Boden Torte / Fruit Flan /Flashback Friday

I posted this recipe several years back. It is still one of my favorite desserts, especially with the simple peach filling. It is my mom's recipe and she baked about 50 of them for her wedding 59 years ago. A very easy recipe that comes together rather quickly. If you don't have a Boden Torte Pan you can purchase them here if you are wanting one. It can also be made in a 9 or 10 inch springform pan and topped the same way without the indentation in the middle.
This is a good make ahead recipe to ease your preparations on the day you have company. Bake and fill the cake the day before you want to serve it, it always tastes better the next day.

Cake Base:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla or omit and use one package vanilla sugar, by Dr. Oetker
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour sifted with
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  1. Beat butter and sugar together till white and creamy
  2.  Add egg and beat till mixed in. 
  3. Fold in flour and baking powder.
  4.  Add milk and mix until it holds together in a ball. 
  5. Press dough into a well greased boden torte pan.
  6. Wet your hands with a little water to keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
  7. Bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden.
  8. Fill with a variety of fruit and whipped cream, (my personal favorite is simply canned peaches and whipped cream).
  • 1 - 28 oz can of sliced peaches, drained. 
  • or choose a variety of fresh fruit arranged in a pretty pattern like strawberries, kiwis and blueberries. 
  1. Take 1/2 cup of the fruit syrup if using canned. 
  2. Bring it to a boil  over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in a little cold water, cook it until it is clear and the raw cornstarch flavour disappears approximately 1 - 2 minutes.  Cool slightly and spread over fruit.
  3. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and you have a lovely little dessert. Quick and easy.
  4. If using fresh fruit I use a commercial glaze by Dr. Oetker and follow package directions.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs for a Crowd

When we meet with our care/community group we often begin with an organized pot luck dinner. Recently, as I pulled out the roaster full of meatballs, I thought I'd share this as an example of a recipe that is easy to multiply to serve a large group. One person brought a slow cooker full of rice, others brought salad, buns and dessert.

Meatball Ingredients for about 120 - 130 meatballs

  • 3 pounds fresh lean ground beef
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 cup milk or water
  • 2 teaspoons fine dried onion flakes
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients well by hand. If you find it dry, you can add some more milk or water. 
  2. Shape into 1 inch meatballs. You can use a mini scoop. 
  3. Bake on foil or parchment paper lined cookie sheets for 15 minutes at 400° F. If you've made them a bit larger, bake 20 minutes. 
  4. If making ahead, cool and freeze according to the meals you have planned.

  • 4 small cans (14 oz / 398 ml) pineapple tidbits
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup vinegar
  •  2/3 cups soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2/3 cups flour
  • 2 cups water
  1. Drain pineapple tidbits, reserving the juice. Add enough water to juice to make 3 cups. Set aside.
  2. Place meatballs and drained pineapples into large roaster.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the ketchup, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, mustard and juice. In a container with a lid, shake to blend flour and 2 cups water before adding to the sauce.
  4. Pour sauce over top of meatballs and bake, covered, for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours at 325° F. until it has cooked and sauce is thickened. If you need more liquid, add another cup of water. You can transfer the cooked meatballs and sauce to a large slow cooker to keep warm. You can also put it all in all slow cooker on high for several hours, until it bubbles and then turn to low setting. Serves 16 -18

For a small family size recipe check here  (you'll have to scroll down a bit) 

Cinnamon Swirl Loaf

If you are looking for a simple loaf that works perfectly for coffee break or afternoon tea, look no further.  This recipe came from my friend Mary many decades ago, and has been tweaked a little over the years.  The beauty of this particular recipe is that you get 'two-for-one'!  One to share with your family and friends today...and another one for the freezer for another day!

Cinnamon Loaf
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 rounded tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Spray two 9 x 5 loaf pans with oil (line bottom with parchment paper if desired).
  2. For topping, mix sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  3. In mixing bowl, combine sugar and oil with mixer on low speed. Beat in eggs.
  4. Sift together dry ingredients; add alternately with milk. 
  5. Pour about 1/4 of batter into each of the prepared pans.
  6. Sprinkle about 1/4 of cinnamon topping evenly over each pan.
  7. Repeat with remaining batter and cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  8. Draw knife through batter to marble.
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
  10. Let cool in pan on cooling rack for about 15 minutes.  Loosen edges with knife and remove from pan carefully.
  11. Cool completely before slicing.  


Corn Chip Cookies

I like trying different cookie recipes and I loved the results of this one! This recipe has corn chips as one of the ingredients which caught my attention. They are slightly chewy and crunchy, just perfect for coffee break.
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, you can use either smooth or crunchy
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed corn chips
  • 1/4 cup skor bits
  • Sugar to roll cookie dough balls in
  1. Cream together butter, shortening, sugars, and peanut butter. Stir in egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients and stir into creamed mixture until well blended.
  3. Stir in crushed corn chips and skor bits.
  4. Scoop approx 1" balls of dough, roll in sugar and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
  6. Yield: Approx 2 1/2 dozen

Life-Saver Window Cleaner

While I love sparkling clean windows, I have all my life been frustrated with cleaning windows.  I've always thought I must be the dumbest housewife ever, since I could never get my windows so sparkling clean  that I didn't mind if the sun was shining when guests came.
I have used every window cleaner suggested to me. The window cleaner that worked best for me had a unpleasant smell that lingered. If I could have achieved perfect results, I might have put up with the smell, but I didn't. I did the vinegar and water thing too, but wasn't happy, and I don't care for the smell of vinegar.
I followed every suggestion.  "Don't clean windows when the sun is shining on them, they dry too fast."  Right! The just cleaned window not in the sun - looks great! ~ until the sun comes round the corner with a smug smile that says ... "HA! gottcha!"  Yes, there are the streaks.

THEN ...
Last week I read a historical novel set in the mid/late 1800's.  In the story, the hotel housekeeper is trying to teach a high society girl how to clean - everything has to be spotless, including the windows.  I don't know where the author got the hint but the cleaning solution the housekeeper used was starch and water. You wipe the window with the solution, let it dry and then wipe off leaving the window streak-less and shiny! Really? and no odor?

Gotta try this one !!
So I experimented a little with proportions (of course the book never gave that -  only said so it looked right)

My solution recipe :
  • 2 rounded teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of water 
  1. Stir until starch is completely dissolved. 
  2. I used toweling to dip into the solution and then wipe over the window. 
  3. Let dry completely - go do something else.. 
  4. Using newspaper, or toweling or lint-free cloth such as  a microfiber cloth, simply wipe off the dried solution!  and THEN ...  where did the glass go ? 
  5. A little solution goes a long way. 
NOTE ADDED -  it works better to wipe off when dry , rather than letting it sit too long. 

Below -- My before, during and after photos of the first two windows I cleaned - it is time for spring-cleaning, right?
(All photos were taken with the sun shining on the windows) 

                                                               Window below - dirty 

                                                Window with starch solution wiped on

Solution wiped off - Window squeaky clean ! 
Note - the star is blurred in this photo because the camera couldn't see the window to focus on it.

                                                              Window - dirty

 Window with solution wiped on 

Solution wiped off - Window squeaky clean  
(the outside of window needs cleaning too, I couldn't reach it - need husband with ladder!)

Bread for the Journey-God's Plan

I see him in filthy clothing and a tattered and torn blanket. At times I see that coffee has been delivered to him in the morning, and sometimes a brown bag that resembles what may hold a meal. I'm thinking that over the years others too have compassion for this man who seems so alone and helpless. This man has value and God loves him as much as he loves me.

For several years now I have been praying for this man. I pray that in moments of clarity of mind that God will speak to his heart and mind. A stranger to me, but known, loved and valued by God. I pray that He will experience God's love and that he will come to an understanding that he is valuable to God and that God has a purpose and plan for his life. I can't help but think there are others too who pray as they pass by him. His story is a mystery to me, but I can pray for this man knowing that his life is an open book to our loving Father in heaven.

 When we lose all our sense of value and self worth it can take us down hill very quickly. But there is always hope. God comes into our messy hurting lives. He is The Master helper and healer.

God's word reminds us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. God meets us right where we are. He embraces us, offering hope and healing.

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

When God gives us His heart of compassion, it leads us to pray for others.
God has given me personal hope, instilled in me that I'm valuable to Him, and I pray that each hurting lonely or struggling person will experience this too.

Easter is a time we celebrate God's love and power. He offers us a new life with a future and a hope. You, me, and the stranger on the street.

Buttermilk Dressed Potatoes - Flashback Friday -

This potato dish gets rave reviews and is simple to make.  
I thought it worthy of a Flashback Friday post.

  • potatoes (1-2 per person)
  • Buttermilk Dressing (recipe follows)
  • bacon, cut into 1/4 inch pieces, fried until crisp and drained on paper towel
  • Cheddar, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, grated and tossed together
  • chopped green onions
Buttermilk Dressing:

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  1. Bake, or boil potatoes in their skins, They should be cooked through but still firm.
  2. Meanwhile, mix Buttermilk Dressing.
  3. Place dressing ingredients in a jar or gravy shaker  and blend until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  4. Cut potatoes into 2 inch cubes and place in buttered baking dish.
  5. Drizzle Buttermilk Dressing over potatoes.  Don't drench them in the dressing but be sure all the potatoes have some dressing on them.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon.  
  7. Sprinkle with the green onion or you can wait until the potato dish is baked and sprinkle the green onion over the dish just before serving.
  8. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are thoroughly heated and dressing is bubbling.

    Chicken Parmigiana and Tomato Sauce

    This is wonderful way to dress up chicken for a special meal.
    The tomato sauce recipe that follows is easy to make and full of flavour.

    • 4 chicken breasts or veal cutlets
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon basil
    • salt and pepper
    • 1 large egg beaten with a fork
    • 1 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
    • Greek Tomato Sauce (recipe follows)
    • 4 slices Mozzerella cheese
    • grated Parmesan cheese
    1. Lay chicken breast or piece of veal between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet to an even thickness.
    2. Mix flour, basil, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.
    3. Dredge each piece of meat in seasoned flour.
    4. Dip floured meat into beaten egg and then Panko crumbs.
    5. Fry in 1/2 inch hot oil until nicely browned on each side, turning only once.
    6. Place meat on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F until meat is done, about 20 minutes.
    7. Top each serving with a generous amount of warm tomato sauce and one piece of Mozzerella cheese, then sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
    8. Return to oven and broil, watching closely, until cheese begins to brown.
    Greek Tomato Sauce

    You can make this tomato sauce from ingredients
    you have in your cupboard.
    It is also great served over meatballs or shrimp or just plain as a pasta sauce.


    • 1 large onion finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup butter (no substitutes*)
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
    • 1 can water
    • 1 large garlic clove, minced
    • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    1. In a medium pot, saute` onion in butter and olive oil until golden brown.
    2. Add remaining ingredients and stir.
    3. Simmer, uncovered, for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Veggie Burgers

    These burgers are my niece's recipe, so so good I actually would prefer these as much as a regular burger. They are baked not fried and have loads of wonderful flavor. One recipe makes about 8 patties depending on how large you make them. My niece got the recipe from a book written by Oh She Glows. 

    • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
    • 1/3 cup of warm water
    • 1 15 oz can of black beans (425g) drained and rinsed
    • 1 cup carrot or sweet potato, grated
    • 1/3 cup parsley or cilantro, finely chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, toasted
    • 3/4 cup gluten free oats
    • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin Olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons tamari or gluten free soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon each of chili powder, cumin and dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
    1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a small bowl mix the flaxseed and water and let sit for 10 minutes until the mixture thickens.
    3. In a large bowl mash the black beans into a paste leaving a few whole for texture. 
    4. Stir in the remaining seasonings and flax egg. 
    5. Adjust seasonings to taste. 
    6. Divide the mixture into 8 portions and with wet hands tightly pack the into patties. 
    7. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, flip and bake another 15 -20 minutes. An alternative would be to grill them for the final 15 minutes instead of baking them. 
    8. Serve on a crusty bun (gluten free if necessary, and top with your favorite conditments. Absolutely delicious. Really, trust me! 

    Pina Colada Pie

    If you can't join your friends who are vacationing in Hawaii, how about enjoying the flavours of Hawaii at home? This creamy pineapple coconut macadamia pie is a tropical delight.
    • pastry for a 9-inch pie (homemade or store-bought)
    • 3 cups fresh pineapple, cut into 1/2" pieces
    • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, divided
    • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
    • 3 eggs
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 cup whole milk (or light cream) 
    • 1 tablespoon butter, melted 
    • 1/3 cup flour
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    1. Line a 9" pie plate with pastry.  Trim and crimp edges.
    2. Place pineapple pieces evenly over pastry-lined pie plate.
    3. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of coconut.
    4. Put remaining ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth and creamy. 
    5. Pour the mixture carefully over the pineapple and coconut in pie plate. 
    6. Sprinkle macadamia nuts and 1/4 cup coconut on top.
    7. Bake in a 350°F degree oven for 50-55 minutes or until firm in centre and golden.
    8. Cool.  Refrigerate.
    9. Serve with whipped cream.
    Serves 8