Food and Culinary

Leftover pie dough? Cover it with some Parmesan or Gruyere cheese and bake it for a delicious appetizer.

Leftover pie dough? Cover it with some Parmesan or Gruyere cheese and bake it for a delicious appetizer.

Strawberry Pecan Coffee Cake

Ingredient List: 

1 cup fresh or frozen whole strawberries, cut into pieces
3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
1/4 cup pecans, chopped

1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons milk, low-fat
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
If using frozen strawberries, thaw and cut into pieces. Combine with brown sugar and set aside.
Spray an 8” round cake pan with cooking spray.Read more

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