BREAD – OLD FASHIONED WHITE BREAD (Coconut Milk)


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BREAD - OLD FASHIONED WHITE BREAD (Coconut Milk)
Recipe and photo by: Rick Beach
The taste of this bread is that of old fashioned white bread. There is no coconut taste in the finished bread. Organic Blue Agave is used since it is a low Hypoglycemic organic sweetener. A Dutch Oven cooking friend of mine (Kathleen LeBlanc) got me into using Agave syrup. I am so glad she did. I often bake this in a Dutch Oven. Free form loaves could be used. Or small loaf pans. Use a large, tall, Dutch Oven and coals for 375°. I prefer to use one standard bread loaf pan. I place a wire rack in the Dutch Oven to elevate the loaf pan slightly. This recipe can be used for Loaves of Bread, English Muffins, Pizza and more.
Keyword BREAD
Servings
Large Loaf
Ingredients
Keyword BREAD
Servings
Large Loaf
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. SET BREAD MACHINE to "Quick", "Dough" Start so pre-heat is going.
  2. PLACE Mixed Flour and Salt in bread machine
  3. COMBINE in a separate bowl the combine the Warm Coconut Milk, warm Agave, and yeast. Whisk and allow to "grow" 5 to 15 minutes.
  4. COMBINE in yet another separate bowl whisk the warm raw egg,
  5. COMBINE the Milk/Yeast mixture to the whisked Egg mixture Slowly whisk in the melted butter (make sure butter is not hot) then whisk to combine all the liquids.
  6. POUR combined liquid mixture into bread machine with the flour/salt mixture. Let the bread machine starting running through Quick, Dough, cycle (Mix & First Rise 45 Minutes) This is normally a manual override setting on most bread machines.ADD the salt. Monitor the initial mixing stage until the dough just begins to clump together and form a ball. Then sprinkle the salt over the dough and allow the mixing to proceed.
  7. PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees F. Grease Bread Pans. The warmed stove top will become your warm place 45 minutes later to raise your dough the second time. The bread machine will provide the raise the first time. ( If you are using a mixer/dough hook or hand method to create your dough, both raises will need to occur on the stove top or other warm place)
  8. TURN DOUGH OUT (dough that has raised one time) on floured surface and roll out into a 12X8 inch rectangle. Roll as a jelly roll 8 inches wide. Pinch seam, tuck ends under and pinch seams, coat with light coat of oil, and place in greased bread pan, seam side down.
  9. COVER Dough AND let RAISE, on warm stove 30-45 minutes.
  10. BAKE at 375 for 25-30 minutes (Until golden Brown and sounds somewhat hollow when tapped.
  11. Remove from pan and rub all surfaces with butter for a softer crust. Cover with towel until cooled
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  13. Note: Liquids should be warm not hot. Rather than getting all technical and breaking out the thermometers. Test on inside of wrist as you would baby bottle milk. Proper temperature aids in the dough rising quickly. Overly hot will kill the yeast. Cold temperatures, and the yeast will not rise. On both Raise cycles the dough should double in volume. Your flour and other ingredients should all be at least room temperature. Make sure to oil the dough, and oil your rising bowl, or container. Cover and raise dough in a warm draft free location.
  14. We use a bread machine to speed mixing the dough and the first rise. The benefit of a bread machine is consistent results. When baking multiple loaves you can keep producing a ready batch every 45 minutes, ready for the second rise in your bread pan.
  15. This dough can be made using any traditional method including the old fashioned by hand method, or a mixer with a dough hook. By hand, the more you knead, the better the bread. Many people that get poor results when baking bread fail at the temperature, and or not enough kneading. Other yeast killers are combining your yeast and salt in the liquids. The salt will kill the yeast. Mix your yeast with warm liquids and allow it to "grow". Combined ingredients as recipe indicates. With any tried and tested recipe you might be following pay particular attention to how and when the salt is added.
  16. Rising works best in a warm moist environment. I use (2) stainless steamer trays. The 6 inch deep, half size steamer tray 10x12 inch. Or full size if doing English muffins or multiple loaves. In the bottom tray, add a 1/2 inch of very hot tap water. A wire rack placed in that hot water (Rack should be slightly above the water level). Then place the bread pan with the oiled dough in it, on top of the rack. The second stainless tray placed inverted as a domed cover. This is placed on the top of the warm stove with the oven preheating. This warm, moist environment raises your dough quickly, usually in 30 minutes so. Standard size loaves have plenty of room to raise.
  17. Full size steamer tray shown with English Muffins being raised.
  18. Top inverted tray is removed to photograph the bottom
  19. There is wire rack under the muffins that is foiled covered for this English muffin technique
  20. Trays and properly sized racks are available at restaurant supply places
  21. Other options are foil type trays, Dutch Oven with a trivet inside, then set in the sun, etc. I have also used an ice chest with hot water and pans to lift the loaf pans above the water...no ice 🙂 Anything you have around the house that can trap the warmth and moisture. Also before starting the "raise" process, remember to coat the dough with vegetable oil or olive oil. Spray Pam works great and is easy to apply with no waste.
  22. After removing the baked bread from the oven, and still hot, rub all surfaces with butter for a soft crust.
  23. This dough is an excellent choice for making thick or thin pizza.
  24. Note: Dough can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. See the link below for more details.
  25. No...this bread does not taste like coconut.
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CHICKEN & BROCCOLI PASTA

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CHICKEN & BROCCOLI PASTA
This is a supper easy and quick meal. Especially useful for using up left over chicken. While we prefer broccoli. Peas, or spinach, could be substituted. This meal can be prepared in 45 minutes or less from start to finish. Add a salad, garlic toast, and a glass of wine. for a full meal with a touch of elegance.
Keyword Boccoli, Chicken, Pasta
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Keyword Boccoli, Chicken, Pasta
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Precook the 1 1/2 cups of dry Penne Pasta in an adequate amount of lightly salted water, and 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil. At the same time steam or microwave frozen Broccoli florets until tender. Slice or roughly cube the precooked chicken breast.
  2. Start oven at 375°F
  3. On the stove top, In a seasoned and liberally coated (shortening or oil) cast iron skillet, melt the butter. add 2 generous splashes of hot pasta water, and bouillon paste. Whisk until uniform. Do not add any salt. The Bouillon and Pasta water will probably provide all that is needed.
  4. To the skillet butter bouillon water mix, add the steamed broccoli and sliced precooked chicken. Mix and turn until everything is coated.
  5. Strain the "al dente" hot cooked pasta. Discard the water. Add the strained cooked pasta to the skillet mixture. Mix and fold over to mix the pasta in.
  6. Sprinkle the cheese over the skillet mixture.
  7. Place the uncovered skillet mixture into the 375°F Oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Serve Hot with a sprinkle of fresh ground black pepper if desired. Goes good with a salad and garlic toast.
Recipe Notes

This could easily be adapted to bake in a Dutch Oven using Charcoal.

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Cinnamon Rolls from scratch

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Cinnamon Rolls from scratch
Recipe & Photos: Rick Beach

Sweet Dough Recipe (Makes 24 or a Double batch) You can bake all or Refrigerate or Freeze half this batch)

You can cut this recipe in half by changing the "Serving" Box quantity to 12. That will auto adjust the ingredients. For this Double batch you need (2) 11x15 baking pans or (2) 12 inch Dutch Ovens
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Rolls
Ingredients
DOUGH INGREDIENTS
BRUSH THE TOPS OF THE BAKED ROLLS
ICING INGREDIENTS
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Rolls
Ingredients
DOUGH INGREDIENTS
BRUSH THE TOPS OF THE BAKED ROLLS
ICING INGREDIENTS
Instructions
  1. Making the Dough
  2. Bring egg to room temperature by placing it in a bowl of warm water while getting ingredients together.
  3. Never mix your salt & yeast together in the liquids. Doing so will usually kill your yeast.
  4. In its own large bowl whisk together 4 of the 4 1/2 Cups of Flour and the salt. Set this Flour and salt mix aside. (Reserve the 1/2 cup of plain flour)
  5. In a second bowl add the Warm Milk. The non-technical way of checking the temperature is to test on your wrist. Make it baby bottle warm. If you are the type that needs to use a thermometer the temperature should be on the yeast container, or you can find it on line. Many places state 110-115°F. Whisk Warm Milk, Agave, and Yeast together. Allow that is sit about 10-15 minutes to let the yeast "bloom".
  6. Next crack the room temperature warmed raw egg into a third bowl and whisk well. Once well whisked, slowly pour the whisked egg into the Milk, Agave, Yeast mixture while whisking it in.
  7. Lastly whisk the melted butter into the Milk mixture.
  8. In a large bowl mix half the flour salt mix with the entire warmed milk yeast mixture. At this point you can use an electric mixer to help the dough along. This will be thin enough since only half the flour mixture is being blended in this step. You can also use the old fashion way of mixing it in the bowl by hand. A Kitchenaid with a dough hook is even better.
  9. Or a Bread machine with the "Dough only option" could be used.
  10. Using a bread machine you could set it to "Dough" and "Quick Bread" (since we are using rapid rise yeast) and dump all the Flour/Salt mix, and the mixed liquids together, turn the machine on, and walk away. Most machines that have a program cycle for quick dough will produce the dough in about 45 minutes. Complete with the first "raise". Ready to roll out and add the filling. Then raise the 2nd time.
  11. For those using a more traditional methods read on.
  12. Once the really thin mixture (Half the flour salt and all the liquids) have been mixed, slowly start adding the remaining flour/salt mix Toward the end, use that reserves ½ cup of the flour and adjust dough to proper consistency.
  13. Kneading the Dough
  14. Turn out on a floured board and knead and fold until proper dough consistency. Not sticky. And not dry and stiff. But stretchy and beginning to show signs of air bubbles. Some describe it as soft as a baby's bare bottom. The dough in this stage needs to be very well kneaded. It takes some time and work if doing it by hand.
  15. First "Rise"
  16. Coat the well kneaded dough lightly with oil or butter (Pam or spray cooking oil is easiest), place in large warm raising bowl (a warmed heavy/thick glass or ceramic bowl works best). Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap. Keep in a warm place for about 45 minutes. Dough should double. Punch down.
  17. Adding the Sugar & Cinnamon Filling
  18. Cut dough in half and work one half of the dough at a time to make rolls. On a floured board roll out dough, or work it by hand to about ¼ - ½ inch thick, in a rectangle about 16X20 inches. Spread with half the soft butter. Sprinkle with half the dough filling sugar mixture. Spread half the Raisins (optional) over the butter/sugar layer. Roll the dough up long ways so you have a log 20 inches long. Pinch the seam the length of the log. Slice across the log to make 12 equally wide rolls. Place the rolls in a warmed greased 11x15 baking dish. Or a greased warmed 12 inch Dutch Oven. Remember this is a double batch so you will need two baking dishes or two Dutch Ovens. Spray the tops lightly with Pam or other spray cooking oil. Repeat for the second half of the dough.
  19. Second "Rise"Cover and keep in warm area for about 45-60 minutes or until doubled.
  20. Preheat oven to 350° and Bake for 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden brown on the top. Properly baked they are soft but not under cooked and doughy. With a Dutch Oven and coals for 350° start checking them at 15 minutes, and then every 5 minutes until done. When removed from the oven brush the tops with melted butter.
  21. Mix all icing ingredients using a hand mixer about the time the rolls come out of the oven. Add additional powdered sugar to get your desired consistency. I like little peaks that keep their shape. Spread icing on slightly warm rolls. If it is too thick add 1/4 teaspoon of milk and completely remix and recheck. Keep at room temperature to ice the rolls.

    Let rolls cool slightly on a wire rack. While still warm spread half the mixture over each half batch of rolls.
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RECIPE: Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling


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RECIPE: Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
This Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling is a Holiday favorite. Exceptional any time of the year severed with a cup of coffee. Way easier to prepare than most people think.
Course DESSERT
Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
The Cake Roll
Cream Cheese Filling
Powdered sugar for the towel
Course DESSERT
Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
The Cake Roll
Cream Cheese Filling
Powdered sugar for the towel
Instructions
The Cake
  1. Note: 2/3 Cups of Pumpkin is half of a 15 oz can of canned Pumpkin. So instead of wasting a partial can, plan on making a double batch (2 Rolls). The recipe above is for a single batch (1 Roll).
  2. Heat Oven to 350°F. Prepare a greased 10x15 jelly roll pan (cookie sheet). Line the bottom with wax paper, then lightly spray the wax paper with a spray oil such as Pam.
  3. Lay out on your counter, a thin towel, sized at least the size of your jelly roll pan. Sprinkle it liberally with powdered sugar.
  4. In a large bowl lightly beat the eggs. Gradually beat in the sugar, beat until thick and light yellow. (4 to 5 minutes of beating). Add the pumpkin and lemon juice and beat on low until blended.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine/sift the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the egg mixture. Whisk until well combined. Spread the batter onto the prepare Jelly pan.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes. The cake should spring back when lightly touched with your finger. Start checking at 12 minutes, and at 1 minute intervals after that. Remove the cake from the oven and run a knife along side all edges to help release it from the pan. Immediately flip the cake/pan onto the powdered sugar covered towel. Gently lift the upside down pan away and the cake should remain behind on the towel. Gently peel away the wax paper and discard it.
  7. Starting on the narrow end of the cake, roll the cake and the towel up together to form a log. Place this on a wire rack to cool.
Filling
  1. While the cake is cooling prepare the filling. In a small bowl sift the powdered sugar and set it aside. Using a mixer, Beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy (about 4 minutes). Gradually beat in the sifted powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
The Filling & the Rolling
  1. Once the cake roll is cool (needs to be cool to avoid melting the filling), carefully unroll the cake. Spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the entire surface of the cake. Then roll the cake and filling (not the towel this time) into a log, or roll. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator before serving. These can be made ahead and frozen.
  2. Slice the cake and filling roll into 1 inch slices. Keep leftovers in the refrigerator.
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APPLE CREAM CHEESE DANISH PASTRY

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APPLE CREAM CHEESE DANISH PASTRY RECIPE
This Apple Cream Cheese Danish Recipe can be used in your home oven. Or easily adaptable for use in a Dutch Oven by cutting the pastry in half to fit in two Dutch Ovens.
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
PASTRY
ICING
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
PASTRY
ICING
Instructions
  1. Pastry Prep Pre-heat oven to 375°F
  2. Lay out frozen Puff Pastry on a greased or spray oiled sheet of aluminum foil. Allow it to mostly thaw and come to room temperature. Spread the ½ Stick of soft butter over the entire top surface. Use more butter if necessary.
  3. Dump the entire can of apple pie filling on the Puff Pastry. This has to be roughly down the middle of the long dimension. Prior to baking you will be folding the pastry dough in half to create a 8x24 baking dimension. Do not fold yet! Keep the filling about 1 inch away from all edges.
  4. Spread the filling the best you can over half the puff pastry avoiding the edges.
  5. Mix the Sugar, Cinnamon, and salt together. Sprinkle that sugar mixture over the apple filling.
  6. I use (4) 1 oz foil packs of cream cheese for the next step. You could cut a softened 8 oz brick of cream cheese as an alternative. Nothing says you can't use 8 oz and use up the cream cheese. In my case I lay a 4 oz ribbon of cream cheese down the center of the filling from side to side.
  7. Once the pastry is completely thawed and foldable without cracking, fold the pastry over the top of the filling on to itself to create a pocket. Use a fork to seal the top dough to the bottom dough on both ends and the long edge.
  8. Cut some vent strips through the top of the Puff Pastry using a wet sharp knife.
  9. Slip the aluminum foil onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 375°F for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown and flaky.
  10. Once baked slide the pastry and foil off the hot cookie sheet onto a wire rack to cool.
  11. Icing Prep
  12. While the pastry is baking prepare the icing. Mix the softened butter, orange juice, and vanilla together in a small but kind of deep bowl. Using a spoon, start beating small amounts of powdered sugar in by hand.
  13. Continue adding and beating in powdered sugar until you obtain a desired stiff, but pipe-able icing. Adjust to taste. If adding any additional liquid, do so in very small amounts. Then beat in additional sugar to get a stiff consistency.
  14. I then move the icing into a quart sized freezer zip lock. Snip one of the corners off with scissors, and this becomes a disposable piping bag.
  15. Once the baked pastry has cooled some, pipe the icing across the top.
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Banana Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins


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Banana Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins
Banana Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins (Recipe and Image courtesy: Rick Beach)
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In medium bowl combine the oats and milk and set aside to allow liquid to absorb.
  2. In large bowl combine the remaining dry ingredients and whisk to combine. The Nutmeg, Sugar, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Flour, Salt, and Cinnamon.
  3. Stir the melted butter and whisked egg into the milk and oats. Stir in the Smashed Bananas, then the Blueberries.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir until well moistened.
  5. Line muffin pan with paper cupcake/muffin liners. Spray papers with spray oil such as Pam. Fill muffin cups 3/4 Full. Bake in preheated oven 425°F for 15 minutes and passes the toothpick test.
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BISCUITS – OLD FASHION BUTTERMILK RECIPE

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BISCUITS - OLD FASHION BUTTERMILK RECIPE
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings
Biscuits
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings
Biscuits
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. We suggest not substituting the Buttermilk, with regular milk, adding lemon juice or vinegar to regular milk, etc., until you have mastered producing fluffy biscuits with this real buttermilk recipe. If your baked biscuits seem dry or clunky increase the Buttermilk slightly until you know the perfect mix for your area and oven.
  2. 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.
  3. Properly mixed biscuit dough almost looks like it hasn’t been mixed all the way. The other secret is a very moist mix.
  4. Never use an electric mixer or dough machine when mixing up biscuits. Use a fork, and use it as little as possible.
  5. 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.
  6. Mix your dry ingredients together with a wire whisk.
  7. Shave cold butter with a potato peeler or other type of cutter. Keep butter very cold until ready to mix in.
  8. Then stir in the cold shaved butter into the mixed dry ingredients. Alternatively if your chunks are big you can “cut it in" into the dry ingredients using a shortening cutting tool, made for that, or two knives. All pieces should be pea size or less. 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)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Preheat a regular oven to 400 degrees. (Dutch Oven Coals for 400°F-Don’t pre-heat the Dutch Oven)
  13. Cut rounds with biscuit cutter or top of a small drinking glass, can, etc.
  14. Place biscuit rounds on a cookie sheet or into the bottom of the Dutch Oven up against one another. Closely placed biscuits will also be much more moist when done. Biscuits placed next to each other will rise much higher than those placed with gaps between them. 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.
  15. In a regular kitchen oven Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown on top. If Baking using charcoal in a covered Dutch Oven, it is also 14-18 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
  16. It is assumed you know proper coal/heat techniques for Dutch Oven baking
  17. Click this link below in Recipe Notes if you need help with Dutch Oven Coal counting? We prefer the 3 uppy-down rule!
  18. Serve hot with butter, jam, gravy, etc.
Recipe Notes

Additional Dutch Oven Baking Tips & Techniques   COAL COUNTING & HEAT MANAGEMENT

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APPLE TURNOVERS MINI RECIPE

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APPLE TURNOVERS MINI RECIPE
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
Mini Turnovers
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
Mini Turnovers
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a bowl first slice up the apples into small bits about 1/4 inch. Next mix in the Cinnamon, and salt. Set this apple filling mixture aside.
  2. Roll Pie Crust dough to pie crust thickness on a piece of plastic wrap laid out on your counter. Cut circles of dough (about 3 inch diameter) with a biscuit cutter or the top of a drinking glass or opened can. Pull up all the trimmed dough pieces. Ball up the trimmings and roll that out and cut more circles. Repeat until you have made use of all the dough.
  3. Take a small piece of butter, about the size of half a pea. Put a small piece of butter into the center of each dough circle. Next spoon about a 1/2 teaspoon of your pie filling mixture on to the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough to make a half circle with a pocket of the filling inside. Seal the edge using fork to press them together.
    Take a small piece of butter, about the size of half a pea. Put a small piece of butter into the center of each dough circle. Next spoon about a 1/2 teaspoon of your pie filling mixture on to the center of each dough circle. Fold the dough to make a half circle with a pocket of the filling inside. Seal the edge using fork to press them together.
Optional
  1. Bake in a preheated 350° oven, on a grease cookie sheet, 8 to 12 minutes . Or until just starting to brown.
  2. Or instead of baking you can deep fry. Deep Fry at 375° until golden brown. It won’t take but a minute or two. Watch them closely.
  3. They can be glazed with cream cheese icing, brushed with a powdered sugar type glaze, or sprinkled with powdered sugar.
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