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Gramma Buns

We’ve been collecting recipes from Lynn’s family’s collection, for your enjoyment.

You can find the whole recipe series here. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

2 tbsp. yeast
1 ¼ cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1 egg
½ cup margarine, softened
1 tsp salt
¼ cup white sugar
4 cups flour

Instructions

The easiest way to mix this dough is with a breadmaker but you could also use a standing kitchen mixer or you could do it all by hand if you’re brave enough.

  1. Add yeast to the warm water along with a teaspoon of sugar to the bottom of your breadmaker pan and stir to dissolve (breadmaker yeast and granulated yeasts do not need to be pre-soaked and can be added dry).
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients in the bread maker pan. Set for the dough cycle and start. It may be necessary to add a little extra water or flour in the first few minutes to adjust the consistency of the dough. It should form a pliable, but not sticky, ball as it mixes.
  3. Once the cycle is complete, remove the pan full of dough from the machine.
  4. Grease two small sheets or one large one.
  5. Punch the dough down and give it a brief kneading. Cut pieces the size of ping pong balls from the dough. Shape these into balls, stretching the top until it is smooth and round. Place on a greased baking sheet, two inches apart. Cover with a clean tea towel, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk (about 1 hour in most kitchens). Bake 24 minutes in a preheated 350° oven, or until the tops are golden brown. Brush tops lightly with melted margarine while hot.

These freeze well. Be sure to wait until they are fully cooled before bagging for the freezer, or the crust may end up soggy.

Sandy’s Simple Strawberry Almond Pie

We’ve been collecting recipes from Lynn’s family’s collection, for your enjoyment.

You can find the whole recipe series here. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tbsp. granulated sugar (or brown sugar is yummy too!)
1 container (250g) of light or regular cream cheese at room temperature
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp of vanilla
½ – 1 tsp of almond extract or amaretto (depending on how much you like almond flavour!)
4 cups (or more) of fresh, sliced strawberries (yummy with fresh raspberries, too!)
¼ cup seedless strawberry jam
sliced almonds for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix together graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar and pat, evenly into a lightly greased pie plate.
  2. Bake at 10 min. at 350°. Or, you can cheat, and use a pre-made graham cracker pie crust.
  3. Cream together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract. Once pie crust has cooled, gently spread mixture over bottom of crust.
  4. Make a pretty arrangement with the strawberries on the top of the filling. Mix jam until it is smooth and drizzle over berries.
  5. Garnish around the edge with sliced almonds.
  6. Place pie in fridge for about four hours before serving.

The Top 5 Characters You Never Realised Were Underdogs

We like to cheer on the underdogs because their fortune is a kind of reassurance that there is, in fact, a way to beat the odds and succeed. The Pattersons encounter a few underdogs and it’s not always obvious who they are. Here are five of the most loved characters who we either didn’t expect to succeed, or whom we didn’t really think of as underdogs right away.

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Lynn’s Recipes: Bessie’s Chocolate Cake

We’ve been putting together a collection of recipes for foods that have appeared in the comic over the years, or in the calendars we’ve published in years past. You can see the whole series of recipes here. This one is a Johnston family recipe for a from-scratch chocolate cake. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

¼ cup cocoa
1 cup flour
½ cup water
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups icing sugar
1 lightly beaten egg
3 tbsps.of hot water

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cocoa, water, and milk in sauce pan and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from stove and add butter (stir until melted). Add sugar, vanilla, and egg. Whisk until smooth.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. Pour batter into a lightly greased 8 inch cake pan and bake for 25 minutes.

To make icing, mix together icing sugar, cocoa, and water until smooth. Carefully spread over HOT cake (fresh from the oven ). Allow cake to cool before serving.

I rarely eat chocolate cake, but this one’s too good to resist.

Lynn’s Recipes: Crispy Chicken Bake

We’ve been collecting recipes from Lynn’s family’s collection, for your enjoyment. Some of these have been featured in the comic strip, and others appeared in a wall calendar we published a few years ago. You can find the whole series here. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chicken parts (bone in)
  • 1 tsp of oregano, basil, parsley, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder
  • 1 cup bread crumbs, crushed crackers or croutons
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • Chopped spinach
  • Butter
  • Italian salad dressing

Instructions

  1. Beat eggs with salt and pepper. Coat chicken with egg mix.
  2. Mix together spices, bread crumbs, and cheese. Coat chicken in spice mixture and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle with spinach and remaining crumb coating. Drizzle with butter and salad dressing.
  3. Bake at 350°