Party Food Recipes

Archive for March, 2007

How to make Pepperkakor like an expert


Flour (all-purpose) 4 cups
Sugar 1 1/3 cups
Corn syrup 1/4 cup
Water 1/3 cup
Butter 7/8 cup
Grated orange zest 1 tablespoon
Cinnamon 1 tablespoon
Ginger tablespoon
Cloves (ground) tablespoon
Cardamom (ground) 2 teaspoons
Baking soda 2 teaspoons

Method of Preparation

Add water, sugar and syrup to a small saucepan and boil. Add spices and butter to a large mixing bowl and pour the hot sugar mixture and stir well till the butter gets melted. Allow to cool for few minutes. Add flour and baking soda and stir well. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients and make even and smooth dough.

Keep the dough under cover and let it stand for the whole night. Take portion of the dough and roll out one at a time with a light touch. Use cookie cutters to cut out the desired shapes from the dough.

Use cold and greased cookie sheets for placing the cookies. Keep the cookies at the centre of the oven and bake for 6 to 8 minutes at 400F.

Take caution and avoid any overcooking, as cookies are amenable to get burnt quickly and easily.

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Scalloped Potatoes

Mix flour, salt and pepper with potatoes. Place potatoes in 2 greased 2-quart casseroles and dot with butter or margarine. Cover with the scalded milk. Sprinkle liberally with paprika. Cover and bake in moderately hot oven (375 F.) 1 hour. Uncover, and bake until tender and brown on the top. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Note: cup finely minced onion, or 1 cup ground cooked ham may be mixed with the potatoes.

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Know how to make Oatmeal Shortbread in a short time


(Makes about 24)
Flour (all-purpose) 3/4 cup
Oats 2/3 cup
Corn starch 1/2 cup
Sugar (powdered) 1/2 cup
Softened Butter 3/4 cup

Method of Preparation

Use a large bowl and mix oats, flour, corn starch and powdered sugar well to make homogenous mixture. Add butter and blend in. Then work with your hands until you get a soft and smooth dough. Use a disk for shaping it up and wrap with plastic wrap.

Keep inside a refrigerator for 30 to 35 minutes or till you get a dough mixture that is easy to handle. Preheat oven to 300F.

Spread or roll out the dough mixture to inch thickness. Now use cookie cutters and cut to get the desired shapes. Now use an ungreased baking sheet. Place all the dough on the ungreased baking sheet and decorate if so desired.

Bake for 15-25 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. The time taken will actually depend on the size of the cookies. Once cooked, remove the cookies for placing them on the wired rack for complete cooling. Note to store in an airtight container at normal room temperature.

You will be able to get around 16 pieces when the above quantity of ingredients is used.

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Macaroni with cheese

Cook elbow or broken macaroni in salted water according to directions on package. Drain in colander and rinse with hot water and drain again. Melt butter or margarine and stir in flour and seasonings. Add hot milk gradually while sauce thickens over medium heat. Add grated cheese and stir until well blended. Combine with macaroni and place in 2 greased casseroles. Bake in moderately hot oven (400 F.) 20 minutes. Garnish with pi-miento strips. Buttered soft bread crumbs may be used as a topping. Yield: 10-12 servings.

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A Quick guide to make Moravian Scotch Cakes


Sugar cup
Butter 1 cups
Flour 4 cups
Caraway seeds 2 teaspoons

Method of Preparation

Mix sugar, caraway seeds and sugar thoroughly in a bowl. Add butter and blend well by working with your fingertips. Sprinkle flour on a board and roll out the mixture to 1/3 inch thickness. Cut into small squares.

Use a greased cookie sheet for baking at 325 F approximately for 15 minutes. Note not to over bake the item. Once cooked, allow time for cooling. Finally complete with decoration using boiled icing and sprinkle coloured sugar.

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Potatoes hased in cream

Melt butter or margarine in skillet. Add potatoes and stir lightly over low heat until fat is absorbed. Add the milk and continue cooking until sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper. Add cream and cook 1 or 2 minutes until of creamy consistency. Potatoes prepared in this way may be placed in a casserole, covered with buttered crumbs or grated cheese, and baked in a hot oven (450 F.) until lightly browned. Yield: 10-12 servings.

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