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Making the Perfect Cup of Coffee

To make a perfect cup of coffee to go with your favorite dessert follow these guidelines: Start with fresh beans and fresh cold water. Choose the correct grind for your pot. Measure both the coffee and water accurately. Wash the coffee maker after every pot. Dont leave the coffee on the warmer for hours.

Author: READER, 10-10-2006

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TURTA DE MIERE (Honey Cake or Cookies), Romanian

Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
Preparation Instructions

Prepare several days in advance. Mix ingredients together well; knead lightly on floured board for a few minutes, adding flour if necessary but trying to keep dough as soft as possible. Put in a bowl and let rest overnight or at least several hours. Roll out small portions at a time, to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter in any shape desired. Bake in well greased pans at 350° or 375°. May be decorated like gingerbread cookies. Makes several dozen.

Variation: Honey Loaf Cake: Use two 3 x 6 inch pans. Add one more egg to above recipe, another tbsp. or two of honey, and 1/2 cup chopped nuts. Pour dough into very well greased and floured pans. Bake 1 hour at 350°. This dough makes excellent drop cookies too.

Contributed by Mrs. Frances Ocneanu, 1950

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Gale at Home Square Brownie Pan by Chef Gale Gand
Gale at Home Square Brownie Pan by Chef Gale Gand
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Other details: The Gale at Home brownie and cake pan measures approx. 9"L x 9"W x 2"H and is oven safe to 400° F. Hand-wash only. Comes with manufacturer's lifetime limited warranty.

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