at age 7, (some 50 years ago) had introduced to her.  He had cut out this recipe from a magazine and asked mom to make them.  So, there you go; even younglings read recipes.  I think that these cookies turned out really tasty—and probably just due to one unique factor: the plumping of the raisins.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Cube of butter, softened—sweet or salt your choice
  2. 1/2 C. Brown sugar-dark or light—up to you
  3. 1/2 C. White granulated sugar
  4. 1 Egg
  5. 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  6. 1 C. Flour
  7. 1 Tsp. Baking soda
  8. 1 Tsp. Ground cinnamon (optional)
  9. 2 C. Quick cooking oats
  10. 1 C. Plumped raisins (let the raisins sit in warm water for about an hour or so)
  11. 1/2 C. chocolate chips-optional–however if you do use them, reduce the amount of raisins to about 3/4 C.

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, cream the butter and the 2 sugars. (You can cream by hand with a fork or with a mixer.)
  3. In a small cup, beat the egg with the vanilla (you can use a fork or a whisk) and add to batter. Mix well.
  4.  Whisk the flour with the soda and cinnamon and add to the batter.
  5. Add the oats to the batter.
  6. Drain the raisins and add them to the batter.
  7. The batter will be very thick, so it’s easiest to form 1- inch balls with your hands and place them on Teflon cookie sheets or sheets which are lined with parchment paper. You can line the balls up 3 in a row in a line of 5.
  8. Bake in pre-heated oven for about 12- 14 minutes.
  9. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then remove to a rack to cooPatty's Cookies 1 Patty's Cookies 2l.
  10. Try not to eat them all at once.
  11. For a little variation, try putting 1/2 Tsp. vanilla and 1/2 Tsp. almond with butterscotch chips and milk chocolate chips along with 1/4 Tsp. anise seeds.  You can even introduce shredded coconut and chopped nuts.  It’s a very versatile recipe.

Marmalade Drop Cookies–Quick, Easy and Yummy

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Marmalade Drop Cookies

24 cookies

Here is an easy and yummy cookie to make for your family and friends.  They also look pretty.

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 C. unsalted butter (1 cube), softened
  2. 1/4 C. sugar
  3. 3 Tblsp. sugar on a plate for dipping the dough
  4. 1 egg yolk, beaten with the following:
    1. 1 Tblsp. lemon juice
    2. 1 Tsp. grated lemon peel
    3. 1 Tsp. vanilla extract
    4. 1/4 Tsp. almond extract
  5. 1 C. plus 1 Tblsp. flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  3. Beat  softened butter and 1/4 C. sugar with electric beater and when smooth, add the egg yolk mixture.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, place the flour and then mix the butter mixture into it until a smooth dough forms.
  5. Form the dough into about 24 small balls and roll in the plated sugar before placing them on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Lastly, make an indentation in each ball with your finger or thumb.
  6. Place on middle oven rack and bake until tops are lightly golden, about 24 minutes.
  7. Cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to a platter.
  8. Place some marmalade or jam of your choice in each indentation. If you wish, you can further decorate with some powdered sugar and sliced almonds.

Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bars

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Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bars

Makes 24 to 36 bars

This is a wicked recipe so it’s perfect for your most precious Halloween goblins and yourself as well. Don’t bother counting the calories here; just enjoy these bars in small tasty, luscious, lingering bites.  But remember, it’s also good for Christmas gifts and for Valentines.  Enjoy no matter when————–

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs

1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT EVAPORATED MILK!)

1 C. (6 oz) Butterscotch Chips

1 C  (6 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 1/3 C. Sweetened Coconut Flakes

1 C. chopped nuts (walnuts are always good but sometimes I use almonds)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 for a 13 X 9 inch glass dish and 350 for a 13 X 9 inch metal pan.
  2. Use either a 13 X 9 inch glass or a metal baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper and if the pan sides are not totally covered with the paper, pan spray them.
  3. Melt the cube of butter (micro is about 1 minute) and pour it evenly over the bottom of your lined pan.
  4. Top the butter evenly with the graham crumbs.
  5. With the remaining ingredients in the order listed above, top the graham cracker layer and when finished, press down firmly with a potato masher or fork.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes in either the 325 or 350 oven till the top is lightly brown.  That is always a bit hard to tell but usually 25 minutes is perfect.
  7. Cool in the dish on your counter top.  When cooled, score the top to mark out the size bars you wish.
  8. Then refrigerate before cutting totally for easier release.
  9. Store tightly covered or in a tin at room temperature.

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Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share.

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

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lavenderLavender Shortbread Cookies

(Makes 24 cookies)

Yes, soothing lavender!!  Having lived in Paso Robles for a bit, I really enjoyed growing lavender in my yard.  Lavender and rosemary love the Paso climates and soils.  They are to be found in abundance everywhere in that location.  As you can imagine, the smells were divine.  Now in Paso, they even feature during the summer, a Lavender faire where you can taste some lavender ice cream among other goodies.  So, thinking about a little desert item for our Pavilion picnickers here’s a little unusual recipe I thought you’d all enjoy. Don’t overdo the amount of lavender because all you want is a little hint of taste; too much will cause an overpowering bitter taste.  So, if you feel like only adding 1 Tblsp. fresh or 1 Tsp. dried, that will probably be just fine.

Ingredients:

1 ½ C. softened regular butter

2/3 C. white sugar

¼ C. sifted confectioners’ sugar

2 Tblsp. or less of finely chopped fresh lavender or 1 Tblsp. or less of dried culinary lavender ground with a pestle in a mortar

1 Tblsp. chopped fresh mint leaves

1 tsp. grated lemon zest

2 ½ C. all-purpose flour

1/2 C. cornstarch

1/4 Tsp. salt

Directions:

1 .In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy.  Mix in the lavender, mint, and lemon zest.  Combine the flour, cornstarch and salt; mix into the batter until well blended.  Divide dough into two balls, wrap in plastic wrap and flatten to about 1 inch thick.  Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to ¼ inch thickness.  Cut into whatever shapes please you. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, just until cookies begin to brown at the edges.  Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

For easy access and printing of this and past recipes, visit Margot’s blog http://blog.tempinnkeeper.com  Call Margot for personal cooking help @ 721-3551.

Margot is a self-taught enthusiastic & passionate cook. Having been an inn-keeper for 5 years at her own inn, she accumulated a lot of good recipes which she loves to share.