Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ferguson Sandwich Bread

Ferguson Sandwich Bread

1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 packages active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
1 egg, beaten
5-6 cups flour (mine is half white and half wheat)

In a saucepan over low stir milk, 2 tbsp sugar, butter, and salt until the sugar and salt dissolve in the melted butter and milk. Remove from heat and cool until it is lukewarm.

Warm a mixing bowl by holding upside down under hot water for 2 min. In the warm bowl, dissolve yeast in water and sprinkle with 1 tbsp of sugar. Once yeast is dissolved and foamy, add milk mixture and 5 cups of flour.

Mix, adding an additional cup of flour if needed until dough no longer clings to the spoon or bowl. Knead dough 8-10 min or until smooth and elastic.

Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled. (about 1hour)

Punch dough and divide in half. Roll each half into a loaf shape and place in 2 8.5x4.5x2.5 loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled. (about 1 hour)

Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 min. Let cool 2 min in pans then finish cooling on wire racks.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Frog Poop or watergate salad

This is a family favorite dessert. We enjoy it on our bbq nights. The name frog poop happened on "call it what it isn't" week two years ago. We have a whole week where we call everything something goofy or made up.
Ingredients: (we double so we have leftovers ;) )
1 can pineapple chunks
1 bag mini marshmallows
1 box instant pistachio pudding
1 small container whipped cream

Pour in undrained pineapple chunks

Add pistachio pudding and mix

Toss in marshmallows

stir well
Add whipped cream.. ummm.. thaw it first so you don't have to find some impromptu games to play while all the children are dying to taste their dessert!!

Mix and chill


Saturday, March 13, 2010

$tarbucks knock off molasses cookies

So here's a strange one... I am posting a recipe I altered from another blog.. One that that blogger altered from another blog.. So.. I got my recipe from here.

Molasses Crinkles Cookies

1 cup dark brown sugar
5 tbs. canola oil
1/2 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
Decorating sugar, for rolling cookies in

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees (remember to put aprons on your children.. which I totally forgot)

2.In a mixer, mix together on medium speed, the sugar, oil, molasses and spices until completely mixed.

3.Add in egg and mix on medium speed until completely blended.

4.Add in flour and baking soda slowly while the mixer is on low. Mix until smooth.

5.Roll the dough into about 1″ balls, and drop into sugar. Flatten slightly, or
leave as a ball it will flatten, on the cookie sheet.

6.Put into oven for 10 minutes

7.Cool on the cookie sheet for 3 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely. Store in an air tight container.

8. Sniffle a bit because your children just worked together without competing against each other or fighting.



Sunday, February 28, 2010

Favorite PB Cookies

These are our favorite peanut butter cookies. I used to make them once a month and send them with my beloved husband when he went to train in the field. I prefer to use crunchy peanut butter. Beloved and the children also prefer to have them made with mini chocolate chips.

3/4 c Shortening
3/4 c peanut butter
2 eggs
2 c brown sugar (or 1/2c agave syrup)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 c flour

Cream together shortening and peanut butter. Add eggs, sugar, and salt. Sift baking soda and flour into the creamed mixture. Mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonsful on greased cookie sheets. Flatten with a fork for traditional pb cookie look, or slightly flatten with the palm of your hand for more fluffy round cookies. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. They will look slightly undercooked, but burn quickly, so keep an eye on them. Cool 2 min on cookie sheets and completely on a rack. Store in air tight container.
Yield: 3 dozen delicious cookies

*try these crumbled on chocolate ice cream or in a triffle with chocolate pudding and whipped cream... yummmmmmmmy*

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Amish Waffles

5 c flour
8 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs, separated
4c milk
1/2c melted butter or smart balance

Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and sugar. Add egg yolks, vanilla, milk, and melted butter. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Preheat waffle iron and grease. Pour in batter and follow waffle iron's instructions. Serve with fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream YUMMMMMMMMYYYYYY!!!

Yield: about 22 med waffles.

I freeze extras so we can toast them for a quick breakfast later.

Ferguson Baked Oatmeal

2/3c oil (I use applesauce, pear or pumpkin puree, or melted smart butter)
1/4c ea white and brown sugar. ( I use honey or agave syrup more often than sugar)
2 large eggs
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt.
1 1/2tbsp pumpkin pie spice (honestly, I usually shake in cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, ginger, or whatever spice I'm craving that day ;) I don't measure anything, so creating written recipes is awfully complicated.
1 1/3c milk (another note.. I use 1c milk and 1/3c coffee creamer occasionally.. in which case, reduce spices)
4 c old fashioned rolled oats

combine all ingredients and pour into a greased 9x13. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

This is also yummy crumbled with home made ice cream!

Tomato Canapes

This is a quick mix-up that is great for those nights where you host a small get together.

1can finely diced tomatoes drained
2 tsp finely diced onions (I love to use Vidalias)
pinch salt and pepper
1/2c mayo
1/2c finely shredded jack cheese
Crumbled bacon

Mix tomatoes, onion, and salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, mix mayo and cheese. Fill each phyllo shell with 1tsp of the tomato mix, 1tsp mayo mix, and sprinkle with bacon and bake at 350 degrees for 11 minutes. Top with sliced bacon

It's great because it looks like you spent a lot of time on it, but it can be ready in less than 20 min.