Monday, September 28, 2009

It's Amish Bread Baking Time

Is your Starter ready to be used. If the day is 10 to 12 it is. My Grandfather loves Molasses cookies, the soft ones. Was thinking how can I lower the refined sugar in the bread recipe. Came up with this one. If you like molasses cookies You will love this one.

Auntie E's Molasses Friendship Bread

1-3/4 -2 cups of Amish friendship starter
1/3 cup oil
1/2 molasses
2 eggs,beaten(can use 1/2 egg beater with yolk)
1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup Jumbo Raisins
1/2 lightly chopped Pecans
2 cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon Oekter Vanilla sugar (1/2 package), if you can not find this use 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Mix wet ingredients together,
Sift Dry ingredients and add to wet.
Fold in raisins and nuts.
Divide battered into two Greased and Flour 4x8 loaf pans.
Cook at 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30- 40 minutes, until wooden toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool completely, I know this is hard but trust me it will cut better.

copyright 2009" Auntie E's Cookbook/M Dubros"

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Weekend Kitchen Gadget

Cutting butter for recipes has never been so easy until now. This Gadget is a Butter Cutter. You put the butter into the tube. See the "press" label? Press it, Put the butter stick in, then slide the button to the desired amount. Press down on the "Press" label and a piece of wire cuts that exact amount.
What is so great about this gadget is you can leave the butter stick in it, in the refrigerator.
One can also use it for soft cheeses,such as goat cheese. As long as the object is Butter stick in shape it will work. This item was made by Kitchenart.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Aloha Friday -It's Pumpkin Time

Where I am we are in the first days of Fall . The Pumpkins are ready for the picking.

Your Question:
What do you make or do with Pumpkins in the Fall Season?

I like to make breads and pumpkin pie. This year I think I will create a Pumpkin soup, stay tuned for the recipe.

Please link up so we can visit your blog. Any one that participate in Aloha Friday or if you have a pumpkin recipe can link up here. Have a great day! Be visiting you if I have a link to your blog.

If you wish to join in and visit other Aloha Friday participants the link is in the Meme Photo at the top.
This Meme is sponsored by An Island Life

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fall Foods-Cream of Turkey Soup

With the Fall comes home cooked soups.This is the easiest Cream soup I have made. Cooking time is approximately 30 minutes.
Sorry no photo, everyone just finished it off before I could get one. I will differently make it again and get a photo to post.

2 turkey cutlets, diced and cooked in a little olive oil- cover and set aside in warm place.(150 degree oven is ideal or a warming drawer set at Medium )
4 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
4 tablespoon Flour
3 cups turkey broth
2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup mash potatoes
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp Sweet Hungarian Paprika

On top of stove on Medium high heat. melt butter in 10-1/2 cup(25litter) soup pot.
Add flour to melted butter, stir constantly until light golden in color. (this is a Rue)
slowly add Turkey Broth to Rue. Stirring til all is added and it is smooth.
Cook on Medium heat til thickened. about 10-15 minutes. stirring occasionally
Add 2 cups of Milk and salt and white pepper. stir and continue to cook when it just starts to boil reduce heat to low. Add Mashed potatoes stir til well blended.
Add Sweet Hungarian Paprika- stir well
Add diced turkey
Continue to cook on low, stirring occasionally- til just beginning to boil around edges. (this is called simmering).
simmer for about 10 minutes. then Serve.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sweet Breakfast Casserole

Once in a while I like to make casseroles for breakfast. One morning Daughter not feeling good and Hubby tending to her, I was thinking what could I make. It was RoshHashana and Something sweet was in order.
Sweet Breakfast Casserole
4 slices of Potato Bread cubed
6 eggs
1/8 cup(2 tablespoon) skim milk
1/8 cup(2 tablespoons) maple syrup
4oz maple sausage cooked and crumbled.
Preheated oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit
small 1.5 quart baking dish.

Put bead in baking dish
Sprinkle sausage on top.
Mix together eggs,milk and syrup. Pour over bread and sausage.
Bake in prepared oven for 25 to 30 minutes.
Serves 4 people, or 3 very hungry ones.

copyright 2009 "Auntie E's CookBook/M Dubros"

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Gather Around theTable

So here we are around the table again. This weeks is
Open Coffee time.

I had a very interesting Saturday. Was invited to My Nieces' for a meal. When we arrived I didn't know there was going to be other family there. I really loved seeing my nephew and his wife. I had not seen them in a long time. However I did not expect to see my brother. I did bring some Raisin Challah for the New year. You're next.....Talk to me. My coffee's hot.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Weekend Kitchen Gadget

Ever see those cute little canapes and wonder how they do that? Here are some canapes Cutters. I use them for Vegetables, Bread,and Pasta.

Friday, September 18, 2009

L'shanah Tovah Tikateivu

L'shanah Tovah Tikateivu is Jewish meaning " May you be inscribed for a new year". Tonight at sundown starts the New Year in the Jewish calender. It is the first day of Tishri.

tonight our menu will be:
Round Raisin Challah
Sweet potato Tzimmes casserole
Sweet Buffalo Brisket
Apples and Honey

Everything sweet for a most sweet year.
I thought I would share a sweet recipe with you.

I picked Sweet Potato Tzimmes Casserole.

5 medium sweet potatoes
1/2 teaspoon each of Nutmeg, Ginger and Cinnamon
1/3 cup of Honey
2 Tablespoons grated orange rind
2 apples,diced
8 pitted prunes, chopped.
3/4 cup pineapple chunks
2 medium carrots cut into thin slices (I use a mandolin)

1. bake sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for one hour or until soft. Cool.
2. scoop out the inside of the sweet potatoes and put into mixing bowl. Add Spices
3. Add honey and lemon rind, mix well
4. fold in all fruit and carrots(I use a silicone spatula being careful not to mash to fruit)
5.Put mixture into a buttered 7-1/2 x 12 inch baking pan.
6. bake at 350 degrees oven for 30 minutes.

Serves 12 people.

Shana Tova!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cherry Almond Frendship Bread.

If you have Amish friendship starter you know how it can get boring making the same bread recipe time after time. I have learned to be creative with the starter recipe over the years. This weeks' recipes is:

Cherry Almond Friendship Bread

to your 1-3/4 cup starter add:
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup Sugar
2 eggs
1/4 Teaspoon Kirsch Essence**(by Oetker- see photo above.)
mix together

Mix dry ingredients
2 cups Flour
1-1/2 teaspoons Natural Vanilla Sugar**(by Oetker- See photo above)
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
add to wet ingredients- Stir Well

fold in:
1/3 cup Dried cherries
1/3 cup chopped almonds.

Bake in greased and sugared a 4x8 loaf pan bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes.

**You can find the Oetker products in the international food area in your store. They are German products.

copyright 2009 "Auntie E CookBook/M Dubros"

Need to make starter. Here is a link to the recipe for starter.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Weekend Kitchen Gadget

I love kitchen gadgets.The family calls me the gadget queen. My kitchen drawers are filled with them. Every weekend one will be highlighted.
While watching Diner and a Movie last night the cook/host used this gadget. Yes this is one in my kitchen.
A Tortilla Press

Ever used One?

Home made tortillas
1 cup cornmeal flour
1 cup warm salted water
1 tsp bacon grease.

Combine all ingredients.
Used plastic wrap or wax paper. two pieces-one on each side of the press.
Roll small balls, about 1 to 2 inch. Place in press, and press.
Set aside- put a piece of wax paper between tortilla- to prevent sticking together as you stack them.
Cook them in lightly oiled or non stick griddle til brown on both sides.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Aloha Friday - Fall Food Smells

Fall is around the corner. With it comes favorite foods. Mine is "Onion Pie". I'll be posting the recipe on the first day of fall. I love October Fest and all the smells of the foods.

What is your favorite Fall food?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Cinnamon Swirl Log

This is an easy bread. One morning I was in the mood for cinnamon rolls. Looking in my refrigerator and using what was there. I created this recipe.

you will need:

1 tube Pillsbury pizza dough
1/4 cup of Honey spread (I used Country Crock)
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon(I use Korintje from Pampered Chef)

I also cooked it on a bread stone.In a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit.

Unroll the pizza dough on bread stone. roll lightly to form a rectangle.
spread the honey spread on top...Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle on spread. Roll the dough starting at the long side. Pinch seam...Place seam side down on stone. Make 5 slits on top with knife. brush top with honey spread.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top and light brown on bottom. let cool a few minute( trust me, don't try to cut it right out of the oven. It is way too hot to eat.). cut into pieces. Enjoy.
*"Copyright by 2009 AuntieEcookbook/ Mdubro"

Ask Around theTable

There is nothing like the smell of bread baking. When I lived in Germany we had bread (Brotchen) delivered every morning. Oh I really loved that bread. I started buying fresh bread when the prices of supermarket brands went up. I fell back in love with the freshness and taste of the bread. Here is a question to ask around the table; How do you know the bread you buy is fresh?

Friday, September 4, 2009

Mimi's Restaurant

For our 32nd Wedding anniversary we went out for breakfast. That is my favorite Meal. We went to Mimi's Restaurant They are in 24 states in America from the west to the east coast. Serve all meals of the day. I thought they were just a sandwich place! Hubby took me there for dinner on Sunday, and I really was surprised.
So on our Anniversary Hubby ask if I would like to go to Mimi's for Breakfast. Boy that sounded great. The food was fantastic. We started out with coffee, Fresh squeezed juice and a muffin. We shared the Buttermilk Spice hot right out of the oven Muffin, it didn't even need butter! I had "Crepes Brie Cheese Lorraine", it was totally delicious. I will have to create something like that for my home, Less calories and fat (a healthier version). Hubby had a "Crab and Avocado Omelette", he said it was wonderful. I can not eat crab so I will take his word on that. Breakfast potatoes were served with the meal.
The abeyance was very nice. Music was Smooth Jazz, I like that, and no loud noises. We ate for under 25.00 and with the online coupon it was only 12.00. How that for eating on a budget? Here are some photos of the inside (you can click on them to enlarge).

I went on their web site and they have a very user friendly site.The link is here.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Garlic and Herb Buffalo Pot roast.

I am always looking for a new recipe to try. Thought I would create a blog hop just for recipe sharing. My goal is to find a main dish , sides and desserts for a complete meal. I hope you will join in. It is real easy to do.
If you are new to this: Just Link your Recipe post in the MckLinky box. You can then join the FREE Mcklinky and get my "Auntie E's Tasty Menu Blog Hop" code and paste it in you post. that's it. You will see every blogs who links to this Public blog hop link. No more returning to the Host page to get the next link. I really love this Public Blog Hop Link. Why not try it.
Note: with each new "Tasty Menu Blog Hop" I do, I delete the previous Hop link. This helps with the page load.

Garlic and Herb Buffalo Pot roast.

Have you ever tried Buffalo(Bison) meat? My household loves the meat. It is very good for you, Low in fats and healthier than other red meats. A true pot roast is cooked on top of the stove. I love this recipes because it does not take that long to prepare and is ready in less then 90 minutes.

1 bag of Jack Daniel's garlic and herbs EZ Marinader
1 buffalo chuck roast medium size.
cranberry Juice

Rinse and pat dry roast and put into JackDaniel's Marinader Bag. Put it in refrigerator in the morning. I put it in about 8am and cook it at 4pm. The longer you marinade it the stronger the flavor.

Put about 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a 12" cast iron pan with a lid. Heat a little, not long then put the Roast in the pan, searing both sides. Add about 1/4 cup of Cranberry Juice and cover Turn down heat to Medium, and cook for about 1 hour. I do check to see if I need to add more liquid at the 30-minute mark. We like the meat medium. If you like it more done cook it a little longer. You should use a instant reading thermometer. Remember the meat needs to rest and will continue to cook, so the reading should be 5 degrees less than you want the finish meat. I rest the meat for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Resting Meats: the purpose of letting meats rest, is to allow the juices to redistribute in the meat. It really does make a difference.
Searing meats: this seals in the flavor and gives it a good outer crust.
This blog hop is now closed. These will run on the third Thursday of the month. Be sure to come back to link up.