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Betty’s Fresh Fruit Medley with Orange Dressing Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make a Fresh Fruit Medley with Orange Dressing. This fruit salad is made from oranges, apples, and bananas, which are generally easy-to-find. It becomes elegant when Orange Dressing is drizzled over the top.


Ingredients:

2 oranges, peeled and sliced into quarter-slices
2 apples, unpeeled and cubed (I used red delicious apples.)
2 bananas, sliced
splash of lemon juice
1 cup orange juice
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch

In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup orange juice, ½ cup sugar, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened. Cool. Refrigerate until ready to use. When ready to assemble your salad, prepare the 2 oranges, 2 apples, and 2 bananas, using some lemon juice to protect the apples and bananas from browning. Stir fruits pieces until combined, and then transfer mixture to a nice medium-sized salad bowl. When ready to serve, pour the Orange Dressing into a small pitcher. Spoon a generous portion of the fruit mixture into sherbet glasses, and drizzle Orange Dressing over the top. This is a simple and elegant dessert, and is made of items you will quite often have on hand. It is a wonderful fruit salad to grace your holiday table, and it is healthy and low in calories. I hope you enjoy this recipe! –Betty 

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Betty’s Holiday Drinks with Ice Balls Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make ice balls and shows how they can be used in Betty’s Christmas Cherry-Pineapple Punch (already in bettyskitchen), and in a new recipe, Betty’s Whisky Sour. The use of ice balls in the place of ice cubes was inspired by Maker’s Mark distillery. I uploaded a video last year of our trip to Maker’s Mark Distillery, in which I explained the Maker’s Mark Ambassador program. You can become a Maker’s Mark ambassador, just by going to Maker’s Mark web site and signing up. (You must be of age.) Maker’s Mark will then place your name on a barrel of their fine bourbon whisky whenever it is ready to cure. It will take about 15 or 16 years for your barrel of whiskey to be cured. It is taste tested by a professional taster, and you will be informed of the progress of your barrel. When your barrel is ready to be bottled, you are given the opportunity to buy whisky from your barrel of whisky. Maker’s Mark sends all of its ambassadors Christmas gifts, and I have shown you a few of them. This year they sent out ice trays for making ice balls. They call them “bourbon balls,” not to be confused with the candy of the same name. (If you are interested in Bourbon Ball Candy, I have Maker’s Mark’s recipe demonstrated in bettyskitchen.) I thought some of your might have received your ice trays, and in this video, I show you how they look with Christmas Cherry-Pineapple Punch, and also with my own Whisky Sours. One great thing about the ice balls is that they keep your drink cold without diluting it like ice chips do. If you don’t have ice ball trays, you can experiment with matching small cups for half-circles of ice. Ice balls can be made ahead and frozen in a zip lock plastic bag for later use. The recipe for my Whisky Sours is below:

Whiskey Sours

Ingredients (for 1 drink):

1 ice ball (If can’t make ice balls, you may use crushed ice.)
2 oz. bourbon whisky
1 oz. lemon juice, chilled
1 oz. lime juice, chilled
2 oz. simple syrup (You can make simple syrup by placing ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water in a small pot and warming it on the stove until the sugar is dissolved. Then cool it in the refrigerator before adding it to the mix.)
½ orange slice, chilled
1 stemmed maraschino cherry, chilled
1 cocktail pick (optional)

Place an ice ball in an Old Fashioned glass. In a measuring cup, mix together 2 oz. bourbon whisky, 1 oz. lemon juice, 1 oz. lime juice, and 2 oz. simple syrup. (If you are not using an ice ball, also add ice chips.) Pour mixture into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. (If you don’t have a shaker, use a mixer or blender to blend well.) Immediately pour over ice ball, and place a cocktail pick containing ½ of an orange slice and 1 stemmed maraschino cherry on top of the drink. Enjoy!

 

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Betty’s Blueberry-Banana Smoothie Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make a Blueberry-Banana Smoothie. This smoothie is composed of frozen blueberries and bananas, vanilla yogurt, milk, and sugar or sweetener. There is no need for ice chips, since the fruit has been frozen ahead of time.

Ingredients:

½ cup frozen blueberries (My Quick Tip 94 is about freezing fruit for making smoothies.)
¾ cup frozen banana slices
6-oz. container vanilla-flavored yogurt
½ cup skim milk
¼ cup sugar (I prefer artificial sweetener.)

In a blender, add ½ cup frozen blueberries, ¾ cup frozen banana slices, a 6-oz. container of vanilla-flavored yogurt, ½ cup skim milk, and ¼ cup sugar or artificial sweetener. Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds, or until smooth. Pour into dessert glasses, and serve with a spoon and/or smoothie straw. You may vary the types of fruit and flavor of yogurt to fit your taste. You may also cut down on the milk for a thicker smoothie. This is a great way to get fruit into your diet, if you’re not the type to eat fruits by themselves. This drink is designed to be low in calories and delicious, too! Enjoy!!! –Betty

 
 

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Betty’s Original WOW! Peanut Butter Milkshake

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make her original WOW! Peanut Butter Milkshake. I think this is YouTube‘s Best Peanut Butter Milkshake!

Ingredients (for 1 large milkshake, with some peanut butter sauce leftover):

¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/8 cup milk (You may add more milk, if you like your milkshake thinner.)
Smoothie straws and/or iced tea spoons

In a small pot, combine ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water. Place over medium-high heat and stir constantly, until the sugar melts, forming a simple syrup. When you see bubbles forming around the edge of the pot, remove it from the heat. Allow the simple syrup to cool at room temperature for awhile, and then refrigerate until cool. Add ½ cup peanut butter and 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar to the simple syrup. Stir until smooth, making a peanut butter sauce. (This sauce may be used as a sundae topping as well.) Place 2 cups vanilla ice cream in a blender. Add 1/8 cup milk and ½ cup of the peanut butter sauce. Set blender to liquefy, and blend until smooth. (I like to leave some strands of peanut butter sauce in the blended milkshake. Pour immediately into a tall dessert glass (or two small dessert glasses). Insert a smoothie straw or iced tea spoon, and voila! The BEST Peanut Butter Milkshake you will find! Enjoy!!! –Betty 

 
 

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