Sunday, January 09, 2005

Raspberry Cheese Pie

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened,
1/2 c. sour cream
1/3 c.sugar
2 large eggs
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
20 oz. frozen raspberries,thawed
1 x water
3 Tb. cornstarch
1/2 c. whipped cream

Combine the cream cheese and sour cream in a bowl, using an electric
mixer set at medium speed, until smooth and fluffy. Add the sugar
and eggs blending well. Pour into the unbaked pie shell.

Bake at 375 degrees F. for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in
the center comes out clean. Chill for at least 1 hour in the

Meanwhile, drain the raspberries, reserving the juice. Add enough
water to the juice to make 3/4 cup of juice. Blend the cornstarch
and juice together in a 2-quart saucepan.

Cook, over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes
to a boil. Cook for 1 minute more. (Mixture will be very thick.)

Remove from the heat and stir in the raspberries, then cool to room

Fold the whipped cream into the cooled raspberries and spread the
mixture over the chilled cream cheese layer.

Chill for an additional 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Walnut-Pear Sour Cream Cake

1 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. flour
2 medium pears, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 (8 oz) carton sour cream
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch springform pan or
9x9x2 inch baking pan. Combine the cup nuts, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Topping: Cut the 1/2 cup butter into 1/3 cup flour to make coarse crumbs.
Stir in 3/4 cup of nut mixture. Set nut mixture and topping aside.
Toss pears with lemon juice; set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine 1 3/4 cup flour, baking soda, powder and salt;set aside.
In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.
Beat in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
Add flour mixture and sour cream, alternately to batter.
Beat at low speed after each addition until combined.
Spread two-thirds batter into the prepared pan.
Sprinkle with reserved nut mixture. Layer pears on top.
Gently spread remaining batter over pears.
Sprinkle with reserved topping. Bake 10 minutes.
For a chunkytop, use 1/2 cup more nuts.
Bake 45-50 minutes more or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
Cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove side of springform pan, if using.
Cool at least 1 hour.
Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired. Serves 12.

From the Inn at Poplar Corner cookbook

Crab Souffle

1 lb. crab meat or imitation crab, chopped in small pieces
1. c. chopped celery
1 small onion, grated
2 tsp. prepared mustard
1/2 c. mayonnaise
Dash tabasco
Dash lemon juice
12 slices bread, cubed
2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese
8 eggs, beaten
2 c. milk
1 Tb. sherry

In a large bowl, combine the first 7 ingredients.
In a blender, combine eggs, milk and sherry; add to crab mixture.
Mix in bread and cheese.
Pour into a well greased 9 x 13 baking dish; cover and refrigerate
for at least one hour or overnight.
Set dish in pan of hot water.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Makes 12 servings.

From the Inn at Poplar Corner Cookbook