Tuesday, August 13, 2019

English Muffin Loaves

English Muffin Loaves

  • 5 1/2 - 6 cups flour
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Cornmeal
  1. Combine 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt and soda.
  2. Heat liquids until very warm (120 - 130 degrees F)
  3. Add to dry mixture;
  4. Beat well.
  5. Stir in enough more flour to make a stiff batter.
  6. Spoon into two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 pans that have been greased and sprinkled with cornmeal.
  7.  Sprinkle tops with cornmeal.
  8. Cover, let rise in a war place for 45 minutes.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes.
  10. Remove from pans and cool.
When cool cut in slices.
Here are a couple of slices that have been toasted and buttered.
MMMM good.
I slice the whole loaf and then freeze it and just take out slices as needed.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Easy Chocolate Fudge

Easy Chocolate Fudge
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional (I didn't use nuts)
  • Lightly grease a 9 inch square pan.
  • Line with a piece of plastic wrap, leaving ends out to cover the finished fudge.
  • The ends will also serve as 'handles' which will help you lift the fudge out of the pan. 
  • Heat milk, chips, butter, and vanilla, in a double boiler over simmering water.  
  • Stir until the chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
  • Stir in nuts, if using.
  • Pour into the prepared pan.
  • Spread gently, then cover lightly with the ends of the plastic wrap.
  • Chill until firm.
  • Lift out of pan and cut into small squares.

I didn't use a double boiler but just melted it in the microwave stopping every 30 seconds to stir until it was melted.
I also used a 7x 11 glass dish.

Happy Eating

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Crack Chicken Spaghetti

Crack Chicken Spaghetti
  • 8 oz. spaghetti 
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 8 oz.  Shredded Velveeta
  • 1/2 can chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Dry Ranch dressing
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 4 tablespoons bacon bits
  • Shredded cheddar
1. Cook spaghetti, preheat oven to 350.  Spray baking dish with Pam
2. Combine soup, broth, Dry Ranch, Velveeta and cook on low till melted.
3. Add spaghetti, chicken, and bacon bits.  Stir in pot.
4. Top with cheddar cheese and bacon bits.
5. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

We both like this and it is very easy to make.
You could probably used canned chicken or tuna instead of the cooked chicken.
Reminds me of tuna casserole and mac and cheese combined.

Happy Eating

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies - A Maine Original
Vee's Recipe
  • 2 3/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup soured milk 
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cocoa

Sift flour and mix with dry ingredients.  Set aside.

Cream shortening, adding sugar gradually.
Add vanilla, then eggs and beat until fluffy. 
Stir in flour mixture alternately with soured milk.
Add the cocoa paste and blend well. (hot water and cocoa)
Drop by spoonfuls on cookie sheet. (I used medium sized Pampered Chef scoop)
(I used parchment paper)
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes depending on size.  ( baked mine 15 min)

2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 cup milk
pinch salt

Mix until smooth
Heat in small pan until thick paste is formed over low heat.  Chill slightly.

Cream 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup shortening.
Add to chilled paste with 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Beat until light and fluffy.

 Picture coloring is lighter than the actually are.

Enjoy, these are delicious.
Thanks Vee  😃

Monday, January 28, 2019

Baked French Fries

Baked French Fries

2  medium baking potatoes, scrubbed, leave peels on
2 teaspoon melted butter or olive oil (I used the oil)
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/4 thick slices,
then cut slices into fry-shaped sticks.

Pour butter or oil into bowl and add potato slices.
Toss to coat.

Spread on baking sheet.
Bake 20 minutes, then turn potatoes and bake until crisp, 
about 30 minutes. After turning it only took my oven another 15 minutes.
While still warm season with salt.

Ken and I both thought these fries were very good, better than out and almost half the calories.
The recipe was created by Chris Thayer, 14 years old.

Sweet Potato Fries - substitute sweet potatoes for the baking potatoes.
Spicy French Fires - Stir 1/4 teaspoon EACH cayenne pepper and chili powder into butter or oil before tossing with potatoes.

Enjoy your fries.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Royal Icing

Royal Icing
  • 3 Tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla - use clear vanilla if you want pure white icing
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Beat ingredients together till stiff peaks form,  about 10 minutes.
Add water to thin and more sugar to thicken.

Have fun decorating your cookies.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves

  • 3 slightly beaten eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 6 oz can evaporated milk
  • 9" pie shell
  1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, and spices.
  2. Blend in eggs, milk, and evaporated milk.
  3. Pour into pastry shell.  Have edges crimped high because filling is generous.
  4. Bake in 400 degree oven for 50 minutes, or till knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean. 
  5. Cool

This recipe comes from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book published in 1970.  Purchased the cookbook on our honeymoon in 1972.
Tried different many different recipes throughout the years but we like this one best.

Happy Eating 🥧