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Roast and Yorkshire Pudding

This is the best of two families.  The Yorkshire Pudding from my mom and the roast from Dave’s mom. My favorite Sunday dinner growing up was roast and yorkshire pudding.  I can remember that mom always worried whether they would puff up or be flat.  This recipe that I found a few years ago never fails and always makes big fluffy puddings.  I have never had it not turn out.  I think it is something with chilling the batter.

This is a must on Christmas Eve with our Prime Rib. When Jace went to England on his mission, he said the yorkshire pudding were nothing like the ones we grew up with.  He liked ours much better.

As for the roast, I can remember the first roast I had up in Oregon on the ranch and thinking it was the best thing I had ever tasted. Texie taught me her secret and I have been using it since.  Like the yorkshire pudding, it never fails.  It is perfect for Sunday dinner as it is ready right when church is done.  I have added my own little twist the past few roasts and it is even a little better if that is possible.  I can thank my mom and mother in law for teaching me some great recipes.

Perfect Roast

I usually use a rump roast but any roast will do

Place the roast in a heavy roaster pan–I use my Le Creuset. Love this thing

There is a new Le Creuset Store at the new Outlet Mall by Thanksgiving Point.  You can get these for much cheaper there and they have every color and size.  I can’t wait until I save up enough for another size and color.

The roast will cook better and be moister if you use a heavy pan like this with a tight fitting lid.

Place the roast in the pan (uncovered) and place in a hot oven ( 450 degrees) for about 30-45 minutes until well browned.   Season liberally with salt and pepper and cover with the lid.  You can cover tightly with foil if you do not have a pan with a tight fitting lid.  Reduce heat to 250 degrees and cook until very tender about 3 hours.  Just perfect for block time. 

Lately I have been removing the roast and slicing it and then placing the sliced beef in my crockpot on low.  I spoon some of the juices from the roast over the meat before making the gravy.  This keeps the meat very moist and warm while finishing up the meal.  With Dave’s schedule, it also prevents dried out roast if he is called away on an emergency..  It also makes for easy serving, no carving the roast at the table..  Awesome leftovers.

Yorkshire Pudding

2 cups Flour

1 tsp Salt

6 large eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

drippings from roast

Sift together the salt and flour. In a medium bow. whisk together the eggs and milk until combined.  Add the flour mixture and mix well.  Cover and chill for at least 4 hours.  This is a very important step if you want big, fluffy puddings.  When roast is done, raise oven to 425 degrees.  Pour small amount of drippings into pan and heat the pan and drippings in the oven until hot and bubbly. I usually spray some Pam in the pan before adding the drippings.  Immediately remove the batter from the refrigerator and pour into pan.  Bake until golden and puffed about 25 minutes.  Serve immediately as they deflate quickly.  Serve with gravy or jam.  I use a popover pan for individual servings, but you can use a pie tin or a cake pan for a large pudding and then cut and serve.  We like the individual servings the best. 

This is the popover pan that I use. I purchased it at Williams and Sonoma but found some cheaper ones on Amazon.

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in My Favorite Things, Recipes

 

Caramel Corn ( and Peanut Butter Popcorn)

This is a family favorite and one that we have been making for years.  With the holidays coming, this is the perfect treat to whip up quick or a great gift to give.  This is the gooey addicting kind of caramel corn.  When I think of this, it takes me back to when my kids were small and it was a big treat to have this with some homemade slush and have movie night.   That wes before we worried about pumping our kids fulll of sugar!!!!!  Love this stuff.

INGREDIENTS

6 QUARTS POPPED CORN
3/4 CUPS SUGAR
3/4 CUPS BROWN SUGAR
1 CUBE BUTTER
1/2 CUP KARO SYRUP
1/4 CUP WATER

DIRECTIONS

PUT ALL INGREDIENTS EXCEPT POPCORN IN A HEAVY SAUCE PAN.  COOK UNTIL SOFT BALL STAGE  ( IF MIXTURE IS DROPPED INTO COLD WATER IT WILL FORM A SOFT BALL)  THIS DOES NOT TAKE VERY LONG.  REMOVE FROM HEAT AND ADD 1/4 TSP SODA AND 1 TSP VANILLA.  POUR OVER THE POPPED CORN.

 

This is another great popcorn recipe, gooey with the wonderful taste of peanut butter.I found this on Favorite Family Recipes  I think I could eat tree bark with peanut butter on it.  This would definitely get the thumbs down sign from Dave and could not be made in his presence. I can feel this recipe coming out when he is gone to convention in a few weeks–oh wait a minute, I have 10 pounds to lose before the wedding.  But then again, isn’t that what photo shop is for. 

 

recipe and picture courtesy of Favorite Family Recipes

Ingredients

  • 2 bags popped microwave popcorn (I use light butter or plain)  can substitue regular popcorn.
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. light corn syrup
  • 1 c. peanut butter

Instructions

  • Pop the microwave popcorn.
  • Remove any unpopped kernels and place in large bowl.
  • In medium saucepan combine brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to boil over medium high heat stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in peanut butter.
  • Pour over popcorn and stir until well coated
 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Recipes

 

It’s Been Too Long and Some Great News!!!!

It has been over a month since I last posted anything.  There has been so much going on and at the end of the day when I pull out my computer to blog, I have been so exhausted that the creative juices have dried up completely.  For something that has been such an outlet for me for some time now,it just seemed so overwhelming. 

But I realized how much I have enjoyed posting my thoughts and recipes and if for no othe reason than the feeling of accomplishment for myself, I need to start again.  I have a major personality flaw ( not just one) and that is if I can’t do it all the way, I don’t do it at all.  This will be a great learning lesson of me to do this as I can.

Well enough about my flaws and a little more about the things that have kept me from my blog

I HAVE A WEDDING COMING!!!!!!

Jace is engaged and is getting married January 4th, so we have been a little busy getting ready.  He is marrying Krystal Brown.  They dated last year for awhile and then broke up in June.  They talked on and off over the summer and then Jace called me while I was in DC for work in October and said that he had been to see her and he would be crazy to let her go.  He said she was everything he wanted in a wife.  They were engaged a month later.  It has been somewhat of a whirlwind since.

This is Quin.  Jace has always wanted to propose with a puopy and this is her dream dog.  He is a mini aussie.  I am not sure this was well thought out, as they do not have a place to live yet and will be married in a month with 4 horses and a puppy.  They will not be able to have your basic apartment with that crew.  He is so cute and of course is living with us until the wedding.  We get the honors of potty training!!!! 

Once Jace decided this was right, like everything else, it had to happen now.  He purchased a puppy, bought a ring (with the help of his sisters) and proposed in a week’s time.  I was getting my Relief Society lesson November 4th and he came downstairs and said I can’t wait, I want to do it today.  Can you help me figure out how to do it?  Not something to tell me right before my lesson.

So Jordan and I helped him come up with something real quick and between that and wearing control top tights for the first time, I almost passed out giving my lesson.

We made a big sign saying Mini Aussie’s for Sale and put it out in front of my mom’s house in Morgan.  Then Jace asked Krystal to ocme up with him and meet grandma.

Rod was there staying at mom’s for the weekend and we hurried up and gave him a quick lesson on aussies as he was to pose as the breeder.

On thier way up to Morgan, Jordan called Jace and told him that she had seen a sign for puppies and  theywere the dogs that Krystal liked.  So they stopped at mom’s, Krystal just thinking they were stopping to look at puppies.

Dave, Kallie, Jordan and I were hiding in the upstairs loft with a video camera.  They came to the door and asked to see the puppies and Rod TRIED to act like a knowledgeable breeder.  It was so funny.  He did fairly well until Krystal asked how big the parents were and since that was not something we had discussed he was stumped.  He mumbled a few things and then said “crud”  It was about then, that Krytal noticed the diamond around Quin’s neck. 

It was pretty cute.   It was fun having Rod, Reagan and grandma there to be apart of it.

I will post the video as soon as I can figure it out.  I will also post some of the engagement pictures they just had done.  So cute.

We have alot to do in short time, especially with Christmas, in fact I should be typing address labels as we speak but wanted to post this first. I will post a recipe a little later today and try to get back in the swing of things.

 
 
 
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