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Cookie Recipes from 9-20-17

Last Wednesday’s meal of French dip sandwiches, fries, coleslaw and homemade cookies was served to a big crowd of 425 church goers.

Last Tuesday the kitchen crew made 1400 cookies from scratch, and most of them were gobbled up on Wednesday.

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Here are recipes for large batches of snickerdoodles, chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. We made each one 2 times.

Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (9 dozen)

We can fit a double batch in our mixer at once.

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1 pound unsalted butter, softened

2 ½  cups firmly packed light brown sugar

1 ½  cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp salt

8 cups rolled oats

4 cups raisins (or 4 cups chocolate chips)

Preheat over 325* convection. Lightly grease baking sheets or line with parchment.

Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add eggs to butter mixture one at a time, beating well after each.  Add vanilla and beat well.   Combine dry ingredients except oatmeal, add to egg mixture, and stir to blend.  Do not overmix. Stir in oatmeal.   Add raisins and stir just until combined.

Scoop onto baking sheets and press lightly to flatten.  Bake 12 to 14 minutes for soft, chewy cookies; 15 to 18 for crunchy.  Cool 5-10 minutes on baking sheet before removing to cooling rack to cool completely.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

10 dozen (a double recipe, 20 dozen, will fit in our Berkel mixer in one batch)

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2 cups butter or margarine

2 cups Crisco (can use butter flavored or regular)

3 cups white sugar

3 cups brown sugar, packed

4 tsp vanilla

8 eggs

9 cups flour

4 tsp baking soda

4 tsp salt

8 cups chocolate chips (48 oz)

Cream butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla.  Add eggs and mix well.  Add dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed.  Drop by heaping teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper, and bake at 350* convection for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from cookie sheet and cool.

Snickerdoodles

12 dozen cookies (with #40 disher-purple)

3x recipe = 36 dozen (432 cookies)

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2 pounds margarine

3 pounds sugar

8 eggs

2 pounds 12 oz All-purpose Flour, (plus 1 ½ to 2 cups as needed to get thick enough consistency to keep from spreading too much. Bake test cook first.)

8 tsp cream of tartar

4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 pound sugar

10 tbsp cinnamon

 

Cream margarine and sugar on medium speed for 5 minutes using flat beater. Add eggs to creamed mixture and mix thoroughly.

Mix dry ingredients. Add to creamed mixture and mix on low speed until well-blended.

Combine cinnamon and sugar. Portion dough with No. 40 dipper and roll in sugar-cinnamon.

Place on parchment paper lined baking sheets.

Bake at 350* convection for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned but still soft. These cookies puff up at first, then flatten out.

Menu for April 5, 2017

Chicken and Beef Fajitas

Chicken Tenders and Mac ‘n Cheese

Salad Bar and Dessert

Dinner is served from 4:45 to 6:15pm,

followed by worship in the sanctuary at 6:30pm.

All are welcome! Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for kids under 12, but all are welcome to eat, regardless of ability to donate.

 

We’re down to the last 2 weeks of Wednesday school for this year. Where did the time go? This week will be classes as usual, but next week everyone is invited to experience the Journey to the Cross stations, either before or after the worship service. Dinner will be served at the usual time of 4:45 to 6:15pm.

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Here’s the recipe for a big crowd sized Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie that we served last week. One diner was overheard commenting that this pie is so good, she thinks they’ll serve it in heaven.

Black-Bottom Banana Cream Pie

490 servings: 14 cake pans (12x20x2) 35 servings per pan

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8 pounds butter, divided

70 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 11#)

225 oz semi-sweet chocolate squares or chocolate chips.  (You can use 16 oz chocolate chips with 4 oz butter per cake pan, melting 1 batch at a time in the microwave)

112 bananas

216 oz Vanilla Instant Pudding (9 pkgs, 24 oz each)

27 quarts whole milk (6 3/4 gallons)

56 cups coolwhip

 

Melt 4 1/2 pounds of butter, stir in wafer crumbs and sugar.  Using the food processor to crush the cookies and combine with the melted butter works well.  Divide equally among the pans and to cover bottom of pans. Chilling the crust before adding the melted chocolate helps to spread the chocolate over the crumbs.

Microwave chocolate and 3 1/2 pounds of butter until butter is melted, or melt using a double boiler over a pan of simmering water.  Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is well blended. (You can also use 16 oz chocolate chips with 4 oz butter per cake pan, melting 1 batch at a time in the microwave)

Drizzle chocolate over bottom of crust and spread to cover.  Top with sliced bananas.

Beat pudding mix and milk until well blended.  Each package of pudding mix uses 3 quarts of milk.  Pour over bananas, top with cool whip. Cut into squares, 5×7.  It is easier to cut through the crust before refrigerating.

Countdown to Christmas Menu

It’s the last Wednesday meal of 2016 at Calvary Lutheran Church, and it’s going to be a good one.  The best part is what comes after dinner.  In the worship service at 6:30, we’ll be treated to singing by all of our Wednesday school children up through 5th grade.  A wonderful live nativity will bring Christmas to life and remind us why we celebrate the season.  Please join us for dinner between 4:45 and 6:15 and stay for worship.

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Baked Ham

Broccoli Rice Casserole

Honey Glazed Carrots

Salad Bar

Homemade Brownies and M&M Cookie Bars

Here’s the recipe for the brownies we made today. The smell of warm chocolate was just heavenly while they were baking.

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Calvary Lutheran Brownies

Make 3x for 576 brownies (12 half sheet pans).  Each batch makes 4 half size sheet pans.  Cut brownies 8×6

 

3# unsweetened chocolate    (Total: 9#)

4 ½# butter     (Total: 13 ½ #)

34 eggs     (Total: 8 ½ dozen)

9# sugar    (Total: 27#)

2 oz vanilla    (Total: 6 oz)

3#  flour, sifted    (Total:  9#)

 

Using 3 separate saucepans, melt 3# chocolate and 4 ½# butter in each, melting carefully over a pan of simmering water.  Do not exceed 110*.  Remove from heat and cool to room temp.

In 3 large bowls, combine 34 eggs, 9# sugar and 2 oz vanilla in each.   Using mixer, whip each batch separately until thick and light in color.

Blend 1/3 of the egg mixture into the chocolate/butter to temper it, then fold in the remaining egg mixture.

Weigh 3# flour into each of 3 large bowls. Gently fold the flour into each batch.

Bake at 325* convection for 25-30 minutes or until firm to touch.

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Wednesday night programming resumes on January 11, 2017.

MENU 12-7-16 and Recipes

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As requested by a blog follower, I’m posting the recipe for the Salisbury Steak that we made last week.

This makes 100 steaks and we made the recipe 5 times for 500.

20 pounds ground beef (no more than 24% fat)

1 pound 8 oz bread crumbs

6 large eggs

2 cups water

2 cups beef stock

1 cup non-instant, non-fat dry milk

1 cup dehydrated onions

1/2 cup parsley flakes

1 Tbsp black pepper

Mix ingredients well, preferably by hand instead of in a mixer so you won’t overmix it.  Portion steaks onto un-greased sheet pans covered in foil, using a 1/3 cup scoop. Flatten into oval patties.  Bake until browned in convection oven at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Transfer to steamtable pas and keep warm.  Serve with mushroom gravy and egg noodles (40 pounds dry noodles, cooked as directed).

Mushroom Gravy: This makes 44 quarts of gravy; 470 servings, 3 oz each

2 packages brown gravy mix (sysco brand)

9 #3 cans cream of mushroom soup (46 oz)

14 #3 cans beef broth

4 #10 cans sliced mushrooms

For dessert we made Angel Food Cake Rolls filled with Strawberry Yogurt Filling

Angel Food Cake Roll

Makes 1 roll: cut into 14 slices and top with strawberry

For 672 servings, make cake 48 times

 

1 16 oz pkg angel food cake mix  (48)

5 tsp powdered sugar  (about 3 cups)

1 ½ oz instant vanilla pudding mix  (72 oz)

8 oz strawberry yogurt

Red food coloring

8 oz whipped topping  (24 16 oz containers)

 

Mix cake mix as directed on box. Line bottom of half size sheet pan with parchment and spread batter evenly into pan.  Bake at 325* for 20 minutes.

Cool cake 5 minutes, then run a knife around edges to loosen. Turn cake onto powdered sugar dusted parchment paper or kitchen towel. Peel off the parchment paper.  Roll up the cake in the towel starting with the short side. Let cool completely.

Whisk together the yogurt, pudding mix and food coloring (to desired color).  Fold in whipped topping.

Unroll cake; spread filling evenly over cake and roll up.

Dust with powdered sugar, cover, and freeze.  Remove from freezer 30 minutes before slicing with a serrated knife.

Newchurchsupper news

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Without our volunteers, none of what we do here on Wednesday nights would be possible.  We are so grateful for these happy people, and the many more who aren’t pictured here, who give so willingly of their time and energy in the kitchen.

Schedule for Wednesday meals for the rest of 2016:

No meal next week, November 23rd.  Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends.

December 7th and 14th we’ll be cooking for you, then there will be a break for Christmas until January 11th.

A few blog followers who run their own church suppers have asked for information about the chicken fried steak and chicken strips we serve.  We stack them vertically in steamtable pans and bake in the convection oven. The chicken fried steak was served with white pepper gravy made from a dry mix, also from Sysco.  Here are the labels:

 

 

Yesterday we made a double batch (600 cookies) of Double Chocolate Cookies, 10 pans of Rice Krispie Treats and lots of red and orange jello.

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Double Chocolate Cookies

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25 dozen (300) cookies using #40 purple disher

16 ½  cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 2/3 cup cocoa powder

4# butter

½ cup vanilla

8 cups sugar

8 cups brown sugar

8 eggs

1 cup milk

48 oz chocolate chips

Whisk together flour, baking soda and cocoa.  Cream butter and sugars until fluffy in large mixer.  Beat in eggs.  At low speed beat in vanilla and milk. Mix in the flour just until well blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Use #40 disher, scoop up and level cookie dough, dropping onto parchment lined cookie sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350* convection.  Remove from oven and cool slightly before removing from cookie sheets.

Here’s the original recipe that was adapted to make the big batch above:

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Good luck with your Thanksgiving turkey, and have a blessed holiday.

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Chicken Fried Steak Dinner 11-9-16

After this crazy election season, we all could use a little comfort food.  Come on down to Calvary Lutheran Church on Wednesday, post-election day, for a little TLC.  Stay for worship at 6:30 after dinner if you’d like.  The music is always exceptionally good, sometimes the puppets come out, and the message of God’s love and grace is there for all.  We are the family of God, and as Nora Ephron once said, “A family is a group of people who eat the same thing for dinner.”  All are welcome at our table.img_2167

Last week we served dinner to over 400 with a baked potato bar, including chili, steamed broccoli, ham, bacon, cheese sauce, homemade cornbread muffins, and a decadent chocolate caramel cake for dessert. Here are a few photos from last week:

Chocolate Caramel Cake

Serves 40, Makes one 12x18x2 inch pan, cut 5×8.

Make recipe 8 times for 320 pieces. (Total for 8 cakes in parentheses)

 

(16 pkg)  2 pkg Pillsbury devil’s food cake mix

(48 eggs)  6 eggs

(8 cups)  1 cup vegetable oil

(8 cans) 1 can sweetened condensed milk

(96 oz)  12 oz caramel ice cream topping

(96 oz)  12 oz chocolate ice cream topping

16 oz Prepared chocolate frosting or 16 oz container cool whip

 

Bake cakes in 12x18x2 inch pans according to package directions.  Remove from oven and immediately punch holes in it with the handle of a wooden spoon.  Mix caramel topping with sweetened condensed milk in saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth and blended.  While cake is hot, pour caramel mixture over the entire surface. Top with chocolate sauce.  Refrigerate.  When ready to serve, spread with chocolate frosting or cool whip.

Italian Dinner 9-28-16

Last week we had a full house of 560 for our chicken dinner.  We served 1000 pieces of chicken from Pizza Ranch, and we’re sorry if anyone had to wait a little for the chicken to arrive.  We were amazed at how fast they were able to cook up an extra hundred pieces and get it delivered before the end of dinner service. Here are a few snaps from the dining room on Wednesday night:

This week we’ll be having an Italian Dinner of rotini pasta with spaghetti sauce and meatballs, caesar salad bar, fruit salad, garlic knot rolls, and homemade cookies for dessert.

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Dinner starts at 4:45 pm and ends at 6:15 pm.  Worship begins at 6:30, with a special presentation of Bibles to our 3rd graders in the Milestone Celebration.  We hope you can join us to celebrate with them and their families.

BANANA CAKE for a Crowd with Cream Cheese Frosting

Here’s the recipe for the banana cake we made this week.  This recipe makes 5 9×13 size cakes, cut into 24 pieces per cake.  We made the recipe 5 times for a total of 600 pieces of cake, using 12 1/2 pans (12x20x2 inch size plus 1 9×13 pan).

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16 1/4 cups flour

2 1/2 Tablespoons baking soda

2 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 pound plus 14 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature

10 cups sugar

15 large eggs

10 cups mashed ripe bananas

3 Tablespoons vanilla

7 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350*. Grease bottom and sides of cake pans.

Sift or whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In large mixer bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add sugar, beat until smooth.

Add eggs, mix well, then add in bananas and vanilla. Mix until combined.

Add half the flour mixture, beating on low just until incorporated, about 1 minute.  Add buttermilk, beat about 15 seconds.  Add remaining flour, beat just until combined, scraping bottom as needed.

Pour cake into cake pans. Batter should be about halfway up sides of pans.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking.

Cool cakes completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting for 12 1/2 cakes (12x20x2 inch). We divided this into 2 batches in our large Berkel mixer.

5 pounds butter, softened

10 pounds cream cheese, softened

7 Tablespoons vanilla

18 pounds powdered sugar

Beat together butter and cream cheese until well blended.  Beat in vanilla, then slowly add powdered sugar, blending well after each addition.

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