12 small gingersnap cookies, broken into 1/4-inch pieces
PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Place baking cups on baking sheet with sides. Spray each cup with cooking spray.
COMBINE sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger and salt in small bowl. Beat egg whites in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Spoon 1/4 to 1/3 cup of mixture into each prepared cup.
BAKE for 25 to 28 minutes or until knife inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool on baking sheet for 20 minutes. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Top each with whipped topping and gingersnap crumbs.
1 tube (4.25 ounces) Betty Crocker white decorating icing
1 tube (0.68 ounces) Betty Crocker brown decorating gel
Chocolate candy sprinkles
Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Make and cool cake as directed on box for 24 cupcakes.
Frost cupcakes with frosting. Place remaining frosting in corner of resealable freezer plastic bag. Snip off small corner of bag.
To decorate each cupcake, pipe 1-inch mound of frosting on 1 side of cupcake to look like head of turkey. Make eyes with white decorating icing and brown decorating gel; add candy corn for beak. To make feathers, pipe frosting on opposite side to hold candy corn; place candy corn upright on frosting to look like feathers. Sprinkle chocolate candy sprinkles near head and at base of feathers. If desired, add candy corn at base of cupcake for feet. Store loosely covered.
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Restaurants and professional chefs use a steam oven to roast turkey with moist meat and crispy skin.
Here’s how to turn your oven into an impromptu steam oven to cook a turkey to perfection.
Over the years I have roasted turkey more times than I can count. Literally. With all the holidays we’ve celebrated in 30 years of marriage, I have cooked turkey breast for just the two of us, and have roasted birds almost as big as me for 40+ family members.
A few years ago I discovered Chef Chiarello’s turkey tips and tried them out for our Christmas dinner. It was a smash hit! I have never had so many compliments as I did that day. My sister-in-law Wendy even asked for the recipe so she could use the same technique for the family reunion in the summer.
Even if you know how to roast turkey, try this method and see the difference for yourself. I think you’ll be amazed at how flavorful the meat is and how wonderful the gravy tastes too.
Here’s a video tutorial by Chef Michael Chiarello with written instructions following.
How Much Turkey Do I Need?
The rule of thumb is a pound of turkey per person.
How to Cook Turkey
Preheat your oven at 375 degrees.
Remove the plastic and the neck and giblets from the body and neck cavities of a thawed turkey.
Rinse the turkey inside and out with cold water and then pat dry with paper towel.
Put several celery stalks and whole carrots in the bottom of your roasting pan. If you have a rack, place it on top. If not, just set the turkey directly on top of the vegetables.
Start with the turkey upside down, with the breast facing down. Rub the bird down with olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Turn it over and repeat on the breast and legs.
Don’t truss the turkey’s legs or wings. It cooks thoroughly when the heat can reach all parts evenly.
Fill the cavity with fresh herbs (grocery stores sell them for a reasonable price now.) Rosemary and thyme are the herbs recommended by Chef Chiarello. Add some lemon slices to the herbs.
In the video he pours 4 cups of chicken broth into his roasting pan and then puts the roaster on the stove to bring it to a simmer. I suppose this way the vegetables are also affected, but I didn’t want to be transferring a heavy turkey pan, bird and steaming hot stock from one place to another. Instead, I set the roasting pan on the oven rack, simmered the broth in a pot and then poured it into the pan. Makes sense, don’t you think?
How Long Do I Cook the Turkey
When the oven temperature is set at 375 degrees, you should cook it for 15 to 18 minutes per pound. The meat at the thigh should be an internal temperature of 165 degrees, and the juice should run clear and not be pink. (Chef Chiarello recommends a Digital Instant Read Thermometer.)
Remove the turkey from the pan and let it stand for 15 minutes before carving. This is a great time to make the gravy!
Stencil Cakes are a great way to make your cake match your party theme, and are fast and easy to create. (If you’re using a printable party package, it’s super easy – just cut your cupcake toppers into stencils!)
Favorite spice cake recipe 4 cups Buttercream Icing Ivory and Golden Yellow Icing Color for Decorating Autumn Cupcake and Cookie Stencils Red, Orange, Black and Green Colored Sugars Brown Color Dust Colorful Leaves Sprinkle Mix
Spray 9 in. x 13 in. baking pan with vegetable pan spray.
Bake spice cake in prepared pan following recipe instructions. Cool completely.
Tint about 1 cup icing yellow; tint remainder ivory if using to ice the cake. Using a spatula, smooth ice the cake with ivory buttercream.
How to Smooth Ice a Cake Video Tutorial
Take the time to plan out your squares, lightly marking where you’ll pipe your dividing lines with a knife. Think about which stencil you would like in which square, visualizing how it will look altogether by the shape, size and colors used in each stencil. Plan the spacing of two stencils the same height or same color so they’re not directly beside each other. (See how the apple and pumpkin are in opposite corners on the cake in the photo? If they were in adjacent squares it would take away from their appearance. Ditto for the two acorns and two leaves.)
Use decorating stencils, sugars and Color Dust to create Thanksgiving images in each square.
How to Stencil the Top of a Cake Video Tutorial
Pipe tip #21 yellow buttercream shell bottom border; pipe tip #14 shells in straight lines on top of the cake.