Thursday, June 24, 2010

Frying Pan Cookies

This is a great treat when you are camping or at home.  So simple to make - even the kids can do it.

1 lb dates
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
4 cups of rice crispies

Mix dates, eggs and sugar and put in a cold frying pan.
Cook 10 min. then add rice crispies.  Roll into balls then roll them in coconut. 

If you are using an electric frying pan, set it at 300° F or if you are using an electric stove use the medium setting.  If you are camping, just be careful that the pan isn't too hot. 


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Homemade Donuts

I really wish I had thought to take more pictures the summer I was helping my mother in her home bake shop.  Thankfully I still have the memories but the pictures in my head are a little harder to get on paper. 
We decided that summer to try donuts and we practiced and changed recipes several times to try to come up with what we thought were the best ones.  For this project we actually had the neighborhood kids come to do the testing.  We started out with just my brother and his friend but it soon escalated to several more joining the lineup. A kitchen full of teenage boys waiting on the donuts to cook was a lot of fun and we finally had one that everyone agreed was the best. 

 Mom's Donuts

12 tablespoons white sugar                                           8 tablespoons lard
4 teaspoons salt                                                            1/2 cup powdered milk
1 3/4 cup hot water                                                      1 cup cold water
9 3/4 cups bread flour

        Yeast:  1 cup lukewarm water
                    2 teaspoons white sugar
                    2 tablespoons yeast

Mix all ingredients.  Knead 5 minutes.  Cut with donut cutter.
Place in oil in deep fryer at 375° until golden brown on both sides. 
Drain on paper towel to absorb excess oil.

Use whatever topping you are going to use while they are warm but not hot.  We used white sugar, melted chocolate, and honey for different flavors. 

Those boys are now men and still talk about the fun they had testing the donuts in Mom's Kitchen.