Wednesday
Apr102013

Panda Express Orange Chicken Copycat Recipe

Craving Chinese food? Make Panda Express Orange Chicken @ home!

 

 

2 lbs boneless chicken pieces, skinned
1 egg
1 1/2 t salt
white pepper
oil (for frying)
1/2 c plus 1 T cornstarch
1/4 c flour
1 T minced ginger root
1 t minced garlic
dash crushed hot red chiles
1/4 c chopped green onions
1 T rice wine
1/4 c water
1/2 to 1 t sesame oil

ORANGE SAUCE FOR STIR FRY:

2 t Minced zest and
1/4 c Juice from
1 lg Orange
1/2 t Sugar
2 T Chicken stock
1 T Light soy sauce

Combine all ingredients in small bowl and set aside.


Cut chicken pieces in 2" squares and place in large bowl. Stir in egg,
salt, pepper, and 1 T oil and mix well. Stir cornstarch and flour
together. Add chicken pieces, stirring to coat.

Heat oil for deep-frying in wok or deep-fryer to 375. Add chicken pieces,
a small batch at time, and fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and crisp.
(Do not overcook or chicken will be tough.) Remove chicken from oil with
slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

Clean wok and heat 15 seconds over high heat. Add 1 T oil. Add ginger
and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant. Add and stir-fry crushed chiles
and green onions. Add rice wine and stir 3 seconds. Add Orange Sauce
and bring to boil. Add cooked chicken, stirring until well mixed.
Stir water into remaining 1 T cornstarch until smooth.
Add to chicken and heat until sauce is thick. Stir in 1 teas. sesame oil.

Serve at once.

Makes 6 servings.

Wednesday
Apr102013

Cinnabon Rolls Copycat Recipe

Super yum, Cinnabon rolls at home! Here's the recipe!

 

ROLLS:
1/2 cup warm water
2 packages dry yeast
2 Tbl. sugar
3 1/2 oz. pkg. vanilla pudding mix
1/2 cup margarine -- melted
2 eggs
1 teas. salt
6 cups flour

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup margarine
1 teas. vanilla
3 cups confectioner's sugar
1 Tbl. milk
To make frosting, mix all ingredients until smooth.


In a bowl combine water, yeast and sugar. Stir until dissolved. Set aside.

In large bowl, take pudding mix and prepare according to package
directions. Add margarine, eggs and salt. Mix well. Then add yeast
mixture. Blend.

Gradually add flour; knead until smooth. Place in a greased
bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled.
Punch down dough and let rise again.

Then roll out on floured board to 34 x 21" size. Take 1
cup soft butter and spread over surface. In bowl, mix 2 cups brown sugar
and 4 teas. cinnamon. Sprinkle over top. Roll up very tightly.
With knife, put a notch every 2". Cut with thread or knife.

Place on lightly greased cookie sheet 2" apart.
Take hand and lightly press down on each roll.
Cover and let rise until double
again. Bake at 350 15-20 minutes. Remove when they start to turn golden.
DON'T OVER BAKE.

Frost warm rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Makes about 20 very large rolls.

Wednesday
Apr102013

Chips Ahoy Copycat Recipe

Make one of the most popular cookies @ home with this recipe:

 

 

4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking soda (level)
2 tsp Salt (level)
1 cup Light Brown Sugar (packed)
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening (Crisco)
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 large Egg White
2-4 tbsp Water (warm)
12 oz Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Bring all ingredients to room temperature. Preheat oven to 325 °F. Mix
the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. Use an electric mixer
to mix the two sugars and shortening. When creamy add the vanilla, salt,
and egg white. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time adding a tablespoon of warm
water as necessary to mix the flour - don't exceed 4 tablespoons of water
- this will make a firm dough. Mix in chocolate chips. As the dough gets
thicker you may want to mix by hand and abandon the electric mixer.
Roll into 2 inch balls and press down with the palm of the hand to make
flat. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Wednesday
Apr102013

Auntie Anne's Copycat Recipe

Yum! Make Auntie Anne's pretzels at home!

 

1 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/8 tsp. active yeast (1 1/2 pkg)
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1 1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cups regular flour

2 cups warm water
2 Tbs. baking soda

To taste coarse salt
2-4 Tbs. butter (melted)

Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. Add
sugar, salt, and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth
and elastic. Let rise at least 1/2 hour.

While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm
water and 2 Tbs. baking soda. Be certain to stir often.

After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope
(about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape. Dip pretzel into soda solution
and place on greased baking sheet. Allow pretzel to rise again. Bake in a
450 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted
butter and enjoy!

Toppings:

After you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt.
Or for Auntie Anne's famous cinnamon sugar, try melting a stick of butter
in a shallow bowl( big enough to fit the entire pretzel) and in another
bowl, make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. dip the pretzel into the
butter, coating both sides generously. then dip again into the cinnamon
mixture.

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