Thursday, November 15, 2018

Yam Pecan Casserole

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
3½ lbs yams or sweet potatoes
4 T butter or margarine, melted
1 egg, beaten
½ C milk
⅓ C dark brown sugar

3 T butter or margarine, softened
3 T flour
6 T dark brown sugar
¾ C pecans, coarsely chopped
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp vanilla

Bake yams or sweet potatoes with skins on at 400° for approximately 40 to 50 minutes, or until tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Decrease oven temperature to 375°. Scoop out pulp from cooled yams or potatoes and place in a large bowl. (There should be about 4 cups.) Mash until very smooth. Add melted butter or margarine, egg, brown sugar and milk which has been heated on top of stove or in microwave. Blend well and then spread into a greased 7"x11" casserole dish. Make topping by combining butter or margarine, flour and brown sugar. Add remaining topping ingredients. Sprinkle over yam or potato mixture in casserole. Bake for 30 minutes at 375° or until topping is crusty. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.
Microwave: To cook 2 pounds yams or sweet potatoes, prick with tines of a fork, set on paper towel and cook on high for 13 to 15 minutes. If cooking more than 2 pounds, place yams or potatoes in a circular pattern in microwave and adjust time accordingly.

Hint: This casserole may be completely assembled hours before your family or guests sit down to dinner. It is perfect for holiday dinners or buffets.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Cidered Baked French Toast

© "So Easy, So Delicious"
4 slices cinnamon-raisin bread
2 eggs
1/2 C apple cider or apple juice
2 T sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Confectioners’ sugar, for sprinkling on top

Place bread in a 9-inch square baking pan. Whisk together eggs, cider, sugar and vanilla until well blended. Pour this mixture over the bread. Let stand, turning once, until egg mixture is absorbed, about 5 to 10 minutes. Place bread slices on a cookie sheet that has been greased or sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 12 minutes and turn slices. Continue baking until puffed and golden, approximately 12 additional minutes. Serve with applesauce or with confectioners’ sugar sprinkled on top.

Hint: If you don’t have raisin bread, use plain bread and add 2 tablespoons raisins to the egg mixture. This recipe is lower in fat than traditional French toast because it is baked rather than fried. Also, egg substitutes can be used. People who are lactose intolerant will appreciate the fact that this is made with cider instead of milk.