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RECIPE: Homemade All-Purpose Biscuit Mix
Submitted by Rick Beach. Homemade All-Purpose Biscuit Mix. Make your own Bisquick or All-purpose mix. For use in any Dutch Oven Recipe calling for Bisquick or other similar commercially available product. Better because you make it homemade. You know what ingredients are in the mix. You can alter the Shortening to use Crisco or Butter, or a combination of the two based on your preference. Mix up a dry batch at home. Store for several days in zip lock bags. Great to prepare at home for camping trips.
Just add cold water, or cold milk for richer biscuits. To prepare to bake. Add small amounts of liquid until you reach your desired consistency. Never over mix any type of biscuit dough.
All-Purpose Biscuit Mix (Better than Store bought)
Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Sift together 2-3 times in a large bowl.
Cut in shortening with two knives or pastry cutter until the mixture is the consistency of cornmeal.
Add Powdered Buttermilk and Powdered milk and mix uniformly to create your dry All purpose mix. Store in a Zip Lock Bag and keep in the fridge for 2 weeks
Use in recipes that call for Bisquick or all-purpose mix. Add small amounts of cold water, cold milk, cold buttermilk, or other liquid required in your Dutch Oven Recipe.
For Regular Biscuits: To get your desired biscuit consistency, use cold milk, cold water, or cold buttermilk. Canned milk and reconstituted powder milk work too. (Milk makes richer biscuits) Don’t over mix.
Form biscuits. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes to rise a little before baking.
Bake biscuits in a pre-heated “hot” oven at 450° for about 15 minutes or until golden brown
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RECIPE: Baked Beans Party Size
[Original Recipe by: Rick Beach] Serves 20-30 depending on how many side dishes are available. This is a great recipe for catering, receptions, parties, and large groups. It half fills a 1/2 size steamer tray. A stainless steel tray 12x10x4 inch size. A double batch with fill a 1/2 sized steamer tray. A stainless steel tray 12x10x4 inch size.
Grease foil pan (10X14x3) Or Similar stainless steel steamer tray
Mix all and dump into greased pan
Place pan on cookie sheet for support
Bake at 350° for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until liquid is mostly gone.
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RECIPE: BISCUITS "Old Fashioned Buttermilk"
Old Fashion Buttermilk Biscuits
Submitted by: Rick Beach
We suggest not substituting the Buttermilk with regular milk adding lemon juice or vinegar until you have mastered producing fluffy biscuits with this recipe. If yours seem dry or clunky increase the Buttermilk slightly until you know the perfect mix for your area and oven.
There is a definite knack to baking light and fluffy biscuits. A couple of secrets to good biscuits is very cold Butter and Buttermilk, not mixing the dough much, and folding and patting the dough several times.
Properly mixed biscuit dough almost looks like it hasn't been mixed all the way. The other secret is a very moist mix.
Never use an electric mixer or dough machine when mixing up biscuits. Use a fork, and use it as little as possible.
Also old stale Baking Powder (opened and on the shelf for awhile) looses its ability to create the bubbles required to raise good light biscuits. Pitch the old stuff and use fresh.
Mix your dry ingredients together with a wire whisk.
Shave the cold butter with a potato peeler or other type of cutter. Then stick it in the freezer while prepping. When cold or frozen, break up the shavings. Keep very cold until ready to mix in.
Then stir in the cold shaved butter into the mixed dry ingredients. Alternatively to shaving the butter, you can "cut" it into the dry ingredients using a tool made for that, or two knives. All pieces should be pea size or less.
The buttermilk in this recipe is part of the leavening (makes the bubbles) The acidity of the Buttermilk reacts with the Baking Powder & Soda. Don't substitute the buttermilk with something else for this ingredient if you are new to making biscuits.
If you don't have buttermilk on hand I suggest you use a different recipe known to work with the ingredients you have. In a pinch, lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar can be added to regular milk. The acid in vinegar or the citrus juice sours the milk and works as the leavening with the baking powder and soda. Stir the milk and vinegar/juice together and allow it to sit a few minutes before adding it to the dry ingredients. But know the formula. I recommend Buttermilk if you want killer biscuits. But I often use a concoction of regular milk, sour cream, feta cheese and lemon juice in place of buttermilk. It depends on what is in the fridge. Start experimenting after you master getting fluffy biscuits that raise well.
The dough should be sticky. Probably more sticky than you think. Mixing the ingredients too much, or too dry is the killer of soft and fluffy biscuits. Plop the sticky dough out on an extremely well floured bread board.
Flour your hands. Don't roll dough out, but pat or gently flatten with your well floured hands (about 1 1/2 inch thick. Fold the dough in half over on itself and gently pat the dough to 1 1/2 inch thick. Repeat the fold and pat two more times.
Cut biscuit rounds and place them on a baking sheet or in a Dutch Oven. Cover with a towel and let the biscuits rest for 10 to 15 minutes before putting them in the oven, or putting the heat to the Dutch Oven. Biscuits placed next to each other will rise much higher than those placed with gaps between them. The closely placed biscuits will also be much more moist when done.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. (Dutch Oven Coals for 400°F-Don't pre-heat the Dutch Oven)
Stir dry ingredients together. Whisk or sift
Cut in Butter (broken up frozen shavings)
Mix in the first 1 1/2 cup of Buttermilk gently (Do not over mix) using a fork. If dry add more in small amounts until dough is almost too sticky to handle (flour your hands)
Dough Mixture should be almost sticky and mixed so little it looks roughly combined. Don't keep mixing
Turn out on floured board and pat gently to 1 1/2 inch thick (Do not roll or pound down with hands)
Fold dough over and pat to 1 1/2 inches thick, three times.
Cut rounds with biscuit cutter or top of a small drinking glass, can, etc.
Place rounds on cookie sheet or into the bottom of the Dutch Oven up against one another
Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown on top in your Kitchen Oven
Bake 14-18 minutes in a covered Dutch Oven (Coals for 400°F)
It is assumed you know proper coal/heat techniques for Dutch Oven baking Click this link if you need help with Dutch Oven Coal counting? We prefer the 3 uppy-down rule! Serve hot with butter, jam, gravy, etc.
Click this Link for Dutch Oven Heat & Charcoal Briquette counting.
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In a large glass bowl, whisk and combine the mayo, buttermilk, agave, celery seed, pepper, and lemon juice.
Add sliced cabbage and stir well to coat with the combined mixture. Refrigerate for several hours to let the flavors blend before serving.
Here is a way to produce your own wholesome Buttermilk full of beneficial probiotics. Put your vintage Slaw Cutter to good use.
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BBQ Pulled Pork
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. This is a southern style sweet BBQ that is not spicy hot. Recipe & Images by Rick Beach. Award winning recipe by Rick Beach. Took First Place "Main Dish" in the "Old Mormon Fort Dutch Oven Cook-off Competition", held in Las Vegas, Nevada (March 2017). If you have the means to smoke this. I often prepare and cook it as shown. Then using a smoker on about 250°F. Smoke the Meat mixture uncovered. I lay on smoke for an additional 2 hours. Stir once about mid way. Watch your moisture content so you don't dry it out. The taste will be incredible.
Optional ingredients such as additional Sriracha Sauce, or various peppers, could be added to the basic sauce to spice this up. Add in very small amounts and cook at least 30 minutes then taste test before adding more. Hot spices tend to intensify as cooked. It is easy to overdo hot spices and ruin a batch for the majority of your guests. A double batch (about 7 lbs of meat) can be done in a 14 inch Dutch Oven.
The basic sauce has always been the most popular in large groups. Spicy is not. You can multiply this recipe based on the group you are serving. The BBQ can be made ahead and put in the freezer for later use. This is served on hamburger buns. A stack of coleslaw on the BBQ before adding the top bun makes for a killer BBQ sandwich. This recipe makes approximately 24 standard hamburger sized bun servings.
Place the chunked up Meat, Bay Leaves, Onion, Celery, and Garlic, in a greased heavy pot with lid for baking. Preferably a Cast Iron Dutch oven is used. Meat is slow cooked with lid on. If using a Dutch Oven, and coals, use coals for 325°F heat. If using your kitchen oven use 325°F also. Use a pot sized to be at least half filled to avoid burning.
Bake for 2 hours then stir the meat chunks to rotate the bottom pieces to avoid burning. There should be plenty of liquid remaining at this point and the meat just starting to shred apart. If liquid is completely gone add 1 cup of very hot water, cover, and bake for 1 more hour. Stir again and check for liquid. If the meat is falling apart it should be ready to shred. If not, bake an additional hour but make sure there is some liquid. I have never had to go more than 4 hours baking. Remove lid and keep on heat or in kitchen oven just until all liquid is absorbed or evaporated. Check and stir often during this process…don’t burn it.
Once the meat is falling apart easily, remove the bay leaves and discard the leaves. Use 2 forks to shred the meat….I like to use a potato masher to speed up the shredding. Break apart the meat until it is all completely shredded.
In a large mixing bowl place the remaining ingredients. Add the Soup, Water, Worcestershire Sauce, Liquid Smoke, Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Mustard, and Ketchup. Whisk until combined. Then pour liquid mixture into the baked & shredded meat mixture. Then stir and fold to combine.
Cover and bake for 1 more hour. Ideally the finished mixture is a sloppy joe consistency that doesn’t run. If you’re finished BBQ is too thin/watery, cook/bake with lid off, stirring occasionally to avoid burning. Cook/Bake uncovered until it reaches your desired consistency.
Optional: Additional smoking process. Leave the mixture slightly wet. Using a Smoker set on 250°F lay on smoke for an additional 2 hours with the meat mixture uncovered. Stirring once about mid way through the smoking process. Watch that the mixture does not dry out. The smoke enhanced flavoring is incredible.
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RECIPE: Bagels with Apple Filling
Set Bread machine to “Quick” and “Dough” (Traditional dough making methods can be used)
Dry mix the Flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, and 1 1/2 tsp salt. Pour into bread machine. Pour to create a volcano type peak of flour. Spoon the yeast into a little depression in the peak of flour. Gently pour the warm water around the base of the flour. Start bread machine and let it cycle through the mix and rise cycles (Normally 45 minutes)
In a separate bowl mix the Apple Pie Filling, 3 Tbsp Sugar, Cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp salt. Set aside.
When the bread machine dough mix and rise cycles are complete remove the dough. Let dough rest on a lightly floured surface.
In a large pot bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar.
Cut dough into 9-12 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a small ball. Flatten balls. Poke a hole in the middle of each with your thumb or finger. Twirl the dough on your finger, thumb, or knife handle, to enlarge the hole to the size you like. Do not over do it though.
Cover the shaped bagels with a clean cloth, and let rest for 10 minutes.
Cover cookie sheet (or Dutch Oven) with wax paper and lightly spray oil. Sprinkle covered cookie sheet (or Dutch Oven) with cornmeal. Set oven or coals for Dutch Oven for a baking temperature of 375°
Transfer the raw dough bagels to boiling water. Boil for 1 minute, turning half way through. Drain briefly on clean towel. Arrange the boiled bagels on the prepared cookie sheet or the Dutch Oven. Brush tops with egg white. Spoon a generous glob of Apple Pie filling into the center hole of each bagel.
Bake in a preheated 375°F oven or Dutch Oven, for 20 to 25 minutes, until well browned.
Best served warm with butter melted. Pulled wax paper and bagels off the cookie sheet and onto a wire rack to cool. Remove from baking wax paper when cooled with a spatula (don't loose the apple filling) and place on clean waxed paper. Seal in zip lock or small loaf bags once completely cooled. To serve, warm first (microwave about 25 seconds) and serve with melted butter on top.
This is a basic Bagel Dough recipe. You can experiment with whole wheat flour, Agave in place of sugar, and a variety of toppings and ingredients such as cheese, seeds, raisins, cranberries, etc.
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Recipe and Photo’s submitted by: Bruce Tracy
Editor Note: From time to time we get recipes that even the name gets everyone's curiosity going. We believe this is going to be one of them!
This dish looks hard to do but it is really very easy. Just get all of the ingredients on the counter before you start. Then all you have to do is reach and add. Many versions of this recipe use seasoned sausage. I don’t think that is necessary.
Cut four pieces of bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and fry to your preference. Set aside to drain.
Lay a sheet of parchment paper on your counter and place the ground pork in the middle.
Spread with your hands until you have about a 10 by 10 inch square about 1/2 inch thick.
Spread the cream cheese over half of the pork and add the bacon bits, onions and bell peppers. Gently roll it up from the cream cheese side. Set aside.
Make a 5 by 5 lattice with 10 pieces bacon. Googling bacon lattice will give you several “you tube” videos, it’s way easier than you might think. Place the pork roll with the seam toward you on the edge of the lattice closest to you. Roll it on the bacon, picking up the lattice as you go. Remember where the seam ends up.
Place cooling rack on a cookie sheet or inside a Dutch Oven. Place a piece of parchment paper on it. Place the bacon encased pork roll on the paper, seam side down. Brush liberally with bbq sauce.
Roast for about 75-90 minutes at 425 degrees. Check with a meat thermometer at 75 minutes.
When it reaches 155 brush one more time with bbq sauce and continue cooking for 10 more minutes.
When it’s done let it sit for 15-20 minutes so it can set up.
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This is another experimental (work in progress) recipe. This time a dessert. My twist on a more basic recipe I came across. This is actually version number two. The original recipe called for double the peanut butter and sugar now shown for the Peanut Butter Layer. (Photo’s appearing here are from the original attempt with the double dose of peanut butter). I love Peanut Butter but that amount was way over the top, even for me. The recipe shown below has cut the peanut butter layer in half.
This is made in a 9 inch spring form pan. No baking required. Someday I am going to attempt this one while camping. Using ice and a Cast Iron Dutch Oven to do the chilling.
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheese Cake
10 Graham crackers
7 Tbsp. Melted butter
¼ tsp. Cinnamon
2 pinch Salt
24 ounces Cream cheese (Room Temperature)
1½ Cups Powdered sugar
2 pinch Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1½ Cups Chocolate chips, melted
1 Cups Peanut butter, melted
1/2 Cup Powdered sugar
1/16 tsp. Cayenne Pepper powder
1 1/2 Cup Crushed Chocolate Cookies
Crumb Crust Bottom Layer
- Line the bottom and sides of a 9 inch spring form pan with wax paper.
2. Crush graham crackers. In a bowl, whisk the Cinnamon and Salt into the crumbs
3. Pour the melted butter into the crumb mixture and mix until uniformly damp.
4. Press the graham cracker crumbs/butter mixture into the bottom of the 9-inch pan
Cover & Refrigerate while mixing the cheese layer.
Cream Cheese Chocolate Layer
5. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese until smooth.
6. Add powdered sugar and salt, then mix until uniformly blended
- Add vanilla and continue to mix until blended in.
8. Add the melted chocolate and mix until uniformly blended
- Spoon the mixture over the graham cracker crust in the spring form pan. Smooth out over the top of the cracker crust.
Cover & Refrigerate while mixing the Peanut Butter layer.
Peanut Butter Top Layer
- In a large bowl, mix together melted peanut butter and confectioner’s sugar.
11. Pour mixture over cheese/chocolate layer in the spring form pan. Spread it evenly over cheese layer.
- Refrigerate 2-4 hours
Crushed Cookie Topping
13. Prior to serving cover the Peanut Butter Layer with the Crushed Chocolate Cookie Topping
Remove from spring form pan. Pull off the wax paper sides. Slide onto a serving plate. Slice and serve while cold.. Keep cold/refrigerated.
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