Sunday, January 17, 2010

A few yummy recipes

Winter means lots of time indoors, which for us means stir crazy kids. I have been trying to include the kids in cooking or baking lately to keep their little hands and minds occupied. Here are a few recipes that the kids can help with and everyone can enjoy. These recipes are from my recipe box of hand me down recipes and I also consulted for more great ideas.

Cranberry Almond Bread Pudding (thanks to Stephanie and Matt from the Rhythm Kitchen with help on this one).

1 loaf of bread torn into bite size pieces (KIDS are great at this part)
8 eggs beaten
4 tablespoons butter melted
4 cups of milk
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup craisins
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven 350
Fill up a 9x13 pan with torn bread. Drizzle butter over bread. Combine milk, sugar,eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pour over bread until it is saturated. Toss craisins and almonds over the top of the bread. Bake for 45 minutes. Test to make sure top is firm and springs back when touched. Mix up a sauce of butter and powdered sugar (roundabouts 1 stick butter 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon) to put on top for a little extra sweetness. Serve warm for dessert or breakfast.

Yellow-jacket Cookies
1 box yellow cake mix (18.25 ounce)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat over to 375. Mix dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle and add eggs and melted butter. Mix well. Add chocolate chips and nuts. Drop rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. ENJOY! We took these cookies to a potluck and they were gone before we knew it! The kids loved being able to take credit for making them.

More recipes to come! Enjoy baking with your kids this winter!