Monday, March 20, 2017

Recipes by Dolly Parton: Banana Pudding; Corn Pone; Cowboy Beans; Five Layer Dinner; Loaf Bread; Peanut Butter Pie

Dolly Parton's Banana Pudding

1 (12 ounce) box vanilla wafer cookies
4 large firm, ripe bananas, sliced (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
1 large egg
Yolks of 3 large eggs
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Meringue Topping:
Whites of 3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prepare pudding: Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In deep 2-quart casserole toss cookies and bananas to mix well; set aside.

In 2-quart saucepan combine 3/4 cup of sugar, flour and salt; using wire whisk or fork, beat in milk until blended and smooth. Bring to boil over medium-low heat; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

In small bowl beat egg and egg yolks, adding 2 or 3 tablespoons hot milk mixture. Stir egg mixture into saucepan; set over low heat; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture is hot but not boiling. Stir in butter until melted. Remove from heat; stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Pour mixture over cookies and bananas in casserole; set aside.

Prepare meringue topping:

In large bowl with electric mixer at high speed, beat egg whites, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Spoon mixture over top of pudding, making sure meringue touches sides of casserole all around. Bake 15 minutes until top is golden.

Dolly Parton's Corn Pone

2 cups cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons bacon grease
About 1 cup milk (enough to make stiff batter)

Mix all ingredients together. Form pones by hand and put on greased baking sheet. Bake 12 to 15 minutes at 425 degrees F. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen, depending on size.

Dolly Parton's Cowboy Beans

1 pound ground beef
2 medium onions, chopped fine
1 small bell pepper, chopped fine
2 (16 ounce) cans pork and beans
2 cups catsup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Brown ground beef, onions, and pepper in a 10-inch skillet. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into baking dish and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture is bubbly. Serves 8 to 10.

Dolly Parton's Five Layer Dinner

2 cups sliced potatoes
2 cups extra lean ground beef
1 cup onions, sliced
2 cups cooked tomatoes
Salt and pepper
1 green bell pepper, sliced

Layer potatoes, beef, onions and tomatoes in a 2-quart casserole. Season each layer with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with sliced green peppers. Cover and bake for 2 hours at 350 degrees F. Serves 8.

Dolly Parton's Loaf Bread

2 pkgs. dry active yeast
5 1/2 to 6 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
About 2 1/2 cups hot water
3 tbsps. vegetable oil
1/2 cup boney
2 or 3 bananas, peeled and mashed

Mix together yeast, 2 cups flour and salt in large mixing bowl. Pour in hot water (not boiling), mixing well.

Add oil, honey and mashed bananas; beat until thick with wooden spoon. Add more flour while stirring until dough is thick enough to knead. Knead on lightly floured board, adding only enough flour to keep dough from sticking. Knead dough thoroughly for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place dough in lightly greased bowl; cover loosely with a cloth and let rise in a warm place, free of drafts, until doubled in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours). When dough has risen, punch down, divide in two and place halves in two well-greased 9 x 5 x 3-inch baking pans.

Cover loosely with cloths and let rise again. When dough has risen, place pans in preheated 350 degrees F. oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until tops of loaves are light brown.

Place a piece of aluminum foil over each loaf, bake 20 to 25 minutes longer, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove loaves from pans, let cool on wire racks. Try them with unsalted butter while still warm. Makes 2 loaves.

Thoughts: Miss Parton's bread is delicious and different. If desired, use 1/2 cup pineapple juice in place of part of the water.

Dolly Parton's Peanut Butter Pie

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 graham cracker crusts
1 large container Cool Whip
8 ounces cream cheese

Beat sugar, peanut butter and cream cheese in medium bowl. Stir in Cool Whip. Pour into crusts. These pies can be frozen.

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