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TIP OF THE DAY: Halloween Cakes With Nordicware

Add even more fun to Halloween festivities for family and friends…for party hosts…for your workplace:

Make a Halloween cake with a NordicWare cake mold. It requires no more time and talent than pouring a cake mix batter into the mold.

The molds are artfully embossed, creating “cake sculptures” that need no added decoration. Of course, you can add your own touches with icing, edible glitter, spider candies, etc.

Beyond Halloween, the skull molds also work for El Dia De Los Muertos. In photo #4, one home baker created a classic decorated skull design.

NordicWare’s Halloween cake pans include:

  • Ghost centerpiece (photo #3)
  • Haunted manor centerpiece (photo #2)
  • Skull cakelets and centerpiece (can be decorated for Dia De Los Muertos—photo #4)
  • Tombstone cakelets (photo #1)
    The pans have a nonstick finish that guarantees easy release, and a lifetime guarantee.

    There are also cookie stamps: a set that includes a black cat, pumpkin and spider.

    They’re available at many retailers including Williams-Sonoma, plus online at Amazon and

    You can use any cake recipe you like. Particularly seasonal:

  • Applesauce cake
  • Dark chocolate (for the black spooky effect—add some black food color)
  • Pumpkin Cake
  • Red velvet cake (for the “bloody” effect)
  • Spice cake
  • White cake for ghosts and skulls
    But sure, go for the brownie batter, the chocolate ghost with white icing, or other family favorite.

    You can add a sauce for a more elaborate dessert:

  • Bourbon or rum sauce
  • Caramel sauce with scotch
  • Crème anglaise
  • Hard sauce
  • Sabayon, the French version of zabaglione sauce
    The best approach is to put the sauce on the plate first, then set the cake on top of it. You won’t cover up the design elements.

    Have fun with it!

    Use the cake pans to mold other foods:

  • Custard
  • Dips and spreads
  • Gelatin
  • Ice cream
  • Pudding

    Tombstone Cake Nordicware Halloween
    [1] Tombstone cakelets, individual portions (photo courtesy NordicWare).

    Haunted House Cake - Nordicware
    [2] Haunted mamor centerpiece (photo courtesy NordicWare).

    Ghost Cake Nordicware
    [3] A ghost centerpiece (photo courtesy Nordicware).

    Skull Cakes Nordicware

    [4] Skull cakelets, decorated for El Dia De Los Muertos (photo by Nozomi | Williams-Sonoma upload.




    RECIPE: Pumpkin Cheese Danish & The History Of Viennoiserie

    Cherry Danish - Viennoiserie
    [1] One of the most popular types of Viennoiserie is Danish pastry, typically round with fruit and/or cheese fillings (photo courtesy Visit Denmark).

    Kouign Amann Viennoiserie
    [2] Kouign amann may look like Danish’s country cousin, but the flavor is as royal as it can be (Here’s the recipe from The Kitchn).

    Croissants & Coffee
    [3] Perhaps the most oft-consumed Viennoiserie choice: the croissant (photo courtesy The French Farm).

    Pain au Chocolat
    [4] Pain au chocolat, often called a chocolate croissant in the U.S. It’s croissant dough with chocolate rolled into the dough, which is shaped in a rectangle instead of a crescent. Here’s the recipe from The Bojon Gourmet.

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Danish

    [5] Today’s recipe: a pumpkin cheese Danish, the breakfast version of pumpkin cheesecake (photo courtesy King Arthur Flour).


    Long before we could say “Viennoiserie” (vee-en-WAH-zuh-ree, meaning “things of Vienna”), we could say “cheese Danish.” We cannot remember a time that cheese Danish was not part of our life.

    Our nana was a big baker of Viennoiserie; and if she didn’t have time, there were bakeries owned by Austrian and German bakers who had immigrated to New York after World War II.

    Viennoiserie is the category of what is called breakfast pastry in the U.S. It is made with laminated yeast dough or puff pastry. It includes, among other varieties, croissants, pain au chocolat, pain au raisins and Danish pastry.

    It bridges the gap between bread and pastry.

    White flour is combined with ingredients—eggs, butter, sugar, milk, cream—which create a richer, sweeter flavor than brioche, challah or other sweet breads. Active yeast cultures cause the quick rise of the dough, creating the signature flakiness when it is baked.

    While the laminated dough is known as a pâte viennoise (pot vee-yen-NWAZ, meaning Viennese paste) and originated in Vienna, it grew up in Paris,

    Viennoiserie arrived in Paris between 1838 and 1839 with August Zang, a former Austrian military officer who opened a bakery, Boulangerie Viennoise. He introduced the Viennese techniques which would one day lead to the baguette and the croissant.

    The Viennese style of pastry became a passion in Paris, baked almost everywhere.

    You can explore more pastries in our Pie & Pastry Glossary, and the many varieties of bread in our Bread Glossary.

    This recipe is from the masterful bakers at King Arthur Flour. It may seem like a lot of steps, but this Danish is something you just can’t find elsewhere.

    Prep time is 60 minutes, bake time is 18-20 minutes.

    The dough needs to be made the night before (through step 3, below), so you can pull it together on a lazy Saturday and have warm Danish for Sunday brunch.

    Ingredients For 12 Danish

    For The Sponge

  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
    For The Dough

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 to 1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Buttery Sweet Dough Flavor or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
    For Day 2

  • 16 tablespoons (1 cup) cold unsalted butter for laminating
    For The Filling

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon Instant ClearJel or 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose Flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • Optional: 1/8 teaspoon cream cheese flavor
    For The Topping

  • 2 ounces caramel (a scant 1/4 cup, packed, or about 6 individual candies)

    1. PREPARE the sponge: Weigh the flour, or measure it by gently spooning it into a measuring cup and sweeping off the excess. Beat together the egg and water then add the sugar, flour, and yeast. Mix until well blended. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes.

    2. MAKE the dough: Weigh the flour, or measure it by gently spooning it into a measuring cup and sweeping off the excess. When the sponge is ready, combine the sugar, 1-1/4 cups of the flour, dry milk, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.

    3. STIR the sweet dough flavor and 1 tablespoon melted butter into the sponge mixture, then add the dry ingredients. Mix and knead until a soft, smooth dough forms, adding the additional 1/4 cup of flour if necessary. Pat the dough into a square on a greased baking sheet, wrap it well, and refrigerate overnight.

    4. PREPARE the butter the next day. Place the butter in the center of a lightly floured piece of plastic wrap. If you’re using two sticks of butter, place them side by side. Pound the butter with a rolling pin until you have a rough 6″ square. Use the plastic wrap to make the edges straight and even. Wrap the butter and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.


    5. LAMINATE the dough: Place the chilled dough on a lightly floured work surface. Roll it into a 9″ square; it doesn’t have to be exact. Unwrap the chilled square of butter and place it in the center of the dough at a 45° angle, so it looks like a diamond in the square. Fold the sides of the dough over the edges of the butter until they meet in the middle. Pinch and seal the edges of the dough together; moisten your fingers with a little water, if necessary.

    6. DUST the top of the dough parcel with a little flour, then turn the dough over and tap it gently with the rolling pin into a rectangular shape. Pick up the dough to make sure it isn’t sticking underneath, dusting with more flour if necessary, then roll from the center out until you have a rectangle 14″ long by 7″ wide. Brush off any excess flour with a dry pastry brush then fold the bottom third of the dough up to the center, and the top third over that (like a business letter). Line the edges up on top of each other, and even up the corners so they’re directly on top of each other. Use a dab of water, if necessary, to get the corners to stick together. This is the first “turn.”

    7. ROTATE the dough parcel 90° to the right: It will look like a book ready to be opened. If the dough is still cool and relaxed, roll and turn it as instructed in the previous step, then wrap it loosely and refrigerate for 30 minutes. If the dough is springing back when you try to roll it, wrap it loosely and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. Ultimately the dough should be folded and turned four times, so allow it to rest in the refrigerator as many times as necessary to achieve that. Once the four turns have been completed, wrap the dough loosely and refrigerate it for 60 to 90 minutes.

    8. MAKE the filling: In a small bowl combine the sugar, pumpkin pie spice, ClearJel or flour, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl…

    9. BEAT the cream cheese until smooth. Add the pumpkin and flavor, and beat again until smooth. Mix in the dry ingredients. Set aside.

    10. SHAPE the Danish: Roll the dough into a 14″ x 16″ rectangle; if the dough starts to shrink back, let it rest and relax, loosely covered, in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Trim the edges of the dough on every side using a ruler and pizza wheel. This cuts off the folded edges that would inhibit the pastry from rising fully.

    11. SPREAD the filling over the surface of the dough, leaving a 1/2″ bare strip along one of the long edges. Brush the bare strip with a little water. Beginning with the covered long edge, roll the dough into a log. Cut the log into 12 slices and place them on two lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheets.
    Cover the Danish and let them rest/rise for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°.

    12. BRUSH the Danish with 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water. Bake the Danish—one pan at a time, or in two ovens—for 18 to 20 minutes, until they’re a deep golden brown. Remove the Danish from the oven and cool on a rack.

    13. PREPARE the topping: Melt the caramel over low heat in a small saucepan or in the microwave, heating and stirring until smooth. Drizzle some of the warm caramel over each Danish.

    You can store Danish in a plastic bag or an airtight container at room temperature for a day; or wrap well and freeze for longer storage.
    Making Viennoiserie is a labor of love; but the results are so delicious, you almost forget the labor.

    And, the more you make it, the faster you get.


    Danish Pastry
    [1] Danish pastry gives bakers an opportunity to create different variations on a [round] theme (photo courtesy Fika NYC).

    Danish Pastry
    [2] This well shape is popular for Danish with jam and cream cheese (photo Yuri Arcurs | Dreamstime).

    Cheese Danish

    [3] Another classic shape for cream cheese danish. Here’s the recipe from Alexandra Cooks.




    TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Betty For National Apple Betty Day

    Apple Brown Betty
    [1] David Venable’s Apple Brown Betty. The recipe is below (photo courtesy QVC).

    Apple Brown Betty Recipe
    [2] Have your betty a la mode (photo courtesy Cook Diary).

    Apple Brown Betty
    [3] A pan full of betty.

    Apple Brown Betty

    [4] Photos #2 and #4: Apple brown betty from Curious Cuisiniere (here’s the recipe).

    Hard Sauce Recipe
    [5] For a special occasion, top the betty with hard sauce—perhaps with some real rum? The recipe, below, is from Taste of Home.


    October 5th is National Apple Betty Day, a cooked fruit dessert that we think of as a fruit casserole.

    Betty belongs to that group of fruit desserts that are not a pie, or made in a pie pan:

  • Betty
  • Bird’s eye pudding/crow’s eye pudding
  • Buckle
  • Cobbler
  • Crisp
  • Crumble
  • Grunt
  • Pandowdy
  • Slump
    Here are the differences among them.

    You may have heard the term as a brown betty. A brown betty is made with brown sugar instead of white.

    For centuries, American homemakers have been baking bettys with fall fruits.

    The recipe alternates layers of fruit with layers of sweetened buttered bread crumbs. In Colonial times, apples, which stored well, were the fruit most likely to be available into the cold months; and the bread crumbs made use of yesterday’s stale loaf. (Tip: Use challah or brioche for a more luxurious taste, whole wheat bread for an earthier flavor.)

    QVC’s Chef David Venable has added walnuts to the crumb layers of his recipe.

    He’s also added a second fall fruit: pears. You can add any second fruit to your betty, including persimmons, quince; other fresh fruits; even dried fruits.

    We tossed in some extra raspberries we had at hand. Otherwise, we always have a stock of raisins, dried cherries or cranberries (Craisins).

    Want something fancier? Serve the betty with fruit sauce, ice cream or whipped cream; or borrow some hard sauce from British desserts.

    Ingredients For 9 Squares

    For The Breadcrumb Base

  • 4 cups French bread, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons chunky applesauce
    For The Filling

  • 4 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 4 pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons light brown sugar
    For The Drizzle

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with nonstick food spray. Set aside.

    2. PREPARE the breadcrumb base: Pulse the cubed bread in a food processor until crumbly (the pieces do not need to be uniform in size). In a mixing bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, melted butter, cinnamon, sugar, walnuts and applesauce. Set aside.

    3. PREPARE the filling: Toss together the apple and pear slices with the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and brown sugar in another mixing bowl.

    4. ASSEMBLE: Fill the baking pan with a thin layer of the breadcrumb base, followed by a layer of the apple-pear mixture. Repeat this process again, reserving enough of the breadcrumbs to sprinkle on top as the last layer.

    5. PREPARE the drizzle: Combine the lemon juice, molasses, brown sugar and apple cider in a mixing bowl. Drizzle the mixturet back and forth across the filled baking pan. Place the baking pan in the oven for approximately 30–40 minutes, until the top has browned and the fruit is softened. Let cool on a wire rack until set. Portion and serve.


    Once apples took root in America—literally, rootstock was brought over from England—they became a major supply of fresh fruit: for snacking, for baking, for sweetening savory dishes.

    The betty originated in colonial times, when apples were often used to sweeten dishes.
    The first known reference to a “brown Betty.” appears in the 1864 Yale Literary Magazine. Brown was written in lowercase and Betty was capitalized. The term was in quotes, implying, per one source, that it was not yet a fully established term. It was mentioned in an article of foods to give up during athletic training [source].

    Was there a real Betty? It’s a safe guess that this variation on the cobblers, crips, grunts and slumps of the world was someone named Betty, who thought to use bread crumbs instead of the dough, oats, streusel, and other toppings used in related desserts.

    In 1890, Brown Betty was part of the winning essay for the $500 American Public health Association Lomb prize on practical, Sanitary, and Economic Cooking Adapted to persons of Moderate and Small Means. This was part of a series of menus to feed a family on thirteen cents a day; it became a book of the same title by Mrs. Mary Hinman Abel.

    Mrs. Abel may have carried the recipe into use the New England Kitchen, an experimental Boston restaurant aimed at “improving” the food choices of the poor.

    Food trivia: Poor no more, Apple Brown Betty was one of the favorite desserts of Ronald and Nancy Reagan in their White House years.

    Ingredients For 1-1/3 Cups

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash ground allspice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon rum extract (or actual rum)

    1. COMBINE the sugar, flour, nutmeg, allspice and water in a small saucepan; stir until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

    2. REMOVE from the heat; stir in the butter and extracts. Refrigerate any leftovers.


    GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCT: Scratch & Grain Baking Kits Are Not Just For Kids

    Gluten-free writer Georgi Page-Smith writes that Scratch & Grain Baking Kits are not “just for kids.” While the line was created so that children could easily make a batch of cookies or brownies, the quality is so fine that households with no kids can just dig in.

    During a recent cornbread jag I requested a sample of Scratch & Grain’s organic and gluten free Honey Cornbread Kit, in order to broaden my horizons and see if there was anything I was missing about the corn arts.

    Little did I know I was about to enter a realm of flavor and texture that was heretofore undiscovered within my experience.

    Scratch & Grain specializes in baking kits—conventional and gluten-free mixes for cookies, cornbread, cupcakes and more—which allow the user to compose, mix and bake their own treats from pre-portioned, labeled and numbered ingredients. This system accomplishes a few things:

  • Your home is infused with the aroma of fresh-baked yumminess.
  • For busy families, Scratch & Grain provides a way to teach kids (or spouses, for that matter) about the art of baking sans drama or anxiety.
  • It’s economical, sparing the need to load up on costly organic flours and ingredients that enhance the recipe but that are unlikely to be used by their sell-by date. (I’m addressing this in part to the circa-1972 can of cream of tartar that my mother has been saving to hand down to her grandchildren.)
    But all of this convenience and efficiency would be pointless if the goods themselves were not ravishingly delicious.

    The gluten-free Cornbread, Snicker Doodle* and Cheesecake Brownie Kits that I tested produced tender, delicious results that I am confident will apply across the whole line.

    Unpacking the Honey Cornbread Kit was in itself a bit of fun. All of the ingredients are neatly packaged in clear sachets, with handy numbers on each one indicating the order in which they should be added. Helpful tips on the back of the box provide for variations and suggest add-ins.

    The Cornbread Kit contains a not-unreasonable level of sugar per serving (13g), but I am ever-wary of sugar and a bit of a purist. Following a tip on the box, I happily left out most of the cane sugar but used all of the honey granules and brown sugar.

    The results were quick to come, making me look like a domestic goddess. They were so deliciously tender, with a buttery, toasty flavor, that my spouse (normally a bit austere in his diet) ate giant pieces of it warm and then stealthily battled me for the last wedges.

    I did not use all the cane sugar provided in the kit, but I believe that would have yielded the sweeter, moister experience that is pleasing to many.

    The beauty of this cornbread is that it is appropriate for breakfast, as a mid-afternoon snack, or with a bowl of greens for dinner. This is a recipe I recommend trying, whether you are a cornbread aficionado or someone who is cornbread-curious.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: You can also add some minced jalapeño to a cornbread mix. It’s our favorite way to enjoy it: less sugar and a bit of heat.

    I will admit I have never been a huge fan of the cinnamon-sugar cookies known as snickerdoodles, though I acknowledge their place in the cookie pantheon.

    But Scratch & Grain’s organic, gluten-free Snicker Doodle Kit* won me over. The robust aromatics of the cinnamon and the addition of flax seeds into the dough delivered a rich, spicy and substantial cookie that would please children and adults.

    The dough again had a buttery, caramelly flavor that made a good vehicle for the cinnamon sugar coating. The baked cookies had an ever-so-delicate frill of crunchy caramelization around the edges, adding a new dimension to the snickerdoodle formula.

    Snickerdoodles tend to be fall cookies, perfect for a with apple cider or warm mulled cider, or with tea—plain black or spiced.

    This is the cookie to offer company for an old-fashioned welcome. It will remind guests of their favorite granny—even if she didn’t bake—it’s that cozy and comforting.

    I also found this kit to be a great base for other add-ins. For me it was ground black sesame seeds, but chocolate chips would create a nice fusion, too.

    See the history of snickerdoodle cookies below.


    Gluten Free Cornbread Mix
    [1] Gluten-free cornbread, packaged with honey granules that you can use in the bread dough or to make honey butter.

    Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix
    [2] Snicker Doodle Cookie Kit, one of three gluten-free cookie varieties.

    Scratch & Grain Chocolate Truffle Cookies Gluten Free
    [3] Chocolate Truffle Cookies, the gluten-free line’s best seller (photos #1, #2, and #3 courtesy Scratch & Grain).

    Cheesecake Brownie

    [4] There’s also Cheesecake Brownies Kit. This photo is from The Cozy Cook, who offers her own recipe.


    While the other kits struck a somewhat virtuous note, the Cheesecake Brownie kit was, in a word, decadent. The quality of the chocolate was elevated and not too cloyingly sweet. Even with my omission of half of the bag of chips, it delivered a rich, luxurious wave of chocolate flavor.

    The cream cheese streaks made a nice counterbalance to the intensity of the chocolate and coaxed me into enjoying a combination that I wouldn’t normally try.

    I do think you could leave the egg yolk out of the cream cheese streak and not miss it. The whole concoction stayed moist into the next day, but they may not last that long in your household!
    If I had one reservation about Scratch & Grain it would be the moment that I had to toss the adorable little plastic bags, now emptied of their ingredients, into the trash. I would be quite content to see the company use paper for certain ingredients, or something more recyclable.

    Scratch & Grain’s gluten-free line will keep me happy for quite some time, and I have no hesitation recommending any of their products for superior, wholesome flavor and ease of use.

    Products are available from and in certain Whole Foods markets. Check the the store locator.

    —Georgi Page-Smith
    EDITOR’S NOTE: You can buy a sampler of all four gluten-free mixes, for yourself or as a gift for a GF loved one.



    recipe for a conventional cookie (not gluten-free) from Cookies And Cups.



    A snickerdoodle is a drop cookie made with butter, sugar, flour, baking soda and cream of tartar†, and rolled in cinnamon sugar. The classic recipe creates a chewy cookie with grooved lines on the surface.

    “Though some prefer to omit the cream of tartar in snickerdoodles,” says the Huffington Post, “purists will contest that it’s not the classic cookie without it—more like a plain cinnamon sugar cookie.”

    And without leavening, it’s as flat as a gingersnap—which may be what some people are looking for (we prefer the puffiness from the cream of tartar).

    Some recipes use eggs for a richer, moister cookie; some use oil instead of butter. Recipes can produce soft or crisp cookies.

    According to an extensive article on Bakemore | WordPress, the earliest known print reference dates 1889. The cookies became very popular in New England and Pennsylvania during this time.

    What about the name?

  • Some sources say the name is of German origin, derived from Schneckennudeln, referring to cinnamon-dusted sweet rolls. But the snickerdoodle is an American invention.
  • It may make more sense that the Pennsylvania Dutch‡, who spoke German, transposed schneckennudeln to snickerdoodle, a fun-sounding name in the U.S., home of Yankee Doodle.

    *Scratch & Grain uses two words: snicker doodle. The conventional spelling is one word, snickerdoodle.

    †The purpose of cream of tartar, a mild acid, is to react with the baking soda to leaven the cookie (cause the dough to rise).

    ‡ are a cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants to Pennsylvania and their descendants. Most emigrated to the U.S. from Germany or Switzerland in the 17th and 18th centuries.



    RECIPE: For Taco Tuesdays, A Taco Ring

    Taco Ring Recipe
    [1] Make a taco ring for Taco Tuesdays (photo courtesy Pampered Chef).< Tex-Mex Seasoning

    [2] Buy Tex-Mex or taco seasoning, or make your own (recipe below—photo courtesy Pampered Chef.


    October 4th is National Taco Day, but here’s some added fun for any Taco Tuesday: a taco ring, developed by Pampered Chef. You can save time with store-bought salsa fresca or pico de gallo.

    For those who will miss a crispy corn taco shell: Serve a few tortilla chips with the salsa.


    Ingredients For 8 Servings (2 Rolls Per Person)

  • 1 small red onion, divided
  • 1-1/4 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons Tex-Mex rub (substitute taco seasoning or use the recipe below)
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese (1-1/4 cups), grated
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
    For The Salsa & Toppings

  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups thinly sliced romaine lettuce
  • Optional
  • Optional: bell pepper to hold the salsa, or for decoration (we used it to hold the sour cream, which is neater to scoop out than salsa)


    1. PREHEAT the oven to 375°F (190°C). Cut the onion in half and chop half of it (Pampered Chef used its Food Chopper). Set aside the remaining onion for the salsa.

    2. COOK the onion, turkey and rub in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, for 10-12 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink. Break the turkey into crumbles. Drain, if necessary, and transfer the turkey mixture to bowl. Meanwhile…

    3. GRATE cheese. Stir 1 cup of the cheese into turkey mixture.

    4. UNROLL the crescent dough and separate it into 16 triangles. Arrange the triangles, slightly overlapping, in a circle in a round baking pan (Pampered Chef used its White Large Round Stone with Handles. The wide ends of the crescents should be 4 inches from the edge of the stone or pan; the points will extend off of the edge of the stone/pan. Roll the wide ends of the dough toward the center to create a 5-inch opening. To create the opening, place the storage container for the Biscuit Cutters in the center of the stone.

    5. SCOOP the filling evenly over the dough. Bring the points of the triangles up over the filling and tuck them under the dough at the center, to form a ring. Brush the dough with the egg white. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

    6. MAKE the salsa while the ring cooks. Cut the onion and jalapeño into chunks. Chop the remaining onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and salt until coarsely chopped (Pampered Chef used its Manual Food Processor; we used a wooden bowl and a mezzaluna). Add the tomatoes; process until the mixture reaches the consistency of salsa.

    7. PREPARE the bell pepper if using it as a container. Otherwise, leave it whole as a decorative element, and use it in a subsequent meal. To prepare: Slice off the top, remove the seeds and white ribs and, if you like, use a paring knife to create the V-shaped rim.

    8. REMOVE the stone/pan from oven when the ring is golden brown. Serve with the salsa, shredded lettuce and optional sour cream.

    Serve salsa in a bell pepper cup! Cut top off of pepper with V-Shape Cutter; scoop out seeds and veins with Scoop Loop™. Fill with salsa. Place in center of Taco Ring and surround with lettuce

    Pampered Chef and other brands sell a pre-mixed rubs and taco seasonings, but you can make your own by combining:

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin (or toast and grind the seeds from scratch)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • Dash cinnamon
    Any extra will keep in a tightly-closed jar for a few weeks.



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