cooking

Cooking!!

Not really “Sumo” cooking but kind of.  I have a few recipes that I like to make that are really a combination of a few recipes.  Yesterday I made up a couple of them.  It was a cooking kind of a day!!

I made “Baked Oatmeal” for breakfast.  Actually, I made it for mine and Rocket’s breakfast because everyone else was gone already for the day.  We did have it for breakfast this morning however, because I make a lot and we have grown to love baked oatmeal!!!

At lunch I started a slow-cooker full of scalloped potatoes and ham.   Then in the afternoon, when the middle schoolers got home, we made applesauce cake from a “Weight-Watchers” cookbook I picked up at a rummage sale last summer.  Banana bread from the “Family Fun” cookbook and a cheesecake from the same cookbook.

No we really didn’t need any more sweets in the house, but it gave us something to do on a really cold snowy night!

First the applesauce cake.  I used the apple and pear sauce that I made last fall in the recipe.  I got tired of waiting for it to cook down, so I just jarred it chunks and all.  It was late!!  But it worked really well in this recipe.  The chunks added to the yumminess of the cake!!! (is yumminess a word??!!)

Topped with the caramel sauce, this was sinful!!!!
Topped with the caramel sauce, this was sinful!!!!
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I ran out of regular flour so I used the gluten free flour. It makes a pretty nice loaf and actually tastes good!!

The banana bread is from a “Family Fun” cookbook recipe.  I love this recipe because you use 5 bananas which make this bread so moist and yummy!!!  I add chocolate chips because well…  I like chocolate!!!  I used a gluten free flour that I picked up at Costco last fall.  It is really a nice flour, but I forgot to add  Xanthan gum so its a little flat.

I also made scalloped potatoes and ham.  The ham is from the pig we bought last fall.  Its a bit salty so I did not add salt to the dish at all.  Just some onion, garlic and pepper.  We thought it was just right!!

 

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This was SOOOOO GOOOD!!!!

 

Here are the recipes:

Baked oatmeal

preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt a stick of butter

Add 3/4 c. sugar

2 eggs

and 1 c. milk

I like to soak the oats in this for just a bit.  So put in 3c. oats and let it sit for a few minutes.  (you can use whatever oats you like.  If you use steel cut or whole oats you might want to let it soak for an hour. )

Add 1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

a tbsp of molasses

1/2 tsp cinnamon

I also add 3 tbsp of ground flax seed

Mix it all up good and pour into a 9×13 pan.  I like to add dried fruit like raisin or cranberries.  Feel free to add what you would like.  Nuts would also be good in this.

Bake for 25 min.

Serve topped with yogurt and fruit or with a little milk.

(I don’t know where I got this recipe.  Its just written on a scrap of paper in my box.   I believe its a compilation of a couple recipes I found online because I lost the original.)

 

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Peel and slice about 3lbs of potatoes

about a lb of cooked ham cubed

an onion

Cut this all up into slices or cubes and throw into a slow-cooker.

For the sauce:

Melt about 4 tbsp of butter in a sauce pan

Add 4 tbsp of flour

4 c. milk

salt and pepper to taste

cook this until nice and thick.  Pour over ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  I cooked on high for 4 hours and turned it down so it would be ready for dinner at about 6.  That worked fine too.

Thanks to the “Our Favorite Recipes” cookbook from the St. Johns Guild and the “Fix-it and Forget it 5-ingredient favorites”  recipe books for the guidelines!!  hehe….

 

Applesauce cake

1 3/4 c unsweetened applesauce

1 3/4 c sugar

9 tbsp butter–(you could use a stick of margarine– but why???!!!!)

3 c. flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp all-spice

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c raisins

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

warm the applesauce up a bit.  Mix the butter and sugar well and add the applesauce.  Mix that up well and add the rest of the ingredients.  Beat until well blended.  Stir in the raisins and pour into a greased bundt pan.

Bake at 325 for 50 minutes.  Let cool and remove from pan.  I made the caramel sauce topping for this which was amazing!!!!

Caramel sauce:  2/3 c firmly packed brown sugar

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp milk

1/8 tsp salt

Combine in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until butter is melts and its a nice smooth consistency.  Let cool and pour over slices of the cake to serve.

This is all from “Weight Watchers Annual Recipes for Success 2000”

 

And Finally,  the “Best Ever Banana Bread” recipe from “Family Fun’s Cookbook”.

1/2 c vegetable shortening

1 1/4 c sugar

2 eggs

5 overripe bananas

2 c. flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp wheat germ (I use ground flax seed instead)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 2 loaf pans.

Cream shortening and add sugar.  Add eggs and bananas and blend together til bananas are thoroughly mashed.  In a separate bowl sift the flour, add the rest of the ingredients and pour that into the banana mixture.  Blend just until it is mixed.  Pour into the pans and bake 50 minutes or until the top springs back when gently pressed.

Now– In this recipe, I used the same amounts of gluten free flour.  I also add then, typically, 2 tsp of xanthan gum for adding the binding agent and makes baked goods rise nicely.

 

Hope you enjoy these recipes!!  Let me know if you have tried them and what you thought about them!

Blessings on your cold and windy day, rest of January and looks like the beginning of February……  Lots of time to try new recipes!!!

vicki

 

 

 

 

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