Sunday, February 27, 2011

Banana Bundt Cake

Another GF bundt cake.

Banana Bundt Cake (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Corn-free)
Adapted from

  • 1/3 cup shortening or oil
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk or water
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • confectioners' sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream the shortening and sugar. Add the eggs, beating well. Blend in vanilla and bananas and mix well. Blend in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and milk, stirring just until combined. Stir in walnuts, if desired. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Candied Orange Peels

Ummmmm . . . . . I've been a slacker at posting here!! Sorry!

No reason for orange (or lemon or grapefruit) peels to go to waste! These are pretty good, and aren't bitter if you boil them 3 times.

Candied Citrus Peel
Adapted from

Carefully cut orange peel in strips, place in saucepan in cold water, and bring to boil. Repeat process three times, then measure orange peel and add equal quantity of sugar and hot water. Cook until pulp is translucent. Remove from syrup; roll in sugar; place on plates to dry.

~ Hanunyah

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Oranges 'N' Cream Fudge

This is THE BEST fudge I have tasted!! It was sooo yummy, creamy, and dreamy. This is definately a hit - I was told it tasted like a Dreamsicle.

I created this recipe from a different fudge recipe - Peppermint Chocolate Fudge. I had the idea to use white chocolate or white almond bark instead of chocolate chips, and use some orange extract that I had on hand instead of peppermint extract. So I tried it, and as said earlier the results were great!

Oranges 'N' Cream Fudge

  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tbs. margarine (or lard, shortening, etc.)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 ½ cups (9 ounces) white almond bark, chopped (or white chocolate chips)
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. orange extract
  • graded orange peel (optional)

  • Line a 8-inch square baking pan with foil.
  • In a medium saucepan combine sugar, milk, margarine, and salt. Bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes (until soft ball stage). Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallows, almond bark, vanilla extract, and orange extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared baking pan; cool for 1 minute. Top with the orange peel, pressing in slightly. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 48 pieces.

~ Hanunyah

new design + name

As of 1-3-12: I've re-named my blog name (which used to be "Hanunyah's Sweet Creations") to "Ranch Girl's Sweets 'N' Treats". "Sweet Creations" is a pretty common name, so I figured I'd change it to something a little different ;). My URL is still the same, though.

Also, a big thanks goes to my older sister (@ who has re-designed my blog and fixed-up all of the HTML. So, I hope you enjoy the new layout!