Monday, October 25, 2010

Quick and Easy Breadsticks

Let me preface this by saying.. My kids LOVE these and so do their friends at school.
I have been told when they take them for lunch, kids bribe for one.

1 1/2 c. lukewarm water
2 T. sugar
1 T. rapid yeast
combine above ingredients and let sit for 10 min.
Then Add:
3 cups flour
1 1/2 t. salt

Mix ingredients until dough forms..
Then knead for 3 min.
Let covered dough rise in warm area in your home for 20 min.
punch down and roll into a 1/2 inch rectangle
Cut strips and place on greased baking sheet.
(I use a pizza cutter for quick cutting)
You could also twist if you wish.
brush melted butter on the bread sticks
 BEFORE the second rise.
Sprinkle on garlic salt (a lot can go a long way) and dried parsley flakes.

Let rise another 20 min.
Cook at 400 degrees for 20 min or until golden brown.

You can also vary these bread sticks..
There are so many different kinds besides garlic
 you can make by sprinkling:
Parmesan cheese
sugar and cinnamon
Italian Seasoning
Dried Rosemary and Thyme
Pizza Salt
Use your imagination!!!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Apple Pie Filling for the Freezer

6-8 C firm peeled, sliced apples ( i used granny smith)
sprinkle with 1 T lemon juice
In a gallon ziploc bag toss until well mixed
1C sugar
1/4 c. flour
1 t. apple pie spice
Then add apples and shake until well coated.  
 Make sure you get all the air out and they lay flat and you can stack bags.
Place stacked bags and freeze.. 

 Thaw in fridge. 
May need to be drained before putting in pie shell.
There are many desserts you can make with this besides the pie.
Apple Crisp
Apple Cobbler
Baked Apples
Apple Cake

English Muffins

With butter and strawberry freezer jam..

1 cup buttermilk
2 T. white sugar
1 T  active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup melted shortening or melted butter
5-6 cups all-purpose flour(i used white lily)
1 t. salt

.Warm the buttermilk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in the sugar, stirring until dissolved. Let cool until lukewarm. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
.In a large bowl, combine the milk, yeast mixture, shortening and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Add salt and rest of flour, or enough to make a soft dough. Knead. Place in greased bowl, cover, and let rise. I let it rise about an hour. Remember patience with yeast dough, yields a better product.
.Punch down. Roll out to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut rounds with biscuit cutter, drinking glass, or empty tuna can. The tuna can totally reminds me of my grandma. Sprinkle parchment paper with cornmeal and set the rounds on this to rise. Dust tops of muffins with cornmeal also. Cover and let rise 1/2 hour.
.Heat greased griddle. Cook muffins on griddle about 10 minutes on each side on medium heat. Keep baked muffins in a warm oven until all have been cooked. Allow to cool and place in plastic bags for storage. To use, split and toast.

I cook them on 350 on my big pancake griddle