Category Archives: Church Pot Luck

Intense Chocolate Cake

2-1/2 cups milk
1 cup butter, cubed
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

FILLING:
6 tablespoons butter, cubed
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

GANACHE:
10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

In a large saucepan, cook the milk, butter and chocolate over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat; let stand for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat eggs and vanilla; stir in chocolate mixture until smooth. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into the mixture (batter will be thin). Transfer to three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For filling, in a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and cream until smooth.

For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool, stirring occasionally, until ganache reaches a spreading consistency.

Set aside 1/2 cup filling for garnish. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of the remaining filling. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread ganache over top and sides of cake. Decorate with reserved filling. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 16 servings.

Apple Cookies

1/2 cup shortening
1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup finely diced peeled apple
1 cup raisins

GLAZE (Optional):
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 to 4 teaspoons milk

In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and milk. Combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in walnuts, apple and raisins.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks.

In a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and enough milk to achieve drizzling consistency. Drizzle over warm cookies. Yield: about 4 dozen.

Banana Nut Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup mashed bananas (2-3 medium)
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
3 Tbsp. milk
2 eggs
1 cup coarsley chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two loaf pans by spraying them with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour, the sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add mashed bananas, margaine or butter, and milk. Beat with an electric mixer on low setting until blended, then beat on high for 2 minutes. Add eggs and remaining 1 cup of flour, and beat until well blended. Stir in the walnuts.

Pour equal amounts of batter into the two loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.

To make these up to one month ahead, simply bake the loaves and cool completely. Place each loaf in a freezer bag and freeze up to one month. Thaw for 1 hour at room temperature before slicing.

Libby’s Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes

5 lbs. potatoes, peeled
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
1 small carton sour cream
1 teaspoon. salt (put in water while cooking potatoes)
1 Tablespoon salt (add while mashing)
1/4 Tablespoon pepper
1/2 stick margarine or butter

Cook potatoes in salted water until done.
Drain and mash until smooth.
Add ingredients to mashed potatoes and beat until light and fluffy.
Put in casserole and cover. Put in refrigerator.

Use any time within two weeks or freeze to keep longer.

When ready to use, place in oven at 250 degrees and heat until heated completely. When heating frozen potatoes, let thaw partially before placing in oven. It takes quite a while to get them heated thru.

Very good, and the mess is cleaned up weeks before the party!

Easy Layered Pumpkin Cheese Pie

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. milk, divided
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
1 prepared graham cracker pie crust
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) vanilla instant pudding
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 Tbsp. milk and sugar with whisk until blended. Stir in half of the Cool Whip. Spread into prepared pie crust.

Whisk together the remaining milk, pumpkin, dry pudding mixes and spices until thoroughly combined. Mixture will be thick. Spread over cream cheese layer.

Refrigerate at least 4 hours or until firm. Serve with remaining Cool Whip.

Corn Casserole

1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 can (16 oz.) whole kernel corn, drained
1 package (8 oz.) corn muffin mix
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 can (2.8 oz. or about 1 1/3 cups) French fried onions

Heat oven to 35 degrees F. Spray non-stick spray in a 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish.

Beat together soup, milk and eggs in medium bowl using a fork or whisk. Stir in the corn, corn muffin mix, cheese, and 2/3 cup of the onions. Pour the soup mixture into the casserole.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the mixture is hot. Top with remaining onions and back for another 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown.

Lime Poke Cake

Cake:
1 box white cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 eggs

Lime Filling:
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
4 drops yellow food color
1 drop green food color

Frosting:
1 small container whipped topping
grated lime peel for garnish

Heat oven to 350°F for shiny metal or glass pan (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13×9-inch pan with non-stick spray.

In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.

Bake 26 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. With handle of wooden spoon (1/4 to 1/2 inch in diameter), poke holes almost to bottom of cake every 1/2 inch, wiping spoon handle occasionally to reduce sticking.

In medium bowl, stir together filling ingredients (mixture will thicken). Pour over cake; spread evenly over surface, working back and forth to fill holes. (Some filling should remain on top of cake.) Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Spread whipped topping over cake; sprinkle with lime peel. Add other garnish (lime slices, strawberries, etc.), as desired. Store covered in refrigerator.

Summer Slaw

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
1 package (16 ounces) coleslaw mix
2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, oil, water, salt,
pepper and pepper flakes if desired. Cook and stir over medium heat
until mixture comes to a boil. Cook 2 minutes longer or until sugar
is dissolved. Cool to room temperature, stirring several times.

In a large salad bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, tomatoes, onion,
peppers and pickle relish. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Cover
and refrigerate overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 10-12
servings.

Impossible Coconut Pie

1 cup flaked or shredded coconut
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch pie plate with shortening or cooking spray.

In medium bowl, stir all ingredients until blended. Pour into pie plate.

Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

Orange Fluff Salad

1 (12 ounces) carton small curd cottage cheese
1 (3 ounces) package orange gelatin
1 (11 ounces) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (15 ounces) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 (8 ounces) carton Cool Whip

In a large mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese and dry orange gelatin and mix well. Stir in Mandarin oranges, pineapple, coconut, and pecans. Fold in Cool Whip. Refrigerate.

Serve in a pretty clear bowl to show it off.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings