One of my favorite childhood memories was every other Friday night.  This is the time my dad would come pick me up and take me to Grandma's for the weekend.  She would always have a big plate of doughboys waiting for me when I got there and I would always be so happy to see them.  And Grandma too, of course!  Grandma made her's with frozen bread dough but while we have it in Wonderland, it's very expensive.  And  honestly, I've made it in America with frozen dough before but it's just easier to make your own.  No thawing to worry about and no dried out outer edges to deal with if you don't treat it like a little princess.  

What you need for eight doughboys:
3+ cups flour
1 package instant yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons veggie oil
1 cup warm water


20151115_030445Add the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and give them a quick stir to combine.  Add oil and warm (not hot) water.  Mix together until the water is gone and the dough is sticking together.  If you use a fork for this part, it will save you a sticky mess on your hands.  When everything is combined, dump the mixture on a clean counter and knead until done.  If you don't know how to knead bread dough you can click here for a video (this is NOT my video).


20151115_030712When the dough is ready divide it into eight equal pieces.  Pour 1/2 tablespoon of oil on the counter and spread it out to have enough space to put all eight dough balls with about an inch or two between them.  After the balls are sitting on the oil, cover with a clean towel and leave to set for 30 minutes.  


20151115_035104After the dough has rested for the 30 minutes you will want to put a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and heat it over medium-high heat.  While your oil is heating take the first of the balls and using your fingers, spread it out to about the size of your hand.  Don't roll it out with a rolling pin.  Part of the charm of these is that they are thicker in some places and thinner in others.  


20151115_034802Now that your oil has had a few minutes to heat, lower the heat to medium.  Carefully lay the dough down into the oil and let is sit for a few seconds.  When you can look and see some nice golden brown coloring on the down side it is time to flip it.  If part of the dough bubbles up when you put it in the oil, let it, it will cook when you flip it.  Flip and cook until also golden brown as in the picture.



Once you have cooked all your doughboys it's time to sit down and enjoy….of course your family could be like mine and they are already gone.  Eat while hot, they aren't as good after they have gone cold.







Chocolate Pie

Who doesn't love some chocolate?  This isn't a great recipe for when you just NEED some chocolate right now due to the time it takes to cool down but it's a great dessert to make for anytime.  Here in Wonderland cocoa powder is pretty cheap so this recipe costs me next to nothing to make.  It's one of my new favorites due to the cost, how easy it is and of course…the taste!  You will need a pre-baked pie crust before you start this adventure.  If you don't have a favorite recipe for one or you would like to try something new then just click here.  This also makes great homemade pudding if you want to eat it without the crust!

What you'll need:
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 egg yolks
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk

Make sure all the clumps in the cocoa are broken down into powder.  You may find it helpful to just sift it.  Beat the egg yolks.  Add everything but the milk to a saucepan.  Add about 1/3 of the milk to the pan and start on medium-high heat.  Mix vigorously with a fork or whisk to get the clumps out and then add the rest of the milk.  Stir constantly or it will burn on the bottom.  It will take a while to start thickening but once it does it will thicken pretty fast.  Keep stirring over medium-high heat until thick but still pourable, it will continue thickening in the fridge.  Once it's to the perfect consistency remove it from the heat and pour it into your pre-baked pie crust.  Let if cool for about ten minutes and then place it in the fridge to chill until ready to devour.  Give it at least 1 hour.

Easy Pie Crust

I HATE making pie crust because I hate incorporating the butter into the dry ingredients. Maybe I’m alone in this but I’m lazy like that.  It’s not bad with a food processor but the one I have is too small so that’s a no go for me.  So….I found a recipe for an oil based pie crust and it’s delicious.  Bonus points for the fact that you don’t even have to roll it out.  It’s so simple even my daughter can do it without help.  Only down side: it’s not as pretty as the butter based roll out doughs but I’m fine with that 95% of the time.

What you’ll need for a one crust pie:
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup veggie oil
2 to 4 tablespoons water

Mix everything but the water together in a bowl.  Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until everything mixes together to form a ball.  Be careful not to add too much water or you’ll just end up with a sticky mess.  When everything is perfect take the ball of dough, stick it in the pie pan and spread it with your hands.  You can use something with a flat bottom such as a measuring cup or drinking cup if you want a super flat crust.  Use your fingers to press some of the dough up the sides of the pan.

Now all you need to do is fill it as desired and bake as stated in your recipe.  If you want a two crust pie, simply double the ingredients.

Crumb Cake Without The Brown Sugar

So here in Wonderland there is no brown sugar that I’ve come across.  There is sugar that happens to be brown, like raw sugar, but it’s not the same and it’s incredibly expensive here.  There is also no molasses meaning no way to make the brown sugar.  So, when it comes to all my favorite baked goods, I’m SOL.  Today I decided I needed crumb cake and I’m determined to make it with or without the regular ingredients.

1 and 1/2 sticks margarine, softened
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs

1 and 1/2 sticks margarine
3/4 cup flour
1 and 1/2 cups sugar (use brown sugar if you have it)
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Cake: Mix margarine with the sugar until creamed together.  And the rest of ingredients until mixed well.  Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and set on the side while you make the topping.

Topping: Mix all ingredients with a fork until mixed and crumbly.  Do not use a hand mixer for this.  Spread mixture evenly over cake mixture.

Place in preheated 350° oven for 40 minutes or until done.  It’s done when a clean toothpick or knife can be inserted into the center and pulled out with no batter on it.

It’s not quite as good as with the brown sugar but it’s perfect to a girl suffering acute homesickness and wanting a taste of home.

A little tip if you are ever having trouble getting the cake not to swallow the crumbs when you are cooking it: bake halfway (20 minutes) before adding the crumbs to the top and lighting pressing them into the cake.  Return to oven and finish baking as normal.