Dec 8, 2008

Holiday Recipes

Everyone likes a few new recipes to try during the holiday weeks or for their Christmas guests. I am posting three today that are tried and true wonderful! I hope you enjoy them.

This chocolate cake is absolutely to die for! It's an old Pillsbury Bake Off recipe, probably from the '60's. My mom made it every Christmas when I was a kid at home. It has several steps and looks involved, but it's worth it if you love chocolate AND coconut!

Chocolate Macaroon Cake
3eggs, separated
1 teaspoons vanilla
2 ¼ cups sugar, divided ½ cup, ½ cup, and 1 ¼ cups
2 cups coconut
2 cups flour and 1 tablespoon flour
¾ cup hot coffee
½ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon soda
½ cup sour cream
½ cup Crisco
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare coconut mixture:
Beat 1 egg white with 1 teaspoon vanilla until soft peaks form. Add ½ cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Stir in coconut and 1 tablespoon flour; set aside. Dissolve coffee in cocoa; set aside. Beat 3 egg whites until soft mounds form, add ½ cup sugar; continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Add soda to sour cream; set aside.

Cake Batter:
Beat 1 ¼ cups sugar with Crisco, all egg yolks, salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and ½ the coca/coffee mixture. Beat until light and creamy. Add 2 cups flour, sour cream, and remaining cocoa mixture; blend well. Fold in beaten 3 egg whites. Turn half of the cake batter into a greased, floured tube pan. Top with ½ coconut mixture. Turn in remaining half cake batter and then top with remaining ½ coconut mixture. Bake cake at 350 degrees for 55-65 minutes. Cool before removing from pan. Frost or glaze if desired.

This pie was my grandmother's recipe. She made it for her family when my mother was a child. It's easy and wonderful.

Grandmother’s Coconut Buttermilk Custard Pie
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
¾ stick melted butter
½ cup buttermilk (be generous with your ½ cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups Angel Flake Coconut
9 inch unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix eggs with a whisk, add all remaining ingredients except coconut and mix again. Stir in coconut. Pour into prepared, unbaked pie crust. Bake at 325 for 45 - 50 minutes. Cool before serving. This pie is best served the day it is baked.

I have made this cheesecake for so long I no longer remember where I got the recipe, but if I say so myself, it's the best I've ever had! I hope you agree.

Kathy's Famous Cheesecake
1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup melted butter
Stir together and press into bottom of 9 inch spring form pan. Don't bake the crust at this point.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cheesecake Filling:
3, 8 ounce packages cream cheese
¾ cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla

Beat the cream cheese, ¾ cup sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla together until smooth with mixer. Pour into 9 inch spring form pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 - 40 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle comes out fairly clean. Ten minutes before time is up for baking, stir together 1 cup sour cream, ½ cup sugar, and ½ teaspoon vanilla. Spread over top of cheesecake. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Chill; top with strawberries and prepared strawberry pie glaze.

A Tag and An Award

Mary, Seashore Days, passed on this tag and pretty Fairy Steps Blog Award to me. Visit "The Merry Mermaid" soon - she has a very interesting blog. She's an actress and posts lovely pictures and items about her life, family, and home.

According to the rules of acceptance of this award, it is to be passed on. Leave a comment to let them know they've been awarded, then you are tagged to list seven random things about yourself.

Seven Random Things About Myself:
1. I am in love with Richard Gere.
2. I am becoming my mother!
3. I was born on my father's birthday.
4. Can't do it, but I admit I'd like to wear a nightgown 24 hours a day!
5. A South African woman and I have written each other e-mails on a daily basis for 10 years.
6. My favorite old movie is Meet Me In St. Louis.
7. My favorite Christmas song is Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

I am passing the tag and award on to Bonnie, Interiors By Design and Brett, Southern Hostess.


Bonnie said...

Thank you so much, Kathy! How nice of you to give me an award. I loved your 7 things because I too am in love with Richard Gere, (Pretty Woman and Shall We Dance for starters), I am becoming my mother and would love to stay in my night gown 24/7 but can't! Thank you for your comments I rarely get any so I appreciate it. Thanks again, that was so sweet of you.

grey like snuffie said...

I'm thinking that once again my coconut loving daughter is going to appreciate your blog. That's so cool about your daily email friend in South Africa.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Love your new header and the Coconut Cream Pie recipe!! yummmmm

Glad you enjoyed the card! LOL!

Technonana said...

Good Morning Sweet Friend!! Thanks for the recipes!!
I have passed on the award you gave me, and I was excited to do so!! You will have to check out some of my sweet bloggy friends!!

Anonymous said...

Coconut - one of my favorite tastes of all time. This recipe sounds delicious. Looks like it's award season in blogland. Stop by my blog. I have a couple for you there.

celestina marie said...

Hi Kathy, wow those recipes sound wonderful.
Congrats on your award. I enjoyed reading the 7 things about you.
Hope you are enjoying the season.
See you again.
Hugs, Celestina

Sweetie said...

All of the recipes look good but I think that I'll try the cheesecake - my favorite. Congratulations on the lovely award. But - Richard Gere is mine!