Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Christmas Morning Treat

Apple Pecan Turnover
          These turnovers are easy and quick to make. Only take 10 to 12 minutes to bake. They can be baked Christmas morning or made ahead of time and warmed in the microwave. A great treat to snack on while everyone is opening presents.

¼ c. butter, melted
1 (8-ounce) can refrigerator crescent rolls
¼ c. packed brown sugar
¼ c. cinnamon
1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 (1/2-inch) slices
⅓ c. chopped pecans
1 (15 oz.) can vanilla frosting
¾  to 1 c. milk
          Preheat your oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, melt butter. Arrange crescent roll triangles on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush melted over surface of each triangle. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon lightly over each triangle. Sprinkle each triangle evenly with the chopped pecans. Place an apple slice on the wide end of each triangle. Wrap dough triangle around each apple to form crescent roll shape. Brush each crescent roll with remaining butter. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 5 min. Drizzle icing over rolls. Yields: 8 servings.
Vanilla Icing: Scrape icing into a medium bowl; add milk and mix. Icing should be thin. If needed, add more milk and mix. This will make more icing than you will need so store leftover icing in refrigerator. Yield: 2 ½ cups.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cranberry-Pecan Holiday Salad

This is a great holiday salad - even people who don't like cranberries will love this! Excellent with turkey or ham.

1 (12 to 16 oz.) package cranberries
1 c. sugar
1 (3 oz.) package cranberry gelatin (if not available use black cherry)
1 c. boiling water
1 c. broken pecans
Sour cream or whipped cream for garnish
      Wash cranberries and discard any soft or spoiled berries. Grind remaining cranberries in a food processor. Pour berries in a medium bowl. Add sugar and mix until dissolved. Stir in nuts. In the microwave, heat water to boiling in a glass (microwave safe) measuring cup. Dissolve gelatin in the hot water. Let mixture cool until it’s just warm. Pour gelatin liquid over cranberry mixture and stir well. Refrigerate until completely set. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or whipped cream. Yield: 12 servings.