Baloo's Bugle

November 2007 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 4
December 2007 Theme

Theme: Celebrations Around the World
Webelos: Craftsman & Scientist
Tiger Cub Requirement 2

CUB GRUB & FUN FOODS

Potato Latkes (Pancakes) for Chanukah
Baltimore Area Council

These are great to make with your den
even if none of you is Jewish!

Ingredients

  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • 1 egg,
  • 2T flour,
  • 1/2 tsp. salt,
  • 1/4 tsp.
  • baking powder,
  • dash of pepper

Directions

  • Wash 2 or 3 potatoes very well.
  • Grate them coarsely.
  • Let the grated potatoes sit for 10 minutes then drain liquid.
  • Grate in one small onion.
  • Stir in with a fork: 1 egg, 2T flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, dash of pepper.
  • Use tablespoon to put batter in frying pan with a 1/4 inch hot oil.
  • Fry until brown on bottom then turn and fry on other side.
  • Eat them hot with applesauce and sour cream. (or grape jelly Yum Yum CD)

Here is another recipe for Latkes |

Jewish Latkes
(Hanukkah potato pancakes)

Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • 4 potatoes
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • applesauce
  • vegetable oil
  • frying pan and spatula

Directions

  • Shred potatoes, add eggs and blend well,
  • Add the flour and mix well.
  • In frying pan add oil, heat.
  • When ready add a small amount of mixture to oil and fry until brown.
  • Let dry on paper towels.
  • Now add applesauce to the latke and enjoy!

Hot Spiced Apple Cider
Northwest Suburban Council

Ingredients

  • 1 Gal. Apple Cider or Apple Juice
  • 1-9 oz bag of Cinnamon Red Hot Candy
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 20 - 25 Whole Cloves
  • 1 cup Prepared Cranberry Juice
  • 1 cup Prepared Orange Juice
  • Butter

Directions

  • In a large pot, combine all ingredients except the butter.
  • Over a medium heat, bring to a boil. 
  • Stir frequently until sugar and candies are dissolved. 
  • Reduce heat and simmer for about an hour. 
  • Before serving, place a small pad of butter in each mug.
  • Pour cider into mug over butter. 
  • Add cinnamon stick and stir.

Making Christmas cookies is a strong German tradition. Try one or all of the following three recipes.

FruNchtebrot (Fruit Bread)
Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 125 grams dried apricots
  • 125 grams sugar
  • 125 grams hazelnuts
  • 2 tsp. rum flavor extract
  • 60 grams almonds
  • 125 grams dried plums
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • butter to grease loaf pan

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 180C or 350F.
  • Cream eggs and sugar,
  • Then mix in oats, baking powder, and rum flavor.
  • Chop remaining ingredients coarsely and mix into dough.
  • Sprinkle greased loaf pan with oats and pour in dough.
  • Bake on bottom rack about 90 minutes (time may vary).

Tip: Flatten top of dough so fruit pieces which are sticking out don't burn. After cooling completely you can wrap in aluminum foil and keep for a long time.

HaferflockenplaNtzchen
Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • 125 grams butter
  • 250 grams quick oats
  • 125 grams sugar
  • 50 grams almonds finely chopped
  • 1 egg separated
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 additional egg yolk
  • grated lemon rind

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 180C or 350F.
  • Cream together sugar, butter, and 1 egg yolk.
  • Stir in oats, almonds, baking powder, and lemon rind,
  • Mix well.
  • Fold in stiff egg whites.
  • Roll out dough not too thick.
  • Cut out cookies with a round cutter,
  • Put on a greased cookie sheet, and brush with beaten second egg yolk.
  • Place cookie sheet on middle rack and bake about 15 minutes.

ButterplaNtzchen
Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • 250 grams flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 125 grams sugar
  • 100 grams butter
  • 1 pkg. vanillin sugar (1 tsp. vanilla flavor)
  • 1 egg
  • condensed milk

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients except condensed milk into a dough and cool in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 180C or 350F.
  • Roll out dough about 1 centimeter thick and cut out cookies.
  • Brush with condensed milk and bake about 15 minutes (time may vary).

Mulled Wine for Kids | England
Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 dozen whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 crushed nutmeg
  • The peel of 1 orange and 1 lemon
  • 2 1/2 cups of hot lemon/lime juice
  • 2 liters non-alcoholic grape juice

Directions

  • Heat the water and the sugar, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and peel.
  • Boil for 5 minutes and leave to simmer for 5 minutes more.
  • Strain this syrup into a large pot and add the citrus juice;
  • Heat until it is gently bubbling.
  • Add the grape juice and keep the mixture on a low heat. Serve with a slice of lemon.

Wassail | England
Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 3 whole allspice
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 piece stick cinnamon 1" (2.5 cm) long
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice

Directions

  • Pour sugar into 2 cups boiling water; boil 5 minutes.
  • Add spices; cover and let stand 1 hour.
  • Add remaining water and fruit juices;
  • Mix well, then strain.
  • Reheat to boiling. Serve warm.

Easy French Toast
Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups egg nog
  • 8 slices bread

Directions

  • Pour egg nog into shallow bowl.
  • Dip bread into egg nog.
  • Cook bread in hot greased skillet or griddle until golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve with syrup or powdered sugar.

Mexican Wedding Cookies
Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 2 sticks cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar (1/4 cup and 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. anise seed

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325 F
  • Grind almonds and pecans in food processor,
  • Then add butter and continue to grind until smooth.
  • Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar and vanilla,
  • Then mix again.
  • Add flour and anise seeds and grind mix until blended.
  • After flouring hands, roll the dough into small balls
  • Place them about an inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until brown on the bottom.
  • Cool for 15 minutes, then roll the still warm cookies in the rest of the powdered sugar. Let cool again, then add more powdered sugar.

Italian Biscotti
twice cooked cookies
Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. anise seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. grated orange peel
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 large eggs, plus 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350 F.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer (using a dough hook, if possible) combine flour, sugar, baking powder, anise seeds, zest, and salt.
  • Beat together eggs, yolks, and vanilla.
  • Add to dry ingredients, and mix until a sticky dough is formed.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease and flour a baking sheet).
  • Turn mixture out onto a floured board.
  • With floured hands, roll into logs about 12 inches long, and transfer to baking sheet. (Or, for a gourmet-sized cookie, form entire mixture into a long log about 4 inches wide and 2 inches tall | it will spread while baking.)
  • Bake until golden brown and firm to the touch in the center, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let stand until cool enough to handle
  • Reduce oven temperature to 275 F.
  • Using a serrated knife, slice logs on an angle into bars about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Return to cookie sheet cut side up (or stand on end) and bake until lightly toasted and hard, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Biscotti will keep for several weeks in an airtight container, and are best served with hot chocolate or milk.

DOUGHNUT SNOWMEN
Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • Powdered doughnuts
  • mini doughnuts
  • doughnut holes
  • Haviland thin mints
  • miniature Reese's cups
  • pretzel sticks
  • black and orange gel frosting
  • Fruit Rollups

Directions

  • Stack doughnuts large to small to make snowman.
  • You can use pretzel sticks to hold them together.
  • Use gel frosting to make face and buttons.
  • The mint with Reese's cup placed upside down on top makes the hat and
  • Cut Fruit Rollups to make a scarf around snowman's neck.

SNOWBALL COOKIES
Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 11/2 cups pecans, finely ground
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  • Beat margarine, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy.
  • Blend in pecans, flour and salt.
  • Refrigerate dough 1 hour.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.
  • Bake at 350for 10 to 12 minutes or until set.
  • Remove from cookie sheets; cool on wire racks.
  • Dust with powdered sugar.
  • Store in airtight container.

YUMMY SNOWFLAKES
Trapper Trails

You know those paper snowflakes you fold and cut? Well, how about making some you can eat!

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Scissors
  • Powdered Sugar

Directions

  • Gently fold the tortilla into quarters (don't crease it, or it will tear).
  • Cut pieces out to make cool snowflake designs when you open it up! (You might want to practice that part with paper first.)
  • With the help of an adult, fry the tortilla until it's crispy.
  • Then, sprinkle it with powdered sugar.
  • That's it! Snow never tasted so good!

M&Ms HOT CHOCOLATE
Trapper Trails

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plain chocolate M & M's
  • 2 cups hot milk

Directions

  • Place candy in blender.
  • Add hot milk.
  • Whiz until smooth.

Holiday Punch
Greater St. Louis Area Council

  • Mix two packages unsweetened raspberry punch powder with 1-cup sugar. 
  • Add 4 cups cranberry juice. 
  • Stir in 12 cups crushed ice and water. 
  • Makes 16 cups.

Edible Ornaments
Trapper Trails Council

Ingredients

1 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 cups flour
2 - 4 tablespoons heavy cream
red and green food coloring
2 dozen chocolate kisses
2 dozen maraschino cherries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Directions

  • Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy.
  • Blend in flour, salt, and enough cream to hold dough together.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Tint one half with red food coloring and the other half with green food coloring.
  • Mold a Tablespoon of red dough around each Kiss (that is unwrapped)
  • Mold green dough around cherry.
  • Roll cookies between palms of hand to make smooth, round balls.
  • Place balls 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 12-14 minutes, or just until cookies are set (cookies must not brown)
  • Let cool completely.
  • Dip each cookie into icing

Icing

  • Blend together:
  • 2 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3C heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

  • Mix and divide into two bowls. 
  • Tint one red and the other green. 
  • Then roll into desired topping (Chocolate jimmies, colored sugar, crushed peppermint, confetti, sprinkles, etc.)

Peanutty Nuggets
Trapper Trails Council

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 4 cups Life Cereal (whole pieces)

Directions

  • Combine peanut butter and margarine in medium pan.
  • Melt over low hear, mixing well
  • Add marshmallows, stirring constantly until melted and smooth
  • Fold in cereal
  • Spread onto greased cookie sheet
  • Chill until firm break into nuggets
  • You can spoon into muffin cups before chilling if you so desire

Yummy Igloo
Trapper Trails Council

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 apple, cored,
  • miniature marshmallows,
  • peanut butter

Directions

  • Place apple cut side down on a plate
  • Spread with peanut butter all over the outside of the apple
  • Cover peanut butter with the miniature marshmallows

Festive Popcorn Trees
Trapper Trails Council

Ingredients

  • 12 Cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • Green food coloring
  • 1/2 cup M&M's

Directions

  • Pop popcorn and pour into a large bowl. 
  • Combine sugar and corn syrup in medium saucepan. 
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. 
  • Stirring constantly, boil 1 minute. 
  • Remove from heat. 
  • Add peanut butter and green food coloring.
  • Stir until peanut butter is melted completely. 
  • Pour over popcorn and mix well.
  • Lightly butter hands and shape into trees. 
  • While still warm add M&M's candies by pressing them into the trees. 
  • Place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper.
  • Let cool completely.

Graham Cracker Treasure Chest
Trapper Trails Council

Ingredients

  • 4 Graham Crackers
  • M&M candies or other coated candies,
  • tube of frosting,
  • peppermint candy canes (if desired)

Directions

  • You will need 4 graham crackers; one graham cracker broke in half. 
  • For the bottom piece, frost all the way around the edges of one graham cracker. 
  • Frost three sides of each of the graham crackers that make up the main body of the treasure chest. 
  • Push them together, you'll want to have some sort of surface that will help support them while they dry.  I used a cookie sheet. 
  • Once you have all the graham crackers together let dry about 15 minutes then decorate with frosting and candies. 
  • If you wish you may add candies or some other prize inside the treasure chest

 


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