Mexican Orange Candy
3 cups Sugar
1/4 cup Boiling water
1 cup Evaporated milk
2 teaspoons Grated orange peel
1 cup Chopped pecans
Dash of salt
Slowly sift one cup of the sugar into a hot, heavy frying pan, stirring constantly to caramelize. Add
boiling water. When sugar is melted, add the two cups of remaining sugar, milk and salt, stirring constantly. Cook to 236
degrees or soft ball stage. Remove from heat and add orange rind. Cool until you can put your hand comfortably on the bottom
of the pan. Add nuts and beat until candy holds its shape. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Cool. Makes about three dozen.
Christmas Pudding Candy (A Texas recipe from
Cook 3 cups sugar, one cup of light cream or milk and 1 teaspoon butter to softball stage. Beat until
creamy. Then beat in 1 pound of dates, 1 pound or raisins, 1 pound of figs and 1 pound of coconut which have been run through
the food chopper. ( You can use candied fruitcake mixture for part of fruit mixture). Add 1 or 2 cups of pecans and 1 teaspoon
vanilla. When well mixed, roll into logs and wrap in damp cloth until cool. When the candy is cool, remove the cloth and wrap
it in waxed paper and put away to ripen for at least two weeks. The longer it ages, the better.
If times are hard around your house, you might want to try this low budget recipe from 1850 Texas.
Mix 1 cup of sugar, 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons cornmeal, 1 tablespoon flour and a pinch of salt with 1/2
cup of milk and 1/3 cup of melted butter. Mix well. Pour into an unbaked pie shell and bake in medium oven until crust is
brown and filling is set.
1 cup milk, scalded
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 package dry
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups all-purpose
Scald the milk,
add sugar and butter, and stir to dissolve. Allow it to cool to warm, then add the yeast and let it begin to work. Add eggs.
Put the milk mixture in a large mixing bowl. Measure the flour and salt into another bowl.
With an electric mixer, slowly work the flour mixture into the dough bowl. When the dough becomes too thick for the mixer
to handle, start working in the flour by hand. When the dough starts to come together and leave the sides of the bowl it is
just right. Form the dough into a ball and cover. Let rise in warm place until doubled.
Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead gently until it comes together
and is soft and elastic. Divide the dough into egg-size pieces. Flatten and form into square or round. Make a depression in
the center with your floured thumb. Fill the depression with 1 rounded teaspoon of filling. Let the filled kolaches rise about
20 minutes. Brush tops with beaten egg mixed with a little milk and sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
This recipe will make enough for your family and the neighbors, too. Exact count depends
on how big you make them.
Apricot - Place 1 pound dried apricots in a pan with cool water. Let soak several
hours. Bring to slow simmer and add sugar to taste, if desired. Cook until very soft. Stir vigorously to get a smooth consistency
or run them through the food processor. Re-cook until you get the desired consistency. You can add a few drops of lemon juice
for a little added zip.
Prune - Made the same way as the apricot filling.
Pineapple - Simmer well-drained canned, crushed pineapple until it thickens.
1 pound dry cottage
cheese (Farmers cheese)
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
Cool slightly. Add rest of ingredients, taste and adjust for sweetness.
1/2 pound ground
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add enough milk
to make a thick mix. Let stand overnight to absorb the liquid.
You can use just
about any fruit filling in the kolaches. Just don't use jam or jelly. Jam and jelly will liquefy in the heat of the oven and
make a big mess.
Grab a can of biscuits. Separate and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Make a depression
in the center of each with your thumb. Add a teaspoon of filling, brush with beaten egg with small amount of sugar added.
Bake until done to your liking. You might get away with using some no-sugar jam in this recipe. It doesn't break down like
In all cases, sprinkle your fresh-out-of-the-oven kolaches with powdered sugar before serving.
1 lb. phyllo
1 lb. chopped
pinch of ground
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup brown sugar
2 New Mexico
Hatch chiles, roasted, skinned, de-seeded and chopped
¾ lb. butter
1 cup honey
Juice from 1
1 package fresh
blueberries or 1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed
Mix the pecans,
2 tablespoons of the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar and the chiles. Divide into thirds and set aside. Divide the blueberries
into thirds and set aside.
In a saucepan, melt together the butter, honey, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
If you bought frozen phyllo dough, let it thaw in your fridge overnight.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Set up your work area with all ingredients, keeping the area
dry. Butter a 9”x9”x2” or larger casserole dish. Begin layering the phyllo dough in the dish. With a pastry
brush, brush on enough of the butter mixture to coat but not saturate each sheet of phyllo dough. After 4 layers of dough
and butter, sprinkle one-third of the nut mixture in an even layer. Sprinkle one-third of the blueberries evenly the nut layer.
You can alternate this (four sheets phyllo dough with butter between each sheet, then another layer of nuts and another layer
of blueberries) two more times, finishing with a top layer of buttered phyllo sheets. Cut diamond shapes into the top layer.
Do not cut all the way through. The scoring just makes it easier to cut.
Bake at 350°F. After about 50 minutes, check the Baklava. It needs to be nice and brown,
which can take up to an hour. When it is nicely browned, remove it from the oven and pour the rest of the butter honey mixture
on top. Let it cool at least an hour before serving.