Apple Strudel

1/4 cup bourbon or apple juice
1/2 cup golden raisins
2-3 Granny Smith apples (about 1 pound), peeled, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 T. lemon zest, finely chopped
1 t. ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup crushed shortbread cookies
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 T. butter, cut into pieces
5 (or more if desired) sheets phyllo dough from 1 pound pkg of frozen dough
melted butter for brushing phyllo sheets
1 T. sugar
Confectioners’ sugar
Caramel sauce (jar)

Glaze:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 1/2 T. milk
(Mix together thoroughly)

For the strudel:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, pour the bourbon or apple juice over the raisins and microwave on high 45 seconds. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Combine the raisins, apples, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, brown sugar, cookie crumbs, pecans, and butter in a large bowl.
Remove the phyllo dough from the box, unfold and cover with a damp towel. Place 1 sheet phyllo on the work surface and brush lightly with melted butter. Repeat with the remaining sheets, brushing each with melted butter, stacking when done, being sure to keep the unbuttered phyllo covered so it does not dry out.

Place the apple mixture on the nearest third of the phyllo stack, being sure to leave a 2-inch border. Gently lift the bottom edge of the phyllo stack to cover the filling and fold the side edges over. Continue to roll the stack away from you until the filling is completely sealed in and the seam is on the bottom. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the top with melted butter and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Pour over the glaze and sprinkle with cinnamon and confectioners’ sugar. Serve with warm caramel sauce.

I’ve also made a Cherry Cheese Strudel with cherry pie filling and a mixture of cream cheese, eggs and sugar. Spread the cream cheese mixture generously on 1/3 of phyllo stack (same as instructions for apple)
and then place several spoonfuls of cherry pie filling over the top. The phyllo will have to be folded up and over the filling and a few extra sheets buttered and placed over the top and tucked in underneath to seal in the filling.

Arlice’s Wheat Bread

1-1/3 c. water
2 tsp. yeast
2 T. oil
2 T. honey
1 tsp. salt
3 T. gluten
3 c. whole wheat flour

Combine warm water and yeast, let foam. Add honey and oil. Add everything else, rise once in bowl until double, punch it down. Rest. Shape your loaves and let it rise in the pan again. Preheat your oven.

Bake 350 for 30-40 minutes.

Bierocks

Dough

6 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
2 packages yeast
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
2 cups hot water

Ground beef – browned and seasoned with salt, pepper, onion and garlic
Cabbage – finely shredded and lightly steamed and lightly salted
Shredded cheddar cheese

Blend 2 1/2 cups flour with sugar, salt, and yeast. Add butter and mix
then add 2 cups hot water.
Add egg and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed.
Add 3/4 cups more flour.
By hand, spoon in 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour.
Cover and let rise 1 hr.
Separate into small balls and roll each individually into a flat circle. Fill with a small amount of hamburger, cabbage and cheese. Fold dough over the filling and pinch together to seal. Place, sealed side down, on lightly oiled baking sheet.

Bake at 375-400 about 15 minutes.

Biscuits

3 cups flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup butter

Stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cream of tartar, and salt.

Cut in shortening till mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Make a well in center; add milk all at once.
Stir just till dough clings together
Knead gently on lightly floured surface
Roll or pat dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
Cut with biscuit cutter
Bake on un-greased baking sheet at 450 for 10-12 minutes.

Biscuits Supreme

2 Cups Flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cold butter – resist the urge to soften it. Cold butter makes biscuits flakier.
2/3 cup milk (I’ve also used 1/2+1/2 in a pinch… that is dangerously addictive)

Preheat oven to 450

Stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, cream of tartar and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add milk. Stir with a fork until moistened, you can add a little extra milk if the dough doesn’t come together well. Might also have to get your hands in there to mix it up.

The less you work with biscuits, the flakier and fluffier they’ll be. SO, I use that as an excuse to make them the lazy way! I just dump my dough out onto the baking sheet I’m planning to use and press it into a rectangle about 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick (the biscuits will double when they bake so you can press them out about 1/2 as thick as you want the finished product to be). Then I take a sharp knife and cut the biscuits in squares or rectangles – or whatever shape they turn out to be. I usually get about 8 biscuits out of a single recipe. Spread the biscuits out a little on the baking sheet and stick them in the oven for 10 or 11 minutes until golden.

You can also make these the old fashioned way by rolling them out with minimal flour and cutting them with a circle cutter, then re-rolling your scraps and cutting out the rest. This method will turn out a more dense biscuit.