Cornbread Layer Cake with Pimento Cheese Filling

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Tender Cornbread + Pimento Cheese Spread = the perfect accompaniment to a big pot of chili or soup!!

I bake a lot of cornbread in the fall and winter, because it goes perfectly with the chili and soup I love to make!! I often take a weeknight shortcut and use that little blue box mix. I usually bake up a pan of cornbread or cornbread muffins right in my favorite countertop oven.

 1/4 Sheet Pan and Black KitchenAid Countertop Oven Roasting Pan

1/4 Sheet Pan and Black KitchenAid Countertop Oven Roasting Pan

We’re offering at QVC this Sunday 9/23/18 a Today’s Special Value: KitchenAid Countertop Convection Oven with two roasting pans. This is the oven I use everyday at home!

I’ve been having so much fun trying out all the items I can bake up using the two roasting pans. Turns out each pan fits perfectly two of those little blue cornbread mixes! …and if you bake up two layers of those (at the same time, because the oven has two baking racks) you can slather a homemade pimento cheese spread in between the cornbread layers and make this “Cornbread Layer Cake with Pimento Cheese Filling!” This will be a big hit at your next fall gathering!!

If you don’t have those pans or that oven - No Worries! A quarter sheet pan is similar in size and you can bake these up in your traditional oven, I would just watch the bake time as they may finish a little sooner as the cornbread will be spread out a little more, bake faster and come out a bit thinner. KitchenAid Countertop Oven (Black) Pan: 9 ⅛” x 11”, Quarter Sheet Pan: 9” x 13” (brands can vary)

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Prepare Your Pans for Baking:

Cornbread Layer Cake with Pimento Cheese Filling Recipe:

Tina Verrelli - epicuricloud.com

Makes 16 generous pieces

INGREDIENTS:

Cornbread:

non-stick baking spray

4 boxes Jiffy Cornbread/Muffin Mix

4 eggs

1 1/3 cups milk

Pimento Cheese Filling:

8-ounces Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup mayonnaise

4-ounce jar chopped pimentos (drained)

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon hot sauce (I used 1 teaspoon Frank’s Red Hot)

2 cups finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese


DIRECTIONS:

Cornbread:

Preheat oven to 375 F degrees if using dark pans. 400 F if using lighter pans.

In my KitchenAid Countertop Convection Oven - I use rack positions 1 and 5.

For this recipe I used the two black enamel coated steel pans that came with my KitchenAid Countertop Convection Oven. They measure: 9 ⅛” x 11”. You could alternatively use a quarter sheet pan (9” x 13” approx.) in your traditional oven, but you will need to monitor the bake time as the pan is a little larger and they will be more spread out and thinner.

Spray pan with non-stick baking spray, line bottom of pan with parchment paper, spray again with non-stick baking spray.

Mix your cornbread mix, pour into pans (I actually mix 2 boxes in one bowl and two boxes in another bowl, so I just have to pour the contents of 1 bowl into 1 pan and I know they’ll be even.)

Bake for about 12 minutes, rotating after 5 minutes.

Allow to cool about 10 minutes before turning out of pans.

Pimento Cheese Filling:

Use hand mixer or stand mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add mayonnaise and all seasonings and mix until combined. Mix in cheese.

Assemble:

Place one layer of cornbread on your platter. Spread the pimento cheese filling over that layer, top with other cornbread layer.

If making ahead (few hours - 1 day) refrigerate covered.

Printable Recipe: Cornbread Layer Cake with Pimento Cheese Filling





Halloween Pretzel and Kisses Treat Recipes

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Need a Quick, Easy & Cute Halloween Treat Idea?

Halloween is always such a busy time with costumes, parties and parades, but I always want to make a fun festive treat… These delicious no-mix, 3-ingredient treats fit the bill and come together in about 5 minutes! They are delicious with the salty crisp pretzels and the creamy sweet candy kisses! You can pack them up into trick-or-treat bags, fill up jars for teacher or hostess gifts or you can save them all for yourself!

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Halloween Pretzel and Kisses Treat Recipes:

Tina Verrelli - epicuricloud.com

Makes as many as you like!

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INGREDIENTS:

For the Candy Corn Hug Treats You’ll Need:

  • Bite Sized Pretzels (checkerboard Snaps, Minis or round wagon wheel shaped ones all work great!)

  • Hershey Hugs Candy Kisses, unwrapped

  • Candy Corn

For the Eyeball Treats You’ll Need:

  • Bite Sized Pretzels

  • Hershey Candy Cane Kisses, unwrapped (I bought these out-of-season on Amazon)

  • Eyeball Candies (I used Wilton brand - You can find these in grocery and craft stores during Halloween season or Amazon off-season)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 25O degrees F.

Lay pretzels on baking sheet(s).

Top with desired Hershey Kisses Candies.

Place in oven for about 4 minutes or until Kisses are soft and shiny (they should still hold their shape, but can be “smooshed” when topped with candy corn or eyeball)

Remove from oven and top with either candy corn or eyeball candies.

Let them cool off and set-up. (You can speed this up in the refrigerator.)

Store in a cool place in an air-tight container.


Printable Recipe: Halloween Pretzel and Candy Kisses Treats

Slow Cooker Spiral Sliced Ham Recipe

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Slow Cooker Spiral Sliced Ham Recipe:

Tina Verrelli – epicuricloud.com

Note: I used a KitchenAid 6-quart Programmable Slow Cooker and a 10-pound spiral sliced ham for this recipe.

Recipe may need to be adjusted for various makes/models/sizes of slow cookers

Ingredients:

½ cup orange juice

¼ cup brown sugar

8-10 pound spiral sliced ham

Glaze:

¼ cup honey

¼ cup spicy brown mustard

1 teaspoon hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot) – optional

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:

In bottom of slow cooker stir together orange juice and brown sugar.

Add ham to slow cooker with slices facing upwards.

You can trim a little ham if needed to fit.  (I just tucked the little pieces in next to the ham.)

Stir together the glaze ingredients.  Brush half over the top of the ham and reserve the rest. 

Set slow cooker to low, cover (I used the lid seal) and cook for about 6 hours or until ham reaches an internal temperature of at least 140 degrees F.

If desired, when the ham is finished in slow cooker, you can remove to an oven safe dish, brush with remaining glaze, then broil about 4 inches from the heating elements for about 5 minutes or until the top is nicely browned.

Printable Recipe: Slow Cooker Spiral Sliced Ham