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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Black Beauty Pie

desserts, pies

16 stewed california dried figs
3 cup milk
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoon instant coffee
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pkg chocolate pudding
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup slivered toasted almonds
1/2 cup toasted whole almonds
1 9-inch baked pie shell
1 cup heavy cream; whipped, sweetened, vanil

Drain stewed figs thoroughly. Set aside several figs to garnish pie top. Cut up remaining figs into small bits, discarding stems. In 1/2 cup of the milk, dissolve the gelatin. Place remaining milk in saucepan with coffee, sugar, cinnamon and package of chocolate pudding. Stir over low heat until pudding thickens and bubbles up. Stir in the gelatin. Cool. Then add vanilla and toasted, slivered almonds. Pour into pie shell and chill. Top with sweetened, vanilla-flavored whipped cream. Dry the whole figs carefully and use with toasted whole almonds to garnish pie top. Source: 48 Family Favorites with California Figs Reprinted with the permission of The California Fig Advisory Board Electronic format courtesy of Karen Mintzias