French Quarter Style Beignets



Recipe Courtesy of the Great Paula Deen


  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 7 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • Nonstick spray
  • Oil, for deep-frying
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar


Mix water, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.

In another bowl, beat the eggs, salt and evaporated milk together. Mix egg mixture to the yeast mixture. In a separate bowl, measure out the bread flour. Add 3 cups of the flour to the yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add the shortening and continue to stir while adding the remaining flour. Remove dough from the bowl, place onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray. Put dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a towel. Let rise in a warm place for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.

Add the confectioners' sugar to a paper or plastic bag and set aside.

Roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 1-inch squares. Deep-fry, flipping constantly, until they become a golden color. After beignets are fried, drain them for a few seconds on paper towels, and then toss them into the bag of confectioners' sugar. Hold bag closed and shake to coat evenly.

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IMAG0614   They tasted nearly as good as the ones at Cafe du Monde, and this recipe makes a whole lot more of these tatsy pastries for a whole lot less money!

Oreo Cookie Clone

Oreo Cookies



A few weeks ago we made something similar to Oreo Cakesters out of a box mix. My litlist (sic) girl child and I were wondering what we could come up with tonight. We thought about trying to make the fudge pie again (we've failed TWICE at that now), we thought about making the Dr Pepper Brownies again (because they were absolutely the best), then we said OREOS! Oreos are about $4.50 a pack in Publix.

First I googled, and came up with some recipes that required anywhere from 1 hour to 2 days chilling time. We are patient people. We want our cookies RIGHT NOW. So we cobbled together a couple of recipes. Nothing new here, nothing that is "mine" it's all borrowed from people who are much better at it than I am.

Oreo Cookies

  • 1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 C plus 2 T butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. Then add in the butter and the egg and mix it until it begins to come together.
  2. It's going to be drier than you expect, almost the consistency of a biscuit dough.
  3. Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart.Form the dough into oreo sized rounds. My OCD girl child tried to make each one the exact same size. It's not necessary, it just feeds the compulsive monster.

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   4. Bake for 9 minutes at 375 F. 

The Icing

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix it altogether.  This is where you begin to say "I wish I hadn't been to cheap to buy that Kitchen Aid stand mixer". Spend the money!  You need it!IMAG0527

Even though it doesn't seem so in the pictures, the cookies have a satisfying crunch to them. They taste just like an oreo might taste without all the artificial flavors and preservatives in them.

Bon appe...bone ap...awww forget it...enjoy!


Dr. Pepper Brownies




Dr. Pepper Brownies


 1 c butter

1 c Dr Pepper

2 c flour

2 c sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

4 tbsp cocoa

1/2 c buttermilk

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Set aside. 

In a medium bowl, mix together the buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla. 

Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry mixture. 

And stir together. 

Add the Dr Pepper mixture and mix well. 

Bake in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish for 25-30 minutes.

 Icing Ingredients:

1/2 c butter

6 tbsp Dr Pepper

3 tbsp cocoa

1 lb powdered sugar 

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Mix in the powdered sugar. 

Pour over the cooled brownies and cut into squares to serve.






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Flat Bread Pizza

Flat Bread Pizza


IMAG0520Woke up late...really really late....11:30am breakfast was not even in the thought process. I was looking for lunch, and the young monster was looking for lunch so we began poking in the cabinets.  She decided she wanted a cheese sandwich.  Ok...sounds perfectly horrid to me, but hey she's a teenager, they eat anything.

There was a tiny little problem though...we had no bread. I decided to make some Navajo Fry bread because I've been wanting to try to make it for a while now. Next problem--all the recipes I found advised letting the dough rest for an hour after the dough ball forms. We were hungry NOW! So I combined about 4 different flat bread recipies to come up with something that matched the ingredients we had.

Grilled Flat Bread

  • 3 cups all purpose flour (loosely packed)
  • 1 cup very cold water
  • A couple of fingers of shortening (2 or 3 TBS?)
  • 2 TSP Salt (I just pour a little into the palm of my hand)
  • 2 TSP Baking Powder (I actually measure this...LOL)
  • A little bit of baking soda.  Really...a little bit. Go wild, just guess.

Mix all of this into a dough, it will be a little sticky but don't work it too much. Divide the dough into 5 or 6 equal pieces and roll them out on a floured surface. How thick? That's up to you. Thicker takes longer to cook.  I rolled them out not quite tortilla thin, and they rose quite a bit in the frying. In fact they ended up being about 1/4 inch thick.

Place them on a heated, oiled griddle and cook on both sides until done. Next time I will try cooking them in butter instead of the oil because I think it will just improve the taste.  And I just like butter.


The teen monster was satisfied, but I was still hungry, and she who must be obeyed wanted something to eat as well. We were still suffering from a lack of ingredients for a proper lunch.

Enter the leftovers!  Sauce left over from homemade pizza a couple nights ago.  Check.  Mozzerella Cheese. Check. Some pepporoni of dubious origin. Check.  PIZZA!IMAG0519

Recipe?  Really?  Slap the sauce down, put the pepporoni on top (and hope they are still good), and toss the cheese on top. Let it cook in a 450 degree oven until the cheese is all bubbly goodness. 

It was good enough to make you slap yo momma.