mcdonaldsculinaryWESTERN KY (4/5/12) – Like many young people trying to work their way through college, I served my “McDonald's Time” and I am very proud of it. I had some of my greatest times in college standing behind the counter asking, “Would you like fries with that?”
We are coming upon the anniversary of the opening of the first McDonald's by Ray Kroc, who was a seller of milkshake machines. On April 15, 1955, Kroc opened his first restaurant near Chicago. Today, McDonald's is the top fast food chain and reported an all-time high revenue of $27 billion in revenue for 2011.
McDonald's has come a long way from their simple menu of just hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries, shakes, soft drinks and apple pies. Today, the menu features frappes and cappuccinos, fruit smoothies, Angus burgers, salads, wraps, oatmeal and the newest addition, a wonderful strawberry and cream pie.
I love McDonald's coffee and literally have to fight off the urge to grab one each and every morning. I absolutely love coffee and I am usually not too pleased with the coffee served in different restaurants, but if McDonald's bagged this coffee to where I could buy it at the grocery store, I think I would hoard up enough to last the rest of my lifetime.
I think I will take the whole month of April to celebrate McDonald's and I will sing the jingle of the Big Mac, “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.”
Here are some copycat recipes for you to celebrate the golden arches.
mcd cinnamonDough - Ingredients
2 1/4 t active dry yeast
1/2 c warm water (105 to 110 f)
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c whole milk
1/3 c margarine, melted
2 eggs
1 t salt
5 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 c packed dark brown sugar
2 T ground cinnamon
2/3 c margarine, melted
1/4 c margarine, softened
1/4 c creme cheese
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 T whole milk
1/4 t vanilla
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a small bowl or measuring cup and let it sit for 5 minutes. Use an electric mixer (I just did this by hand) to combine sugar with milk and melted margarine in a large bowl. Mix in eggs and salt. Mix in 1 cup of flour. When flour is combined, mix in 1 more cup of flour. Mix in the yeast solution, and then stir in the remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Use your hands to form the dough into a ball, and then put the dough back into the bowl, cover it and store it in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours. Mix the filling ingredients together in a medium bowl, and set aside until needed. Roll the dough out on a floured surface until about 1/2-inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to slice dough into approximately 1/2-inch wide strips, and then slice those strips into 3/4-inch to 1-inch long chunks of dough. Use softened margarine to grease the cups of a large (Texas-size) muffin tin. Drop 6 chunks of dough into the bottom of each cup. Spoon 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon filling over the dough. Drop 7 more pieces of dough onto the filling in each cup, and then spoon 2 teaspoons of filling over the top of the dough. Cover the muffin tin with a cloth or plastic wrap and let the dough sit in a warm spot for 30 minutes so that it rises a little more. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Bake cinnamon melts for 17 to 20 minutes or until dough turns light brown. (I did mine about 25 minutes and they were still gooey on the bottom). As the cinnamon melts cool, make the icing by mixing margarine and cream cheese together with an electric mixer on high speed. Add the powdered sugar and mix slowly until all of the powdered sugar is incorporated. Add the milk and vanilla, then mix again on high speed until smooth and fluffy. Spoon about 1 tbsp of icing over the top of each cinnamon melt. Serve right away, or cover melts with plastic and freeze. To serve a frozen melt, remove one from the pan and microwave it on high for 35 to 45 seconds or until warm.
mcd bigmacIngredients
1 cup Miracle Whip
1/3 cup sweet relish
1/4 cup French dressing
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon minced onion
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate in a sealed container.
mcd frozenstrawIngredients
16 ounces prepared lemonade mix
2 cups ice cube
2 tablespoons strawberry ice cream topping
Prepare 16 ounces of lemonade according to the package directions. Place 16 ounces of lemonade, and 2 cups of ice in a blender. Blend until the ice is crushed completely. Place about two tablespoons of strawberry ice cream topping in the bottom of a glass, and then pour frozen lemonade over the strawberry topping.
NEXT WEEK—The Unsinkable

Remember......Life is short. Eat Dessert first!!
Leigh Douglas
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

1 DOW 16,472.37
+200.36 (1.23%)    
2 S&P 1,951.36
+27.54 (1.43%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,707.77
+80.69 (1.74%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

In Other News...

Proposed Restaurant Tax Would Promote Tourism, Youth Recreation Opportunities

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/3/15) ― The city of Madisonville has proposed an interlocal agreement with the Hopkins County… Read More

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (10/3/15) — The following fines were handed down in Hopkins District Court recently: Tricia R.… Read More

Most Read This Week

September 30, 2015 9978

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News
October 01, 2015 6682

UPDATE: Madisonville Woman Charged after Bank…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 29, 2015 5843

UPDATED: Witness Describes Crash at Dawson…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 28, 2015 4490

Woman Charged with Methamphetamine Possession…

by SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 4044

Four Arrested After Allegedly Exposing Children…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

September 16, 2015 12039

Mining Accident Fatality - Update

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 9978

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

October 03, 2015 1067

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
October 03, 2015 721

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
October 03, 2015 666

Chemotherapy: New Advances, A New Age

by KET
October 03, 2015 520

Proposed Restaurant Tax Would Promote Tourism,…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
October 04, 2015 506

Learning More About Childhood Cancer

by KET
October 03, 2015 433

Weather Folklore - Persimmon Seeds, Woolly Worms

by SurfKY News
October 03, 2015 421

ColorFall Kicks off Fall Color Season in Kentucky

by SurfKY News
October 03, 2015 284

Hooked on Science - 'Singing Rod'

by SurfKY News
October 03, 2015 96

2015 Student Christmas Ornament Contest

by SurfKY News
October 04, 2015 25

Dave Says - Oct. 4, 2015

by SurfKY News