Friday, January 29, 2010

Grandma's Poppy Seed Bread

I grew up with this almond poppy seed bread recipe and I love it. Everything that my Grandma Harper makes is fantastic!
3 eggs
1-1/2 c. oil
2-1/4 c. sugar
1-1/2 c. milk
3 c. flour
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 tsp. almond extract
1-1/2 tsp. butter extract
2 T. poppy seeds

Beat together eggs, oil and sugar.. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in another bowl. Add alternately milk and flour mixture to egg, sugar, and oil mixture. Add flavorings and seeds. Pour batter into 2 greased bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Glaze Ingredients:
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. butter extract
1/4 c. orange juice

Mix ingredients well. When you remove the bread from the over pour the glaze over the top while still in the pans and while still hot.

Let cool. Remove from pans, slice, and serve.

Cherry Coffee Cake

So funny story, I made this for the first time about 2 months after Tyson and I were married and I messed up. I didn't just kind of mess up, I really messed up. I forgot the flour! How do you forget the flour. Anyway, I was SO embarrassed! Tyson just laughed because he thought that it was funny, well I felt like he was just laughing at me and I started crying in the kitchen over my messed up coffee cake. Looking back is seems like such a silly thing to get upset about it. Any way, I have made it several times since and it has turned out wonderfully, just don't forget the flour!Ingredients:
1-1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. shortening
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 ts. baking powder
4 eggs
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 can pie cherry filling (21 oz) *Feel free to use any flavor of pie filling that you like
1 c. powdered sugar
1 or 2 T. milk

In a mixing bowl combine the sugar, butter, shortening, almond, vanilla, baking powder and eggs. Beat on a low speed until blended and then on his for 3 minutes. Then mix in flour.

In a greased 9x13 spread 2/ of the batter mixture. Spread pie filling over the top. Drop the remaining batter in spoonfuls over the top. Swirl a little bit with a knife.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Mix together the powdered sugar and milk to make a glaze. When the cake is finished remove from oven and pour the glaze over the top.
Serves 16

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cider-Braised Chicken

I found this recipe in one of my Cook's Country magazines and I knew that I had to give it a whirl. It has been on the calendar to make for probably 3 months now and I just hadn't gotten around to it. As with almost everything, I had to make some adjustments to fit my own personal taste, but it turned out excellent. It would be a great Fall dish with fresh apples and cider.Ingredients:
1-1/2 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces
salt and pepper
1 tsp. canola oil
1 shallot, minced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 large apple (Jonagold or Golden Delicious) peeled, cored, and cut into 3/4 in. chunks
3/4 c. apple cider
1/2 tsp. apple vinegar

Pat dry the chicken pieces with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in an oven safe skillet, I prefer my cast-iron skillet. Cook chicken skin down for about 10 minutes. Flip chicken pieces over and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate.

In the remaining oil saute the shallot until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, thyme, and flour. Once well mixed add the apple cider, vinegar, and apple. Heat to boiling.

Nestle in the chicken pieces skin side up. Place skillet in a 450 degree over for about 10 minutes.

Remove and plate chicken. The sauce can be served on the side.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Chicken and Rice

To start off, I don't like rice. I never really have. I find it bland and don't care much for the texture. That being said, I love this dish! In fact I altered it from my mom's version so that it would make MORE rice! Oh, and did I mention that this is the world EASIEST recipe? I tend to have these ingredients just sitting in my pantry.
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1/4 inch strips
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup, condensed
1 can Cream of Celery Soup, condensed
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup, condensed
1 package Lipton Onion soup mix
3 c. milk
1/2 c. butter, melted
2 c. rice

Combine soups, soup mix, milk, butter and rice. Spread the sliced chicken breasts in the bottom on a 9x13 pan. Pour the soup mixture over the top. Bake in a 275 degree oven for 2-1/2 hours.
Serves 8