Tuesday, December 17, 2013

BlendTec Christmas Recipes

Best Brownies
Step out of the box, and give this recipe a try. These rich, fudgy brownies are irresistible.
3/4 c butter, melted
2/3 c semisweet chocolate chips
3 large eggs
1/2 c cocoa powder
1 1/2 c granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
7/8 c all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Add butter and chocolate chips to WildSide jar. Secure lid and select “Batters.” Add eggs, cocoa, sugar and vanilla to jar and secure lid. Press “Pulse” 3–5 times. Add flour and secure lid. Pulse 3–5 times, and use spatula to scrape down sides of  jar as needed. Pour batter into greased 9″x 9″ or 11″x 7″ pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Gingerbread Waffles
These gingerbread waffles are filled with spices synonymous with the season and are great topped with caramelized apples and fresh whipped cream!
1 c low-fat milk
2 tbsp granulated sugar
3 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 c unsulphured molasses
2 large eggs
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Add ingredients to WildSide jar or FourSide jar in order listed and secure lid.  Select “Batters”; allow batter to rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat and grease waffle iron. Pour appropriate amount of batter onto waffle iron, and cook until done. Repeat with remaining batter. Yields approximately 5 waffles.
To keep the first few waffles warm while the rest of the batch cooks, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet inside a 200°F oven.
For a whole-grain version, substitute all-purpose flour for whole-grain spelt flour.

This American version of Yorkshire pudding can be served with marmalade and fresh fruit at breakfast. Or add some grated cheese and herbs for a more savory dish at lunch or dinner. Remember to heat the pan before pouring the batter. Once the popovers are in the oven, no peeking.
1 1/4 c milk
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp butter, melted
1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
2 tbsp butter, cut into 6 even pieces
Preheat oven to 400°F, and grease popover pan. Add all ingredients except butter to WildSide jar or FourSide jar in order listed and secure lid. Select “Batters.” Preheat popover pan in oven for 2 minutes. Remove pan, place 1 piece of butter in each cup and place pan back in oven until butter is melted. Remove pan and fill each cup 1/2 full with batter. Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 300°F, and continue baking for 12–15 minutes.

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Complete your holiday feast with a spin on traditional pumpkin pie. Your guests will never guess this is a reduced-calorie treat.
2 c gingersnap crumbs (about 35–40 cookies)
1/2 c toasted walnuts, cooled completely
1/4 c butter, melted
2 tbsp water
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 c pumpkin puree
3 eggs
2 (8 oz) pkgs Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
1 (8 oz) pkg fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 c granulated sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Preheat oven to 325⁰F. Use 1–2 large pieces of aluminum foil to cover bottom and sides of 9″ springform pan. This technique will reduce leaks when using a water bath. Add gingersnap cookies and walnuts to WildSide jar and secure lid. Select Speed 1 for 5 seconds, and then press “Pulse” to stop. Add remaining crust ingredients to jar and secure lid. Select Speed 1 for 7–10 seconds, and then press Pulse to stop. Press crust evenly into springform pan along bottom and 1″ up sides.
In clean WildSide jar, add filling ingredients in order listed and secure lid. Select “Batters.” Pour filling over crust.
Make a water bath by placing springform pan inside larger pan that is 2–3 inches deep. Pour approximately 1″ boiling water into pan. Carefully place pan in oven, and bake for 90 minutes. The center of the cheesecake will still jiggle but will complete cooking during the cooling process. Cool cheesecake completely, and then place in refrigerator until sufficiently chilled, about 10–12 hours. Serve with your favorite whipped cream or caramel topping.

Raw Cranberry Sauce
Cranberries show their festive hue from October to December. This tart and tangy berry is an excellent source of vitamin C and helps treat various health issues. Sprinkle some chopped walnuts on this sauce for a little crunch.
1/2 c freshly squeezed orange juice
1 orange
1 apple, cored and quartered
1 c Medjool dates, approximately 8–10, pitted
2 c fresh cranberries
Add ingredients to WildSide jar, FourSide jar or Twister jar in order listed and secure lid. Press “Speed Up” to Speed 1 for 10 seconds, and then increase to Speed 5 for 35 seconds; press “Pulse” to stop.
For a less-sweet sauce, use prunes in place of dates.
Holiday Home Cooking

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