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
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
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.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Rice Pudding
Rice Pudding
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Sounds good, I have not had rice pudding in 12+ years. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Rice Pudding
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Sounds good, I have not had rice pudding in 12+ years. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the cooked rice to a saucepan plus 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar, and salt. Cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes until thick and creamy.
  2. Stir in remaining milk and raisins, and slowly stir in the egg, stirring constantly. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon into serving bowls and sprinkle with just a tiny pinch of cinnamon. Can be served warm or cold.
Recipe Notes

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
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
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 😉
  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 🙂
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
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This is a basic buttercream frosting mix from none other than Betty Crocker, this recipe has been used by millions of people over many many years. Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, or fills and frosts an 8 or 9-inch two-layer cake, or about 12 cupcakes.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
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This is a basic buttercream frosting mix from none other than Betty Crocker, this recipe has been used by millions of people over many many years. Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, or fills and frosts an 8 or 9-inch two-layer cake, or about 12 cupcakes.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugar, use a heavy spoon or an electric mixer on low speed.
  2. Add the vanilla and just 1 tablespoon of milk. Beat well, and just add additional milk, a few drops at a time, to make a nice and smooth, and spreadable frosting. If frosting is too thick, add milk a few drops at a time, if too thin, add powdered sugar a teaspoon at a time. (This photo is the chocolate variant.)
  3. Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, or fills and frosts an 8 or 9-inch two-layer cake, or about 12 cupcakes.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Use chocolate flavoring instead of vanilla. 2. Use coconut flavoring instead of vanilla.

Used in Recipe Listed on this Site:
Red Velvet Cake, Made it, GO-TO recipe.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Oreo Crust Cheesecake
Oreo Crust Cheesecake
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This is adapted from two recipes I found, but for the crust, feel free to use a store bought crust, oreo or graham cracker. I made this on 2 Feb 2018, easy and excellent flavor.
Servings Prep Time
1 cheesecake 30 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cheesecake 30 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Oreo Crust Cheesecake
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This is adapted from two recipes I found, but for the crust, feel free to use a store bought crust, oreo or graham cracker. I made this on 2 Feb 2018, easy and excellent flavor.
Servings Prep Time
1 cheesecake 30 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cheesecake 30 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Crust
For the Filling
Servings: cheesecake
Instructions
For the Crust
  1. Add the whole Oreo cookies, filling and all to a blender or food processor and process to make crumbs, or for old school, just place in a zip lock bag but do seal and crush with a rolling pin to a good fine consistency.
  2. Place the crumbs in a bowl and pour in the melted butter and mix to coat all the crumbs with the butter.
  3. Pour the breadcrumb mixture into your pie dish, firmly press it down firmly on the bottom and sides of the dish, I used a smooth flat bottomed bowl to help with this.
For the Filling
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 C).
  2. With the room temperature, add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until smooth with an electric mixer. Now I don't own an electric mixer, so I had to improvise just a bit. I used a potato masher to to get the cream cheese broken down and softened up with the eggs, once soft, I used a whisk to make a smooth batter. (People have been making cheesecakes before electric mixers and Kitchenaid appliances.)
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared crust and smooth it out evenly.
  4. Place on the pie dish on a baking sheet and place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. I checked it at 30 minutes and it was quite loose (jiggly) in the center so I continued for another 10 minutes. At the 40 minute mark, a solid cheesecake. Remove from the oven and place the dish on a rack to cool completely, then cover and refrigerate until use.
  5. First piece removed, the piece fell apart in places as I did not have the cookie crumbs evenly layered.
Recipe Notes

The Cream cheese will cost about 240 Baht for 2 250 gram packages. For 8 servings, this is about 89 cents per serving. Good value overall.

Variants: 1. Serve topped with a fruit filling such as blueberry, cherry, strawberry, etc. 2. Melt a bar of chocolate and mix that in before baking.

Adapted from several internet recipes.

Apple Butter (Slow Cooker)
Apple Butter (Slow Cooker)
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I have not enjoyed apple butter for probably 30 years, I need to change that. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Apple Butter (Slow Cooker)
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I have not enjoyed apple butter for probably 30 years, I need to change that. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the sugars, you can reduce the amount based on the sweetness of your apples.
  2. Place the apples as you prepare them into your slow cooker, after they are done, add the sugars, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix together.
  3. Set your slow cooker to Low and cook for 10 hours, stirring every 2 hours or so. When the apple butter is thick and dark brown, it is ready.
  4. Mash with a potato masher if you would like a chunky version, or use an immersion blender (or pour into a blender) to make a smooth version.
  5. Pour into jars and refrigerate covered for up to two weeks or freeze in small containers.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Graham Crackers
Graham Crackers
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This sounds interesting. In the province where I live, these crackers are not available here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
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This sounds interesting. In the province where I live, these crackers are not available here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
48 2 inch squares 2 hours or more
Cook Time
12-25 minutes
Ingredients
Topping, Optional
Servings: 2 inch squares
Instructions
  1. Add the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl, and mix together. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or large sturdy fork, until the mixture is the consistency of coarse meal.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, milk, and vanilla extract, then add to the flour mixture and mix until the dough comes together into a sticky and very soft ball.
  3. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and dust with flour, turn out the dough onto the plastic wrap and pat into a rectangle about 1 inch thick. Wrap in the plastic then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or even overnight is fine.
  4. When you are ready to roll out the crackers, make the Topping by just mixing those two ingredients in a small bowl, set aside.
  5. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Line a baking sheet or two with parchment paper. If you have two racks in your oven, position one to lower and one to higher and use two sheets. If only one rack, then just use the center rack.
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge, cut in half and and return one half to the fridge. Lightly flour your work surface and unwrap and place the dough on the floured surface.
  7. Lightly flour the top, roll out to 1/8 inch thick, by rolling out to a larger rectangle or square. Cut into 2 inch squares with a pastry cutter wheel.
  8. Place the squares on a baking sheet, sprinkle with topping if desired, refrigerate for about 30 to 45 minutes to firm up the crackers. Repeat the rolling and chilling with the other half of dough.
  9. Make some holes in the crackers for decoration just prior to baking, about 9 even spaced holes using the flat end of a wood skewer.
  10. If using two racks and two sheets, place both sheets in the oven and bake for 15-25 minutes, swapping the top and bottom sheets half way through cooking if using two sheets, until browned and slightly firm to the touch.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, now you have graham crackers.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Hawaiian Buns (Bread Machine)
Hawaiian Buns (Bread Machine)
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Hawaiian Buns are a real treat, I have not had these in many many years, I think I need to correct that. You will mix and kneed the dough in your bread machine, but you will shape and bake this in your oven. This is a two part method, the sponge, and the dough.
Servings Prep Time
16 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Hawaiian Buns (Bread Machine)
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Hawaiian Buns are a real treat, I have not had these in many many years, I think I need to correct that. You will mix and kneed the dough in your bread machine, but you will shape and bake this in your oven. This is a two part method, the sponge, and the dough.
Servings Prep Time
16 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
For the Sponge
For the Dough
Servings: buns
Instructions
  1. Mix the Sponge ingredients together in a bowl, then pour into you bread machine. Let this rest for 15 minutes.
  2. In a bowl, mix the pineapple juice, butter, brown sugar, eggs and yolk, vanilla until well combined, add this to the bread machine.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining flour, potato flour, and salt, add this to the bread machine.
  4. Set the bread machine to dough setting and let it run its cycle, keep an eye on it, if the dough is not coming together, add a tablespoon of flour at a time. Dough will be sticky.
  5. At the end of the dough cycle, you are looking for the dough to have doubled in size, if it has not, leave the dough in the machine for another 30 to 60 minutes, the reason for this, this machine will be warm, no need to remove it yet.
  6. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently deflate the dough.
  7. Divide it into 16 equal pieces, by dividing the dough in half, then in halves again, etc. Round each piece into a smooth ball. Space the buns in the baking dish.
  8. Cover the dough with a light towel. Let the dough rise in the dish for 1 hour, until it's nicely puffy. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat your oven to 180 C.
  9. Mix the reserved egg white with 1 tablespoon cold water, and brush some onto the surface of the rolls to give them a satiny crust.
  10. Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes, then place a wire rack on the top of the dish, and flip dish over to turn out the rolls in one large piece, then place another wire rack on the and turn over to make them right side up.
  11. Serve warm with dinner or store well wrapped at room temperature for several days or freeze for 1-2 months, or use to make sliders.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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

Pina Colada Salad
Pina Colada Salad
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Sounds great. This is a fruit salad you can make with what you have on hand, the dressing is plain yogurt and coconut milk or cream. I look forward to making this. The yogurt measurement is an estimate, I will verify when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Pina Colada Salad
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Sounds great. This is a fruit salad you can make with what you have on hand, the dressing is plain yogurt and coconut milk or cream. I look forward to making this. The yogurt measurement is an estimate, I will verify when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the yogurt, coconut, vanilla extract, and coconut milk in a large bowl. Stir in the fruit except for the cherries. Refrigerate for several hours. Serve cold with 2-3 cherries on each serving.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cinnamon Roll Cake
Cinnamon Roll Cake
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I like cinnamon rolls and this sounds really good! On my to cook list soon!
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
28-32 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
28-32 minutes
Cinnamon Roll Cake
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I like cinnamon rolls and this sounds really good! On my to cook list soon!
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
28-32 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
28-32 minutes
Ingredients
For the Cake
For the Topping
For the Glaze
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  2. Mix the Cake ingredients together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into the prepared dish.
  3. Mix the Topping ingredients together until well combined, drop evenly over the cake batter and swirl with a butter knife.
  4. Bake for 28-32 minutes, check for doneness with a toothpick inserted in the center, if it comes out clean, should be done.
  5. Mix the Glaze ingredients and drizzle over the warm cake.
Recipe Notes

Low cost and very common ingredients.

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