Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

I enjoyed an opportunity recently to help serve lunch to the children who attend our church school. It was a chance to celebrate the food-harvest season. They were especially charmed with our little serving bowls.

Quick Chili Soup

1 pound ground beef

1 medium onion

2 t chili powder

2 t brown sugar

½ t ground red pepper

¼ t cumin

2 (15-ounce) cans tomato juice

2 cups beef broth

2 (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans

½ t salt

Fry ground beef and onion in a Dutch oven until fully cooked; drain.

Return to pan.

Add all remaining ingredients except salt.

Cook for 45 minutes over medium-low heat.

Stir in salt just before serving.

Quick Chili Soup

Quick Chili Soup

Pumpkin bowls

A novel idea for serving is to use ornamental pumpkins. Wash pumpkins and cut off tops. Scoop out seeds. Fill with hot soup and serve.

Soft Pretzels

4½ cups to 5 cups flour

¼ cup sugar

1 T instant yeast

1¼ t salt

1 cup milk

½ cup water

2 t butter

2 eggs

In mixer bowl combine with dough hook 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, garlic and salt.

Heat milk for 40 seconds in microwave.

Add milk, water and butter to flour mixture.

Beat for 3 minutes at medium speed.

Beat eggs.

Add eggs and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Mix 3 more minutes.

Place dough in a greased bowl.

Set in warm place and allow to rise for 15 minutes.

Punch dough down and divide into 24 portions.

Form each portion into a short rope; shape into pretzels.

Dissolve 2 T baking soda in 2 cups hot water.

Dip each pretzel into the water; place on greased cookie sheet.

Sprinkle with pretzel salt; allow 7-10 minutes for them to rise.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

Note: For the best flavor and browning place 2 T baking soda in glass dish.

  • Bake for 45 minutes at 250 degrees.
  • Proceed to use it as called for in the above recipe.

Applesauce Streusel Cake

3 cups flour

2 cups sugar

½ t nutmeg

½ t cinnamon

1 t salt

1 cup butter

2 t baking soda

1 cup applesauce

1 cup buttermilk

1 t vanilla

Mix together flour, sugar, spices and salt.

Cut in butter until it forms coarse crumbs; set aside 1 cup for topping.

To remaining crumbs add applesauce, milk, vanilla and soda; mix lightly.

Pour into a greased 9-inch by 13-inch pan; sprinkle with reserved crumbs.

Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Note: Buttermilk can be substituted with 1 cup regular milk and 2 t lemon juice.

Applesauce Streusel Cake

Applesauce Streusel Cake

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Cherlyn Beachy lives near St. Ansgar in northeast Iowa with her husband, Mervin, and their son and daughter. They have a large garden and raise their own chickens, beef, pork and eggs. She’s a stay-at-home mom who loves to cook and enjoys photography. “I cook like many of you – no special equipment, no exotic ingredients and no one else to wash the dishes,” she says. “I’m always on the lookout for tasty easy-to-prepare seasonal food.”