Friday, February 24, 2012

Recipe Friday: February 24, 2012

Southern Fried Chicken

Copied from Paula Deen's Foodnetwork


3 eggs
1/3 cup water
About 1 cup hot red pepper sauce (recommended: Texas Pete)
2 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon pepper
House seasoning, recipe follows
1 (1 to 2 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into pieces
Oil, for frying, preferably peanut oil


1. In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with the water. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange.
2. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Season the chicken with the house seasoning.
3. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour mixture.

4. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.

5. Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer then white meat. It should take dark meat about 13 to 14 minutes, white meat around 8 to 10 minutes.

6. Drain on a rack placed over a cookie sheet.

House Seasoning:

1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Recipe Friday Feb. 17, 2012

Homemade English Muffin Bread

5 1/2 cups warm water
3 packages yeast
2 Tablespoons salt
3 Tablespoons sugar
11 cups flour (bread flour or all purpose works just as well)

1. Mix altogether, let rise in bowl until double in bulk, then spoon into (4) well greased loaf pans.
2. Let rise in pans until dough reaches the top of the pan, and bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
3. 10 minutes before done, brush with melted butter. Makes 4 loaves. Bread will be moist at first. Allow to COOL COMPLETELY before cutting.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Recipe Friday: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

Got this off The Pioneer Woman's comment section:

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

Just 4 simple ingredients in the blender and you have it in 1 minute flat.
This makes the equivalent of one can Eagle Brand or the like.

1 cup dry powdered milk (I use nonfat)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup boiling water
3 Tbsp. melted butter

Mix in the blender. DONE!

For homemade caramel

1 Take can of sweetened condensed milk and remove label. (Do Not Open).
2 Place in a 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 quart crock pot.
3 Pour water in crock pot until the can is completely covered with water. You only need water to be 1/4 in over the top of can.
4 Put lid on crock pot.
5 Heat on high for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours (the longer the milk cooks the darker the caramel will be).
6. Keep the water replenished, do not let it boil dry.
7. At desired time remove can with tongs (Be careful the can will be very hot).
8. Allow to cool to the point that you can touch the can, but the can will be still warm.
9.Open can and pour contents into a bowl that has a good sealing lid.
10 Stir in the vanilla extract.
11 At this point you are ready for dipping.
12 Any leftovers can be placed in the refrigerator.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Recipe Friday Feb. 3, 2012

I'm stealing a recipe from The Pioneer Woman and her photo too, until I take a picture of my own.

Knock You Naked Brownies

1 box (18.5 Ounce) German Chocolate Cake Mix
1 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
⅓ cups Evaporated Milk
½ cups Evaporated Milk (additional)
½ cups Butter, Melted
60 whole Caramels, Unwrapped
⅓ cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
¼ cups Powdered Sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, chopped pecans, 1/3 cup evaporated milk, and melted butter. Stir together until totally combined. Mixture will be very thick.

2. Press half the mixture into a well-greased 9 x 9 inch square baking pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove pan from oven and set aside.

3. In a double boiler (or a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water) melt caramels with additional 1/2 cup evaporated milk. When melted and combined, pour over brownie base.

4. Sprinkle chocolate chips as evenly as you can over the caramel.
Turn out remaining brownie dough on work surface. Use your hands to press it into a large square a little smaller than the pan. Use a spatula to remove it from the surface, then set it on top of the caramel and chocolate chips.

4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for several hours.

5. When ready to serve, generously sift powdered sugar over the surface of the brownies. Cut into either nine or twelve helpings, and carefully remove from the pan.