Holiday Hostess Gift Idea ~ Alter Eco Chocolates

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Alter Eco Chocolates ~ Grown in Peru and Ecuador, Crafted in Switzerland

A Tasteful Gift for the Host: Alter Eco Chocolates

Incredibly delicious Alter Eco Chocolates make great holiday hostess gifts and stocking stuffers. The colorful packaging is absolutely stunning, and a rainbow of stacked bars elegantly tied together with a simple ribbon are sure to bring a smile to a loved one’s face.

Dark Delicacies of Peru and Ecuador 

Plucked from organic trees in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuadorian Coast, Alter Eco’s cacao beans journey to the base of the Andes Mountains, where they are transformed into some of the world’s finest cocoa products. The final destination is Switzerland, where expert chocolatiers craft their unique and habit-forming bars.

Alter Eco Chocolate Coupons

You can save $1 on Alter Eco chocolates using coupons you download and print from http://www.CommonKindness.com.

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Homemade Bread Day!

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Happy Homemade Bead Day!

What could be more fun than yeast coupons on Homemade Bread Day?    Well?

Wikipedia teaches us that the history of bread goes back at least 30,000 years, and was developed by the accidental cooking of roasted, ground cereal grains mixed with water. (I am a bit envious, as probably none of my cooking accidents will have such anthropological significance.)

Yeast, my favorite part of bread, came into the picture a bit later. Wikipedia goes on (and on) to tell us that scanning electron microscopy has located yeast cells in ancient Egyptian loaves. (Can you just imagine Cleopatra gobbling down a tuna fish sandwich?)

Cleopatra and the Tuna

Yeast is the best thing since…uh, well…you know where I’m going.

But this isn’t Bread History Month or even Bread Awareness Week, it’s Homemade Bread Day! So, get out the baking pans, coat the kitchen in flour, and have as much fun as humanly possible.

Start by clipping Fleischmann’s Yeast coupons at http://www.CommonKindness.com before heading to the store for supplies. Your CommonKindness coupon purchases not only save you money, they enable you to generate funding for your favorite charity at the same time. And everyday is a good day to give to those who need it.

Fruitcake Made Yummy! Delicious Everyday Cake with Fruit Recipe

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Delicious Everyday Cake with Fruit

Contributed by Sara Tetreault

“This is my favorite, go-to cake recipe. Why do I love it?  Simple, easy ingredients that I always have on hand. After dinner as a dessert, or at a coffee-klatch in the morning with friends, it’s always a hit.  My kids call it “breakfast dessert” and they love it, too.  The best part is that you sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the cake just before baking it.  It makes the top a little crunchy and very tasty.” ~ Sarah

Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 45 minutes. Serves 8.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Clover Stornetta or Cabot Creamery butter
  • 3/4 cup Alter Eco sugar
  • 1/2 cup Clover Stornetta or Cabot Creamery nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup Clover Stornetta or Cabot Creamery lowfat buttermilk
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2+ cups Woodstock frozen fruit
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon and Alter Eco Sugar for topping before baking

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in mixer.
  3. Add yogurt, egg, vanilla and buttermilk.
  4. Mix until smooth.
  5. In separate bowl, mix flour and baking soda.
  6. Add flour mixture to wet mixture.
  7. Stir gently batter into a batter.
  8. Stir in fruit.
  9. Place in greased 8 inch square cake pan.
  10. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  11. Bake 50 minutes, until lightly browned and firm in center

Notes

These also make wonderful muffins. Follow same directions but place in muffin pan and bake about 20 minutes.

The brand of certain ingredient are suggested, and based on the free grocery coupons you can clip at www.CommonKindness.com.

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About Sara Tetreault

Sara Tetreault is a wife, mom, home cook, chicken keeper, city dweller, and home swapper. She says she will  trade just about anything – except husbands! Stunning and warm, you must check out her blog: http://gogingham.com. Thanks, Sara!

Apple Pumpkin Pie Recipe


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Apple Pumpkin Pie

Your family and friends will gobble down this instant-new-favorite pie this Thanksgiving! Scrumptious apples under the pumpkin filling put a sweet and savory spin on this traditional holiday dessert. Prep Time:  10 minutes. Cook Time:  50 to 55 minutes. Chill Time:  2 hours. Yield:  8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Alter Eco Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Karo Dark Corn Syrup OR Karo Lite Syrup
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 can (5 fluid ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 can (21 ounces) apple pie filling
  • 1 unbaked deep dish pie crust (9 inch)

Note: You may substitute ¾ tsp. pumpkin pie spice for the ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a bowl.
  3. Add egg and beat slightly.
  4. Add Karo syrup, pumpkin and evaporated milk.
  5. Blend well.
  6. Spread apple pie filling in pie crust.
  7. Gently pour pumpkin filling over the apples.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and continue baking for 35 to 40 minutes, or until knife inserted in pie center comes out clean.
  10. Chill a minimum of 2 hours before serving.
  11. Serve with whipped Clover Stornetta Heavy Whipping Cream, if desired.

Basic Pie Crust Recipe

The following recipe makes enough dough for two 9-inch Apple Pumpkin Pies.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Alter Eco sugar
  • 16 tbsp. (2 sticks) cold Clover Stornetta unsalted butter, cut into pieces¼  to ½  cup ice water

Method

This recipe makes 2 disks for a single pie with a top and bottom crust or two pies without a top crust.

  1. In a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar; pulse to combine.
  2. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining.
  3. Sprinkle with ¼ cup ice water.
  4. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed with fingers (if necessary, add up to ¼ cup more water, 1 tbsp. at a time). To help ensure a flaky crust, do not over-process.
  5. Transfer half of dough (still crumbly) onto a piece of plastic wrap.
  6. Form dough into a disk ¾ inch thick; wrap tightly in plastic.
  7. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour, and up to 3 days. Repeat with remaining dough.
  8. Line pie plate with crust and flute edges, if desired.
  9. Refrigerate crust for 40 minutes OR freeze for 20 minutes.
  10. Place aluminum foil on bottom of crust; weigh foil down with pie weights or dry beans.
  11. Cover the rest of the pie crust with foil.
  12. Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and cool.
  14. Unwrap crust and add filling.
  15. Bake as recipe directs.

Velvet Fudge Brownie Recipe

Velvet Fudge Brownies

Less cakey than traditional brownies, these little chocolate bombs are so dense and rich, you won’t mind cutting them into 2-inch squares. Perfect for the true chocolate lover, these Velvet Fudge Brownies are a signature party favorite.

Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp. Clover Stornetta butter
  • 2 bars Alter Eco Velvet Chocolate
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup Alter Eco Golden Brown, Unrefined Mascobado Ground Cane Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°f.
  2. Butter an 8”×8″ baking dish liberally.
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt until combined and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter and chocolate in a medium sized nonmetal mixing bowl in the microwave or stainless steel mixing bowl over boiling water (creating a double-boiler). Do not let mixture overheat.
  5. Remove the chocolate from the microwave or stove and let cool slightly.
  6. Mix in the sugar, eggs, and then vanilla and stir until well combined.
  7. Stir in walnuts.
  8. Fold in the flour mixture gently until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  9. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until outside edge develops a crust but center is not completely firm. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with a few crumbs of chocolate.
  10. Carefully cut into 1½–2 inch squares.
  11. Remove from pan and serve at room temperature.

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No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies


No-Bake Thumbprint Cookies

These cookies are easy and fun to make, and the gem-like colors of the fruit preserves make them great for holiday celebrations. Use a variety of Mediterranean Organics Fruit Preserves to create a rainbow of colors and fruity flavors. Makes about 2 dozen.

Ingredients 

  • ¾ cup pitted dates
  • 3 cups Country Choice Organic Old Fashioned Oats (aka quick oats)
  • 1 ½ cup Woodstock Almond Butter
  • ½ cup Woodstock Farms Shredded Coconut
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup Mediterranean Organics Preserves

Method

  1. Place dates into a medium bowl, cover with hot water and set aside to let soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Reserve 1/2 cup of the soaking liquid, and then drain dates well.
  3. In a food processor, pulse oats until coarsely ground; transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Transfer dates and reserved 1/2 cup soaking liquid to food processor and purée until smooth.
  5. Add date mixture, almond butter, coconut, orange zest and juice, cinnamon and salt to bowl with oats and knead together to make a dough.
  6. Roll dough into 24 balls, transferring them to a parchment paper-lined sheet tray as done.
  7. Make an indentation in the middle of each cookie by pressing down with your thumb.
  8. Spoon a bit of fruit preserves into each indentation.
  9. Chill for at least one hour before serving.

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