Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Bars in a Jar

Preparing Layered Mix in a Jar: 


  • 1 1/3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • Jars
  • Jar Funnel
  • Recipe Cards

Layer the first four ingredients into jar, firmly packing with between each layer. Layer pecans into the jar, screw on lid and band. Makes base for one recipe of Pumpkin Pie Bars.

Baking Instructions for Bars (To be written on the recipe card): 

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold butter or 
  • margarine
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, 
  • softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 13 x 9-inch baking pan with foil; grease foil lining. Remove pecans and
oats from Jar and place in small bowl. Remove granulated sugar from Jar and place in another small bowl. Place brown sugar and fl our in medium bowl. Measure 1/4 cup granulated sugar and add to fl our mixture. Stir to evenly blend. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and pecans. Reserve 1 cup of the crumb mixture; press
remaining mixture onto bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes. Beat cream cheese, remaining 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, eggs, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in medium bowl with electric mixer
on medium speed until well blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake 25 minutes. Lift from pan by grabbing edges of foil. Cool completely. Yield: about 24 bars.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to Dry or Dehydrate Garlic for Homemade Garlic Powder

Homemade Garlic Powder
Homemade Garlic Powder
If you have ever made your own spices, you know they taste better than anything you can buy in a store. Homemade garlic powder is more flavorful and more aromatic. You can make your own homemade garlic powder by drying, or dehydrating, garlic cloves. The cloves are then ground into powder.

Difficulty: Easy
  1. Step 1
    Preparing the Garlic

    Peel back the paper from your cloves of garlic. Remove any bad spots. Cut garlic cloves in half lengthwise. This will significantly reduce the drying time.
  2. Step 2
    Dry the Garlic

    Dry the garlic in a dehydrator at 100 degrees until the bulbs lose most of their moisture. The bulbs should not feel soft or spongy to the touch. This can take anywhere from 12 hours to several days depending on humidity and the number of garlic cloves being dried. After performing this step you will get a better idea of the time it takes in your own dehydrator.
  3. Step 3
    Grinding the Garlic

    Once the cloves have dried well enough to be powdered. Place them in a coffee or spice grinder. A food processor usually does not grind finely enough for this step. Place the ground garlic in a container and store in a cool dry area. Use in recipes as you would normally use garlic powder.

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