Saturday, October 3, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

I love to make fun breakfasts for General Conference mornings. This is one that I found here.

Pumpkin Pancakes

1 1/2 cups milk
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
2 Tbsp. oil
2 cups flour
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt

--Whisk milk, vinegar, pumpkin, egg, and oil until smooth. Combine dry ingredients and add. Whisk just until blended, batter will have small lumps. Bake on heated skillet.


1 cube butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla

--Mix the butter, sugar, milk and vanilla in a sauce pan. You do not want it to boil until the milk is in. Once all the ingredients are in the pan, slowly bring it to a boil This keeps the sauce from becoming grainy. Remove from heat, cool slightly and add vanilla.

I usually don't love pancakes, but I couldn't stop eating these! The sauce is to die for!

Taco Soup

I know this is such a basic recipe, but that is what this blog is all about. I had a roommate when I lived in Washington D.C. that would make this all the time. I forgot the recipe she used and then my sister gave it to my sister-in-law for her wedding. My sister-in-law just gave it to me yesterday. Thanks Stacey, I have missed how good and simple this recipe is!

1 lb of ground beef (I don't use as much, if you like more go ahead!)
grated cheese to taste
2 cans of garbanzo beans, undrained
2 cans of kidney beans, undrained
2 cans of pinto beans, undrained
2 cans of corn, undrained
2 cans of stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 packet of taco seasoning
Fritos corn chips
sour cream

In a stock pot brown beef (I usual saute some onion as well to brown with the beef). Then add cans of pinto beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, corn and stewed tomatoes. Add packet of taco seasoning. I let this simmer for about 15-30 minutes to combine the flavors. Serve with sour cream, cheese and Fritos.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Apple Raisin Oven Pancake

1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced
1/3 c. raisins
2 T brown sugar, packed
1/2 t. cinnamon
4 eggs
2/3 c. milk
2/3 c. all purpose flour
2 T. margarine, melted
Garnish with powdered sugar

Combine apple slices, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon together; spread into a lightly buttered 9" pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes; remove from oven and set aside. Whisk eggs, milk, flour, and margarine together; pour over apple mixture. Bake at 450 degrees until golden. About 15 minutes; sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Raised Doughnuts

I love doughnuts. I have two recipes that I love to make, but they aren't like this one so I decided to try these kind of doughnuts. So good! The kids loved them.

2 c. boiling water
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. salt
2 T. shortening
2 pkgs. active dry yeast
2 eggs, beaten
7 c. all purpose flour
oil for deep frying (I use shortening)
additional sugar for coating

Stir water, sugar, salt and shortening together in a large mixing bowl; sprinkle yeast on top. Set aside; cool to room temperature. Blend in eggs; gradually add flour. Cover and let rise until double in bulk. roll dough out to 1/2 inch thickness; cut with a doughnut cutter. Set aside; cover and let rise until double in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours. Deep fry in 360 degree oil until golden; drain, spoon sugar into a paper bag; add doughnuts and shake to coat.

The fun thing about this is that the kids can help shake the doughnuts in the sugar.

Note-doughnuts frying is a little tricky. If they cook too fast the inside will be doughy. Just watch the oil and if you feel they are starting to cook faster and faster, turn it down.

My finished product. The neighborhood kids loved them (I am fine with them eating them as I just like making them, not gaining all the weight from eating them)