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Nantucket Cranberry Pie

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You are at the right blog, I thought a change would be nice. What do you think of the new look? I am liking it!

Sorry for being MIA, it has been a busy couple of months. I have so much to share, but not sure where to begin and that is why I have not posted in a while. So, I think I will just share a recipe.

Jim, by cooking buddy sent me this recipe. It is the perfect time of year to make this recipe, since cranberries are in the stores right now. So, if you got a bag of cranberries hanging around, this is a super easy and tasty way to get rid of them. I believe he found the recipe on Food Network Website.

Nantucket Cranberry Pie
  • 2 cups chopped fresh cranberries (I used whole bag and I just realized I did not chop them!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Spread the cranberries, walnuts and 1/2 cup sugar in the bottom of a 9″ or 10″ cake pan (or skillet or anything else you might have lying around).  Mix the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl to form a batter.  Pour the batter over the cranberry mixture and bake in an oven preheated to 350 for around 40 minutes.  Cool a bit in the pan, and enjoy
Notes: I used pecans instead of the walnuts (because that is what I had). Jim also used pecans, but used vanilla instead of almond extract. Being the almond lover that I am, I used the almond extract. I think next time, I try sliced almonds in place of the walnuts 🙂
As you can see, it really does not look like a pie. I think it is more like a coffee cake.
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet or have your decorations all up? I have started shopping, but need to start on the decoration asap!
~Relish Food & Life
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Creamy Almond Bars

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This is my 100th post and with 14,713 total views! I started this crazy blog on September 16th, 2010. I have had a lot of fun sharing my favorite recipes with you. I hope you are also enjoying it!

I made an amazing bar recipe last night, Creamy Almond Bars.  I LOVE almonds, they were super easy to make and they melt in your mouth = A KEEPER RECIPE 🙂

Creamy Almond Bars

CRUST
– 2 c flour
– 1 c butter, softened
– 1/2 c powdered sugar
FILLING
– 8 oz regular cream cheese, softened
– 1/2 c sugar
– 2 eggs
– 2 tsp almond extract
FROSTING
– 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
– 1/2 c butter, softened
– 1 1/2 Tbsp milk (I added a bit more milk)
– 1 tsp almond extract (I was short on almond extract, so I used a little more than a 1/2 tsp extract and heavy 1/2 tsp of Amaretto)
– sliced almonds (Topping)

1.   Mix and press crust ingredients into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

2.   Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar for the filling with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the rest of the filling ingredients and beat until just mixed. Pour filling mixture over crust and bake for another 15 minutes.

3.   Combine all frosting ingredients with a mixer. Frost bars when they are cool and top with sliced almonds, if desired. Cut into 24 squares and serve immediately or serve chilled. Store in refrigerator.

Did you know… when using Amaretto in place of Almond extract you are supposed to use 4 to 8 times as much? That is what it says on Cooks Thesaurus website. My favorite website to go to when I need to substitute an ingredient.

Ingredient Line up minus the eggs.

Mix crust ingredients.

Press into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

While baking crust. Mix butter and cream cheese until smooth.

Add eggs and extract or a combination of extract and amaretto.

Pour filling over crust and bake another 15 minutes.

Mix frosting ingredients.

Frost bars when they are cool.

Top with almond slices.

Creamy Almond Bars!

I would imagine these would also be tasty with other extracts!
I want to share with you photos of Kathy, my sister-in-law beautiful sunflower patch. I was blown away with all the flowers.
Thank you Kathy for sharing your beautiful  Hidden Garden!
~Relish Food & Life