I forgot to mention in my book group post that I made some awesome treats for our monthly meeting.
It was one of our members' birthday, so I made a Cherry Pudding Cake (without the trace of pudding). It's a recipe I make quite often (originally found in a Weight Watchers magazine). It's fool proof and YUMMY!
1/3 c. all purpose flour
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3tbsps butter, chilled
1 package of white cake mix (I used Pillsbury)
3/4 c water
3/4 c applesauce
1 (20oz) can light cherry pie filling
- Preheat oven to 350. Prepare 9x13 baking pan with non stick spray.
- Combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter in a bowl; mix with pastry blender or fork, until crumbly. Set aside.
- With electric mixer on low, beat cake mix, water, applesauce, and eggs in a large bowl for about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium and mix for about 2 minutes. Pour batter into pan; spoon pie filling evenly over top of cake mixture; sprinkle topping mixture over pie filling. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature.
My next treat is from Southern Living -- Loaded Baked Potato Dip. They recommend serving this with waffle fries (found in the frozen potato aisle), but I knew they wouldn't travel well (nor did I have an oven to prepare them on site), so I served it with "dip" Fritos and veggie Ritz Crackers -- still really good! This would also be great scooped on a baked potato!!!
1 (2.1 oz) package of fully cooked bacon slices
1 16 oz container of sour cream
2 cups (8oz brick) freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 c of green onions
2 tsp hot sauce or Tabasco
Microwave bacon according to package directions until crisp; drain on paper towels. Cool 10 minutes; crumble or chop; stir together back and next 4 ingredients. Cover and chill 1-24 hours before serving. May be stored in frig for up to 7 days.
(This was the first time I've ever used pre cooked bacon and it worked great --- kept from "stinking" up my kitchen. But to save money, you can easily fry bacon and prepare it as described. But not having to clean up was great!)