Friday, February 25, 2011

Simple Biscuits


Here is another base recipe that is just a jumping off point. Easy, quick biscuits that you can throw together last minute to complete a meal.
I made chowder for dinner tonight using a recipe that some good friends gave us a couple of years ago, every time we eat it, it makes me think of them and the night they brought this over to our house. Don't you love how food is interwoven through our memories and lives.
Just before dinner I realized I really wanted something to eat along side the chowder so I slapped these bad boys together. The base recipe is below. Tonight I added cheddar cheese and pepper to it. You could also add pesto, sausage, olives, herbs, basically anything you can think of.

1 c flour
1 c whole-wheat flour
1 Tb sugar
1 Tb baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ c shortening or butter
½ - 1 c milk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Stir in milk until dough leaves side of bowl. Knead lightly several times then roll about ½ inch thick on a floured surface. Cut into circles and place in ungreased baking sheet. Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sopapillas

This recipe is awesome, it takes a little bit of time just because it has to rise but is totally worth it! It comes together fast and nothing finishes of a great Mexican meal like an equally great Mexican dessert! Sopapillas can be sweet or savory, you can even stuff them with anything you like, such as beef and cabbage. My favorite, of course, is to go in the sweet direction.



2 1/4 tsp instant Yeast
1/2 tsp Salt
1 - 2 cups Flour
3 Tbsp warm water
3/4 cup Milk
2 Tbsp Butter, melted

Mix together the yeast, salt and 1 ½ cups of the flour in a mixing bowl. Add butter, water and milk. Add up to ½ cup more flour until the dough comes together. The amount of flour you need to add will depend on how much it will take to bring the dough together. The dough should be soft but not sticky.

Knead the dough using your kitchen aid and dough hook or knead on a floured surface until it is completely mixed. (If the dough is still sticky add a little more flour). Then place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm place until about double in size.

When the dough is about double in size punch it down and roll out on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Then cut 2 to 4 inch triangles (you can make any shape you want but traditionally they are made in triangles).

In a fry pan or deep fryer (we used a cast iron pot) heat vegetable or canola oil to about 350 F. Drop the triangles in 4-6 at a time and cook on each side for about 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. When desired color is reached remove from the oil and place on a plate. Dust with powdered sugar or sugar cinnamon mix or drizzle with honey. Continue doing this until all the sopapillas are cooked and coated.
Serve immediately.
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