Mexican Churros
Mexican Churros
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These sound wonderful, and appears to be very easy and straightforward. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
15 churros 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15 churros 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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These sound wonderful, and appears to be very easy and straightforward. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
15 churros 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15 churros 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: churros
Instructions
  1. Heat about 2-3 inches of cooking oil in a large pot to 180 - 190 C (350 - 375 F).
  2. While the oil is heating, use a large saucepan and add the water, butter, vanilla, and salt. When the butter has completely melted bring to a simmer then remove from heat and turn off the burner.
  3. Stir in the flour into the butter mixture, add the eggs one at a time and mix well to fully incorporate the eggs into the batter. The batter will be thick, like peanut butter.
  4. When the oil is hot, spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a large star or round tip. The star tip will give nice edges that crisp up but it not required.
  5. Pipe some batter directly into the hot oil to make a long piece almost as wide as the pot, then cut the batter from the tip with a pair of shears. Do this 3-4 times but do not over crowd the pot.
  6. The batter will puff up as it cooks, cook for just 2-4 minutes, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. Remove to paper towels to drain. Repeat for the rest of the batter.
  7. Allow all the churros to cool until you can handle them. Place the sugar and cinnamon in a large zip lock bag and add a few churros to the bag, zip the bag and gently shake to coat them with the sugar mixture.
  8. Serve as is or with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, or caramel sauce. Enjoy.
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Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Bread
Apple Cinnamon Bread
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Grease a loaf pan with butter and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder, set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream together the white sugar and butter. Use an electric mixer or the reliable hand and elbow grease ๐Ÿ˜‰
  5. Beat in the eggs one at a time, add the vanilla and mix that in as well. Add the flour mixture and mix in then mix in the milk to make a smooth batter.
  6. Pour half of the batter into your prepared loaf pan than add 1/2 of the chopped apples and 1/2 of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture, lightly tap the apples into the batter.
  7. Pour on the remaining batter, then the remaining apples, and the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Lightly tap the apples into the batter.
  8. Using a butter knife, make a couple of swirls through the batter.
  9. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick (wood skewer would be a better choice) comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack for 20 minutes, then roll out to cool on a rack. When cooled, slice and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Cinnamon Roll Bread
Cinnamon Roll Bread
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Excellent flavor! And is a no yeast recipe. I made this on 31 Jan 2018, perfect.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Cinnamon Roll Bread
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Excellent flavor! And is a no yeast recipe. I made this on 31 Jan 2018, perfect.
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-55 minutes
Ingredients
For the Bread
For the Topping
For the Glaze
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and lightly butter a bread pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the Bread dry ingredients. In a small bowl, mix together the Bread wet ingredients.
  3. Pour the wet into the dry and mix with a heavy spoon, no need for an electric mixer, easily done with a spoon.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the Topping ingredients. Use a spoon to sprinkle the mixture over the bread batter.
  6. Use a knife to make swirls through the batter to mix it in, about 1/3 deep into the batter.
  7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, use the toothpick method to check for done. Insert a toothpick in the center and when it comes out clean, the bread is done.
  8. When the bread is done, remove from the oven, let cool for 15 minutes, then roll out of the pan to a rack to cool completely.
  9. While the bread is cooling, make the glaze using the powdered sugar and adding just a teaspoon of milk at a time to obtain the consistency you prefer.
  10. When the bread is completely cooled, pour the glaze over the top.
  11. Slice, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Add chopped walnuts and or raisins to taste to the batter before pouring into the bread pan, maybe some chopped walnuts on the top after you swirl in the topping.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Variant provided by Sheila Olson.
United States.

Basic Streusel Coffee Cake
Basic Streusel Coffee Cake
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I used to make this type of coffee cake when I was little and learning to cook. This sounds pretty close to what I made, and I tested this out on 2 Jan 2018 and yep, this is really close to what I made, it is excellent. Now there is a story to the photos, the photo of the batter in the pan with the topping before the oven, picture perfect, after I put it in the oven, about 10 minutes later, I realized I had not opened my new bottle of baking powder! Since this cake was for my mother in law's birthday, removed the pan from the oven, scraped out the contents for the compost pile and let the pan cool while I prepared a new batter and topping mix. As I was making the batter, my wife walks through the kitchen and says, mother in law likes very little sugar, so go easy on the topping. The second cake is the cooked photo, with little topping. Mother in law took one bite, instant thumbs up from her!
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
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I used to make this type of coffee cake when I was little and learning to cook. This sounds pretty close to what I made, and I tested this out on 2 Jan 2018 and yep, this is really close to what I made, it is excellent. Now there is a story to the photos, the photo of the batter in the pan with the topping before the oven, picture perfect, after I put it in the oven, about 10 minutes later, I realized I had not opened my new bottle of baking powder! Since this cake was for my mother in law's birthday, removed the pan from the oven, scraped out the contents for the compost pile and let the pan cool while I prepared a new batter and topping mix. As I was making the batter, my wife walks through the kitchen and says, mother in law likes very little sugar, so go easy on the topping. The second cake is the cooked photo, with little topping. Mother in law took one bite, instant thumbs up from her!
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Cake
For the Topping
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F), grease a 9x9 baking dish with butter.
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, mix together the egg, oil, and milk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix well to combine. (I just used two separate bowls, one for batter, one for topping.)
  3. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and spread out evenly.
  4. Now using the bowl the flour mixture was in, add the Topping ingredients and mix together. Sprinkle the topping over the batter.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. (I used the toothpick method, when it came out clean, done.)
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Hamburger Buns
Hamburger Buns
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes these often. Brian's words "Being that I live in Thailand, in a place that does not have a bakery around the corner, making my own hamburger buns allows me to enjoy a burger with a proper bun." And Brian is very correct, want a proper bun for a burger here, you have to make it yourself. I know Brian well, if he provides a recipe or shortcut to my site, he makes it often.
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes these often. Brian's words "Being that I live in Thailand, in a place that does not have a bakery around the corner, making my own hamburger buns allows me to enjoy a burger with a proper bun." And Brian is very correct, want a proper bun for a burger here, you have to make it yourself. I know Brian well, if he provides a recipe or shortcut to my site, he makes it often.
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
Ingredients
For the Buns
For the Tops
Servings: buns
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the yeast and 1/2 cup of the flour. Add the luke warm water and mix together. Let this set for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture is foamy and bubbly.
  2. To the flour mixture, add the egg, butter, sugar, salt, and whisk together until well combined.
  3. Add 2 1/2 cups of the flour. IF using a standup mixer, use the dough hook and kneed for 6-8 minutes, add flour as needed until the dough comes together and has come free of the sides of the bowl.
  4. IF mixing by hand, mix in the bowl until the dough comes together, adding flour as needed until the dough comes free from the sides of the bowl, turn out dough on a clean surface and kneed with hands for about 10 minutes, use flour as needed until the dough is tacky but comes free of the work surface.
  5. Oil a large bowl (large enough to allow the dough to double in size), and place the kneeded dough inside in the bowl, cover the bowl with a towel and set aside for about 2 hours to rise and double in size.
  6. Punch down the down and remove the dough from the bowl to a lightly floured work surface. Shape the dough into a rectangle or circle and cut into 8 equal size pieces. A pastry cutter works well, and a digital scale is a bonus to ensure you get equal sizes. Line a baking sheet with parchment or lightly flour just the sheet.
  7. Using floured hands, form each dough piece into a ball, then take each ball and form into a disk about 1/2 inch thick, place each disk on the baking sheet evenly spaced.
  8. Lightly flour the tops of the disks and cover with a towel. Let rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
  9. About 20 minutes before buns have risen, preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F).
  10. Whisk together the egg and milk. Remove the towel from the rolls and using a pastry brush, lightly coat the top of each bun. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
  11. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and place buns on a rack to cool.
  12. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by good friend, Brian Colligan.
Thailand.

Easy Soft Flatbread (No Yeast)
Easy Soft Flatbread (No Yeast)
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Think wraps filled with whatever you like, or even as naan for Indian curries. The Vegan version is in the Recipes Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 pieces 35 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 pieces 35 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Easy Soft Flatbread (No Yeast)
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Think wraps filled with whatever you like, or even as naan for Indian curries. The Vegan version is in the Recipes Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 pieces 35 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 pieces 35 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: pieces
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan or in the microwave, combine the milk and butter is just melted.
  2. Add the flour to a mixing bowl, add the salt, and pour in the milk and butter mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon until the dough comes together in a ball.
  3. Flour your work surface and turn out the dough, knead for a few minutes to make a smooth dough, add a bit of flour if the dough is too sticky. Wrap in plastic film and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  4. Flour the work surface, cut dough into 4 pieces, roll into balls, then roll each one out to about 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Heat 1/2 tablespoon of cooking oil in a non stick pan on medium heat or low for a heavy bottomed pan.
  6. When the pan is hot, place 1 flatbread in and cook for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, it should puff up, just press those down with the spatula. Flip and cook the other side, there should be golden brown spots on both sides.
  7. Remove from the pan and place on a plate and cover with a towel. Repeat the steps cooking the rest, staking each on on the same plate.
  8. Use with fillings of your choice for a lunch or light dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: Brush each flatbread with olive oil or melted butter. Or with melted butter mixed with minced garlic and parsley for a garlic butter version. Higher heat and thinner dough (say cut the dough into 5 or 6 pieces) will result in crispier bread, which is compatible as a naan type of bread.

Vegan Version: Replace the butter with olive oil, replace the milk with almond milk.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Middle Eastern Pita Bread
Middle Eastern Pita Bread
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As I expand my culinary learning, pita bread is needed for some recipes, and since pita bread is not available near me, I will make this myself, and will save money doing this as well.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 pita breads 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 pita breads 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
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As I expand my culinary learning, pita bread is needed for some recipes, and since pita bread is not available near me, I will make this myself, and will save money doing this as well.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 pita breads 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 pita breads 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: pita breads
Instructions
  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Let sit for 10 to15 minutes until water is frothy.
  2. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a small depression in the middle of the flour and pour yeast water mixture into it.
  3. Slowly add 1 cup of warm water, and stir with wooden spoon or rubber spatula until elastic.
  4. Place dough on a floured surface and knead for 10 to 15 minutes. When the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth and elastic, it is done.
  5. Coat a large bowl with vegetable oil and place dough into the bowl. Turn dough upside down so all of the dough is coated. Allow to sit in a warm place for about 3 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
  6. Once doubled, roll out in a rope, and pinch off 10 to 12 small pieces, just smaller than a tennis ball. Place balls on floured surface. Let sit covered with a towel for 10 minutes.
  7. Heat oven to 500 F and make sure rack is at the very bottom of the oven, and heat the your baking sheet as well.
  8. Roll out each ball of dough with a rolling pin into circles. Each should be about 5 to 6 inches across and 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Bake each circle for 4 minutes until the bread puffs up. Turn over and bake for 2 more minutes.
  10. Remove each pita with a spatula from the baking sheet and place on a wire rack.
  11. While still warm, take a spatula and gently push down on each puff. When they are thoroughly cool, place in storage bags.
  12. Pita bread can be stored for up to 1 week in a pantry or bread box or up to a month in the freezer.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Banana Bread II
Banana Bread II
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This recipe uses a yellow cake mix, and I even have a shortcut to make a yellow cake mix. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 5 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 5 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
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This recipe uses a yellow cake mix, and I even have a shortcut to make a yellow cake mix. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 5 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 5 minutes
Cook Time
40-45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Grease two medium loaf pans or one large loaf pan with butter.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, pour batter into two medium loaf pans or one large loaf pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Yellow Cake Mix.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Garland Davis, US Navy Cook (Ret).
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Amish Cinnamon Bread
Amish Cinnamon Bread
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This is an old Amish quick bread recipe, mix and bake.
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Amish Cinnamon Bread
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This is an old Amish quick bread recipe, mix and bake.
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 loaves 15 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Ingredients
For the Batter
For the Cinnamon Sugar Mix
Servings: loaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Grease two bread pans with butter.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the 2/3 cup sugar and the cinnamon, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the 2 cups of sugar, then mix in the eggs, then mix in the flour and baking soda to make the batter.
  4. Pour 1/4 of the batter into each bread pan, leaving half the batter in the large bowl. Now using only 3/4 of the sugar cinnamon mixture, sprinkle this onto the batter in each bread pan, use a butter knife to make some swirls in the batter.
  5. Pour the remain batter into each bread pan and sprinkle each pan with the remaining sugar cinnamon mix, and make the swirly thing again with the knife. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. and the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20-30 minutes before turning out from the pans.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Bacon Cheese Biscuits
Bacon Cheese Biscuits
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Sounds tasty! On my to cook list. I have never seen crescent rolls in a tube anywhere in Thailand (maybe Villa Market carries them) so there is a bread maker recipe for crescent rolls listed as a shortcut. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Bacon Cheese Biscuits
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Sounds tasty! On my to cook list. I have never seen crescent rolls in a tube anywhere in Thailand (maybe Villa Market carries them) so there is a bread maker recipe for crescent rolls listed as a shortcut. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Lightly grease a baking sheet with butter.
  2. Lightly flour your work surface. Unroll one can of crescent rolls on your work surface (if using the shortcut, roll out one half). Using your hands, press the seams together and lightly press and stretch a little into a nice rectangle.
  3. Add a layer of cheese, can be sliced or shredded, then then add your layer of cooked bacon. Unroll the remaining can of crescent rolls on top & press all the seems together both on top and all around the edges.
  4. Using a pizza cutter or a knife slice into squares. Place the entire thing on your baking sheet using a large spatula, working in batches. Lay all the squares right beside each other, just as they were before you sliced it. You want all the cut seams to be touching so that your cheese doesnโ€™t leak out.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the top of the crescent rolls are lightly browned. Remove from the oven ans cool on a wire rack for 3-5 minutes before digging in. The crescent squares will pull right apart. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I cannot price this until I find out how many servings this will make, for now I will say this is a fair value dish based on just the cheese and bacon used.

Variants: Use cooked crumbled sausage or even just ground beef.

Shortcut: Crescent Rolls (Bread Machine).

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.