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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Baking with Some Knock Offs

OK OK I finally got off my bottom and did some baking.
I was waiting for it to rain. Why?
Because that's when I enjoying baking.
BUT the weather wasn't cooperating and it's getting pretty close to Christmas so....

But let me digress for a minute.
We went for a visit to B & T's for a doggie play date with Lily last weekend
and came home with lots and lots of Pecans from her parents tree!

How awesome is that!
Thank you so much L & J!!!
I have already shelled ALL of them!

OK on to the baking...
I made 4 loaves of Zucchini Bread and 3 loaves of Banana Bread

This is my fave recipe for the Banana Bread

Only I didn't check to see if I had enough Bisquick ----
I didn't :(
I didn't feel like going to the store,
but remembered I had a recipe of Knock off Bisquick.
I dug it out made it and used it in place of Bisquick.
It worked perfectly! Yay!

I don't plan on buying Bisquick anymore because this is so much cheaper!
Here's the recipe should you happen to run out...

Homemade Bisquick Mix

5 cups flour
1/4 cup baking powder
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine

Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
Store in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks or in the freezer for longer storage
Makes approx. 6 cups.

Use for any recipes as you would Bisquick.

I've also made 2 batches of Rice Krispy Treats, a double batch of Rocky Road,
white chocolate fudge with pecans and chocolate fudge with walnuts.

I also have a knock off recipe for Sweetened Condensed Milk.
I haven't tried it but in case you happen to run out here it is.

Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 cup instant nonfat dry milk
2/3 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons melted margarine
1/3 cup boiling water

Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor (it can be done by hand).
Blend until very smooth. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
Makes 1 1/4 cups equal to a 14 oz can of commercial sweetened condensed milk.
For fat free, leave out the margarine.

2 batches of Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

and 3 batches of Chocolate Leftover Cookies.

Why are they called "leftover" cookies?
Because I threw in what ever was leftover from the rest, LOL
Some chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, pecans, walnuts, oatmeal,
I think there may have been a few stray marshmallows in there too ;)

I'm baked out!
I'll see how I feel tomorrow whether I'll do more baking or not.
If only it would rain.....


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