Friday, May 25, 2012

Maple Twists

Maple Twists

3/4 cup Milk (I used Almond Milk)
1/4 cup Butter or Margarine
2 3/4 - 3 cups Flour
3 Tbsp. Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Yeast
1 Egg
1 tsp. Maple Extract

1/2 cup Sugar
1/3 cup chopped Nuts, optional
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Maple Extract
1/4 cup melted Butter, for brushing between the layers (I used more)

1 cup Icing Sugar
2 Tbsp. Butter, melted
1 - 2 Tbsp. Milk (Almond Milk)
1/2 tsp. Maple Extract

Heat milk and butter until very warm and butter begins to melt.  In a mixer, blend liquids with 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast, salt, egg, and extract on low speed for 2 minutes.  By hand, stir in remaining flour to form a soft dough;  knead 5 minutes.  Let rise in the oven with the oven light on for 45 minutes or until double in bulk.  Meanwhile combine the filling ingredients.  Grease a 12-inch pizza pan with butter or margarine.  Divide dough into 3 balls.  Roll out 1 ball to fit the pizza pan.  Brush with melted butter and top with 1/3 of the filling.  Repeat layers with remaining balls.  Place a round 2-inch glass or cookie cutter in the center of the dough and press down to cut a circle.  With a sharp knife, cut 16 wedges from the outside the center.  Twist each wedge about 3-5 times;  press down end to hold in place.  Cover and let rise until double in bulk.  Bake in pre-heated oven at 375 for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool 5 minutes.  Remove from pan onto serving dish.  While warm, drizzle with glaze.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Pizza Crust

This is one of the best pizza crusts I've ever used. And, believe me, I've tried LOTS of different recipes (ask my hubby ;)) I got the Mennonite Girls Can Cook cookbbook for Christmas from my kids and this recipe is in there. If you don't already own this cookbook, you should! It's a good one. There's a picture that goes along with every recipe. :) You can buy it at any Ten Thousand villages store or here:

Pizza Crust

3 - 3 1/2 cups Flour
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. instant yeast
2 Tbsp. Oil
1 1/4 cups Water
1 - 2 Tbsp. Cornmeal

Mix 3 cups flour with the sugar, salt and yeast in mixing bowl. Add oil and warm water and mix. Continue adding flour to make a soft dough that is no longer sticky. Cover and let rise until nearly double in bulk. Grease a large pizza pan or cookie sheet (12" x 17") and roll out dough to cover the entire pan. Lift up half and sprinkle with 1/2 of the cornmeal (this keeps your crust from getting soggy). Does this with the other half as well. Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with your favorite toppings. This was a ham and pineapple pizza.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cheese & Bacon Muffins/Cake Pops

I got this Cake Pop maker for Mother's Day on Sunday.  You can use any muffin or cake batter and bake in this maker.  I made these Cheese & Bacon muffins/pops.  The kids LOVED them!!

This is the cake pop maker.  You can buy it at Canadian Tire.

Cheese & Bacon Muffins/Cake Pops

2 cups Flour2 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
¼ tsp. Salt
½ cup Cheese, grated
5 Bacon slices, cooked & crumbled
1 Egg, slightly beaten
1 cup Milk
¼ cup Oil

Mix first 6 ingredients. Make well in center of bowl; add remainder ingredients. Stir only to moisten. Batter will be lumpy. Bake at 400F for 20-25 minutes.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak

2 lbs. Hamburger
1 cup Bread Crumbs
2 Eggs
½ cup Light Cream
½ cup Onions, chopped
½ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Pepper
2 Tbsp. Parsley Flakes
4 Tbsp. Cooking Oil

Brown Gravy:
¼ cup Dripping or Butter
¼ cup Flour
2 OXO Beef Cubes
2 cups Boiling Water

Mix meat, crumbs, eggs, cream, onions, salt, pepper and parsley flakes. Shape into patties. Bake at 350oF for about 10 minutes on each side. Place into a casserole dish. Mix together ingredients for brown gravy and onions and let simmer. Pour over hamburgers. Bake at 350oF for ½ - 1 hour.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Papa Nate (Easter Buns)

Papa Nate (Easter Buns)

1 cup Lard, melted
2 cups Sugar
4 cups Water
2 Eggs
3 Tbsp. Instant Yeast, rounded
1 ½ tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Pepper, rounded
½ tsp. Salt
11-13 cups Flour

Mix and let rise in bowl for about 1 hour.  Roll into buns and place into well-greased 9 x 13 pans. Let rise about 1 ½ hours.  Bake at 325oF for 20 30 minutes.  Ice with butter-cream icing and sprinkle with candy sprinkles.