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Sunday, February 28, 2016

My New Experiment-Cake Donuts

I was watching Food Network a few weekends ago (as per my usual) and saw Ina Garten making cake donuts.  They looked like fun, so I ordered 2 pans off the internet, my usual shopping place these days, and they arrived this week.  Today I made some cinnamon donuts and it WAS fun!  They were easy to make and are nice and light and tasty.  I pretty much followed the recipe from her site, but cut down on the nutmeg because it's not my favorite spice, but I think it would have been fine with the amount she recommended, so am posting the link to her recipe.  The pans card said that you can use any bread recipe (pumpkin, banana etc) in the pans, so going to search for some fun recipes to try in the future! 

OH, and just a note-they do sell these pans in a lot of stores, I got a good price for them on the internet though and the prices ranged all over the place..since you need to buy two for most recipes I didn't want to spend any more than I had to.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Angel Biscuits by Trisha Yearwood

A few weekends ago I was watching Trisha Yearwood's show on Food Network and she replicated some angel biscuits from someone's restaurant.  They looked really light and fluffy so I printed off the recipe and got the rest of the ingredients (they need dry yeast) to try them.  Today I decided it was a good day for stew since I haven't made it, I think, since last winter and I didn't want to think of cooking later on today, so I threw together my crockpot stew-which I've posted previously-and got that started around noon.  Then I thought of the biscuits later this afternoon and around 3:00 I got those started.  They really are not hard..take a little time working in the butter mainly, and I thought the recipe looked like you could make a ton, but it doesn't..they are just bigguns!  You have to allow for some time though because they have to rise for 1 hour.  Here is the recipe.

5 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup warm 90-110 degrees water.
1/2 ounce (2 pkgs) active dry yeast
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, cold, cut into small squares
2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 3 Tablespoons of the sugar.

In a small bowl, combine the warm water with the yeast and the remaining 2 Tablespoons sugar; stir until the  yeast is dissolved.  Let stand until bubbles appear, 2-3 minutes.

Using your hands (I also used a pastry blender) mix the 1 cup cold butter into the flour, breaking the butter into small pebbles, until the mixture resembles coarse meal.  Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk and the yeast mixture.  Gently fold the flour into the wet ingredients.  Keep mixing until a ball starts to form, then gently knead (on a lightly floured surface) 12-15 times, to create a smooth dough.  Cover with a cloth or plastic wrap (back in the bowl) and let rise in a warm place for approximately 1 hour.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and press out to 1-1/2 inches thick (I lightly used my rolling pin).  Fold the dough in half, press again to 1-1/2 inches and fold again and press to desired thickness.  cut the dough using a 2-3 inch round biscuit cutter (I used a drinking glass).  Brush the bottom of a cast-iron skillet (I don't have one, so used a big stoneware dish I had) with butter.  Place the biscuits in the skillet; brush the tops with more melted butter.

Bake until golden brown, 18-22 minutes, depending on size.  brush again with melted butter and serve immediately. 

Makes 8-12 biscuits.  I made 8 because that's all my pan would fit. Photo is one biscuit split in half!

NOTE:  When I make these again, I am going to use a bigger pan and make them a thinner, like the 1 inch and just make more. these were delicious, but just too "fat" for's just a personal preference though.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Harry Potter Day with the grandkiddos

In my family we all like Harry Potter books/movies, so this weekend we decided to have a Harry Potter marathon and watch all the movies and have the food etc centered around Harry Potter.  (I had the 3 grandkids and one of Kyle's friends, Alex over). Well, we only "kinda" watched 3 of the movies, but did eat and homemade "chips" and coleslaw for lunch, a bag of Harry Potter treats for dessert, chocolate frogs, all flavored jelly beans, jellied slugs, and pop rocks with suckers for exploding pops while they watched the first movie.  Then the boys decided they wanted to go sled and build a fort outside in the frozen weather, and the girls made "wands" for everyone.  We had done a quiz on the internet and everyone found out what house they were in, so they made 4 wands, one for each person representing the house they were.  Dave made wands out of some sticks he had and painted them black and then the girls went to work designing them.  picture below of the final products.  In the afternoon I made some homemade chocolate ice cream for sundae's after supper and a loaf of my wild rice cranberry bread for a "feast" at night which was supposed to be around the table with candlelight, but they wanted to eat in the livingroom and watch more movies and didn't want any pictures all day.  They are in the anti-picture mode (except selfies, I guess).  Anyway, the day went good.  They stayed from Friday night and will be leaving tonight, so their moms have a long Valentines weekend ALONE..I am sure they are enjoying that.  Here is  picture of the feast, the wands and kinda picture of Sam and Alana making wands, and Kyle and Alex with video games..electronics-not a Harry Potter item..LOL