Peach Crisp

Filling

1/2 cup sugar
2 TBS cornstarch
1 can (1 lb 13 oz) Peach halves*, drained with juice reserved (1 cup - if juice doesn't equal 1 cup, add a little water)
1TBS butter or margarine
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Topping

1 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 stick butter or margarine, softened

1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. In a medium saucepan, mix together sugar and cornstarch. Stir in juice from peaches. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens. (about 2 minutes) Remove from heat.
3. Stir in butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add peaches and stir. Spoon mixture into an 8x8 square pan, placing peach halves cut side down.
4. In a large bowl, combine all topping ingredients. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over peaches.
5. Bake at 375F or about 25 to 30 minutes.
6. Serve warm, with ice cream if desired.

*Any canned fruit can be substituted for peach halves. This can also be baked in a pie shell when using smaller fruits. An interesting variation is Fruit Cocktail Pie.

Hot Fudge Cake

This cake is on my list of the most awesome cakes, ever. It is baked in it's own gooey chocolate syrup and is fantastic with ice cream.

This is not the kind of cake you bake as a gift for someone that has never had it before. They won't understand it and will think you gave them a mess of a mistake when they look at it. Invite them over for dinner first, and serve it as dessert. Then they will understand and appreciate it, when you gift it later on.

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
6 TBS cocoa (divided)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
2 TBS oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup hot water

ice cream (optional)

1. Combine flour, sugar, 2 TBS cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
2. Stir in vanilla, oil, and milk until smooth.
3. Spread into an ungreased 9 inch square baking pan.
4. Combine brown sugar and remaining cocoa and sprinkle over batter.
5. Carefully pour the hot water over the whole thing. DO NOT STIR!
6. Bake at 350ºF for 35-40 minutes.
7. Serve warm.
8. Top with ice cream, if desired.