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Homemade Donut Recipe from ILikeBigButtons.com Kitchen June 03 2022

🍮 I Like Big Buttons! Homemade Donuts 🍮

From: Gena Bee’s Kitchen

There are two ways to approach this recipe, the easy way and the almost as easy way; one requires a bread machine and one a trip to the store.

Ingredients for Bread Machine:

  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 1/4 cup of Bread Flour (yellow bag usually)
  • 1/4 cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon of Rapid Rise Yeast (for bread machines)

Big Daddy Fryer or Medium, Heavy-Bottomed Pot on Stove:

  • Crisco or Vegetable Oil (We use a fryer so I use Crisco because it sets back up and can be reused a few times before it needs to be replaced.)

Bread Machine Directions:

My bread machine has a quick dough option. It takes about 45 minutes to knead and mix and warm and knead it again or something like that. I usually walk away :). When it is done, I leave it in the bread machine for 15 more minutes and let it rise to make the yeast more relaxed and easy to roll.

***Alternative: 1 frozen loaf of Rhodes bread, thawed and rolled out will do the same thing.  :)


Donuts:

  1. Plop the dough on a lightly dusted counter and roll it out to about 1/2" to 3/4". Using a donut cutter, or in a pinch, a large cup or the lid for a canning jar and a small cup about an inch in diameter to cut the center out. I often leave the center slightly attached. This helps it to hold more frosting when you are frosting them to eat. :)
  2. Place the cut out donut blanks on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I also toss all the scraps on the sheet, my kiddos love the tidbits as much as the full donuts.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 45-60 minutes until they double in size.
  4. Heat up the Big Daddy Fryer or a medium, heavy-bottomed pan with about 2-3 inches of oil to 375 F.
  5. Carefully lower 2-3 donuts into the oil and cook on one side for 1-2 minutes, or until golden. Then cook on the other side for 1 minute or less, until golden.
  6. Drain fried donuts on a wire rack set over a large tray or on paper towels.
  7. Once they have cooled, you can embellish them however you like. 

I Like Big Buttons! Kiddos Favorite Frosting Options:

  • Granulated Sugar (Roll in)
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Coconut Pecan Frosting (German Chocolate Cake Frosting)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting with Sprinkles


Cinnamon Roll Recipe from ILikeBigButtons.com Kitchen May 17 2022

🍮 Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting 🍮

From: Gena Bee’s Kitchen

There are two ways to approach this recipe, the easy way and the almost as easy way; one requires a bread machine and one a trip to the store.

 

Ingredients for Bread Machine:

  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 1/4 cup of Bread Flour (yellow bag usually)
  • 1/4 cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon of Rapid Rise Yeast (for bread machines)

Bread Machine Directions:

My bread machine has a quick dough option it takes about 45 minutes to knead and mix and warm and knead it again or something like that, I usually walk away :).  When it is done, I leave it in the bread machine for 15 more minutes and let it rise so that the yeast is more relaxed and easy to roll.

***Alternative: 1 frozen loaf of Rhodes bread, thawed and rolled out will do the same thing.  :)

Cinnamon Filling Directions:

In a bowl mix:

  • 1 cube softened butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon


Building the Cinnamon Rolls:

  1. Plop the dough on a lightly dusted counter and roll it out about 18-24 inches long and 10-12 high. Spread the sugar/butter/cinnamon mix on the dough and roll it up. It should still be 18-24 inches long.
  2. Then cut the dough into 1 1/2 to 2-inch rolls. I use a steak knife or dental floss. You should get approximately 12 rolls.
  3. Place them in a 9x13 greased pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 45-60 minutes until they double in size.
  4. Then bake them at 350 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes. Watch them closely towards the 20 minutes, they start to brown fast.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 cube of softened Butter
  • 1/2 cube of softened Cream Cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla
  • About 1/2 pound of Powdered Sugar (added in gradually while mixing)

 

  1. Whip it until smooth and fluffy. It will lighten in color as you whip it.
  2. Apply a generous dollop of Cream Cheese Frosting on each warm Cinnamon Roll and enjoy! Straight out of the oven is our favorite. :)


*Tip: These Cinnamon Rolls are AMAZING with my Zesty Homemade Chili.


Favorite Christmas Candy: English Toffee @ ILikeBigButtons.com December 14 2021

This is one of my Grandma's recipes and a favorite of my family.

ENGLISH TOFFEE CANDY

Ingredients:

* ½ cup chopped nuts (pecan or walnuts)
* ¾ cup brown sugar
* ½ cup butter
* 6 oz chocolate chips (semi or milk chocolate)

Instructions:

1. Place ½ cup of chopped nuts in the bottom of an aluminum foil lined cookie sheet.
2. Cook ¾ cup of brown sugar (packed) and ½ cup butter to 270 degrees for about 7 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Pour over nuts and smooth out.
4. Sprinkle over toffee 6 oz of chocolate chips (or not).
5. Cover at once with tin foil and wait for 2 minutes or until chips are soft.
6. Then spread the melted chocolate out with a spatula.
7. Let Cool.
8. Break into pieces. Turn over on wax paper and strike with a heavy spoon or break with hands.

Keep refrigerated. (May freeze)

Makes - 1 lb. candy


Tater Tot Casserole from ILikeBigButtons.com Kitchen April 14 2020

Tater Tot Casserole

My favorite Go-To Dinner/Breakfast/Brunch dish, 🥔 Tater Tot Casserole 🥔. It is delicious, makes my husband grin from ear to ear when he realizes that IT is what is for dinner, and crazy easy to make.

 

🥔 Tater Tot Casserole 🥔 (Breakfast/Dinner)

From: I Like Big Buttons' Kitchen

 

Ingredients:

  • 30 ounces of Tater Tots (frozen)
  • 16 ounces of Sour Cream
  • 2 cans of Cream of Potato soup
  • 1 cup of Shredded Cheese
  • 16 ounces of Cubed Ham
  • 1/2 cup of Bacon Bits

(Optional) Add during the last 5 minutes of baking:

  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Shredded Cheese (Cook for 5 additional minutes to melt.)*

Directions:

Mix soup and sour cream together in large bowl.  Add tater tots until well mixed then add cubed ham, bacon bits, and shredded cheese.  Place in greased 9x13 casserole dish and smooth out. Bake.

*Optional, sprinkle an additional 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded cheese on top in last 5 minutes of baking, if you like extra cheese. We do :).

Cook Time: Cook at 375 F until bubbly (about 40-50 minutes)

 


Christmas Crafting 2 In My Kitchen @ ILikeBigButtons.com December 20 2018

 

#3 Foolproof Fudge

Super quick and tastes amazing with almost no effort - my two favorite baking requirements! 😀

I make multiple batches of this recipe. This year I made Mint Chocolate Fudge and Milk Chocolate Fudge.

 
#4 - Caramel Corn
 
CLASSIC CARAMEL CORN
 
INGREDIENTS:
• 2/3 cup of Popcorn popped and de-seeded (will make 24 cups)
• 9 Tablespoons of Corn Syrup
• 18 Tablespoons of Butter
• 2 ¼ cups of packed Brown Sugar
 
Directions for Caramel Sauce:
 
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Put in a saucepan, stir together and bring to a boil.
3. Let boil for 5 minutes, keep an eye on it and continue to stir it.
4. When 5 minutes is up, pull it off the stove and add vanilla and baking soda and stir (it will double in size).
Add:
• ¾ teaspoons of Vanilla
• ¾ teaspoons of Baking Soda
 
Directions for Caramel Corn:
 
1. Put popcorn in a turkey broiler pan, pour caramel mixture over and stir.
2. Place in oven for 10 minutes, at 10-minute mark stir and put back in the oven for 5 minutes.
3. At 5 minute mark, pull out and stir**.
4. **If you want crisper Caramel Corn (I like it crunchier), return to oven for an additional 3-5 minutes, pull and stir one last time.
5. Then spread caramel corn on tin foil in a single layer and let cool.
6. When cooled, break it up and eat.
 

Christmas Crafting In My Kitchen @ ILikeBigButtons.com December 18 2018

This week I am spending time crafting in my kitchen. 😊 One of my kiddos favorite tradition is a few days before Christmas we visit all our neighbors with treats and wish them "Happy Jesus' Birthday!"

We spend upwards of 20-30 minutes at each house. 😂 Our cookie run often takes a few evenings to complete. Not the swiftest, but a wonderful time where we get to really talk with our neighbors and enjoy them in more than passing.

This year I thought I would share my favorite easy, but tasty Christmas treats.

#1 Peanut Butter Fudge

See Recipe here: https://pinterest.com/pin/201184308339934112/

 

 
#2 English Toffee
 
This is one of my Grandma's recipes and a favorite of my husband's. I have to admit I am quite fond of it too.
 
ENGLISH TOFFEE CANDY
 
Ingredients:
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (pecan or walnuts)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 6oz chocolate chips (semi or milk chocolate)

Directions:

  1. Place ½ cup of chopped nuts in bottom of tin foil lined cookie sheet. Cook ¾ cup of brown sugar (packed) and ½ cup butter to 270 degrees about 7 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour over nuts and smooth out.
  2. Sprinkle over toffee 6 oz of chocolate chips (or not).
  3. Cover at once with tin foil and wait for 2 minutes or until chips are soft. Then spread the chocolate out with a spatula.
  4. Let Cool. Break into pieces (turn over on wax paper and strike with a heavy spoon or break with hands)

Keep refrigerated. (May freeze)

Makes - 1 lb. candy


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