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Hot cross buns

Nothing says Easter like hot cross buns, especially when they’re home made. This recipe comes from Jennifer L.’s book, in North Branch , MN, although I’ve made a few tiny tweaks.

Hot cross buns

Ingredients

4-4 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 pkg active dry yeast
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Dash ground cloves
2 eggs plus 1 yolk
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
1/3 c. granulated sugar

3/4 cup currents
(1/4 cup candied orange zest and 1/4 cup candied ginger, cut into small cubes)
1 egg white
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp milk (or more if needed)

Preparation instructions

1. In a large mixing bowl combine 2 c. flour, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. In a pan heat and stir milk, butter, sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt until warm (120°-130°) and butter almost melts.
Add milk mixture to dry mixture. Add eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed 20 sec. scraping bowl. Beat on high 3 minutes. Stir in currants and orange peel and ginger (if desired), and as much remaining flour as you can.
2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape into a ball. Place in a greased bowl, turning once. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (about 1-1 1/2 hrs).
3. Punch dough down. Turn onto floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Divide dough into 20 portions. Shape portiions into smooth balls. Place balls 1-1/2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise till nearly double. (45-60 minutes)
4. Using a sharp knife, make a crisscross slash across top of each bun. In small bowl combine beaten egg white and 1 tbsp water. Brush mixture of egg white and water over rolls. Bake in a 375° oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly. For icing, in a mixing bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk or juice. Stir in additional milk or juice, 1 tsp at a time, until icing is of drizzling consistecy. Drizzle icing into slashes atop each bun. Serve warm.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Ginger crinkles

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 c. packed brown sugar
3/4 c. shortening or cooking oil
1/4 c. molasses
1 egg

Preparation instructions

Stir together the first 5 ingredients and 1/4 tsp salt. Combine the remaining ingredients and beat well. Add dry ingredients to beaten mixture, beating well. Form 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar, if desired; place 2 inches apart on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375° oven about 10 minutes.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Dark fruitcake

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

3 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
16 oz (2 1/2 c.) diced, mixed candied fruits and peels
1 (15 oz pkg) (3 c.) raisins
1 (8 oz pkg) (1 1/3 c.) pitted whole dates, snipped

Preparation instructions

Grease three 8x4x2 loaf pans or two 10x 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pans. Line bottom and sides of pans with brown paper. (Brown paper prevents over browning); grease paper. Stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Add fruits and peels, raisins, dates, cherries, almonds, pecans and pineapple; mix till well coated. Beat eggs till foamy. Add brown sugar, orange juice, butter or margarine, and molasses; beat till combined. Stir into fruit mixture. Turn batter into pans, filling each about 3/4 full.
Bake in oven 300° for 2 hours or till cakes test done. (cover all pans loosely with foil after 1 hour of baking to prevent over baking)
Place cakes in pans on wire racks; cool thoroughly. Remove from pans.
Wrap in wine. brandy, or fruit juice-moistened cheese cloth. Over wrap with foil. Store in refrigerator. (Store 3 to 4 weeks for a blended and mellow flavor) Re-moisten cheese cloth as needed after 1 week.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Green pepper steak

from Diane B.’s book, Corvallis, OR

Ingredients

2 lbs of well trimmed top round steak, cut in 1/2″ strips.
2 cloves garlic
2 lge onions
2 lge green peppers
2 c. sliced mushrooms
1/2 t. black pepper
2 t. salt
1 c. red wine (burgundy)
5-6 pinches curry powder

Preparation instructions

In a heavy skillet, brown well the beef strips in 2 T. olive oil and a clove of garlic.
In a 2nd skillet, saute the onions and green peppers and garlic. When vegetables are near tender, add the mushrooms and continue to saute until mushrooms are tender. Add the pepper, salt and an additional garlic clove, minced.
Mix the sauteed vegetables with the browned beef and add 1 c red wine. Cook slowly for 1/2 hour. Then add the curry powder and simmer for another hour.
You may eat now or simmer for more time or store overnight when flavor will be even better. Be sure to place curry powder in at least an hour before serving so that it will not taste bitter.
Serve this over white rice and a nice salad.

Submitted by: Diane B

Tortilla chicken soup

by Sarah S.’s book, Milwaukee, WI

Ingredients

2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large cans of fat-free chicken broth
2 jalepeno peppers, chopped or mashed
4 tsp. chili power
2 cups chopped seeded tomatoes (canned OK)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (or add to taste)
1 T. ground cumin
Salt to taste
4 (6-inch) corn tortillas
2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup Mexican cheese — (grated)

Preparation instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Heat a soup pot or Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add cubed chicken and saute 5 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove chicken from pot.

Add onion to pan, cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic; saute 15 – 30 seconds. Add chicken broth, jalepena peppers, and chili powder. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.

Stir in tomato and next 3 ingredients; add chicken. Cover and simmer another 20 minutes.

While soup simmers, cut tortillas into 1/4 X 2-inch strips. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer, and coat lightly with cooking spray. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle servings evenly with grated cheese, cilantro and tortilla strips.

Submitted by: Sarah S

Roasted red pepper dip

from Diane B.’s book, Corvallis, OR

Ingredients

2 lge red bell peppers
2 lge unpeeled garlic cloves
1 8 oz Neufchatel cheese
2 t. balsamic vinegar
1/4 t. salt
1/8- 1/4 t. crushd red pepper

Preparation instructions

To shorten preparation of this recipe, you can buy the bottled roasted red peppers. If not, then, cut peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place peppers, skin sides up, on a foil lined baking sheet. Flatten with hand. Add garlic to sheet and broil 4 minutes. Turn garlic over; broil 4 min or until blackened. remove garlic from sheet, set aside. Broil peppers an additional 2 min or until blackened. Place peppers in a zip loc bag and seal. Let stand for 15 min. Peel peppers and garlic. Discard skins.
Place roasted peppers and garlic in food processor and process until smooth. Add cheese and process until smooth. Spoon mixture into bowl and blend in balsamic vinegar, salt and red pepper. Serve immediately or cover and chill. Serve with raw veggies and crackers.

Submitted by: Diane B