These sound a bit to me like donuts – they are a battered dough that you cook in hot oil. There’s probably a fancy name for this type of baked good – Paul Hollywood would know, right? :-) I bet they are very easy once you get the hang of it, and then you can get creative. Try filling them with bits of jam like an abelskeever or Boston cream or icing. Sounds delicious!
Sift 2 cups sifted flour, 3 tsp baking powder, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp nutmeg. Add 1/4 cup oil, 3/4 cup milk, 1 egg. Stir well with fork. Drop by teaspoon full into deep fat at 375. Cook until golden brown, about 3 min. Drain. Roll in cinnamon sugar or glaze by dipping into thin confectioners sugar icing.
2 cups flour
3 t baking powder
1/4 c sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c oil use a light vegetable oil for the best taste, not olive oil or anything with a strong taste/smell
3/4 c milk
Sift dry ingredients together. Add in oil, milk and egg. Stir well with a fork. Heat deep fat fryer to 375. Drop batter by teaspoons in the hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. roll in cinnamon sugar or sugar icing glaze.
I always think of my grandmother and Christmas when I think about coffee cake. We had one tradition at Christmas time that we ate coffee cake before we could go downstairs to open gifts, because my father had to have some kind of breakfast but they didn’t want us kids to be forced to wait and look at the gifts under the tree. My grandmother made a very nice coffee cake that I have made several times myself. And, site reader Diane schooled us a while ago about the fact that coffee cake was in fact invented to be eaten with coffee! Being more liberal minded these days, you can eat coffee cake with or without coffee, if you like.
Streusel topping can be made with a variety of ingredients, but most commonly, brown sugar & cinnamon.
Coffeecake (Bisquick Basic Recipe)
2 cups Bisquick
2 Tbsp sugar
2/3 cup cold water or milk
Put oven on 400. Grease 9 x 1 1/2 layer pan or regular cake or pie pan. Mix all ingredients with spoon, beat vigorously 1/2 min. Spread in prepared pan. Sprinkle on Steusel topping. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Nice hot right out of the oven or cover w/ foil & warm in oven later before serving.
This recipe for Banana Pineapple Jam was actually written down twice in this collection. The content of the cards is identical, so I don’t plan to post the other one separately. Note that Certo is fruit pectin, an additive that helps jams and jellies to gel nicely. Be careful when searching for this product because apparently there is a method to trick a drug test using Certo. Who knew?
Banana Pineapple Jam
4 cups (2 pounds) prepared fruit
7 1/2 cups sugar
1 lemon (juice of)
1 bottle Certo
1/2 tsp butter
Mash 5 ripe bananas to pulp & add 1 can (No 2) crushed pineapple. [A No. 2 can is 2 1/2 cups or 20 oz] Measure 4 cups fruit in large saucepan. Add sugar & mix well, and bring to rolling boil. Boil 1 minute. Then stir and skim for 5 min til cool & to prevent floating fruit. Ladle into glass & paraffin at once.
- lemon prevents browning of bananas
- Butter helps foam from forming
- This boils over very easily
UPDATE: Site reader Sarah provided us with some important food safety information: This recipe is great if you’re going to keep it in the fridge, but please be aware that it is NOT a safe canning recipe. First of all, the pH won’t be low enough to prevent botulinum toxins from forming, and second paraffin is not a reliable sealant. It would be best to ladle into glass jars, seal with a tight-fitting lid, and keep below 40 degrees in the refrigerator until completely consumed. Thank you!
For a sweet treat you might want to try Apricot Nut Cups. Apricots are not quite as sweet as peaches, and combined with nuts they make a nice treat. You will need a mini muffin pan for this one to make the cups. The recipe calls for Solo brand apricot filling. If you aren’t able to find that at your local market, you can make the filling by stewing down fresh apricots. I’ll link to a recipe at the bottom of this post.
Apricot Nut Cups
1 3 oz pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup butter or margarine (butter is always better)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 can Solo Apricot Filling (6 oz)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Blend cream cheese & butter into flour with a pastry blender. Form 24 1″ balls. Line miniature muffin pan with balls of dough and shape into crusts. For filling combine egg, brown sugar, Solo Apricot Filling (6 oz) and nuts. Spoon into individual crusts & bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Cool in pan.
Apricot Filling from scratch via Wilton
It’s the first full week of May, did you plant your cucumber seeds? If you did, in a couple months you should be enjoying fresh cucumbers, and if a bumper crop, you will have excess. You could try pickling with a simple recipe like this one.
Sweet Cucumber Slices
1 cup sugar
1 tsp mustard seed
1 tsp celery seed
3 cups vinegar
1 cup water
tsp whole black pepper
little red pepper (optional)
Cut cucumbers in 1/4 ” slices. Soak in brine of 1/2 cup salt to 1/2 gal water for 6 to 8 hours or over night. Mix mixture and pour over slices boiling hot. Simmer in mixture 5 to 10 minutes. Pack in jars. Pour mixture over put lids on.
Ok, that’s a little confusing – slice cucumbers into 1/4″ slices. Make a brine of 1/2 cup salt & 1/2 gal water. Soak the slices in the brine 6 to 8 hours or over night. Drain the brine. Mix the sugar, mustard seed, celery seed, vinegar, water and pepper in a pot. Bring to a boil and then add the cucumber slices. Reduce heat and simmer 5 to 10 minutes. Ladle slices into jars, then top up the jars with the remaining hot liquid. Apply lids & preserve by preferred method.
You can never have too many lasagna recipes, in my opinion. They may not always be significantly different, but sometimes you can take ideas and methods from various recipes to combine into your “own” special method. My mother used to put slices of pepperoni into hers on occasion. I loved that. These days, if I make a big pasta dish, it’s one of the “lazy day” lasagna types that uses rigatoni or penne noodles. I hate working with the big lasagna noodles because they always tear. One thing you can do is parboil them rather than fully cook them. They will absorb a little bit more liquid when baking.
What do you like to do with your lasagna to make it your own special recipe?
2 lbs ground beef
1 48 oz jar Ragu Spaghetti Sauce (any brand is ok)
2 lbs ricotta cheese
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 T parsley flakes
Salt & pepper to taste
1 lb lasagna noodles, cooked
1 c grated parmesan cheese
Brown beef, drain fat. Add Ragu, heat just to boiling. Cut 12 thin slices mozzarella for topping. Shred remainder and mix with ricotta, egg, parsley, salt & pepper. Ladle 1 cup meat sauce into bottom of each (almost 12×8) baking dish. Layer 3 noodles (I think this means side by side, not on top of each other) then about 1 cup cheese mixture & 1 cup meat sauce in each pan. Repeat twice. Sprinkle 1/2 parmesan onto each. Top with mozzarella slices. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes until bubbly. Serves 12.
Just the other day, a friend of mine was lamenting that she couldn’t make meat loaf because she can’t tolerate milk. After shaking my head, because I have never ever made meatloaf with milk, I shared a recipe very similar to this one with her. She happily was able to make her meatloaf and even put one in the freezer. Cooking knowledge for the win! With this particular recipe, it goes without saying to combine all ingredients (I use my Kitchenaid mixer with the paddle), then place in a greased loaf pan. To be really decadent, top with slices of bacon. Enjoy!
Favorite Beef Loaf
1 1/2 lb ground beef
1 cup medium cracker crumbs
2 beaten eggs
1 8 oz can (1 cup) seasoned tomato sauce
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 Tbsp chopped green pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 medium bay leaf crushed
About 1 hour