Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fudge Pops

Ok, so I know 'tis not the season, but I don't know any Mom who can't appreciate something fun to do with her kids. Who cares if it's getting a little cold outside. These are fun any time and are super easy to make. And trust me, your kids will love them and you might even find yourself sneaking one once in a while.
Buy your favorite instant pudding mix and make according to package directions. Spoon into cute ice cube trays (I got these at IKEA) or Popsicle molds. Personally I like the ice cube tray size because I have small children and they can't make as much of a mess. Place some sort of handle in each Popsicle (I used tooth picks) and freeze. It's that easy and they taste great! If it's hard to unmold them just turn upside down and run hot water over the bottom of the try for a few seconds and they should come right out.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Apple Cinnamon Pie

Tis the season for anything apple! And what better apple recipe is there than apple pie? Well... I can think of one (apple pudding cake), but this one is really good too! I had been having this hankering for apple pie for quite some time now and I finally satisfied it a few nights ago. Boy I wasn't disappointed! I have never in my life made an apple pie so I wasn't sure it would be any good. I decided to just use the recipe out of the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook and it didn't disappoint.
Look at that flaky golden crust....
And all of that appley goodness...
It was so good that between Me, Bryan, Kaden, & Grace we ate 3/4 in about 15 minutes! Nothing to brag about!
Double Crust Pie Pastry:
2 C. Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
2/3 C. Shortening
6 - 7 T. Cold Water
Mix together flour and salt. Add shortening and cut in with pastry knife until shortening is the size of peas. Sprinkle a little water at a time and mix in gently with a fork. Keep adding a little water at a time until you reach the desired amount of moisture.
Use half of the dough to make bottom half of pie crust. Form into a ball and flatten it on a piece of plastic wrap. Place another piece of plastic wrap on top of the flattened ball and begin rolling with a rolling pin. Roll out until it's the right size for your pie pan. Take off the top layer of plastic wrap and pick up the pastry and place in the pie pan. Remove other plastic wrap.
Apple Pie Filling:
Peel, core, & thinly slice 6-8 apples.
(I like using my twirly apple peeler/slicer thing)
Be sure you use nice firm apples that are kind of sweet & tart. It's nice to use a couple of different kinds to add a little variety such as Granny Smith, Yellow Delicious, & Fuji.
Add: 1 C. Brown sugar
2 T. Flour
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Mix together well and place on bottom crust. Repeat crust steps for top crust and seal edges with a decorative edge and poke holes in the top. Brush with buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar (that's the secret to that golden brown crust).
Bake at 375* for about 50 minutes or until the pie begins to bubble around edges and in the middle. Let cool for 20 minutes and serve with some yummy ice cream or whipped cream. Trust me, it's to die for!
Variation: Instead of cooking you could freeze it for later!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Soft Pretzels / Pretzel Dogs

This is a great, easy meal that is sure to please the pickiest of eaters.
1 c. Warm Water
1 T. Yeast (or 1 pkg.)
2 ¾ c. Flour ½ t. Salt (regular)
1 T. Sugar
2 T. Margarine

1 Egg Yolk
1 T. Water
½ t. Kosher Salt (To sprinkle on before baking)

Combine warm water and yeast in a medium glass bowl and let it set 5 minutes. In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients. (Flour, regular salt, & sugar). Now cut up the margarine into the yeast mixture. While the yeast is sitting mix the egg yolk and 1 T. of water in a tiny bowl and set it aside. Pour the yeast mixture into a well in the dry ingredients. (Margarine may not be melted yet, it’s ok.) Stir the flour off of the sides of the well into the yeast mixture until it is all in. Knead 3 minutes. Let dough rest for 10 minutes then form pretzels. Place on greased cookie sheet. Brush with egg yolk mixture. (Use a pastry brush.) Sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake at 475* for 12 minutes. Dip in Pizza Sauce

Variation: Wrap around uncooked hot dogs and brush with egg yolk then sprinkle with salt or Leave off egg yolk & Cook. Rub with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar – or – powdered sugar.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Toasted Peanut Butter & Jelly

If you have never had a toasted peanut butter & jelly sandwhich you really should try it. They are better than the cold version because the peanut butter gets all melty and delicious.

Just pop your bread into the toaster and make it like you normally would. Above I have classic jelly & banana. Then I threw in peanut butter and chocolate frosting. Quite good!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Whole Wheat Honey Glazed Fruit Muffins

This was demonstrated at enrichment night by a lady in our ward and at first I thought they were going to pretty gross considering how healthy they are, but boy was I wrong. They are phenomenal! You should really at least try them once before you decide they look too healthy.

1 Cup White Flour
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts (add to dry)
2 T. Ground Flaxseed (for added health) Optional

2 Eggs
1 Cup Buttermilk (regular milk can be substituted)
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 Cup Cinnamon Applesauce (or regular with cinnamon added)
1/4 Cup Fruit - Fresh or Dried Blueberries, Apricots, Pears, Peaches, Raisins, Mangoes, or any fruit that you like cut up into small chunks. (Add to wet)

Mix dry ingredients in a larger bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a smaller bowl. Add wet to dry and mix until just moistened. Spoon into muffin tin or bread pan. Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes for muffins. 20-25 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean for loaf.

When finished cooking dip them in warm honey to glaze.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Flaxseed - Good and Good For You

I have heard a lot about Flax Seed lately. Two tablepoons a day and you are set to go. Check out this website to learn about the health benifits and how to use it. http://www.healthcastle.com/flax.shtml I have a great muffin recipe that will be coming soon that is awesome. Really healthy and really good. Really you can add it to anything though. Yogurt, salad, smoothies, cereal, pancakes, you name it. I get mine at Costco and because it's cold milled you can keep it in the pantry.