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Rhubarb Orange Cream Pie

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2005
Very light and tasty; not tart at all! It bakes in 3 layers: creamy custard on the bottom, a thin layer of rhubarb cream over it, all topped by a crusty, merengue-like topping. All my 5 guests loved it, including my petite 85-year old friend who doesn't care much for rhubarbs. And, to my surprise, they all had 3 servings within a 1.5 hour time bracket! They were all puzzled by the taste of it -- "it doesn't taste like rhubarb pie," as they all put it in their own words. One thought it had a very faint nectarine flavor, the other a bit of berry, another perhaps a tad of baking chocolate powder, and the younger one believed it to have "a tangy hint of possibly orange?," he announced with a question mark in his voice. They talked about it for a long time, each trying to put a finger on what it tasted like -- it was actually fun to see them all trying to come up with a flavor they all agreed with. In liew of this, I would change the name of the recipe to "Mystery Rhubarb Custard Pie." ***** This recipe definetely merits a 5 STAR, even though it doesn't taste like rhubarb pie. NOTE: On step 2 of the recipe instructions, I beat the ingredients very well until the "liquid" was very smooth and "homogenized". Perhaps that's what separates the pie into 3 layers. Also, make sure to cover the pie with foil, during baking, after the merengue tans to a nice color.
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Highland Toffee

Reviewed: Dec. 20, 2007
Chewy throughout with a thin "syrup glaze" on the bottom. It is sticky and chewy like a soft toffee should be. Finely chopped walnuts add that extra flavor to the dessert. [My review is on the Highland Toffee recipe made with salted butter (or original I Can't Believe It's Not Butter) and without the 1/2 tsp salt. The butter, as opposed to the oil, gives the dessert an authentic toffee flavor.]
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Chocolate Cream Frosting

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2008
Simply "dreamy"... light, fluffy, creamy, and satiny looking. Not too sweet with a pudding flavor. Delicious! Want to avoid the fat content in the recipe? Here's how you do it: Purchase fat-free condensed milk and, in place of the heavy cream, use one 12 fl. oz. can of fat-free evaporated milk. Omit the water in the recipe. Chill the evaporated milk in its own can (do not open it yet) to the point of it almost starting to freeze. Poor the chilled milk in a blender cup and whip until it triples in volume. Add it to the thick frosting base and mix slowly in a folding motion until well combined. Let it sit still for a few minutes to thicken before you start frosting your cake. Frosting made with evaporated milk will be very soft. Drop it by dollops on the top of your cake and near the top edges. It will slowly spread on its own and, with your guidance, it will smoothly slide down the sides of the cake, forming a thick layer as it goes down on its own. If this type of consistency is a bit too thin to your liking, put the frosting in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before you spread it on your cake. Chill frosted cake for several hours prior to serving so the frosting can set. The frosting has a nice satiny look, which makes the cake look even yummier.
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Curau Caipira

Reviewed: Jul. 19, 2009
The Vitamix makes cooking this recipe a breeze. It pulverizes the corn so fine that there's no need to strain the mixture before cooking it. The result is a very smooth and creamy curau.
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Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2007
Freezes extremely well. Pour the cooled glaze over the cooled cheesecake. Freeze the cheesecake. Defrost in room temperature before serving. You may also freeze single servings: slightly freeze the cheesecake. Cut into serving size slices. Put cheesecake back in freezer. When fully frozen, separate each slice and wrap them individually.
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Butterscotch Pudding

Reviewed: Jan. 10, 2010
Simple and quick to make. Delicious if you love the flavor of butterscotch.
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Prune Ice Cream

Reviewed: Jun. 6, 2010
Extremely easy to make. Creamy and delicious.
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Bechamel Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 17, 2004
Excellent! The chicken broth, thyme, and cayenne pepper improved the flavor of this sauce over other Bechamel sauce recipes I tried. For a more delicate, yet creamier flavor, you might want to substitute the 2 TBsp flour and 1 cup half-and-half for 1 TBsp corn starch and 1 cup table cream. Mix the corn starch with the cold cream and room-temperature chicken broth prior to adding it to the melted butter.
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Choereg (Armenian Easter Bread)

Reviewed: Sep. 11, 2008
Thank you bunches for sharing your mother's recipe. I'm sure she won't be upset once she learns that it has received so many stars ; ) WHERE TO PURCHASE MAHLEB: you can purchase it on-line by going to The Spice House. (Ani is registered with them.) TIPS by D McM from Toronto: Use mahleb in similar quantity to how you use nutmeg in any bread or pastry recipe. Mahleb does wonders when added to the dough of shortbread, pound cake, pie crusts and waffles.
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