I get by with a little help from my friends…


I’ve said it many times before Food Bloggers are awesome people (some non-food bloggers are as well…so you could still be awesome). Monday proved that to me again. I got an email from a local Food Blogger (I won’t out her because I don’t know if she wants to be outed) who I know but don’t really hang out with but chat with from time to time usually on Twitter. Like me she is busy and even her most favorite blogs (not that I am saying I’m one of her favorites) she doesn’t always get around to reading. That day she read my blog. Seeing all that was going on and realizing that I had got divorced she donated to my blog as she had been there done that as well in her earlier days (not that she isn’t young now!) and knows that especially the first year after a divorce is not easy and she said she couldn’t imagine adding being sick and having medical bills on top of that.

And if that wasn’t sweet enough, she had said she was going to Costco and read I was low on baking supplies, did I want her to pick me up some (I was low on supplies because in case you don’t know, when you get carpet beetles you have to get rid of your grain sources. And I had a lot of grain sources, many of which were bought right before they all had to be tossed. Sigh). Talk about making this girl misty eyed. My first reaction in my head was oh no, the donation was more than enough. But then I took a good hard look at my bank account and counted the days until the first of the month (and this is a darn 31 day month) and thought, well, if I am going to bake anything on this blog I should probably take her up on it. If you know this blogger, she isn’t the type of person to offer it up if she didn’t really mean it. So I said sure, that I could really use it. And sure enough, true to her word I met her at the Starbucks by the Costco and there we chatted for a bit. Her making sure I was doing alright. Then we went to her car and there was all that a baker needs: flour, sugar, eggs, and butter with my name on it. Plus a couple other things that she had in her pantry. It really does restore your faith in people, especially after I met super mom the other day. I just want to say HUGE thanks again for that. I was appreciated from the bottom, sides, and top of my heart.

What to make, what to make, what to make? I decided to resurrect and change around a treat that was a big hit, the deep fried Cadbury caramel egg. Except this time I would make them kind of like apple fritters and use the mini ones instead. Thighs meet your enemy…enemy meet my thighs.

I will warn you that like a fritter, where it is a little moist around the fruit, it is a little moist around the egg, but it did not take away from any of the yummy goodness. How many you get depends on how large you make them. Ironically they took on an egg shape, which was not the plan at all, but works for me. Make sure that you freeze the caramel eggs first to help prevent them from oozing into the grease. Since I can’t literally pay it forward like it was done for me today, this is the best you get. :D

It’s Not Swimsuit Season Yet Mini Cadbury Caramel Egg Fritters
To get the party started :

1 ¼ tsp. active dry yeast
1/3 cup whole milk, warm to touch, but not hot (the yeast no like the hot)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 TBSP brown sugar
Place yeast in a bowl of an electric mixer with the dough hook. Then add the warm milk and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Add the flour and just lightly fold the flour in. Cover in wrap and let sit for 30 minutes.

The rest of the batter:
1 egg
1/3 cup whole milk
1 ounce unsalted butter, melted
½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
¾ cup all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking powder
24 mini Cadbury caramel eggs (frozen)
Canola oil for frying

In a small bowl combine the eggs, sugar, milk, butter, vanilla. Add to the mix.

Then add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Using the dough hook mix on speed 2 until if forms a sticky ball. It’s a sticky dough. Go with it.

Place dough in an large oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size, about 1 ½ hours.

Heat the oil to 375F. You want enough in there so that the fritter will float.

Throw in the frozen mini eggs and try to evenly distribute them throughout the dough. Shape them and then fry until golden brown about 2-3 minutes depending on the size. Remove from oil and place on paper towel to try and get some oil off and make it slightly less fattening.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.

Comments

  1. That’s really awesome! Sometimes there is nothing like a good friend, and even a seemingly small gesture can make a big difference. :)

  2. Michelle says:

    OMG! I gave up sweets for Lent (and yet I can’t stop reading your blog every day….sweet torture). I’m making a list of all of the to-die-for treats that I will once again make when Lent is over. This is #1 on the list.
    Thanks Peabody!

  3. oh, this is wonderful… I love when people surprise you with their good natured ways.

    I cannot tell you how amazing these fritters sound. I really REALLY want these!!

  4. I love hearing things like this. It really reminds you that there are good people out there. Thank you for sharing this story!

  5. Wow that’s so nice!!!

  6. Thank you secret blogger. Because of your generosity we all get to see this recipe from Peabody. Unfortunately for me it is always swimsuit weather here, but what the heck, you only live once.

  7. What a great person the mystery blogger is! Yes, food bloggers are an amazing bunch which is why I love this community so much :)

    It is already swimsuit season where I am though so I guess I will just have to wait for these…or maybe not! ;)

  8. I would deliver ingredients to your house daily if I lived nearby and you returned the favor in baked goods!

  9. That is so nice of her!

    Those fritters must be terrific!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  10. I kind of don’t have words for this amazigness… I’m speechless!!! :)

  11. Someone asked the other day if we had ever received an act of kindness. It looks like you have a story to tell!They alsways say what goes around comes around and by the way these look to die for!!!

  12. Mercedes says:

    What an awesome and generous Food Blogger friend. Bless her little pea-pickin heart. And, well, yours too!

  13. How wonderful! I’m so glad you got such a nice lift in your otherwise sucky week.

  14. aren’t people just awesome? Well, some people. :)

  15. Thanks P for the nearly naughty photo and for the heartwarming story. Hang in there. You can do it! Sending positive thoughts your way.

  16. I always say the blogging community is a family whether you want it or not. I love when individuals can restore your faith in people. Kudos for such wonderful people. And Cadbury fritters. And treadmills. Just looking at these makes me feel like I have to exercise!

  17. What a blessing! Makes you really thankful for the good people in life like that!

    These fritter look amazing, but I don’t know if my thighs can handle them!

  18. You rock!

  19. You are sweet. For reals. When I was in that tough year, I had friends who helped me out in various ways. I could never hope to repay their kindness because they are happily married and doing fine. I decided over 10 years ago to really embrace the idea of paying it forward so very happy to help.

    I remember so many nights carefully eating my Cadbury eggs (bite off the top, scoop out the goop with my finger and into mouth, eat the rest of the shell) so this is a fitting dessert for this post! WOW! You never cease to amaze.

  20. Wow what a nice friend! And was that you Dana Treat??

    I love cadbury cream eggs. I’m going to have to save one for after Lent.

  21. What a sweet gesture! I hope things start looking up for you soon

  22. Evil, evil recipe.

    So nice to know there are still good people in this world. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that.

  23. If there’s one thing I’ve learned after hanging around the blogosphere for two years it’s that bloggers are amazing and giving and wonderful. I try to never underestimate them but it’s hard not to as their generosity knows no bounds.

    I can’t believe you deep fried Cadbury eggs. Gutsy delicious move.

  24. Peabody you are too funny and I love your sense of adventure, humor, and attitude. I am a teacher by day and a compulsive baker by night. I too was divorced many years ago and lived through extremely lean times with a 2 year old and can reassure you that life does move on and get better with each passing day. Keep smiling, keep baking, keep the faith, but most of all keep playing hockey. I wonder if you could use those Cadbury Creme Eggs…..OMG….Double YUMMMMMM….

  25. I’m right there with you, girl. This year has been really rough for me, too. But there are people out there like your friend who have made it a little bit lighter. We’ll hang in there together. :)

  26. Just read about supermom (YUK, that kid deserved a major bite and a poop on top of that). I’m so glad that was cancelled out by the sweet, sweet blogger friend!! I don’t know what to say about your divorce because I don’t know you, but whenever I’m having a rough week (month, year, yeah, happens to all of us), I think of that Shakespeare quote about how when it’s winter, that means that spring not being far ahead. Of course, when it’s winter, it’s also emphatically NOT swimsuit season, which, as this dessert proves, certainly has its advantages!!!

  27. Wow! The caramel ones are my favs!

  28. That’s so great – it’s wonderful the other blogger was able to help out with baking supplies! And, these caramel eggs look absolutely decadent and delicious – YUM! :)

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