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Honey Bun Cake

DSCN2324This is definitely not your ordinary yellow cake dessert! You’ll love the rich cinnamon brown sugar center and just the right amount of glaze! A real lip-smacking dessert your family is sure to enjoy!

1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs
2/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
3/4 cup water
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup packed brown sugar
2-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a large mixer bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and water; beat at medium speed of mixer until smooth (about 2 minutes).
Pour 1/2 the batter into a greased and floured 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

2. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and brown sugar; blend well. Sprinkle evenly over batter in baking pan. Pour the remaining batter over the sugar mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 to 45 minutes.

3. While cake is baking, combine the confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla extract i9n a small bowl. When cake is finished baking, punch holes over the surface of the cake using a fork. Pour the sugar glaze evenly over the top of cake; let stand to allow glaze to seep down into the holes. Cool; cut into squares to serve. Makes 20 to 24 squares.



Other Names for Sugar

aother Names for SugarDSCN2054If you are one of the millions of people who are becoming concerned by the amount of sugar that we find in virtually everything we buy, with the exception of fresh fruits and vegetables, you will find the following list unbelievable! I was totally amazed by how many different names there are for sugar. When you read the ingredient labels of foods you buy, watch for these other names for sugar!

Barley Malt
Beet Sugar
Brown Sugar
Buttered Syrup
Cane-Juice Crystals
Cane Sugar
Carob Syrup sugar, brown sugar,
Corn Syrup Solids
Date Sugar
Diastatic Malt
Ethyl Maltol
Evaporated Cane Juice
Fruit Juice
Fruit Juice Concentrate
Glucose Solids
Golden Sugar
Golden Syrup
Grape Sugar
High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Invert Sugar
Malt Syrup
Raw Sugar
Refiner’s Syrup
Sorghum Syrup
Turbinado Sugar
Yellow Sugar

After reading this extensive list of names for sugar, I began to read the ingredients labels on some of the foods in my pantry. I actually found as many as 4 of these in the same product! Is it any wonder that we have a nation of obese and overweight people! Not to mention so many with the terrible disease, type 2 diabetes! Perhaps our medical and health organizations should take a closer look at the food manufacturing industry and find out why it is necessary to fill our food supply with such excessive amounts of sugar! Could it have any anything to do with the addictive nature of sugar?



Whole Wheat & Oat Muffins

Whole Grain & Oat MuffinsI made a batch of these for breakfast this morning and they were a big hit! All the goodness of whole wheat and oats in a mouth-watering, delicious muffin!

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats, quick cooking or old-fashioned
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts, (I used walnuts)
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons olive or canola oil

1. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, including the raisins, coconut and chopped nuts.

2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add the egg, milk and oil; blend only until moistened.

3. Fill greased muffin cups 1/2 full with mixture. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 to 17 minutes. Makes 12 to 16 muffins.



Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie

Delicious cinnamon-apple filling in a buttery crumb crust makes this apple pie the perfect dessert for any occasion!

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1-1/4 cups cold water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups chopped peeled tart apples
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, oats and melted butter or margarine until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup; press remaining crumb mixture into bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9-inch pie plate; set aside.

2. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the apples and vanilla extract.

3. Pour apple mixture into the prepared crust; top with the reserved 1 cup crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes 8 servings.



Cranberry Cheese Bars

Cranberry Cheese BarsThese rich, creamy and delicious dessert bars are perfect for satisfying your family’s sweet tooth!

2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk*
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 (16 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce

1. In a large mixer bowl, combine the flour, oats, 3/4 cup of brown sugar and butter or margarine; mix until crumbly. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of crumb mixture; press remainder firmly on bottom of greased 13×9-inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

2. In a small mixer bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stir in lemon juice. Spread mixture evenly over prepared crust.

3. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar and cornstarch; stir in cranberry sauce. Spoon mixture evenly over cheese layer. Top with the reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until golden. Cool and chill. Store covered in refrigerator. Makes 24 to 36 bars.

* Do Not use evaporated milk!



“Best Ever” Baked Beans

"Best Ever" Baked BeansMy baked bean recipe has been a big hit every time I have made it. It is so incredibly easy to make and tastes like it took hours to prepare! Serve some to your family and friends and take all the credit for the ooh’s and aah’s you will hear! By the way, it tastes even better the next day. Just reheat in the microwave until hot, and enjoy!

4 (16 ounce) cans pork and beans (any brand) drained
1 (18 ounce) bottle honey hickory flavor barbecue sauce, (I prefer Hunts)
2 teaspoons minced onion
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1. Empty drained pork and beans into a 2 quart baking dish. Stir in the barbecue sauce, minced onion and brown sugar.

2. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degree F  for 30-40 minutes. Let stand in dish for 10-15 minutes before serving. Makes 6-8 servings.