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Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Bread Maker Doughnuts
My first attempt at doughnuts - baked or fried - and my second time to use our deep fryer in about a decade. That being said, I thought the finished product was a little heavy, but this could have been part of me trying to rise the doughnuts in a slightly warm oven with a cup of water inside. However, once the glaze was on, my crew took the doughnuts down quickly. I did double the recipe since I did not see how many the recipe made (16) until a little late. To cut my holes, I used a tea kettle whistle. In my Presto Fry Daddy, three minutes would have burnt the doughnuts as another reviewer stated. I found 30 seconds on each side was about right. I also fried the remaining holes, using my metal slotted spoons to keep the bundle under the oil most of the time for a more even finish. I made a chocolate glaze using the chocolate frosting recipe on the side of the Hershey's Cocoa box, adding more milk for a glaze consistency. I halved the recipe, but it could easily be quartered if you are making a single recipe. Even with a double recipe of doughnuts, I still have glaze left over. For the "plain" doughnuts and holes, I made a basic glaze of 4 tbsps butter, ~3/4 cup powdered sugar, and ~2tbsps fat free milk. My kids and husband enjoyed these, and the oldest child (5) thinks we should open a doughnut shop. We made this as part of our homeschool curriculum after reading the doughnut story in Robert McCloskey's "Homer Price."

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Reviewed On: Sep. 5, 2014
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
I used this recipe as a "base" to clean out some pantry items. Great results for my first try at tortilla soup! It made me think of Boston Market's tortilla soup, which I haven't had in years. I used can corn instead of frozen. I did not have canned tomatoes on hand, but subbed in three fresh, peeled tomatoes. I "made" enchilada sauce out of a can of mild Rotel tomatoes, red pepper flakes, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and canola oil, which I blended down in a 2 cup measuring cup using an immersion blender. I added the suggested can of black beans mentioned by other reviewers (another pantry item utilized!). Also, I did not want to use 1/2 of a 32 ounce container of broth, so I used the whole container to boil my chicken breasts, pouring all of the liquid into the slow cooker and omitting the 2 cups water. We served it with tortilla chips from Costco that we had on hand. And, I didn't have a bay leaf or cilantro, but it still came out great. It really helped me knock out a few extras I had laying around with tremendous results.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 22, 2014
Fluffy Pancakes
My whole family enjoyed the rich, tangy flavor created with the vinegar and butter. Even though I can cook lots of things with ease, pancakes have often been a sticking point with me. I made this recipe, exactly as stated with incredible results. If you are looking for a good, go-to, basic pancake recipe - This is IT! I look forward to serving it to overnight guests and trying some add-ins (i.e. chocolate chips and blueberries).

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Reviewed On: Jul. 11, 2014

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