Cinnamon Twist Bread

Ingredients

DOUGH
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water 105F – 115F
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
FILLING
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
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Special Occasion Beef Bourguignon

Ingredients

  • 4 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 beef sirloin tip roast (2 pounds), cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms, quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 8 ounces uncooked egg noodles
  • Minced fresh parsley

Murgh Malaiwala

Ingredients

For the gravy:
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp green cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 2 Tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dry ginger powder
  • 1 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp kasoori methi
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 2 tsp chopped almonds
  • Salt, to taste
For the marinade:
  • 5 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp white pepper powder
For the garam masala:
  • 1 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 6-8 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 1 piece mace (javitri)
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds (zeera)
  • 4-5 cloves (laung)
  • 1 cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 4-5 black peppercorns (kali mirch)
  • 6-7 dried rose petals

Spooky Banana-Berry Smoothies

Ingredients

  • 2 (8) ounce carton plain fat-free yogurt
  • 2 ripe small bananas
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries or unsweetened frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh mixed berries, such as raspberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries, or unsweetened frozen mixed berries

Directions

  1. In a blender container, combine yogurt, bananas, and berries; cover and puree until nearly smooth. Makes 4 servings.

Papa Drexler’s Bavarian Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt, or to taste

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup of flour, yeast, sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 1 1/3 cup water. Let this mixture stand until bubble begin to form, about 15 minutes. Stir in the salt and gradually stir in the remaining flour until dough can be picked up and kneaded on the counter. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes, adding more flour if needed.
  2. Divide the dough into 6 pieces and let them rest for a few minutes. Roll out one piece at a time into a rope about 15 inches long. Loop and twist into that cool pretzel shape. Set on a baking sheet while you roll out the remaining portions.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (220 degrees C). Bring the remaining 3 cups of water to a boil and add the baking soda. Remove from the heat. Dip pretzels into the water bath for about 45 seconds, flipping over about halfway through. Place the soaked pretzels on a greased baking sheet. Brush them with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Tips: Parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Hearty Pasta Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 200g frozen mixed pea and beans
  • 250g pack fresh filled tortellini (we used spinach and ricotta)
  • Handful of basil leaves (optional)
  • Grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), to serve

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the carrots and onion for 5 mins until starting to soften. Add the stock and tomatoes, then simmer for 10 mins. Add the peas and beans with 5 mins to go.

     

  2. Once veg is tender, stir in the pasta. Return to the boil and simmer for 2 mins until the pasta is just cooked. Stir in the basil, if using. Season, then serve in bowls topped with a sprinkling of Parmesan and slices of garlic bread.

Ice Cream Cone Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) package vanilla frosting
  • 1 ounce colored candy sprinkles

Directions

  1. Prepare cake mix batter according to directions, or make any standard cake recipe batter (i.e. white, chocolate, etc.).
  2. Place flat-bottomed ice cream cones in the cups of a regular muffin pan. Pour enough batter into each cone to fill from 1/2 to 2/3 full.
  3. Bake at time and temperature as recommended for cupcakes. After they have cooled, frost with your favorite canned or home-prepared frosting recipe. Decorate with sprinkles or other decorations of your choice.