Friday, February 19, 2010

Buckwheat Pancake Mix #2

Buckwheat Pancake Mix #2
Yield: 7.5 cups

4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup buckwheat flour
7/8 cups powdered eggs*
3/4 cup dry buttermilk powder
1 1/2 Tbls. baking powder
1/2 cup sugar

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl with a whisk.  Store in an airtight container.  Can be kept in the pantry for about a month or in the refrigerator/freezer for 6 months. 

To Prepare:
1 cup buckwheat pancake mix #2
1/2 cup water
2 Tbls. melted butter

Stir the water and pancake mix together in a small bowl.  If batter is too thick, add a bit more water and stir again.  Drop approximately 1/4 cup onto hot skillet.  Makes 4 pancakes.  Double or triple as necessary.

*Can substitute 1/3 cup soy flour for the powdered eggs. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shrove Tuesday – King Cake

I found the recipe for King Cake at the King Arthur Flour Company website.  I haven’t ever made a special cake for Shrove Tuesday, not for lack of wishing and wanting!  This is the year my wish was made reality.  Food coloring are generally avoided in our household, mostly due to my sensitivity, but I just couldn’t resist making the cake ‘as it should be’ … colorful and completely festive.


Mixing the dough ingredients…

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While the dough rises, I mixed up the cream cheese filling:

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Preparing the dough … I formed the rectangle by hand:

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I was distracted, so there is no picture of the filling being placed on the dough.  Fold the dough over the filling and transfer to a baking sheet:

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While the dough rests and rises (about 1 hour), I colored the sugar.  The green and yellow turned out nice … can you tell the other is purple??

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After baking, let the cake cool for about 10 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack:

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After completely cool, frost the cake and decorate with colored sugar:

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The purple looks better on the cake than on the blue plate.



Cake was enjoyed by all!

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Buckwheat Pancake Mix

As a child, I can remember enjoying a little pancake variety.  Sometimes, fruit such as banana slices or blueberries (my personal favorite) would be added.  Occasionally, my mom would purchase buckwheat pancake mix created by an in-state company.

For Lent, we are not going to buy any additional cold cereal  We’ll finish up what’s in the pantry and then necessarily be more creative.  Yes, it will take more time in the morning, but we always have breads (bagels, english muffins, homemade bread), fruit, oatmeal and eggs on hand.  Another goal is to teach the older kids how to make some easy breakfast dishes, including pancakes.

To cut down on pancake preparation time, I made up a double batch of buckwheat pancake mix.  There are many variations, but this is the recipe I created after examining the ingredients I had on hand.

Buckwheat Pancake Mix #1
Yield: Approximately 7.5  cups mix

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups buckwheat flour
1 1/2 Tbls. baking powder
1 Tbls. salt
1/2 cup sugar

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients with a whisk.  Transfer the mixture to a resealable container.  Store in pantry for about 1 month, or in the refrigerator/freezer for 6 months.


Buckwheat Pancakes

1 cup Buckwheat Pancake Mix
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 Tbls. melted butter

Stir the ingredients together in a small bowl.  If batter seems to thick, add more milk and stir again.  Drop by 1/4 cup-fuls onto a hot skillet.  Makes approximately 4 pancakes.  Double or triple the recipe as necessary.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Caramel Puff Corn

Caramel corn has always been a favorite snack of mine.  But, this may actually be better than ‘regular’ caramel corn … no hulls to get stuck between teeth!  It was snowing like the dickens today, so I made a batch.  I had intended to make it for a Superbowl snack, but really wasn’t in the mood after our favored team wasn’t IN the Superbowl.  It’ll be a perfect movie or game-night snack.

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Caramel Puff Corn
Yield:  15 servings

2 – 4.5 oz. bags Puff Corn

1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp. baking soda

1.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2.  Spray a large roaster with cooking spray and put the puffed corn in the roaster.
3.  Combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 2 minutes.
4.  Add baking soda.  Expect the caramel to expand.  Pour over the puffed corn and mix thoroughly.
5.  Place roaster in the oven for 45 minutes.  Stir the puffed corn every 15 minutes.
6.  Remove from oven when done and spread over waxed paper to cool.