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Apple Pancakes with Apple Cider Syrup


Jake Spurlock’s (married to Melissa Hanks Bain) grandpa always used to make these pancakes and syrup.  Now Jake and Melissa make it when guests stay at their home.  The syrup is definitely the  best part!



  • 2 c. Bisquick
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/3 c. milk
  • 3/4 c. grated apple


  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 c. apple cider or juice
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice


For the pancakes, mix all ingredients together and cook pancakes as normal.  For the syrup, mix together sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg in saucepan.  Pour in juice (apple & lemon). Cook & stir constantly until thickened & boils.  Boil & stir one minute.  Remove from heat & stir in butter.  Serve warm over pancakes.

Mother’s (Mae’s) Dilly Bread


The Bains always make this for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and sometimes Easter.  It’s a favorite of everyone’s, especially Eric Bain!


  • 1 packet dry yeast (or 1 cake compressed yeast)
  • 1/4 c. warm water
  • 1 c. warm cottage cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. instant minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. dill seed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. soda
  • 1 unbeaten egg
  • 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 c. flour


Soften yeast in water.  Combine in mixing bowl: cottage cheese, sugar, onion, butter, dill seed, salt, soda, egg & softened yeast.  Add flour to form a stiff dough, beating well after each flour addition.  Cover, let rise in warm place  until light & doubled in size (50-60 min.).  Stir dough down.  Turn into well-greased 8” round (1-1//2 to 2 qt) casserole.

Let rise in warm place until light (30-40 min).  Bake at 350 for 40-50 min, until golden brown.  Brush w/butter & sprinkle w/salt.  Makes one round loaf.

[I find this takes 4 hrs from start to finish, Louise]

Super Chocolatey Bundt Cake


Natalie Hanks Snow brought this to the Hanks Girl Cousin Luncheon at Adria Wilson Higginson’s home in February 2010.  IT WAS AMAZING.  Her sister (Heather Hanks Ragsdale) posted the recipe on her blog and had this to say about it:

“Not only is it beautiful, it is super easy and divinely delicious (courtesy of my sister)! My first bundt cake is a success! You MUST try this….you will be in heaven on the first bite.”


  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • Mix together.
  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semi sweet)


Bake 1 hour 325 degrees. When pull out of oven, cool 5 minutes, then dump out of bundt pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Mother’s Parker House Rolls


This was Mother’s (Mae Hanks) favorite roll recipe.


  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 T. fat (butter preferable)
  • 2 T. sugar
  • ¾ t. salt
  • 3 to 3 ½ c. flour
  • 1 cake compressed yeast


  1. Add warm milk to sugar, salt, and butter.
  2. Add yeast which has been softened in a small amount of lukewarm water.
  3. Add 1/2 of flour.  Beat well and add the remainder slowly until the dough is stiff enough to knead.
  4. Knead the dough, using as little flour as possible on the board, adding only enough to keep the dough from sticking.

Make into soft dough, kneading 2 minutes.  Let rise until double in bulk.  Roll to 1/3″ thickness.  Cut rounds 2 to 2 1/2″ in diameter.  Crease middle of each round with dull edge of knife.  Brush one-half very lightly with melted butter, fold over, pressing together with palm of hand.  Place close together in uniform rows.  Let rise; when double in bulk, bake at 400 for 15-20 min.

Grandpa Thomas’ (Vern) Doughnuts


Remember his recipe by his verse he always quoted:

1 cup sugar,

1 cup milk,

2 eggs beaten fine as silk;

Salt and nutmeg,

Lemon will do;

Of baking powder,

Teaspoons, two.

Lightly stir the flour in;

Roll on pie board, not too thin.

Mother (Mae) said the measurements were about:

  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ t. nutmeg
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 t. lemon


Beat eggs and add sugar, then dry ingredients.  Add milk.  Roll dough about ¼” thick.  Cut with doughnut cutter.  Drop in hot fat, and brown both sides.  Drain on brown paper sack, then shake doughnuts in sack of sugar while warm.

Mother’s Orange Nut Bread


This was served at Carol and Wes Wilson’s wedding reception.


  • ¾ c. orange juice
  • ¼ c. boiling water
  • 1 c. (8 oz) chopped dates
  • 2 T. melted shortening
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 c. sifted flour
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½  t. soda
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. chopped nuts
  • 1 ½ T. grated orange peel

Pour juice in bowl, add hot water.  Add beaten egg, melted shortening, dates and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients which have been sifted.  Beat well.  Add chopped nuts and orange peel.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Mother’s/Grandmother’s/ Mae’s Cinnamon Rolls


Mix together and let set in a warm place until it bubbles:

  • 1 pkg yeast
  • ¼ c. warm water
  • 4 T. brown sugar

Scald and cool to lukewarm:

  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. butter
  • 1 t. salt

Add 1 ½ c. flour and beat well.  Add yeast mixture and 1 egg.  Beat well.  Add about 2 c. more flour to make a soft dough.  Cover and let rise until double in bulk.

Roll out and shape between 2 pieces of wax paper.

Smear on generously melted butter.  Sprinkle with mixture of sugar and cinnamon.  (2 T. cinnamon to ½ c. sugar)

Roll, cut with string.

Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.

Drizzle with topping of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.