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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Creamy Vegetable Soup and English Muffin Bread

I really messed up my Tuesday recipe today.  Recently I remembered a cake my mom used to make a lot.  I have made it too, but I can't find the recipe.  It was a peach cake made with canned peaches.  I swear that all you do is put a can of peaches with the juice into a cake mix and mix it up. I don't think it had eggs or oil.   It was so good and perfect for a summer day.  I found a recipe on the web that used a white cake mix and a can of sliced peaches.  I was excited that it was what I was looking for.  I mixed it up and baked it.  When I took it out of the oven, I was so disappointed.  It was only about an inch high.  It didn't taste good either.  I will keep looking for the original recipe.  Sometimes you can't use cake mixes with pudding in them.  That could be the problem.   In the meantime, I am reposting the first recipe I posted when I first started this blog.

Creamy Vegetable Soup
 In a big kettle, probably 8 qt. or so, bring to a boil 7 cups of water.
Add:
1 bag ( 12 oz) of frozen mixed vegetables
1 bag (16 oz) of frozen broccoli florets or fresh broccoli if you have it.
Bring back to a boil and then add
1 bag (32 oz) of frozen hash browns.  I like the southern style which are little squares
6 chicken bouillon cubes
1 cup chopped onion
Simmer for a few minutes and then add
2 cups milk
2 cans of Cream of Chicken soup
12 oz. pkg. of American cheese slices (stir in until melted) 
I like the real American cheese that you can separate but isn't packaged separately.  It's a pain to unwrap 16 slices of cheese or you could chunk up some Velveeta but it takes longer to melt.

English Muffin Toasting Bread
You could just mix this up in a bowl, but I picked up a bread machine at Goodwill for $4.99.  There are a ton of them in thrift stores because people thought they were a good idea and then didn't use them.  I put the ingredients in the bread machine, set it for the dough cycle, when it beeps I dump it out into a regular bread pan,  cover and let it rise and bake it at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  I figure a loaf costs between $.25 and $.50.
1 1/4 c. of water
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda (English muffin bread always has baking soda)
3 cups of flour
3 Table. dry milk ( you can eliminate this and use milk instead of water for the first ingredient)
2 teaspoon of yeast ( I buy this in bulk at a local Mennonite store)