Monday, September 23, 2013

Hot Dogs on a Ride - Letter "H"

Olivia loves hotdogs so this was a perfect recipe for her:)

Hot Dogs (We used Hebrew National).
Puff Pastry Large Squares
Baby Gerkins
Pickle Chips
Sliced Black Olives
Pre-heat oven to 425
1. Boil your hot dogs, or cook them in a skillet, until fully cooked. Let cool.
2. Wrap each individual hot dog in 1 square of puff pastry. Make sure to leave some hot dog sticking out from both ends.
3. Cut 2 small slits in the center of the pastry – about 2 inches apart
4. Make an egg wash and brush onto tops of the puff pastry. Place wrapped hot dogs onto baking tray and cook for about 20 minutes until pastry has turned a golden brown.
5. While pastry is cooking. Take your baby gerkins and carve out little faces using the tip of a paring knife.
6. When dogs are ready – assemble with gerkins as the people, the chip as the steering wheel and the olives as the tires.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Gingerbread Cookies - Letter "G"

I found this recipe from a book: Cookie Fun by: Judith Hoffman Corwin

"Everyone loves these charming gingerbread cookies and they have been a long-time tradition at holidays. In fourteenth-century Europe they were baked and sold at carnivals. Later at holiday time in the Scandinavian countries they were baked and beautifully decorated with white sugar icing. The early American settlers even brought their recipes for gingerbread cookies with them to be enjoyed in their new home." - Cookie Fun

1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg yolk
2 1/2 tbsp. corn syrup
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
extra flour to roll out the dough
extra butter to grease the cookie sheet
1/4 c. confectioner's (powdered) sugar
a few raisins for eyes, optional (We used M&Ms)
some gel decorating icing
wax paper
cookie cutters

1. Combine the butter and sugar. Add the egg yolk and corn syrup. Continue stirring until mixture is completely blended.
2. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger. Stir well. You will now have a stiff dough. Wrap the dough in wax paper and chill for several hours. If you do not want to use all the dough at once, you can leave some in the refrigerator for another day.
3. Roll the dough to 1/4" thickness on a lightly floured surface. 
4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

So delicious!!