An idiot's guide to homemade shortcrust pastry | Bristol Foodie Posted 10th March 2012 There are far too many people out there who sack off homemade pastry as a faff without reason. And bizarre rumours about people with the wrong types of hands for pastry making – what a load of twaddle! I grew up making pastry with my mother and with her mother using this recipe, and its never failed me (although I’ve gone wrong taking food processor ‘shortcuts’ a number of times). I often worry that the skill of making your own shortcrust pastry will die out with our generation so am on a personal mission to spread the “no-really-pastry-is-easy” gospel. When making shortcrust pastry the ingredients and proportions are very simple – half fat to flour. Ingredients: Method: Wash your hands – clean, dry hands are important so make sure you wash them throughout the process and always dry them properly.Measure out your flour and put in a large mixing bowl, cube your butter and lard and add these into the flour Now for the messy bit – the rubbing in. For mini tartlets
Mom’s Scones My mom has made “scones” my whole life. If you ask any of my siblings what favorite foods they think of when they think of mom and scones will be high on the list. They are family tradition that brings back many warm memories. Even today, Nan still makes her famous scones that are a favorite with all of the grandchildren. So imagine my surprise when I found out that the “scones” we love to eat are not what the rest of the world calls a scone. What!? The scones in Utah are a raised white bread dough deep fried in hot oil, much like Sopapillas or Navajo Fry Bread. But whatever you call them, I call them divine. Here’s how to make them: Combine 1 cup of warm milk and 1 cup of warm water. Add one tablespoon of yeast. Give the yeast a quick stir. Allow the yeast to activate about 10 minutes. You can allow your yeast to activate right in you mixing bowl, but the pyrex was better for showing activated yeast in a photo. Add one tablespoon of salt. And flour. Cut your dough out with a pizza cutter.
Best Danged Beef Pot Roast ~ Crock Pot Ingredients: Small to medium size rump roast 1 envelope onion soup mix 1 envelope brown gravy mix 1 individual size serving apple sauce 2 cups water salt and pepper, to taste 1 small bag sliced carrots 2 medium to large size potatoes, cut up 1/2 yellow onion, sliced 1 stalk celery, sliced Directions: Sear the roast in frying pan with small amount of oil. Set crock pot on low and let it cook for at least 8-10 hours. If you'd rather use this recipe to make stew, simply cut the roast into bite size pieces, then sear in a frying pan the same as the roast. Source: Thrifty-Fun 5 Fun Ways to Eat Hot Dogs Popular in Food & Drink Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement regarding the choking hazards of hot dogs. I agree that parents need to monitor what (and how) their young children eat. However, hot dogs are a pretty inexpensive meal. While I’d never consider them to be a “health food,” they are inexpensive, and you can buy them in varying degrees of fat/nitrates. Tofu dogs could even be substituted in the following recipes. Ghetto Spaghetti This recipe comes courtesy of my late mother-in-law. 1 package hot dogs, sliced 1/4 inch thick2 T. olive oilOne package spaghetti or angel-hair pastaOne jar of spaghetti sauceOne green pepper, sliced in strips1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 5. 6. Hot-Dog Spread Sandwich Here’s a recipe that will stick to your ribs. 1 package of hot dogs1 package of hot-dog buns1 cup cheddar cheese, grated1/2 cup chopped onions3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped1/4 cup pickle relish1/4 cup catsup3 T. mayonnaise 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1.
Homemade Snickers Bars Insanity. That’s what this is. Pure In.San.It.TEEEEE. You know those days when you’re in desperate need of sugar and you’ve already downed more gummy vitamins than recommended while seriously considering how many more you can ingest without causing severe harm to your internal organs? They’re just so gooooood. Well… in that case you should make some homemade snickers bars. And I KNOW you know what I’m talking about. I spent the majority of my pre-pubescent and adolescent years scheming just how I would be able to steal my brothers’ Halloween candy. Then I went through a SERIOUS phase of those Snickers ice cream bars. And that you can eat a million of them. These days, it’s rare that I crave actual candy, often preferring some chewy cookies or super rich cheesecake or a bar of amazing chocolate that costs thrice as much as the recent organic meyer lemons I purchased. They are the peanut butter to my jelly. The salt to my pepper. The broccoli to my… wait, no. And the fabulous part? nougat layer
101 Fall Freezer Meals The air is cool, the leaves are turning and dreams of soups, stews and chilis are dancing in your head! If ONLY you had time to prepare those fabulous tasting meals for every night of the week. Well you can! Here are our favorite Fall recipes. Complete with freezing instructions, you can make ahead and freeze them for the perfect Fall day. All of the recipes listed are recipes that HAVE NOT appeared on our previous 101 lists - 101 Spring Freezer Meals or 101 Summer Freezer Meals. And don’t forget that we have menus that come out on the 1st of every month for just about everyone! Recipes marked with ** are easy to assemble or require minimal cooking to prepare. Recipes marked + are for the slow cooker. And if you love Pinterest, first of all follow us, second, we created a special board with all of these recipes so that you can get a visual “look” at them. Welcome to Once A Month Meals! Crockpot Mongolian Beef Dinners Cranberry Couscous Salad Lunches Cinnamon Pear Popovers Breakfasts
Hamburger-Hot Dog Onion Parmesan Cream Cheese Buns These are by far the best hot dog rolls I have made yet. I wanted to make a nice soft and fluffy hot dog bun without resorting to intensive kneading so I used my last version of these buns and added cream cheese to soften it up. I also increased the % of Semolina and reduced the Caputo 00 flour. To compensate for the 55% water content in the cream cheese I decreased the water in the overall dough but the water content for the cream cheese is not taken into consideration for the overall hydration of the dough. I used most of the dough to make hot dogs using my nifty New England style hot dog bun pan and individually formed the buns before placing them in the pan. If you want some great tasting, fluffy hot dog buns go ahead and try this recipe and you will not be disappointed, that's for sure. Here is the link to download the BreadStorm .Bun file. Directions Bring the milk up to a boil in a heavy-duty sauce pan and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Mix flours with yeast to combine.
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes Updated 9/22/11 to Add: If you’re coming here to sample these delicious Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, you just might like the latest recipe that I’ve posted for Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes too. And Gingerbread- Cinnamon Roll Pancakes too. Enjoy! Here’s a short video sharing how to make these delicious pancakes: If you’ve ever thought you needed a reason to eat pancakes, today is the day: National Pancake Day! Eat a short stack for breakfast, enjoy them for lunch, or make a dinner out a manhole-sized pancake… guilt free… because you’re merely celebrating their existence. How do you like your pancakes? But recently I started dreaming about mixing cinnamon rolls and pancakes together… and this is what I came up with- my new favorite pancake: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. I have a wonderfully fluffy pancake batter that I like to use (recipe below) so I swirled a bit of cinnamon roll filling into the pancake. It’s like eating a cinnamon roll, and no one needs more than one cinnamon roll for breakfast.
15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta Oh…my….gosh. Alert the grocery store because there is going to be an avocado shortage in my town. Well, more than usual that is. [And yes, I said ‘store’. You can whip up this pasta dish in under 15 minutes flat! Yield3 servings Prep Time Cook time Total Time Ingredients: 9 ounces (255 g) uncooked pasta (use gluten-free, if desired)1 to 2 small cloves garlic, to taste1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, to taste1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil1 ripe medium avocado, pitted1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (1 to 2 mL) fine-grain sea saltFreshly ground black pepper, to tasteLemon zest, for serving Directions: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. I used some fun pasta to increase the nutrition factor- first, 1 serving (3oz) of spelt pasta. Spelt pasta has a great nutritional profile with 12 grams of protein and 3 grams of fibre per serving. I also used one 3oz serving of Kamut pasta. Kamut pasta has 13 grams of protein and 8 grams of fibre per serving.
C H E W I N G T H E F A T: Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball With Ina Garten’s Chicken Hash In 1966, Truman Capote was flush with success. His ‘non-fiction novel’, the term he used to describe “In Cold Blood”, was a hit. He decided to throw himself a party. Chicken Hash? Truman, it seemed, had known the limitations of the Plaza kitchens. Ina Garten’s Chicken Hash 2 whole (4 split) chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on 16 basil leaves Olive Oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 pounds boiling potatoes, preferably Yukon Golds, peeled and large diced 2 red peppers, chopped 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon tomato paste 4 minced scallions, white and green parts Sour cream, and sliced lemons, for serving Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the on a baking sheet. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in a large saute pan. In a separate saute pan, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the chicken and the pepper mixture to the potatoes and heat through.
Better-Than-Crack-Brownies I’m sorry for doing this to you. I really am. But see, last Friday while I was on a 10-hour road trip heading for vacation, I received this recipe from a reader named Liz. Liz, I love you. That’s all I have to say. I was tortured by this recipe for a full 8 days before I could make it. So it was the first thing I made when I returned home. These are an absolute sin. I really don’t have any words, other than you must try them. They may also change your waistline too. But that’s okay. It’s all in the name of chocolate. Better-Than-Crack Brownies 1 batch brownies (boxed mix or oooey gooey brownies) 1/2 cup salted peanuts (if don’t have salted, add sea salt) 1 cup chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 tablespoon butter 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies Cereal Mix brownies according to directions, and bake for 20-25 minutes in a 9 x 13 baking dish. While they are finishing baking, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Mr.
The Mac ‘N Cheese-Lovers Mac ‘N Cheese Ingredients Sheep’s Milk Cheese: Manchego, Petit Basque, Pecarino, + Gruyere or Compte (this last is a cow’s milk cheese, but good for thickening). The higher the quality of the cheese, the better the mac will be. The Roux: 3/4 stick of butter (room temp), 20oz whole milk (room temp), ~8oz flour, Dill, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper (Thyme optional) Other stuff: 20oz Cavatappi-style pasta, 1/4 stick of butter, 1+ head (yes head) of garlic, panko/breadcrumbs Directions Step One / Cheese: Shred all the cheese, mix up, and refrigerate. Step Two / Garlic: Peel all cloves in the head+ of garlic, and press. Step Three / Pasta: Start boiling a pot of water. Step Three / Making the Roux: Melt all the butter in a deep saucepan on medium. Step Four / Bring it Together: Drain the pasta and return it to the original pot. Step Five / Bake, Cool, Enjoy: Cover with foil and place in the oven at 375 for ~30 minutes or until it starts to get a little brown on the sides.