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Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce

Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce: How-To

Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce

Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce

Pears are a favorite fruit at our home.  We like the Red Anjou Pear used in salads or fresh slices, though rarely cook with them.  Cinnamon spiced apple sauce is a favorite too, so decided why not make Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce.  I have several old cookbooks, 1940s, and 50s, they did not have recipes for pear sauce.  There was pear jam, preserves,  jelly or pears mixed with other fruits for chutneys.  So, I made the pear sauce as I do  spicy apple sauce.

 How-to  for making Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce

Red Anjou Pears

Red Anjou Pears

The Anjou pears are sweet and juicy as well nutritious. One fresh medium size pear has 100 calories. They are fat-free, cholesterol-free and sodium-free and provides soluble fiber.  Pears are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium.

These pears were from the local grocery, I don’t know where they are grown locally.   Wash them good to get any pesticides off the peel even before peeling them.

Peeled Anjou Pears

Peeled Anjou Pears

After peeling each, I put  them in a pan of water with a tablespoon of lemon juice to prevent the pears browning.  I find it easiest to use the vegetable peeler.  When all peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces before cooking.

While placing them in the sauce pan, water and seasons, a picture was forgotten.  I added enough water to cover and added another tablespoon of lemon juice to the water, again to prevent the browning, also adds a little extra flavor.  Recently made another 2 pints of the Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce and added about 2 tablespoons of orange juice when cooking.

After the pears were boiling for about 5 minutes, I added the ground cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.  They were on the hard side, needed to ripen a little more, so I simmered them about 30 minutes or more until tender and softened.  Cooking will vary to the ripeness and your preference.

Cooking Spicy Red Anjou Pears

Cooking Spicy Red Anjou Pears

When they were cooked tender, I added a teaspoon of vanilla.  They were cooked more than in the above photo.  While still hot, put 1/2 to 1 cup pears in the blender to puree.  I pureed them more than I had preferred for this first time.  Having some lumps of pear in the sauce is more to my liking.  Again that is your preference.

Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce
 
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A cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice flavored sauce made from Red Anjou Pears. A tasty side dish to have with pork, chicken or vegetarian as salad or dessert. Serve with cottage cheese.
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Recipe type: Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 4 Red Anjou pears
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1½ cups water to cover pears again more or less to your preference
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ⅛ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg or ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Wash and peel pears.
  2. Core and cut into ½ inch pieces into a pan of water with 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  3. Drain the pears and put into 4 quart sauce pan.
  4. Add water to cover pears, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  5. Add the sugars and salt.
  6. Cook to boiling for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
  8. Cook for 30 minutes, longer if preferred for a softer pear.
  9. Remove from heat; add the vanilla.
  10. Puree in small batches ½ cup to 1 cup of to the thickness preferred.
  11. Pour into bowl to store or pour into clean sterile pint jars.
  12. Refrigerate until use.
Notes
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2 Pints of Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce

2 Pints of Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce

The 4 pears actually made about 2 1/2 pints or 5 cups of sauce.  The sauce had to be sampled to see if it was sweet, spicy, good and edible.   It was!   The jars were refrigerated until used. The sauce did not last long, it was more pears and another batch of Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce.

Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce

Spicy Red Anjou Pear Sauce

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Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake

Start your morning with Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Strudel filling

Your family will love you when they get up  on a holiday morning to the wonderful smell of homemade  Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake.  This moist and rich cake has a strudel of brown sugar, cinnamon crumb mixed in the middle.  The cake has golden raisins mixed into the cake batter giving an extra sweetness.

Glazed Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake

Glazed Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake

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Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake
 
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A sweet and moist coffee cake for breakfast or brunch. Cinnamon strudel filling and golden raisins add flavor and sweetness.
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Recipe type: Breakfast / Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 serving
Ingredients
  • CAKE
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 8 ounces of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ⅓ cup golden raisins
  • STRUDEL
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 10 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • GLAZE
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350 F
  2. Bundt Pan: butter, dust pan with 2 teaspoons flour and sugar, tap out excess.
  3. In large mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter together until light and creamy.
  4. In another bowl blend the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, sift together.
  5. Add ½ cup of flour mixture to the butter and sugar.
  6. Blend at low speed.
  7. Beat in 1 egg at time.
  8. Alternate the addition of flour with the other 2 eggs.
  9. Add the remaining flour mixture, sour cream and vanilla, beat until evenly mixed.
  10. Fold in the ⅓ cups of raisins with a spatula.
  11. ----------
  12. Mix strudel ingredients:
  13. Blend with a fork until crumbly mixture.
  14. ----------
  15. Pour ½ the cake into the prepared pan.
  16. Spread the strudel over the cake batter.
  17. Add the remaining cake batter over the strudel.
  18. Bake 55 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.
  19. Let the cake cool for 5 to 10 minutes, and remove to pan.
  20. When the cake has cooled, drizzle glaze over the cake.
Notes
This can also be made in 9 x 13 pan or in an 9 inch springform pan. The strudel becomes the streusel by putting the crumb mixture on top of the cake before baking. This coffee cake can be made a week ahead; wrap well and freeze. Defrost it overnight in the wrapping. -------------------------------------- Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® brings you great recipes for your cooking experience. ©2007-2017 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off.”
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Many coffee cakes are made with a yeast batter.  The Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake uses baking powder and baking soda as the leavening agents.  It is an easy and quick ‘from scratch’ cake to make.  What is even better, the  coffee cake can be make a week ahead, wrap well and freeze.  Defrost in the wrapping overnight and warm for breakfast.

I have been leafing through my older cookbooks for old recipes I have used.  The Sour Cream Coffee Cake was first published in The Best of Food & Wine 1990 as an exclusive gift edition.  I made moderate adaptions by making a strudel instead of adding walnuts and chocolate. 

Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Strudel

Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Strudel

Other interesting Coffee Cakes:

Simply Recipes:  Apple Coffee Cake

All Things Home Related:  Peach Preserves Bundt Cake

 

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Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies

 Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies

Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies
 
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A soft spicey molasses cookie filled with walnuts and raisins. Originally called a tea cake. First published in an 1877 Portland, Maine cookbook.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 60
Ingredients
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Sea Salt
  • 1¼ teaspoon soda
  • 1¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1¼ teaspoon clove
  • ¾ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten (save ½ egg)
  • 1¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1½ cup raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Mix the first 6 dry ingredients together; whisk to blend.
  4. Measure the molasses and water together.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine shortening and sugars; cream until fluffy.
  6. Reserve ½ egg; add the remainder of eggs to sugars, beat to blend.
  7. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and liquids, beating after each addition.
  8. Stir in walnuts and raisins until mixed evenly.
  9. Drop by tablespoonful on the cookie sheet.
  10. Brush tops with egg.
  11. Add pinch of white sugar on top of each cookie.
  12. Bake 12 to 15 minutes
Notes
These can be made into a bar cookie. Cut when warm and store to soften.
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Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies

Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies

The Grand Canyon is a special spot our family likes to visit.  There is a fun train excursion from Williams, Arizona up to the Grand Canyon.  Certainly family oriented.  It is a must see place to visit each time we go to Arizona.  It is fun to walk around the El Tovar Lodge on the south rim, visit the shops and see the elk, ride the bus to lookout points over the Canyon and breathe the western air.  I like the the southwest. Now what does that have to do with cookies?  I remembered a cookbook I got at a used bookstore in Flagstaff,  The Grand Canyon Pioneers Society Cook Book, 1988 edition.  Gale Burak baked Gale’s Hermit Cookies to take to the Grand Canyon Ranger Stations.  I have renamed them Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies and bake them as a drop cookie.

South Rim of the Grand Canyon

South Rim of the Grand Can \

                Enjoy the old fashioned flavor of Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies.

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Apple Cobbler

Bowl of Gala Apples for Apple Cobbler

 

The delight of fall is seeing all the apples in the orchards and shops with apple cobblers, apple pies, candied apples, apple chips, apple bread, and apple cider.  Also in the fall, there are pumpkins of every size, squash of every variety , walnuts, hickory nuts, and pecans.  It is really harvest time.  Much thanks to be given.

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There are many apple cobbler and pie recipes and every cook has a favorite.  My aunt would lay out a ring of pie dough about 8 inches circle, add apple slices, sugar and cinnamon, probably butter, before wrapping the apples in a little packet to bake.  I have not tried that method, I am sure it would not taste the same.

The recipe included here is one I found long time ago, do not remember the original source.  It was for peach cobbler, which was good too.  I adapted it for apple cobbler.

Gala Apple Cobbler

Gala Apple Cobbler

Apple Cobbler
 
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An easy quick recipe to make an apple cobbler. It has a cake like topping instead of a crust.
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Recipe type: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 3-4 Gala apples, 16 oz. peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups of water
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated or ground
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup white raisins
  • ¼ cup broken pecans
  • 2 tablespoons fine bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350 F.
  2. Add lemon juice to sauce pan of water, lemon juice prevent apples from turning brown.
  3. Peel and slice apples into the pan, heat until just soft, not over cooked.
  4. Drain apples before using.
  5. Pour the melted butter in 9 x 13 cake pan.
  6. Mix flour, sugars, baking powder, salt and spices in a large bowl.
  7. Stir in the milk until well blended. This is a thin batter.
  8. Pour the batter over the butter in the cake pan, do not stir.
  9. Sprinkle the raisins over the batter.
  10. Add the drained apple slices.
  11. Sprinkle top with pecan pieces.
  12. Mix bread crumbs and brown sugar together, sprinkle sweet crumb mixture of the top of the cobbler
  13. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when tested.
Notes
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Serving of Apple Cobbler

Serving of Apple Cobbler

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