Saturday, December 6, 2014

French Bread

French Bread
(Taken from the 25th ward cook book--original recipe from Ardith Parkinson)

3 c Hot water  ( hot to touch, not boiling)
2 Tbls instant yeast
3 Tbls sugar
1 Tbls salt
7-9 cups flour

In a bowl add hot water, sugar, yeast , salt and about 4 cups of flour.  Mix together on low spead for  30-60 seconds, stop mixing and allow to sit for 10 minutes (sponging). Using low speed mix in the rest of the flour 1 cup at a time until the dough starts to pull away from the sides and bottom of the bowl.  ( it usually takes my bread about 8 cups of flour)  Knead on medium speed for 4-5 minutes.  Turn dough out on a lightly oiled counter. Cut into 2 even sized loaves. Raise in the oven @ 150 degrees for 10 minutes then increase the over to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 20-25 minutes.  
Prior to putting the loaves in the overn, you can brush the tops of the loaves with beaten egg white mixed with 1 TBL water for a shiney top.

Can half recipe if you only want one loaf.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Best Chocolate Cake Ever

  • Chocolate Cake
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder (I used Postum)
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil or ½ melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.
  2. For the cake:
  3. Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder to a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk through to combine or, using your paddle attachment, stir through flour mixture until combined well.
  4. Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute to add air to the batter.
  5. Distribute cake batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, remove from the pan and cool completely.
  7. Frost cake with chocolate buttercream frosting. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fruit Pizza

1 cup soft butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups of flour
dash of salt

Combine and mix. Press into a greased pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, until golden brown.


1 envelope of Dream Whip
1/2 cup sugar
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
Mix and spread onto crust and chill.

Top with fruit - strawberries, bananas, kiwi, etc.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Traditional Chili

Mom's chili con carne recipe with a few changes.

1 TB oil
1 - 1.5 lb ground beef
1 can chili beans
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 oz can tomato sauce
1/3 cup beef broth

1 tsp salt
Red pepper powder
Fresh ground pepper
Bay leaf
Dried basil
Worchestershire sauce - splash
1 drop liquid smoke .
Garlic, garlic salt, jar garlic (1/2 tsp)
Pinch ground mustard

Brown ground beef in oil in a large pot. Add canned ingredients. Season to taste. Let simmer. Add onions. Simmer for less time for crispier onions or longer for more tender onions.

Serve with grated cheese and saltine crackers.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Coconut Syrup

1 cube butter
1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/2 cup milk with 1 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, let sit for 5 minutes)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup Karo syrup

Combine and stir well. Bring to boil. Lower temperature and simmer for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat. 

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

Syrup will foam and enlarge - mix over sink. 

Serve warm over breakfast pastries, popcorn, or ice cream. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Apple Syrup

1 cup apple juice
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 T. cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
2 T. butter

Cook over stove on medium heat until thick. Add in butter until mixed well and melted. May add more apple juice if needed to thin it.
Serve with German pancakes, french toast, waffles etc.

Buttermilk Syrup

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup white Karo syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cube butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan except the vanilla.  Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes as low heat. Remove from the heat and add vanilla. Serve over waffles, pancakes, scones etc.