Monday, March 30, 2015


Sopaipillas and a bowl of chile beans are comfort food and always reminds me of home. There's nothing better than a sopaipilla served hot with butter and honey!

-Aunt Deborah

2 cups flour
½ tsp. salt
2 ½ tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. shortening
¾ cup warm water
cooking oil

Sift flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in shortening; add water and knead. Add more flour if necessary. Let dough stand 30 minutes before rolling. Do not let stand longer. Roll on slightly floured board til ¼-inch thick; cut in diamond-shaped pieces. Using a 1 quart saucepan with two inches oil, fry in deep fat 390-400 degrees on thermometer. Turn at once to puff evenly and brown on both sides. Because the sopaipillas brown so quickly, cook only one at a time. The high sides of the pan help lessen the splattering. Drain. Serve hot with butter and honey on the side.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lemon Blossoms

I tried making this recipe several years ago in my metal mini muffin tray and it was a complete disaster. Fast forward to Demarle and complete success! Can't say enough about the Demarle products!, modified

4 large eggs
1 (3.5 oz) package instant lemon pudding mix
1 (18.5-oz) package yellow cake mix
3/4 cup vegetable oil, plus 1 tablespoon for glaze
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 lemon, zested
3 tablespoons water

Preheat the oven to 350°

Place Demarle Mini Muffin tray on Perforated Baking Sheet, or spray miniature muffin tins with vegetable oil cooking spray. Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs and 3/4 cup oil and blend well with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour a small amount of batter, filling each muffin tin half way. Bake for 12 minutes (16-17 min for Demarle tray) Cool for 5 minutes before removing to glaze.

To make the glaze, sift the sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, zest, 1 tablespoon oil and 3 tablespoons water. Mix with a spoon until smooth.

With fingers, dip the cupcakes into the glaze while they're still warm, covering as much of the cake as possible, or spoon the glaze over the warm cupcakes, turning them to completely coat. Place on wire racks with waxed paper underneath to catch any drips. Let the glaze set thoroughly, about one hour, before storing in containers with tight-fitting lids.