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Old 02-04-2016, 04:53 PM   #11
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I would say relax, keep it simple and do what you do best!

I would go with a simple recipe for lemon bars or an old fashioned date cake with cream cheese frosting.

Good luck!


Double Lemon Bars | Land O'Lakes

Date Cake
1 1/2 -2 cups of whole dates cut into pieces, one standard size package, don’t drive yourself nuts.
1 cup solid vegetable shortening (I use Crisco)
2 cups boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
1 t vanilla
2 cups AP flour
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts


Mix dates, shortening and boiling water. When the shortening has melted add sugar, eggs, soda, salt vanilla, flour and nuts. Bake in a 9 x 13 pan at 350 degrees for approximately one hour. I start checking after about 50 minutes. Cool to room temperature and frost using your favorite cream cheese frosting recipe. If you can find cream cheese with pineapple in your area use that instead of plain cream cheese.
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Old 02-04-2016, 05:26 PM   #12
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Of all the fancy and complicated baked things I've made, it was one of the simplest things that got asked for the most. I had sourdough starter in the fridge. I made a batch of sourdough, and a batch of bread dough using store-bought yeast, 3 cup of flour for each batch. I combined the two batches of dough after the first rise, then rolled the dough into a thin sheet. I cut it into rectangles for making pigs in the blanket. I rolled the dough around good quality hot dogs and baked them off. Everyone adored the. It was a few years back now, and occasionally, someone will ask when I'm going to make them again.

Another hit was what we here in the U.P. call pizza pasties. simply make a good pizza dough, roll it into a six inch circles, top with sauce and toppings, leaving an inch of plain dough on the edges, then fold in half, pinch the edges, and roll them toward the center. Make steam vents, let rise, brush with milk, and bake them until golden brown. I have never served these to anyone who wasn't greatly impressed.

If you've never had a chocolate-mayonnaise cake, you have been deprived. It is one of the best chocolate cakes ever. Frost with a home-made chocolate butter cream that has been mixed half and half with Nutella. Can you say yum, and in how many languages. This is especially delicious when the cake had four to five layers, with frosting between each.

Hope that at least sparks some ideas.

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Old 02-04-2016, 05:49 PM   #13
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Oh man. You all are sending some great ideas!

I just now made a lemon curd because the mention of lemon merengue made me crave lemon!

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Old 02-08-2016, 03:40 AM   #14
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Lemon!!! I think you have chosen the right thing. As it's one of my fav. I have made it many times. Last time when I have made for my friends. One of my friends told me that these were the best she has ever tasted.
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:24 PM   #15
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Ok guys. My competition is tomorrow and I've made SO MANY things in the last couple of weeks. Here is what I ended up making as my final two choices to enter. I can only actually enter one for the competition and it's tough for me to decide. Help? I also need to name them both as part of the competition. Name ideas welcome!!

First are cupcakes. Limoncello cupcakes with pineapple filling topped with coconut cream cheese icing. Dusted with toasted coconut and a candied pineapple on top.



Second are individual "tiramisu" icebox cakes. These are made with chocolate chip cookies instead of Lady fingers. The mascarpone layers are espresso flavored but I also added a bit of Kahlua to give it a kick. The cookies end up turning soft when left overnight and turn into a soft cake-like layer that absorbs some of the espresso flavor. The tops are little chocolate hearts I piped with some extra chocolate I had on hand after making chocolate covered strawberries!



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Old 02-16-2016, 08:52 PM   #16
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Katie, they both look wonderful! What do you like best? I lean toward the tiramisu, it's very unique. Sadly you can't overnight me samples before tomorrow.
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Old 02-16-2016, 09:23 PM   #17
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I vote for the tiramisu as well. Cupcakes have been overdone. The Tiramisu has a visual WOW factor the cupcakes lack.

Besides, I don't care for cupcakes.
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Old 02-16-2016, 11:31 PM   #18
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Put me down for the tiramisu, also. Those chocolate hearts are a nice touch, and the Kahlua will make the judges happy. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:06 PM   #19
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Hi all - I thought I'd give an update!

It was some tough competition for sure! A lot of my coworkers are from outside the U.S. (mostly Asian or Indian descent) so there were lots of international spins on classics. I also learned something...I had forgotten that an Americans palate is very different for "sweets" than most.

My tiramisu won. :)

Second place was cake balls. (I am personally not a fan at all and always get a kick out of how much people like those!)

Third place was a homemade ice cream!

Thanks for your input!

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Old 02-19-2016, 01:08 PM   #20
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Yayyyy!!! You rock, girl!!!
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