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Baking for busy families

By on May 13, 2011

Baking can be quick and easy. Some recipes you can make ahead and keep handy to have fresh baked goods within minutes. This is wonderful for busy families. One example is keeping Amish friendship bread starter. Visit for the recipe. The first reader tip shares another wonderful recipe that can be mixed and stored for weeks.


Cheap breakfast and snack recipe:

Makes a huge amount. Can use homemade buttermilk. The best part is it’s ready and waiting to make a hot breakfast of the morning. Just spray muffin tin, fill and pop in the oven. In 15 minutes you’ve got a healthy hot breakfast on the table.


1 (15-ounce) box Post Raisin Bran
5 cups flour
3 cups sugar
5 teaspoons baking soda
1 quart buttermilk
1 cup oil
4 eggs
extra raisins, if desired

In a huge bowl, mix well the first 4 ingredients. Add rest of ingredients and blend well. Store in closed container in refrigerator up to 6 weeks. Fill muffin cup 2/3 full. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 F. — Polly, Pennsylvania

Save burned muffins: I made the recipe for 6-Week Raisin Bran Muffins (you can store the premade batter in the refrigerator for up to six weeks and make them as you need/want them). I burned them. The first batch was somewhat edible, and the second batch had severe blackened/burned areas. I didn’t want to waste them, so I removed the baking papers, scraped off the burned parts on the top, cut the charred bottoms off and made bread pudding with them. These are estimated amounts, so bear with me.


8 regular-sized bran muffins
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Crumble bran muffins (can be larger pieces) and place in the bottom of an 8-by-8-inch pan or similar sized casserole dish. Combine sugar, eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla in bowl and whisk till well blended. Pour over muffins in pan. Bake at 350 F for about 35 to 40 minutes. Was good served hot out of the oven with whipped topping (I’m sure ice cream would work too) but is even better after the next day right out of refrigerator. Store leftovers in refrigerator due to eggs/milk in recipe.
Someday I’ll try these with other muffins such as corn or blueberry muffins. — Kim, Alabama


If you have a state park near you, often you can get put on a deer list. Right now, they are thinning the herds around here. We just may get one to put up in the freezer. They also call you for deer/car accidents. The thing is, you’ve got to come when they call or you go back to the bottom of the list. — Polly, Pennsylvania


I read where you gave ideas on hotel eating. I worked as a travel escort for a local travel agency for more than 15 years and have a few ideas to add to your comprehensive ones. I learned to read from the right side of the menu (where the prices are) and found that I could easily stay on budget for at least one meal daily by doing so and ordering an appetizer and dessert or a child’s meal if possible. It really worked for me. — Marilyn, Pennsylvania



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