Makes Two Coffee Cakes
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons shortening
3/4 cup scalded milk
1 packet of yeast
1 egg well beaten
2 3/4 cups flour
2 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup raisins (optional, or use cranberries, apples, jelly beans, whatever you like)
Scald the milk, add 3 T of sugar, salt & shortening to milk. Soften the yeast in a small amount of cooled milk mixture (let proof about 5 minutes) then add to rest of milk mixture. Add beaten egg and flour. Mix well and turn out and knead on a floured board until smooth (3-4 minutes). Place in a greased bowl, cover and allow to rise is a warm place (80-85 degrees) until double in bulk (about 2 hours). Punch the dough down and divid into two lumps. One at a time roll out into a rectangle (about a 12 X 18"). Spread butter evenly over the dough. Blend 1/4 cup sugar and Cinnamon and sprinkle all over the the dough, then sprinkle raisins or other fruit. Starting at each end (long way) roll up (like a jelly roll) then make the ends meet in a circle. Place on a greased pan, or pan lined with parchment paper or silpat. Use scissors and make cuts 1 1/2" apart and twist to the side and press down slightly. Cover and let rise (1 1/2 hours). Bake 35 minutes in a 375 oven.
Make a thin icing with powdered sugar, milk and a dash of almond extract. Drizzle on top.
Enjoy XO Martha
Kiwi/American Cheese Scones
3 cups flour
4 tspns baking powder
1 1/2 to 2 cups milk
100gms/1 stick/4oz COLD butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups grated cheese (I use Trader Joe's NZ Cheddar but if you're lucky enough to be in NZ, anything will do - otherwise sharp American cheddar)
Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a big bowl. Chop up butter into very small pieces and rub through flour with your fingers until it resembles medium-fine breadcrumbs. Add 1 cup of the cheese and mix through.
Slowly stir in milk and mix with a knife to combine into a moist bread-type dough (you may need to add a bit more flour if it's too sticky). Turn out onto a floured oven tray and shape into a large rectangle brick shape. Cut wedges approx 4cm/2 inches thick and place on oven tray.
Using the extra 1/2 cup of cheese, place a bit on the top of each scone, brush with milk and bake in a medium oven for approx 10 minutes or until golden.
Serve with butter - jam optional (a bit weird I know but trust me it works!).
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(Makes 2 cookie trays worth)
12 cups Oats or 1 large container of old fashioned (not quick cook ones)
1 cup canola or vegetable oil - measure this first so honey and syrup (coming next!) will slip out easily
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Any nuts/seed you like - 3/4 to a cup of each: Walnuts, almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds
1 - 1/2 cups dried fruit..apricots, sugared pineapple, raisins, craisins, figs or mixed dried fruit diced into small pieces.
Pre-heat oven 250 F (Regular Bake)
Spray 2 cookie trays with cooking spray or non stick oil.Mix all ingredients [except fruit]* together in a VERY large bowl (or lobster pot if that's your largest receptacle, as Anna does) and spread out onto greased cookie trays with wooden spoon that has also been sprayed with cooking oil. Set oven timer for 20 minute intervals and bake, rotating trays periodically. Cook for approx.1hr 10 mins in total or until golden.
*NOTE: You MUST add fruit AFTER cooking otherwise you'll end up with nasty charred leather, that not even vaguely resembles dried fruit!
Let cool in trays and then spoon into jars, bags etc.
I like to give the kids raisins to stick on top and make jack-o-lantern faces. You can add chocolate chips or nuts, but these muffins are yummy on their own!
Pre-heat oven to 350
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. each cinnamon & nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. ginger
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. canned pumpkin puree
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c water
Grease loaf pans or line muffin tins. MIx flour baking soda & spices in a bowl. WIth electric mixer on medium bled the following until smooth:sugars, pumpkin, oil, and eggs. Add flour mixture and mix on low. Finally add water and beat until blended.
Makes 4 mini loaves -bake 35 minutes or
24 muffins - bake about 25 minutes